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Sandy: “It turned out to be the best thing I’ve ever done.”

Sandy: “It turned out to be the best thing I’ve ever done.”

After years of yo-yo dieting and the prospect of a lifetime of counting calories, Sandy needed something different. She now feels in control, has lost over 10% of her body weight, and is no longer at risk of type-2 diabetes. Perhaps more importantly, she is enjoying her food again!

A bit about me and why I joined Second Nature

At 60 years old and having spent most of my adult life yo-yo dieting, counting calories or fasting on the 5:2 diet; I did still think I was pretty clued up about nutrition. To me, this meant eating sparingly, incorporating as many low-fat products as possible. So long as I was ‘counting’, the weight came off but the moment I stopped, on it went again which reinforced my beliefs about how I should be eating.

My WeightWatchers leader said I would need to count/diet for the rest of my life! Unable to face that prospect (life is too short!) and although I was not drastically overweight, my waist measurement was putting me at risk of type 2 diabetes. I thought there had to be a better way, and then, I discovered Second Nature. I admit to being pretty sceptical at first and asked many questions before joining – it turned out to be the best thing I’ve ever done.

What I like about the programme

So, it turns out that I wasn’t as clued up about nutrition as I thought. This programme turned everything I knew on its head. At the outset, I almost felt afraid to eat all this delicious food using butter, olive oil and full-fat versions of things. Not counting the points or calories, I couldn’t believe I could lose weight this way. However, my health coach, Kirstie, provided some guidance and reassurance and gave me the confidence to go with it and lose weight is exactly what I did!

Not only have I lost weight, but I’m also once again enjoying foods that have been ‘forbidden’ for so long. The education, articles and holistic approach are brilliant and I’ve learned what healthy eating really is, but more importantly, I’ve learned how your own mindset and sleep (among other things) can affect your health. The knowledge I’ve gained has helped me enormously. There’s a lot of information and suggestions provided, but read it all, try things out and see what fits and take what works best for you.

Having the support of my health coach was just about the best thing – SO much knowledge, advice, and support when needed. Interacting with my group meant I never felt alone and it was good to know there were others on the same path and who felt just like I did – their support was invaluable too.

How I feel now

The yo-yoing has stopped, my mindset towards food has completely changed (I was definitely a ‘well, I’ve blown it now so I might as well eat what I like for the rest of the week and start again on Monday’ person). Now, I have occasional treats without any guilt and go straight back to healthy eating – I’m in control now, not my mind or my cravings. I feel better, my weight has dropped and I’m wearing clothes I haven’t worn for several years and (yay!), and I’m no longer in the at-risk of type 2 diabetes.

Feeling in control is the best. I’ve lost more than 10% of my body weight which is what I was aiming for. I’ve learned that, yes, a weekend away or a holiday may result in a little gain, I don’t feel guilty about it and I’m confident that so long as I return to eating healthily straight away, I’m back to my true weight again really quickly.

The advice I would give

This isn’t magic, it isn’t a ‘fad’; it’s a lifestyle change that puts you in control. Be committed. But my biggest tip of all would be to make the most of your health coach and group during the 12-week programme. They have so much knowledge to give – ask questions, get advice on recipes and get guidance/reassurance on choices from menus at restaurants you’re going to, ask for help if you’re struggling – they will have ideas and suggestions that may not occur to you.

Your health coach really will be your guide and support (kind of like your Second Nature angel!) and will make a massive difference to your journey. If you’re hesitating – don’t; join up, you won’t regret it!

You can read more Second Nature stories here.

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Write a response

Commenter
Christine Fisher
13 July, 2020

Like to try 5 day free trial without card details please. (Been caught before)
Thanks


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Amy Groome
7 September, 2020

Hi Christine, thanks for your interest in the programme! Whilst you will have to create an account, you won’t be asked to enter any card details when signing up to the 5-day plan. To find out more, take our health quiz here


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Barbar potter
29 June, 2020

I want to do a free trial without having to give any card details.
Is this possible please


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Amy Groome
25 August, 2020

Hi Barbar, thanks for your interest in the programme! To get a taste of the programme, please download our app from the App store or the Google play store and sign up to our free programme. This is all free of charge and provides you with a one week introductory programme. While you would need to create an account, you won’t be required to enter any payment details for our free programme. You can also find out more by taking our health quiz here


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Gillian Carrington
17 June, 2020

I would like to try the free 5 day plan before I commit, many thanks


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Pat baker
11 June, 2020

I have spent a fortune over many years . Yo-yo weight lost.
My health is starting to suffer I really need some support. I wasn’t happy with the usual groups. So please I would like free trial plan before I commit. Thank you
Kind regards


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Susan Monks
10 June, 2020

I would like to try this free for 5 days.


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andrea
9 June, 2020

i would like to try the free 5 day plan before I commit


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Sara
7 June, 2020

I would like to try the 5 day free trial before I commit to the full programme thank you


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Maria Smith
6 June, 2020

Hi could I try the 5 day free plan please, I am liking the reviews but would like to see a sample of what this entails before I commit, looking forward to trying it, many thanks


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Alison Will
3 June, 2020

Please can I have this 5 day free plan.


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Linda Bass
31 May, 2020

Sceptical but desperate can I try before I decide thanks


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jo.harrison
21 May, 2020

I am undecided if this is the right plan for me and I’m keen to get a sense of what the
eating plan actually looks like.
Would appreciate a sample.
Thanks very much


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Hilary Wight
15 May, 2020

I can endorse everything Sandy says. At 57 I’d struggled with my weight since childhood, was a serial Weight Watchers and Slimming World member and continually yo-yoed. 13 months ago I joined Second Nature in desperation not expecting it to work. It was the best £90 I’ve ever spent. The combination of articles, mentor, online group support, recipes and weight/exercise tracker were exactly what I needed. I lost 15lbs and I’m now in the BMI healthy range. I still follow the programme every day, still fall off the bike several times a week but get back on. No-one has asked me to write this, i just can’t rate it highly enough.


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Morag Taylor
13 May, 2020

I suffer severe random stomach ache..at a point where food doesn’t interest me..become bored thinking up ideas then binge…I genuinely do not eat big meals but get bored and eat cake sweet things…yo young for years


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Kate Golding
10 May, 2020

With the lockdown my weight is increasing, which I cannot afford.
How much is this after the 5 day trial? If it works. Thank you.


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Kathryn
7 May, 2020

Can you do the free trail before giving any bank details, then decide if you want to proceed.


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Diane Pieles
30 April, 2020

Always up for good advise


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Joyce weyl
12 April, 2020

I would only want to try this free of charge for 5 days. I wouldn’t want to give any money towards this diet unless this eorks.


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Tamara Willner
14 April, 2020

Hi Joyce, thanks for raising this question. We offer a two-week, risk-free trial where no money is taken from your account. To find out more, take our health quiz here.


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Jenny Kava
10 April, 2020

Just want to see theb5 day plan first please


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Sandra McNamara
10 April, 2020

I woul like to check out the 5 day plan first


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Judith
7 April, 2020

Just want to see what the 5 day plan is


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Amy Groome
20 August, 2020

Hi Judith, to get a taste of the programme, you can download our app from the App store or the Google play store and sign up to our free programme. This is all free of charge and provides you with a one week introductory programme. While you would need to create an account, you won’t be required to enter any payment details for our free programme. To find out more, take our health quiz here


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Carol
3 April, 2020

Just a free plan please nothing more just now fed up trying yo loose weight


Commenter
Amy Groome
20 August, 2020

Hi Carol, to get a taste of the programme, you can download our app from the App store or the Google play store and sign up to our free programme. This is all free of charge and provides you with a one week introductory programme. While you would need to create an account, you won’t be required to enter any payment details for our free programme. To find out more, take our health quiz here


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Amanda Burleigh
1 December, 2019

Thank you for sharing Sandy. Your story is my story. Weight watchers and deprivation and then piling all the lost weight back on when I stop counting. I am starting the programme tomorrow and really looking forwards to a new way of food, health and life.