is it really possible to be a size 8-10...(51 Posts)
Without going on some silly faddy diet, or skipping meals, or slogging it out in the gym for x hours a week.
Because, I'm currently a size 16, eat reasonably healthily, walk 6 miles a day (with pushchair). Plus run round after my two dc and most of the housework.
Before dc I was very slim size 8. Age 15-20, I wasn't as active as I am now but I regularly skipped meals.
It made my already low blood pressure and low sugar levels hit rock bottom and I used to feel like I was going to pass out.
When I was about 21, I started eating properly, not crap, regular meals, was more active, but my weight shifted up to 12-14. But I felt healthier and never faint.
How many of you are size 8-10 and honestly eat regular meals, without skipping, and exercise moderately, not excessively.
Or is it impossible to achieve that size figure without doing those?
Because I really don't think it's possible
Yes. I never ever skip a meal. You can't eat anything you want though.
Before children I was an 8. Between 2 and 3 I was bigger, a 12 really. Post baby I am back to an 8/10.
I eat well. I walk a lot for school runs and I go to body balance once a week. The class has really helped my core muscles and that is vital for keeping your tummy in (min still has a way to go before it is flat though!). I don't think you have to slave in the gym but #i think it is important to do some exercise other than walking wqith the children once a week, twice if you can. #even just a walk without children will be brisker than with them plus makes you feel better as you get a break from them and clear your head and if you feel happier you are less likely to hit the biscuits. If you get out for exercise etc in the evenings you are less likely to snack as you are not at home.
Sometimes you need a reality check on portions too, you don't need to go tiny but try putting a little less on your plate. I was keeping up with dh and I didn't need to, it took me a little while to get used ot having a bit less than him again but then I felt better for it, less full and sluggish.
Yes, I do. I don't eat between meals, mind, which seems to be the difference between me and some who stay overweight. EG my DH will eat a couple of packets of crisps and/or nuts and/or chocolate at night watching TV straight after his supper and I guess if you do that then you would put on the pounds (he doesn't, actually, but takes an extraordinary amount of exercise and often skips lunch). So yes, you can easily have three meals a day and take moderate exercise and be a size 8. I probably have egg and tomatoes on toast for breakfast, or else yoghurt and muesli, then a sandwich and a banana or else bread and soup for lunch, and then a meal in the evening (anything I fancy, really, but I don't eat pudding and I hardly drink alcohol). I find it easy to stay a size 8 (not that I am particularly trying) but actually when I add it up it is probably a "diet" in most people's books as it is probably about 1700 calories a day.
I meant to say: there are more important things in life than worrying about being a size 16! If you enjoy your way of life and are healthy then don't worry about it.
I was previously overweight but I am now an 8. I don't skip meals I eat with the family, healthy home cooked food that have a good balance of different foods. I go to the gym a few times a month, just when I fancy it but I'm quite active running about after two preschoolers.
I have to watch what I eat though, I can't just eat what I like. If I let myself have a pudding after my dinner each day, or let myself have a latte everytime I'm in Starbucks or whatever then I put on weight so I don't.
Me, I have never dieted in my life. i found a skirt in a drawer the other day I had when I was a student 20 years ago & it still fitted. Sometimes I get annoyed as my jeans get too loose & I need to wear a belt.
I eat toast or cereal for breakfast, sandwich crisps & choc for lunch but often just pasta and sauce for dinner. I have an odd glass of wine too. I really don't enjoy food & eat mainly because I have to. 9 times out of 10 I can find only one item on a menu I would eat in a restaurant, sometimes I wouldn't eat anything. I don't like starters & desserts don't bother me but if I feel like I do eat cakes etc. Food is just something I don't care about or think about and I would be delighted if I never had to eat ever again!! I don't exercise either.
Yup was a 10 pre dd, overweight post dd (pnd related) and post ds am a size 8.
I eat what I like tbh but what I like is healthy with the odd treat. I don't like to feel stuffed, sluggish or lacking in energy. I also don't drive so walk/cycle everywhere and have a v v active 14mo. I do exercise but because I like to, keeps me mentally well.
I couldn't diet at all. I hate the idea of a dichotomy between foods; that a food can be good or bad. Food is fuel and about balance. I see people all around me restricting their diet, depriving themselves, seeing food as a battle or deprivation as a miserable struggle. And sometimes it works in that their ultimate goal of weightloss happens. But then what? They haven't adopted a healthy lifestyle and they can't maintain it so they go back to a diet which made them unhealthy in the first place.
And 8/10 isn't an 'ideal'. You can be a 12 or a 14 etc and still be perfectly healthy. Dress size and weight are only general indicators. Body fat, energy levels, health, fitness, waist size etc, all more reliable indicators of health.
I'm a size 10 and I eat whatever I like it just seems to be my natural weight. I'm 34 and have one 2 yr old DS. I'm moderately active but don't take regular exercise. It is possible
I am a 6-8 and I eat 3 meals & 2 snacks a day. I think my potions are quite small though, and I don't eat junk (because I am gluten and lactose intolerant)
Multigrain bread with Parma ham and scrambled eggs for breakfast
Tropical fruit salad
Leftover roast chicken and sweet potatoes for lunch
Handful of kettle crisps
Tuna steak with Niçoise salad for dinner, few squares of v dark chocolate
Glass of red wine, lots of sparkly water, 2 cups of tea
I have been the same size & weight for 12 years
When I was younger I was a size 14 (aged 18-22). Then I stayed about a 12 until I had children (at 33), and now (41) I am a 10 although occasionally I am an 8.
I eat all meals....bowl of cereal, rarely toast (cooked at weekends)
Lunch - usually a sandwich and bar of chocolate.
Dinner - pasta or fish/meat and veg. Proper meal. Practically never pud. Quite often a few nibbles before.
But don't eat between meals much.
Drink probably about 14-21 units of alcohol a week (I know - a bit high)
Exercise - I walk about 3-4 miles a day. Some cycling at weekends. Don't have gym membership. And can't really run (have dodgy knees and have had a hip replaced!)
It wasn't a conscious decision to lose weight....I think it is a side effect of busy lifestyle!
I could only be a size 8 when I was running 50 km a week and severely restricting calories. I have just been diagnosed with adult onset asthma and am not exercising at that level anymore. I am size 10 now, which I am fine with but I don't want to get any bigger. We will see.
Yes, of course.
I have 3 good meals a day, and snacks too.
I did use to be the same size and skipped meals but replaced them with, say, a family sized bag of crisp. which had the calories but was rubbish for me. I was basically eating a lot if sugar and sat fat which is a very hard habit to change.
I think a lit of people don't acknowledge how much they are really eating, especially hidden calories like drinks and sauces, or are aware of what a healthy portion size and balanced diet is, sorry.
I wouldn't have chance to do any other excersize. Dh at work during the day. I work evenings and weekends waitressing. We have no one near by for childcare and can't afford to pay for childcare either.
I really stroll it out with the pushchair though, and put all my shopping in the basket underneath too, plus we live at the top of a valley, so have to walk down town to shops then back up hill laden down with bags.
I do tend to snack more than I really should though. Will try to cut down and hopefully stop.
(to be fair, I have medical reasons for not gaining weight easily, but the above was true before that happened)
I am 5 foot 4, a shade under 9 stone and a size 8. I'll be honest with you though - I have to work at it to stay here and although I eat 'well' I cannot just eat what i like when i like.
I'm a ten and eat well, miss no meals and do snack between. Couldn't be an eight though, maybe because I'm 5'8"
Well, I'm 5ft 2" and last time I weighed myself around a month ago (i don't own any scales). I was roughly 11 stone far too heavy for my height, I know! I would be happier and about a size 10-12 at 9-9 1/2 stone.
You wouldn't need childcare to do the 30 Day Shred
I'm currently a shade over my ideal weight (I'm an M&S size 10 as opposed to a real size 10) and I never eat breakfast (but don't count that as skipping meals, because I don't do mornings, new dietary research is casting doubt on the "you must eat breakfast" orthodoxy) but I do think that yes it's perfectly possible to be a size 10 while not starving yourself - it's just that as you get older you lose any room for manouevre - you can't afford the spare calories for any cakes, biscuits, chocolates, or more than a glass or two of alcohol per week. It's a bit depressing if you're used to eating what you like, but not as depressing as taking your favourite clothes to the charity shop IMO.
Its perfectly possible.
Im an 8 usually (health probs at moment mean Im currently a 6) and I eat three meals a day. I have my breakfast at around ten am, lunch at 1-2pm then dinner at 6-7pm ish with snacks inbetween.Most of my meals are homecooked but I do eat a lot of junkfood and takeaways on a weekend. I dont do specific excercise like running or going to the gym but am fairly active. I dont drink alcohol anymore but have had my fair share in the past, probably more than actually
I've always been this way, the largest Ive been is a 10 so I'm guessing its the way Im made rather than lifestyle.
OP I don't think it's worth it, I yo yo between a 10/12 to and always a 12 bottom. I want to have a drink on a friday night, I love chocolate and cake and cheese and I'd prefer to be a bit chubby then have to keep denying myself and having to do more exercise. I walk to school then work every morning and then backwards which works out a hour a day minimum, I don't want to do more.
I'm not naturally slim at all. 5 years ago I was a size 20, 18 months of WW turned me into a 10. I didn't exercise at all, I still drank too much wine at the weekend (hence why it took me 18 months!) and I lived a normal life.
Now, I understand my body better. I'm still a 10, I can't eat as much as I used to and I understand about balance. I'll never be able to eat what I want but because I know that and it's second nature, maintaining it is no great effort.
It can be done.
It's possible - I don't do any proper exercise now (no bloody time) but I do walk two miles a day with the pushchair and I'm an 8. I eat decent portions and have whatever I want. I also eat chocolate or sweets every day and drink wine often!
I don't do "mindless snacking" though and would never, for example, eat a whole or even half a packet of biscuits because IMO biscuits aren't really nice enough to do that with. I read things that people have pigged out on here and it seems like a waste of calories. I'd rather have a slice of really nice cake, some Kettle Chips or a lovely meal than pig out on some, I dunno, chocolate wafers or something. SO although I don't deny myself anything really I also don't eat anything I don't really want. If there's a snack there and I don't want it I can easily leave it - I have just finished my birthday chocolates from a month ago.
I'm a 8 stone-ish size 8 when not pregnant (currently on second pregnancy, god knows what shape I am). I'm reasonably active and I tend to be quite disciplined about what I do eat without depriving myself.
For example, I love chocolate and am no good on diets where you can't eat stuff or deprive yourself because I obsess about anything I'm not "allowed".
So I guess I will have porridge for breakfast, a latte, soup for lunch (with bread when pregnant as I go carb crazy), some fruit, bit of chocolate, dinner like roasted veg in wraps, vegetable bakes, chicken with veg and then a bit more chocolate.
I think overall my diet isn't that high in things like bread and pasta (except during pregnancy when it is 100% of my diet). I rarely drink alcohol as I don't really like it except on a night out as a social thing. And my only massive vice is chocolate. And maybe I like cheese too much. And I never sit down.
I definitely wouldn't starve myself though. I get the rage when I'm hungry. I think it's a combo of a diet which is 80 healthy with 20% chocolate along with being quite an active person. A bit boring really.
*isclaimer: I was once wild and drunk a lot while meeting unsuitable men. Now I am too tired.
Its not possible for everyone. It would definitely be impossible for me.
Disclaimer not isclaimer...I also used to have typing skills.
I am now in size 6/8 tops and 10 bottoms. I have lost 1.5 stone since having my dog and not eating shite that I used too.
It could be possible, but it'll be slow going and will take a lot of will power.
I'd start with just keeping an eye on what you actually do eat, check the calories through the day for a couple of weeks, keep a running total and you might be very surprised what you do actually eat - I do this when I'm a little overweight and want to start cutting back, it makes you think about your choices very carefully, not just "I only had a sandwich for lunch" but do I have a ham salad one or one with mayo on etc. it doesn't take massive changes to cut 200 calories out, you don't really feel like you are on a diet, but just making sensible choices. (However if you've got out of the habit of making sensible choices you might need to retrain yourself).
I am so hungry today, af is here, which always makes me want to eat like a horse.
Today I have eaten, Breakfast, 2 weetabix semi skimmed milk, 1 small spoon of sugar. Lunch cheese and tomato sandwich on med slice white, 1 Apple, 1 pear and a low fat yogurt. Tea, 1 jacket potato with half a tin of tuna and spoon of low fat mayo.
This is a typical day, except I usually have a cereal bar for a snack and treat size choc bar for pud.
I'm 47 5'5" and size 8/10
I regularly skip breakfast as I'm not hungry then and two days a week I skip lunch - will drop to 1 day a week for the health benefits of fasting when I lose four more pounds.
I maintain my weight by eating lovely big family suppers and drinking too much at the weekend.
I do not snack, and am a gym bunny.
I'm 8-10. I have never ever dieted. However I do regularly skip meals, not in order to to lose weight, but because I'm busy and I forget or don't have time. I cook from scratch and eat what I fancy. I like chocolate, cake and cheese. I am underweight, but I find it very difficult to gain weight. I lost weight at the start of both my pregnancies because I was so sick, returned to pre-pg weight fairly quickly - but not pre-pg shape sadly. I weigh 7st4 . Actually only time I have gained weight was when breast-feeding my first I was so hungry and was eating lots of cake and chocolate - a large bar a day. When I stopped eating the chocolate the weight came down.
i used to be 20 stone plus. did WW and lost 11.5 stone through really extreme and very strict lifestyle. i went to gym 5 mornings a week, never ate anything sweet, cut out all snacks/ treats, weighed all my food, ate slightly smaller portions than recommended, counted sat. fat/ sugar/ calories in everything, spent my weekends walking and exercising. I managed at my lightest to hit size 8.
My life was then entirely focused on keeping my weight down and maintaining that size, which i did for 6 years.
my life changed and i wasnt able to maintain all the exercise and hadnt time to spend weighing every mouthful. I am very conscious of what i eat still - the actual food and portion sizes. I now a 14 / 16 and think that in order to be a size 8 / 10 - i would have to have the time and energy to refit all that i did into my life again. I simply dont so regretfully alot of my previous hard work has been undone.
Yes I am and have been all my life, except after the DCs when I went down to a 6 (anxiety).
I exercise and am careful about what I eat and enjoy lots of fresh stuff, but I do eat cake and chocolate as well (not bars of cadbury's but the odd square of dark stuff)
OP, have you tried eating fewer complex carbs? (the weetabix, bread and jacket potato). When I have a couple of pounds to drop that is how I do it - e.g. soup and salad, no bread, for lunch.
I am size 6. I snack all day at my desk and don't really watch what I eat nor exercise.
I found I had to be more careful particularly after I turned 40. I now try to avoid too much carbs to reduce bloating and keep my weight steady.
I'm an 8 always have been, even though I have 5 kids and am 35...It's all about being careful, I don't like chocolate but I do love crisps, but I limit myself to a pack a day at lunchtime everything is allowed just in moderation ;)
I'm an 8 and have always had a small appetite, I can eat what I fancy because its all about little and often for me.
I'm also really busy rushing about so end up skipping meals during the day or survive on half a packet of crisps and a few cups of tea, that's not intentional but the less i eat the smaller my stomach becomes and then I don't eat much for a main evening meal and I don't snack in the evening.
Down side is I get really cold, freezing and I always wanted to look massively huge when pregnant but have had 3 DC and had lots of comments about not looking pregnant or being skin and bones
What do you drink? Have you got a sweet tooth generally?
I avoid sugar generally, unless it occurs naturally in the food, which rules out all sorts of junky food. Eg I'd have plain yoghurt, or an oatcake, some nuts or a carrot rather than a cereal bar or a sweetened yoghurt. I do that because I feel a lot better and more energetic without biscuits, cakes, chocolate etc, not for weight reasons. I'd rather eat nutritious stuff and feel healthy rather than junk and feel tired ad moody. Some would call that a faddy diet.
I'm 8/10, I do walk the dog for about 45 mins a day, and walk to school or into town when I don't need the car. Never been to a gym or done exercise as such.
The stuff people call 'goodies' are really baddies, it is crazy.
I have got a sweet tooth, yes.
I rarely drink alcohol & fizzy drinks, a few times a year, at most.
Usually I drink 3-4 mugs of black (weak) coffee 1 sugar and 1-2 pints of water a day.
I am a size 10 (8 in vanity size shops and sometimes in tops as have small shoulders and a size30C bust), weigh on average about 8st4 and am 5ft5 tall. Before I had my DC's I was a shade under 9st and had to buy size 12 trousers cause I had a bigger hips and bum. Lost a stone in weight with breastfeeding and walking everywhere, was prob a bit too thin at under 8st. I have an enourmous appetite and eat a lot, admittedly eat chocolate and cakes everyday, but I dont' eat much diary, don't eat meat and dont drink much alcohol normally. I do a lot of walking, but could be a lot more toned. On average will eat a cereal bar and a yoghurt for breakfast, a bar of chocolate mid morning, two pieces of toast with humus for lunch, sometimes with fruit and crisps, more chocolate when I get the kids from school and some sort of pasta dish with another yoghurt for tea. However, I don't stop very often. However, I do gain weight quite quickly if I am less active and have to keep an eye on it as I do have a cut off point, extra weight does not look good on me, sometimes wish I could carry more.
Yes of course it's possible. For me the key is to stop eating when I start to feel satisfied, don't go on eating out of habit or obligation once it's stopped being enjoyable. One of the nice things about being an adult is you don't have to clear your plate, or eat something you don't really like/want, or eat if you're not hungry.
Also being moderately active as part of your everyday lifestyle, so lots of walking, take the stairs etc. Walk or cycle to work/shops etc if you can. It's not good for you to sit down all day anyway. And a brisk walk is a great stress-reliever IMO. Or maybe take up an active hobby that you actually enjoy (rather than doing 'exercise' as a chore).
I wouldn't place too much importance on the labels in clothes though, 8 or 10 etc is pretty arbitrary really. If you're fit and healthy, and happy with the way you look, that's what matters surely?
I'm 5'1" and a size 6-8 (was 8-10 pre kids). I eat
a lot though I tend to snack less. You do sound quite active so why not start a food diary? See it all written down.
Though actually having looked at the OP's later posts, it doesn't look like you eat that much . Unless you snack more than you're telling us here
I am the same height, I eat at least as much as that, and don't really exercise other than walking. And I'm under 8st.
I agree about the food diary, maybe you're eating/drinking more than you think. Myfitnesspal.com is good for tracking what you eat.
The only way I lose weight is when I skip meals. But it makes me feel ill and like I'm going to pass out. I don't think I eat too much and do plenty of walking.
Maybe this is just the way I am and the build I'm supposed to be.
Have found this thread really interesting so thanks for starting OP. I am someone who has been overweight (to a greater or lesser extent at times) all of my life. My Dh also became very overweight recently but has had a health scare and has lost just over 2st since the end of October. He was eating a lot of rubbish before and in great quantities so any improvement in his eating was going to have a big impact but he hasn't gone on any silly diet just 3 sensible meals a day, sensible portions, lots of fruit it and veg but again not huge portions of anything, eating until he is satisfied. He has cut out all of the crap too. He said something which has rung true with a few comments on here, that really it isnt that hard there is no magic formula, you know whats good/ bad for you and just cut out the things that are bad. (not directing this at you OP more at myself really).
I always seem to be trying the latest diet or trying to be "extra good" then falling on my face with it. He also said that coming up to lunchtime say 11/1130 he does start getting hungry but (and this is the clincher for me) thats ok. Its ok to feel hungry. You know you are going to eat at lunchtime. Whereas somehow i have got into thinking if i feel hungry its like some great red alert. But realistically the world is not going to end, a sandwich will be along shortly. For me its getting out of habits like that.
I'm 49 and a size 8. Always have been and have always been able to eat what I want and not exercise.
Sounds great? However, a bit of analysis reveals the following:
The size 8 that I was 30 years ago isn't the same size 8 as today. I reckon today's size 8 is 1980's size 12. I think what has happened is that the proportions have changed, so the people who were at the smaller end 30 years ago are still at the smaller end today, but everything got bigger.
I know I eat less than a lot of other people. Yes I can eat what I like, but I eat less of it. That's just my appetite. I see what other people have on their plate and can't understand how they can physically absorb that much food.
I regard "doing no exercise" differently from others. I do a spin class at least twice a week, often 3 times, I walk everywhere carrying weights and I ride my horse. I describe this as "doing no exercise" because it is the minimum described by the department of health to maintain fitness. It is not a fitness programme as such. When I want to get fit for something I up my game and start running etc. I have had a recent fitness test and came out of that as "average".
I have noticed a difference in my metabolism over the last three or four years. It is definitely slowing down, I am stiffer and slower. To the untrained eye that would not be apparent, but it's a fact.
I expect that over the next 10 years or so I am going to have to work pretty hard to stay in shape.
In short, genes, age and lifestyle all come into it. Everybody is different.
I don't think it is possible for me. When I was in my 20's I had a BMI of around 17-18 at 5' 4'', did a fairly physical job and wore 10 -12 [old sizing so it was smaller than now].
I think it's just my build. I am now in size 12 bottoms,14 tops. That is with plenty of exercise [though not in an actual gym].I am aiming to lose a few more pounds in a healthy way, so hopefully will drop a size. Im not too fussed though as long as there are no lump or bumps.
I prefer to focus on my health and fitness rather than my clothes siz.
It's possible for me. I eat healthily and make sure I have no junk food in the house. I will have cake or biscuits once or twice a week. I drink water or herbal tea and have a hot chocolate after dinner. I have two children and oldest one is five. I walk for twenty mins three to four times a week but otherwise do no exercise and have never belonged to a gym. The key for me is only snacking on fruit or no snacking at all and I always start the day with oats (either porridge or home-made muesli) except Sundays when I have pancakes with lashings of butter and maple syrup. I have only ever been bigger than a size eight when I was pregnant and in the first couple of months after giving birth.
I am size 6-8 on the top, 8-10 on the bottom. I don't diet but I am careful. My meals are smallish, I don't really like cakes, biscuits and chocolate - so I don't eat them. I don't drink a great deal but do like the odd packet of crisps. I also exercise 4 or 5 times a week.
Over the weekend I had d&v bug, I haven't got any scales but when I put my jeans on this morning, my belt went on a few notches tighter.
I suppose in that respect, if I am ill, I don't have to worry about getting too thin, I've got plenty to lose.
OP, I would ask the reverse question. If you eat three meals every day without skipping any - how on earth do you not put on weight.
Most people will, given our culture, overeat occasionally. If someone overeats - say on christmas day- and then doesnt skip a couple of meals over the next couple of days or so to compensate but goes back to eating normally, then their weight will go up.
On another note, it is also not so as eating 3 meals but what you eat in those 3 meals and portion sizes.
Also, sizes are very misleading - I am a size 10 now but am about a stone overweight as I am very slim framed and 5.4. Conversely I know people who are very slim but a size 12.
But to answer your question (sorry for the digression), when i was a size 8, I skipped breakfast regularly during weekdays (no time), exercised moderately and did not eat sweets or chocolates. Im an "all or none" type of person. I find it easier to do without than to do moderation.
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