Thank you for your kind words and thanks for reading my blog.
I lost one stone in Feb 2013 (in about a month) following Paul McKenna's rules every day. For a whole bunch of reasons (some of them, temporarily justified, others not!) I stopped following his rules from around the end of March till a week ago! I managed to regain the weight I had lost in that time (plus a little extra, just for fun!)
But even in the past week of following his rules (which, by the way, is absolutely effortless and actually really enjoyable to do) my body has already started to change shape, my clothes are already starting to fit better/feel looser and I am feeling fantastic all the time! (As well as almost completely cutting out all of the junk that had crept back into my diet through the Spring and Summer.)
BTW, here is the still-active Paul McKenna thread that I've just found rather than the zombie thread that I pointed you to earlier:
Paul McKenna's I Can Make You Thin and Hypnotic Gastric Band have transformed my way of eating, my attitude towards food and my health. There are absolutely no restrictions on what you eat. This is not a diet. There is no calorie counting involved. There are, basically, only four rules you have to follow. And, I believe, it is all completely sustainable forever!
Here's a mumsnet thread from earlier this year that might help to explain his way a little more:
Thanks Beechview. The no snacking thing was a revelation to me. I once worked out, using MyFitnessPal, that my daily snacking alone amounted to 600 cals or so . That's an entire meal! I now eat slightly larger portions at mealtimes to make up for no longer snacking, but the increased portions certainly don't amount to anywhere near those 600+ cals.
I think you really can't go wrong if you cut out snacks. Adults don't need to snack if they're having 3 meals a day. Sugar in liquid form is quite bad so don't have fizzy drinks and juices or limit them.
What do you cook? Unless you're cooking pie and chips every day, your meals are probably fine. Check your portions and add extra veg.
If you look at recipes on bbcgoodfood, they always have the calorie and fat content for the recipes so you can quickly gauge what's a relatively healthy meal. I'd go for something around 500cals for an evening meal.
I've recently cut out snacking and now it just doesn't feel normal to snack. It feels really greedy actually. My meals are healthy but it was snacking that made me gain weight. Now I've got that controlled, I'm trying to sort out portion sizes and get some exercise in.
BTW, I've since lost a further 13 lbs since that "after" photo was taken in July
If it helps any, my menu yesterday was: B: a bowl of Dorset muesli with ss milk and white coffee L: homemade tuna and brown rice salad with olives, cherry toms, orange peppers, spring onions, parsley, peas in a dressing made with olive oil, fullfat mayo and lemon juice Followed my satsuma and grapes. D: Poached chicken breast with brussel sprouts fried with pancetta Followed by 6 squares of 80% chocolate and a handful of almonds and Brazil nuts.
Today my B and L is the same but I'll be having a prawn and mixed veg stirfry for dinner followed by a frozen yoghurt (Yoo Moo) and fruit.
Homemade curries and stews are also a dinner favourite, and soups a favourite on my two fasting days.
I save my ice creams (the nice, rich and creamy stuff eg Haagen Daz), cakes etc for the weekend (which for me tend to start on Fridays!) so that my week is a nice balance between healthy and indulgent. This way I don't feel deprived at all. But, even my indulgent eating tends to be as natural as possible (eg cakes homemade or bought from a bakery I trust, pizzas "homemade" at a quality pizzeria).
I love coconut milk. Just focus on eating as cleanly as possible (as unprocessed as possible) and sticking to simple rules that suit your lifestyle. You can stick with SW but don't get hung up on eating all your syns ;)
Could you go back to basics following some very simple rules? These work for me:
- Eat only at mealtimes, ie no snacking - If you do feel the urge to snack then make it fruit, veg or unsalted nuts - You don't have to eat at the first hint of hunger, just wait it out ( drink fluids first) - Don't exclude any food groups, just ensure each main meal consists of a good balance of veggies, proteins, good fats (eg olive oil, butter) and unprocessed carbs - Choose wholegrain carbs rather than white as much as possible - Choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate - Choose full over low fat products
Of course I still indulge in pizza, ice cream etc but generally these days on the weekends only. I'd say my diet is 70% compliant with the above.
I do 5:2 fasting too but combined with above I've lost 5.5 stones (see my profile photos).
Take a look at this website for more info. I would describe my diet/WOE as semi-paleo because while I don't miss pasta, potatoes, cereal, rice etc, I haven't managed to give up bread, so I minimise it, just one or two slices of granary bread a day. So I have this with just one meal, never with dinner. I also include dairy in my diet, which strict paleo excludes.
I also have a meal of whatever I fancy once or twice a week - takeaway or chips with a meal out. Dd and I have a weekly girls date after school and I have a cake with here then...if you feel like you've banned something completely it just creates a feeling of deprivation and a battle of willpower that at some point you will lose!
Low salt and sugar is usually good because it means less of that stuff has been added, it's not replacing something (fat) that has been taken out of the natural product if that makes sense?
Re DC's I have just stopped buying juice and cordial and they manage on water or milk - the protests didn't last long . I don't want to ban stuff completely and make it catnip for kids once they are free to choose though, so they are allowed it at friends houses or when we eat out, so a few times a week. My youngest is actually happiest with water with meals. I haven't managed to convince them that sweet potato, lentils and cannellini beans are nicer than pasta and chips yet but I am working on it and their plate is usually 1/3 each or protein, veg and carbs. Fwiw I think that kids usually naturally eat instinctively, as in they eat when they are hungry and stop when full, something that most of us need to relearn through practice. So I worry less about them with carbs.
I think (and anecdotally many doctors agree) that the NHS 'food pyramid' places too much emphasis on carbs and demonises fat when in fact sugar (and artificial sweeteners) is the real problem in our diets. An article in the Sunday Times news review today talked about just this - fat is not what makes you fat, sugar is. And your body responds to white carbs the same way as it does to sugar. Much better to have carbs from veg, pulses, beans etc than pasta, rice, potatoes and white flour products. Ditch breakfast cereals, fruit juice and fizzy drinks to cut loads of sugar from your diet.
If you prefer semi-skimmed milk that's fine, but avoid anything labelled 'low fat' as you can guarantee it will have a load of stuff you don't want in it - usually artificial sweeteners - to make it taste nice in the absence of fat. The best fats are found in nuts, olive oil, avocado, oily fish - Essential Fatty Acids. They keep your skin and hair looking lovely and help build and repair cells in your body. But there's no need to avoid meat and dairy either.
Yes. I want to teach DC to cook too. I need to teach myself, in order to teach them.
I had to teach myself to cook when I left home. I couldnt even manage frozen pizza or tinned soup without reading the instructions to start with. I taught myself from a book called 'How to Boil an Egg'
Then moved onto J.O Jamies Dinners cook book. So I can cook. Just all the wrong things.
So full fat yogurts, cheeses, everything? I prefar semi skimmed for etc.. Is that okay? And wholemeal or white etc?
Like I say. I know how to cook. Just so confused by all the different advice out there. For example NHS website. Change for Life etc. Are they right?
You are right, it's not good to model eating like that for your kids. Eat mindfully, ie only when you are hungry, stop when you are full and really enjoy your food. Give up the fake food, aim for 80-90% of your diet to be real, fresh, and unprocessed (and full fat, never 'low fat' versions. Avoid sugar, minimise alcohol to well within recommended limits and all should be good. It may only result in a slow and gradual weight loss but that's fine, it's a way of eating for life and health.