First Big Milestone: <75kg
Yesterday was the first big milestone in my “Discover Arbonne” journey. In just 2.5 weeks, I’ve dropped 2.5kg and to tip the scales at 74.9kg for the first time in a very long time!
This has been alluding me for some time so I’m absolutely thrilled with the progress so far.
Diets vs. Healthy Living
Now, Arbonne says that they offer a plant-based nutritional products formulated for “weight management”, rather than “weight loss”, but what’s the difference? Presumably, they would like to draw a distinction between choosing a healthy lifestyle (which may include losing weight, but is far more inclusive of other factors) and simply going on a diet with a single aim in mind. And to that end, I can wholeheartedly recommend this approach.
You see, there are a zillion-and-one ‘fad’ diets that all claim to work the best. To name a few you may already be familiar with: ‘The Atkins Diet‘, the ‘South Beach Diet‘, the ‘Zone Diet‘, the ‘Paleo Diet‘ and even ‘Weightwatchers’ or ‘Isagenix‘ (more on the latter in a future blog). Am I being unkind to call these “fads”? Perhaps. People swear by these and there’s little doubt that millions of people have enjoyed success to some degree of other. You can click the links above to learn more and do further research with Google and Bing.
Whilst it’s interesting to compare and challenge the evidence of each diet, health plan or lifestyle choice, it’s rather outside the scope of this particular blog. Still, You might like to check out Debbie Strong’s post at Everyday Health for her take on these, and others. In particular I share her summary sentiments and advice:
“Most importantly, before jumping into a fad diet it’s essential to know that rapid weight loss is not sustainable. Quick weight loss diets are not healthy, and the weight is likely to rebound when you begin eating normally again. Diets that claim you don’t have to exercise are not the best for your overall health. And if you cannot stay on a fad diet or popular diet the rest of your life, it’s better not to start.
Arbonne is of course about healthy living, inside and out. It’s a simple, sustainable approach which encourages healthy eating, taking up exercise and looking after your skin. It’s not rocket science and there are no ‘fasting days’* or ‘high-protein/low carb’ restrictions. It’s just good common sense with results that you should start to see within a month.
My next post will look at my typical Arbonne day (nutrition-wise), what I’ve enjoyed, what I’ve struggled with and how I’ve been feeling. See you next time!
* I’ll cover a little more about my thoughts on Isagenix and fasting diets in future posts.