Pandemic weight gain was such a reality for me!
Since the beginning of 2020, I started working from home and in return I was “rewarded” with 15 extra pounds from sitting and snacking all day long. I tried many ways to get rid of the stubborn weight, but the most I can do was losing 5lbs and my weight just got stuck. Seeing MSL’s Facebook postings online did give me some good ideas of healthy recipes and how to choose nutritious ingredients, so one day I reached out for inquiries!
At first, I wasn’t so sure if the program would work as I live in San Francisco! But after a few WhatsApp calls with my dietitian, Melissa, her flexibility, patience, and creative advice totally changed my mind!! Surprisingly, not being in Hong Kong wasn’t a barrier at all!! Melissa was able to suggest food or snacks that’s available in my area and taught me how to read food labels and convert carbohydrate, protein, and fat portions myself. Knowing I have a sweet tooth she even researched and suggested several snacks and drinks that do not only curb my craving but also with low caloric intake. For my friends/family outings, Melissa was also there to give me guidance of what to order, and how to adjust other meals of the day to still have a balanced diet to be on track to lose weight. I lost ALL my pandemic weight (about 12lbs) in my 2 months working with Melissa. The experience wouldn’t be a success without her encouragement and professional knowledge along the way!
My advice to those who are determined to lose weight and live a healthier live: trust your dietitian and yourself, be honest to exchange how you feel throughout the program and be open minded to try healthy food and recipes and stay persistent! Whenever possible try doing different types of exercise so that you don’t get bored.