AIBU to think you don't have to follow a prescribed diet to lose weight?

(47 Posts)
Blueskiesandcherrypies Mon 24-Mar-14 08:17:37

When I finally give birth (it's been a loooong pregnancy) I will have about 2 stone to lose. I really don't want to go down the corporate, prescribed route of WW/Sw (they've had enough money out of me in the past) and would much prefer to do loads of walking, cut out all rubbish from my diet and eat three healthy meals a day. Our evening meals are ok anyway but I want to try and get away from cereal and toast for brekkie and calorie laden sarnies, crisps and choc for lunch. Not to mention the huge amounts of biscuits and other crap during the day blush.

So AIBU to think it should be possible to lose weight this way rather than going down the WW/Sw route? I will be really strict with myself, in fact I want to start now and limit the amount of weight I put on during the rest of my pregnancy.

Has anyone else lost weight this way?

deakymom Mon 24-Mar-14 08:19:44

sounds like a plan you might want to cut out crap food now but its up to you xx

schokolade Mon 24-Mar-14 08:20:59

I haven't got personal experience, but I don't see why it wouldn't work without a prescribed diet. No harm in having a go first anyway?

Although I would just cut out the biscuits etc rather than altering breakfast/lunch. Nothing wrong with sandwiches.

treaclesoda Mon 24-Mar-14 08:23:43

Yanbu. Really its the only long term solution.

But loads of people do find that ww/sw suit them though, so if it works for them, great.

FWIW I'm very suspicious of ww/sw because nearly everyone I know who has ever used them finds themselves yo yo-ing up and down and going back over and over again. Profit making slimming organisations would probably go out of business if they were actually in the business of teaching people to lose weight permanently.

yummymumtobe Mon 24-Mar-14 08:24:23

I lost about a stone this way. As you say, it's not rocket science! Eat less, be more active. I think some people like prescribed diets as it gives them a structure to follow and probably helps with the discipline of following a diet. Also, it can sometimes be hard to work out whats 'good' and 'bad' food wise. Also, a rigid structure can put too much pressure on and make you feel you have been 'bad' if you give in to a muffin or pizza. In reality, just be a bit better the next day! Good luck!

yummymumtobe Mon 24-Mar-14 08:27:53

By the way, if you're pregnant you need to make sure you are eating enough and dont go crazy dieting! Your body may just be seeking extra calories to keep you going! You don't mention if you are planning to breast feed but if you are you make find yourself very hungry when the baby comes - I literally couldnt stop eating at first when I was feeding!

Joysmum Mon 24-Mar-14 08:30:45

A structured diet marketed by companies is a way of conveying information and keeping track of what you are doing.

I'm sure there will be many people along in a sec to run down the pre packaged food sold as diet or low fat etc because of their high sugar/salt/fat/additives.

At then end of the day a low fat, low GI and increase of exercise is what a healthy lifestyle is and therefore perfect for weight loss.

If you cook from scratch you know exactly what's in it and can calculate your portion intake according. I found a calorie tracker to be very useful.

It's also down to changing habits and behaviour which why many are so anti the word 'diet'.

Good luck smile

I lost weight through sensible diet and exercise. I'd spent years before doing WW and any other fad that came along and they never worked for long.

The key was not to set off doing something I couldn't maintain, so it was about eating sensibly and getting out of my bike. I used My Fitness Pal to track calories and so long as I kept within the range that would lose me around 2lb a week, I could eat what I wanted.

TheGreatHunt Mon 24-Mar-14 08:41:22

Well technically that is a diet sorry that's not helpful

But why not start now?

However I will warn you, dealing with a newborn is tiring which means you do need regular snacks. I found that three meals a day didn't cut it. I was also bf. It did mean I lost a stone in the first 3 months as I didn't eat enough. I soon learned and embraced cake.

Now after 2 kids, I'm just recovering weight wise although I never really need to lose weight pre-oregnanct.

So I'd suggest eating healthily yes but don't worry about your weight until baby is here and you've settled into motherhood. You don't need more stresses.

mumofboyo Mon 24-Mar-14 08:45:13

Yanbu. I've just lost 7lb by cutting back the crap and will continue to do so until I reach my goal. So far it's taken 3 weeks.

I lost a lot of weight doing the same thing before I caught on with dd (gave up when I was pregnant because I stupidly thought I might as well eat what I want since I'm going to get big anyway hmm) so am doing it again now. I don't like following plans and programmes and begrudge paying out good money for something I can do by myself.

WooWooOwl Mon 24-Mar-14 08:45:38

Yanbu, but some people find it easier to follow a prescribed diet so they don't have to think too much about it.

Do whatever works for you.

LegoCaltrops Mon 24-Mar-14 08:49:46

I lost a lot (around 4 stone) of baby weight, using the 5:2 diet then Paul McKenna. Neither needs you to spend lots on special food & neither involves lots of calorie counting (only counting on the fasting days of the 5:2). And now, I don't follow any special diet, I just sort of stick to the general principles of the PM diet, which is, eat only when you're hungry, only eat till you don't feel hungry, & don't eat a lot of rubbish. And I try to avoid too much sugar except chocolate, I need that!

meganorks Mon 24-Mar-14 08:51:05

I've come off the back of having kids about 18lb lighter with no dieting. I think this is mostly due tovthe fact that pre pregnancy I was sat in an office foe long hours and did no exercise. Baby came along and I started walking everywhere (live close to park name the shops) and I was breastfeeding (still am).
The wors diet just makes me want to eat more so didn't really change anything on that front although don't tend to have sweets, biscuits, chocolate crisps etc in house. But do bake sometimes so have cake in house.
Stop having the crap in the house, walk, breastfeed and enjoy your baby!

meganorks Mon 24-Mar-14 08:53:28

Sorry for typos - on phone and if I correct them my whole message gets lost!

Ludways Mon 24-Mar-14 09:15:07

Eat healthy, stay active.

It's the best and easiest way.

Sirzy Mon 24-Mar-14 09:18:15

I have lost 4.5 stone by eating a healthy diet and exercising.

Personally i am very sceptical about the long term effectiveness if most diets

Deliaskis Mon 24-Mar-14 09:37:33

I've lost a stone and a half during the last 3 months and am aiming for the same again, by eating healthily and doing exercise. I feel better, I'm motivated, I'm just saying no to nonsense food and making better choices in general. I'm motivated, I'm not depriving myself and I feel loads better.

So YANBU, it's a great way to lose weight, but don't put too much pressure on yourself directly post-baby, there are so many things at play that you have little or no control over (hormones, BF, etc.) worrying about the scales could end up being stressful. However, eating healthily, being kind to your body generally, is a good philosophy anyway.

neverthebride Mon 24-Mar-14 09:42:13

To lose weight and keep it off is about adjusting what and how much you eat in the ling term.

If you've got a history of weight gain then diet, weight gain then diet (it sounds like you have) then you need to get out of that cycle because it does mess with your metabolism.

Keep a food diary of how you normally eat first and put every single thing you eat and drink on there. Then you can see where you're possibly going wrong.

Be very aware of portion sizes, if you do have a history of overeating you may have to really adjust portion sizes.

Don't set yourself up to fail; cutting out everything you really like isn't likely to be sustainable in the long run.

If you don't want to calorie-count (I do and use MFP, works for me) then at least be aware of calorie content. Some things pack far more calories than you would expect ( I'm looking at yiu, teeny yet high calorie Kinder bars!).

Good luck!.

dolphinsandwhales Mon 24-Mar-14 09:49:33

Yanbu. I had two stone to lose after dd was born. One stone I lost through giving birth(dd, placenta et al) the other stone I lost over six months through breastfeeding a hungry baby, walking her in her pram for naps etc and I ate sensibly.

specialsubject Mon 24-Mar-14 10:22:08

of course it works.

eat less rubbish, move more.

or pay SW/WW to tell you the same thing.

TeacupDrama Mon 24-Mar-14 10:32:04

I have lost 7lb in 2 months by eating proper breakfast porridge or wholemeal toast plus 1 piece of fruit; lunch of mainly vegetables and protein so either chunky soup or salad, followed by fruit/yogurt; no snacking and a proper dinner same as everyone else in family but more veg and less potatoes/pasta, I have 1 treat a day maybe glass of wine with dinner or a dessert/ small cake or small amount chocolate with after dinner coffee, I do not buy low fat or diet anything so eat normal cheese, milk and yogurts

Sovaysovay Mon 24-Mar-14 11:07:00

I've lost a couple of kilograms in the last few weeks just by cutting out crap, swapping white carbs for brown and then eating way less of them. It hasn't been that hard, to be honest. Saying no to cheesecake is about as strenuous as it's been.

Kittymalinky Mon 24-Mar-14 11:11:28

I lost 3 stone on my own, just used myfitnesspal to track my calories so I ate less/better.

I'm now doing it again (after gaining a lot of pregnancy weight) just tracking calories, I'm doing much more exercise this time and I'm almost 2stone down in 2 months.

You definitely don't have to do that whole WW, SW different diets.

icanmakeyouicecream Mon 24-Mar-14 11:12:25

I do WW because I need the control and structure. If i d

icanmakeyouicecream Mon 24-Mar-14 11:12:46

If I don't do it, I loose control very quickly.

TalkinPeace Mon 24-Mar-14 11:14:49

5:2 costs nothing and the 24 hour free support line is in a corner of mumsnet grin

CecilyP Mon 24-Mar-14 11:27:27

Yes, I lost weight last summer by cutting out cakes, biscuits, chocolates and pastry - that's about it really. Also ate plenty of salads with 3 or 4 small new potatoes for dinner. However, if you don't eat cakes, biscuits, chocolates and pastry anyway and are used to eating large portions at mealtimes, it might be more difficult.

RahRahRasputin Mon 24-Mar-14 11:31:11

The only way I have found to effectively lose weight is following Susie Orbach's ruled (similar to Paul McKenna)

Eat when you're hungry
Stop when you're full
Eat what you want
Eat mindfully

Mindful eating might be tricky with a newborn but others would probably work. I enjoyed her little book, Susie Orbach on Eating.

Most diets, set ones or made up ones, restrict your eating but don't address reasons for overeating. Plus I'm not at all convinced by any of the evidence for low fat diets or calorie counting.

Chocoholism Mon 24-Mar-14 11:35:18

Good luck! I would offer cake but you have to learn to say no! smile

Crinkle77 Mon 24-Mar-14 18:50:32

You don't need to join WW/SW to lose weight. Eating healthily and getting plenty of exercise is the key and it has to be a permanent lifestyle change.

FourEyesGood Mon 24-Mar-14 19:03:38

YANBU. I hated the idea of WW and SW, so at the start of last year, I decided to eat less (especially cutting back on biscuits and bread) and exercise more. It was a gradual loss, but I've gone from a size 16 to a 12/14. My motto was (when looking at my flabby arms) "It doesn't have to be this way!"

Octopusinabunchofdaffodils Mon 24-Mar-14 19:10:07

I am not following any prescribed diet, I eat whatever I like but don't go over a certain amount of calories. I've lost 24 pounds in 3 months, more than I ever lost with WW or SW.

WitchWay Mon 24-Mar-14 19:15:22

Eat everything, just less of it, & watch for calories in drinks. Move around more - even just walking with the pram is enough.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Mon 24-Mar-14 21:01:03

I've gone from a size 16 to a 10 and maintained it for a few years just by eating less, eating healthy things rather than junk and getting lots of exercise.

Could never be bothered counting calories or going to any group sort of thing. I'm very suspicious of all these faddy diets but presumably they work for some people.

I did what you propose OP

It worked.

Is long term sustainable

No "naughty foods", no branded diet foods

I put on 4 stone ( but I am very tall, and had big babies) and lost all the extra weight just by going back to eating normal. The hardest bit was finding time to do exercise! Ended up doing long walks with pram every day.

cromwell44 Mon 24-Mar-14 21:09:31

It can be done. Just eat less food. I lost 2 1/2 stone doing this and the main hurdle is getting used to it. Say no to food if you don't want it. Don't eat out of habit, because it is a mealtime or if you're not hungry. Serve yourself reduced portions, go back for more if still hungry but often you won't be.
Don't be too hard on yourself though when the new baby comes, especially if B/Fing, the new habits can wait a few months until you're settled a bit.

itiswhatitiswhatitis Mon 24-Mar-14 21:17:24

Personally "3 meals a day" doesn't work for me I prefer to eat smaller amounts more regularly but each to their own. Portion control/sensible choice/ exercise are the key but I find that you can still have a few unhealthy options now and again you just have to factor it in. For example I knew I was taking the kids to macdonalds tonight and that I would have a Big Mac meal so I just had two boiled eggs for breakfast and a slice of whole meal toast with a couple of spoonful of baked beans for lunch and I did an extra 20 minutes at the gym.

I can't get on board with any diet that forbids certain foods. I think my biggest change had been portion control.

DilysMoon Mon 24-Mar-14 21:26:29

Definitely doable, I lost 1st 5 cutting out junk and reducing sugar and white carbs. I now have 3 sensible meals and because they're filling and I'm not getting sugar highs and lows I don't feel the need to snack.

I use the My Fitness Pal app to keep track of my calories, find it v useful.

TalkinPeace Mon 24-Mar-14 21:33:13

and remember that breakfast is essential for the cereal manufacturers but not for most adults

look up your TDEE (the number of calories somebody your age, height, weight and activity level needs)
mine is 1600

NOT the 2000 on the side of the food cartons

ICanSeeTheSun Mon 24-Mar-14 21:36:27

Can I ask a questions, within this topic.

My DH works shifts. Days nights and afternoons.

How would he go about eating properly and lose weight ( he wants to lose weight)

specialsubject Mon 24-Mar-14 21:38:10

same as everyone else - eat fewer calories than he burns. There's no magic clock in the stomach and it doesn't matter what time you eat.

TalkinPeace Mon 24-Mar-14 21:38:17

when is he hungry?
get him to drink lots of water and then work out when he's hungry rather than picking a "meal time"

on the 5:2 threads we have a couple of shift workers and they work on meals rather than meal times

ICanSeeTheSun Mon 24-Mar-14 21:41:42

I haven't got a clue, we only see each other on the weekends where I do all the meals.

I lost three stone by counting calories. I chose all the foods I ate. I did spend a couple of pounds on a Collins Gem Calorie Counter, as I didn't have a clue about that sort of stuff.

TalkinPeace Mon 24-Mar-14 21:56:27

MyFitnessPal is great as you can either put in packaged foods or ingredients and it tracks the mix of your calories

I used to use it for monitoring when I was getting used to eating within my TDEE

fatlazymummy Mon 24-Mar-14 23:12:53

I lost 4 stones doing this.Smaller portions, more exercise, basic common sense. I didn't bother about counting calories, I didn't join any clubs or read any books. Walking is great exercise and free,there's plenty of things you can do indoors if you can't leave your baby.Plus plenty of info and weight loss/fitness groups online if you want the support that a club would give you.

manicinsomniac Mon 24-Mar-14 23:15:36

YANBU. Eat less, move more and it's impossible to fail.

Timings, food type etc doesn't matter at all.

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