“A diet is…calorie restrictive and, to me, deprivation. …A diet is something you can’t do, or it’s dramatic. It’s all of the things that Cooking Light Diet isn’t.“
Amanda Nieman works on the marketing side of educational publishing (think textbooks), so she knows how to sell things. After all, it’s in her job description to help her sales team sell books. She also knows herself, and what she loves: Living in the heart of downtown Chicago, entertaining and having friends over regularly, attending as many rock concerts as her schedule allows, eating delicious food, and cooking. That last bit is especially important here.
“There are certain things I know about myself,” Amanda said. “I can’t not eat delicious food. I’ll go to restaurants all the time in Chicago—we have one of the most amazing food cities ever—so to come home and say, ‘Okay, a plain chicken breast and a side of steamed vegetables and rice’…that’s never been who I am. I love to cook, I love to try out new recipes. It’s always been a part of my life. …I’m never not going to want to cook dinner.”
Another thing Amanda knows? She was tired of being overweight. Describing herself as “always on the heavier side,” Amanda recalls going to Weight Watcher meetings with her mom when she was a kid.
But Amanda also knew that Weight Watchers wasn’t going to solve that problem for her. She said they don’t do much with maintenance, and she knew that if she was going to lose weight and keep it off, it’d have to be sustainable. It’d have to be… [drumroll]
The Cooking Light Diet.
After all, she’d tried the CLDiet before and lost 20 pounds in a few months. So Amanda knew it worked. That wasn’t the problem. The problem was that she stopped paying attention to portion control.
“I’d take a four-person recipe and two of us would eat the whole thing. I didn’t really stick to it.”
Six months after falling off the wagon, Amanda was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees. Knowing her knee issues stemmed from gaining weight, she decided to do something about it. She started working out with a personal trainer, consulting with a nutritionist, and utilizing her Cooking Light Diet subscription—but this time, making sure to eat the recommended portion sizes.
87 pounds* lost later, Amanda has no intention of falling back off the wagon. She cites numerous reasons why the Cooking Light Diet will help her keep the pounds off. Chief among them? The food.
“First and foremost, the food is delicious. No one’s ever going to say, ‘I had a really lousy meal at this restaurant. You should go there.’
Amanda says that the most important way to improve your health is through food, and that you cannot out-train a bad diet.
Another reason why Amanda’s determined to stick with it? It’s helped her utilize time—both in the kitchen and the grocery store—more efficiently. She’s able to quickly generate a shopping list for the week’s meals, then edit it down to the essentials.
“I can’t stand going to the grocery store with olive oil on my list because I always have that in my pantry, so being able to edit the shopping list is really helpful.”
The ability to quickly plan two and three days, or a week, of meals has helped reduce the number of pizzas consumed in the Neiman household, too.
“Nothing’s worse than saying, ‘What are we gonna have for dinner tonight,’ and then not having the groceries, because that’s when you order takeout,” Amanda said. “So, for me, the shopping and planning part of this has really helped with never being in that situation. …Even if every third night you don’t know what you’re going to eat, or once a week you don’t know, it’s still a lot better than every night. Because when left to your own devices, you’re going to go with something fast and easy.”
But ultimately, it all comes back to Amanda knowing who she is, and what she loves. And her passion for delicious food coupled with the desire to live healthfully means the Cooking Light Diet will continue to be a large part of her life.
“Once I hit my goal weight, I’ll want to maintain that weight, and I’ll want to eat delicious food and try new recipes. It’s not going to end when I hit my goal weight. So for me, I’m going to continue doing it. Because there’s no reason I would stop. …All of the things I know that would make me walk away from a diet, the Cooking Light Diet solves.”
*Members following the Cooking Light Diet, on average, lose 1/2 lb. per week.
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