Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Game On Diet

As many of you know, I am ...let's see...how do I say this...."doing" Weight Watchers. It's more than just *doing* it, because it's a complete change of eating habits and making different choices so it feels like I should say "living it". But 4 weeks ago, a group of girlfriends challenged each other to a new game called The Game On Diet. Because I can barely count my daily points, I opted out. That is, until the first week of the game had ended and ALL my girlfriends had lost weight. Alternatively, I was still on Weight Watchers and I had gained a pound. So, I signed on to the game for the remaining 3 weeks.

Long story short, in three weeks of playing the game, I lost about 4 pounds. Yes, I still counted points (although not as strictly as usual and I stopped tracking after 2 weeks). But there is a lot more to Game On (GO, as I call it) than just what you're eating.

If you're interested, check out this official website http://www.thegameondiet.com/ and see for yourself. I'll give you the low-down here too...

There are certain rules and regulations to the game. Frankly, it's a bit overwhelming in the beginning, but it makes a lot more sense as you go along.There are points involved, gaining points for doing things on the list and deductions for not doing them or cheating. I'm going to skip the part about the points and just give you the basics. Like I said, it's not just about food...

1) eat 5 balanced, small meals a day - this basically means a carb, protein and fat at each meal.
2) eat at least 4 servings of veggies a day with meals, unlimited sizes
3) drink 100 ounces of water a day. (Holy Cow. That's a lot of water!)
4) no alcohol, no artificial sweeteners
5) you can have one day off a week and one additional meal off
6) work out 20 minutes a day
7) for the duration of the game, choose one new good habit to do and one bad habit to avoid
8) get at least 7 hours of sleep each night

There may be more, but these are the basics. I loved drinking all that water. I've noticed a huge difference in my skin, and I think that's largely what helped my weight loss. After playing for 3 weeks, I realized that I'm not drinking nearly enough water on a regular basis. Now, I noticed that instead of wanting water with crystal light, I prefer plain water. Crazy! LOL

Has anyone else tried this game? Shoot me a comment and let me know your thoughts. We start another round at the end of this week!


Em's Blog said...

I had a lot of fun "playing" this game! I also lost six pounds, which is fantastic for me. It was the combination of the water and forced exercise, I'm pretty sure. I'm looking forward to doing it again soon, to help keep these healthy habits going.

Anonymous said...

I've played 3 games for a total of 18 pounds off and feeling great with all the good habits! I never was on a winning team, but didn't matter. Have hit my target weight and a few of us are now coming up with a Maintenance Game we call Game Always.

Dee Hymel said...

I played Game On for 12 weeks last year and lost 46#.... yep, I did! For me, nothing better.

claudine said...

Game Always...I want to play that sometime! 46 pounds off, wow Dee that's amazing and impressive. Game On is great!

Tracy said...

I'm down 7.5 and can't wait for round 2!

Allison H. said...

I'm really intrigued and heading over to the website to learn more! Thanks for the heads up!

Howdydoody'swife said...

I'm ready for round 2! I lost almost 10lbs. last round!