Hello there, It's been quite a while since I posted. I've been overweight since I was five years old and with each diet I get heavier (I currently have 200 lbs to lose, give or take 10 lbs).
My doctor gave me a prescription for Meridia (I do have borderline high blood pressure, so if it raises my blood pressure I'll have to stop taking it). I've been on it a few days and I've noticed that it does seem to take the edge off my hunger without making me jittery or hyper.
Anyone out there having success on a program with few or no food decisions (Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating)?
I love to cook, but it definitely is my downfall. The greatest success I've ever had was with Nutrisystem (I lost about 85 lbs). I was working with troubled teens at the time, and one of my coworkers (in the Army reserves) brought in Army field rations to show the kids, and they weren't much different from what I was eating.
I doubt I could stick to the prepackaged, dehydrated stuff again, but not having to prepare (unless you counted adding water and heating) meals, is really the key for me. I was all set to join Jenny Craig in Peoria, IL (about 45 minutes from me, in Bloomington), but luckily a Seattle Sutton Healthy Eating franchise just opened in Bloomington. I'd considered the center in Peoria after seeing it listed on the website (I was on the program when I lived in Ottawa and really liked it because you only bought the meals week to week and didn't have to pay any membership fee), but since the meals are fresh, not dried or frozen, I would have had to drive to Peoria twice a week.
It may not be a long-term solution (I can't imagine never cooking again, but never cleaning the kitchen again or washing dishes except a glass and a fork - now that I could get used to).