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To not start my diet until January?

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poshsinglemum Sat 27-Nov-10 22:39:27

I really want to loose a bit of wieght and mabe drop a dress size from 14 to 12.

I would love the Dukan diet as it sounds effective, however I have a carb addiction.

It's cold, snowing and coming up to Christmas. I cannot possibly diet now can I? far better to diet in January when it's the done thing.

Is steely resolve a waste of time now? i crave puddings, chocolate and wine.

LauraNorder Sat 27-Nov-10 22:40:53

Not unreasonable at all and my mates here beside me, Ben and Jerry, completely agree with me wink

Gissabreak Sun 28-Nov-10 09:40:56

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emptyshell Sun 28-Nov-10 10:50:22

Still going to be cold and snowing in January though. I find it's better to start things like diets and gyms in about September time... otherwise I roll into the gym in January, find it full of New Year Resolutioners and packed to the rafters and just go home and have to resolve to return in about March when they've all cracked.

purplepeony Sun 28-Nov-10 11:23:45

Why not drop the idea of a "diet" by "somebody" altogether?
Just start cutting back a bit and exercising a bit more.

You should be developing a long-term, for-life, eating plan- which will include a small amount of carbs- just not 3 x a day in large amounts.

I honestly think that picking a "diet" is a kind of opt-out of taking responsiility for your own eatinghabits- you follow what someone else "says" you can eat, rather than working out a plan for life.

There's no time like the persent- and remember- tomorrow never comes- tomorrow is always today!

classydiva Sun 28-Nov-10 11:31:03

You could lose a stone before christmas then take 3 days off.

Im taking 3 days off my diet at christmas. Why wait then you will have more to lose?

classydiva Sun 28-Nov-10 11:32:09

Just eat less, I count calories, have changed sugar for sweeteners, cut out all snacks and cakes an sweets, Have lost 18lb in a month. And I am by no means huge, just want to be a 10 again.

MitchyInge Sun 28-Nov-10 11:42:45

This is probably a good time to start a 'plan of healthy eating' (says the person who had only Revels, a mince pie and a portion of steam in the bag vegetables yesterday). There are so many lovely vegetables to make soups from, and you have to keep moving to avoid freezing to death (in my house anyway).

MitchyInge Sun 28-Nov-10 11:43:29

(it was a big bag of Revels though)

cakewench Sun 28-Nov-10 12:54:11

I've been on the 'eating well and excercising regularly' regime for a little while now in an attempt to lose the baby weight from my ahem 21 month old son. It's working nicely, if a bit slow and steadily.

I would certainly not attempt one of these no/low carb diets in the lead-up to Christmas, as you will certainly fail if you're craving biscuits and chocolate all the time. Those kind of diets require an all or nothing approach. No wiggle room for the odd mince pie, or it all falls apart.

So, YANBU if you're aim is to start that kind of diet. If you're feeling serious about things, though, you could start a bit of an exercise routine (if you don't already have one) to try to stave off the few extra we all seem to put on at this time of year. I might be losing weight right now, but when it gets closer to Christmas, I think I'll settle for just 'not gaining' any. At least for that week or so.

Good luck!

cakewench Sun 28-Nov-10 12:56:56

lol @ Mitchy- I think I started using my elliptical daily once the weather got cold about a month and a half ago. Previously it was more of a twice weekly activity. grin

poshsinglemum Sun 28-Nov-10 16:56:25

Hi all agian. just noticed the ''why are carbs the enemy?'' I love my carbs; that's why the Atkins is no for me.
The Dukan however, is only no carbs for a week right and then a no carb Thursday for like ever!I really want to make that banana and chocolte cake that Nigel Slater made the other day. I have the ingredients. Help!

MumNWLondon Sun 28-Nov-10 17:30:22

your choice but i have managed to loose 18lbs in last 8 weeks and its been cold etc. january will still be cold.

FreudianFoxSquishedByAPouffe Sun 28-Nov-10 17:50:08

YABU but I mean that nicely. For ages I've been putting off trying to lose weight. But it's finally happened - I started about 6 weeks before a holiday, and now after about 3 months I'm almost a stone lighter. So it's slow going but by not doing anything faddy or extreme it really feels sustainable. I still indulge in treats and have lazy days but the weight is still coming off as overall I'm being sensible with food and exercise.

And the main thing is it's made a massive difference to my confidence already - today I bought my first ever miniskirt!!!

So - start making one sensible choice at a time and you will be a few pounds lighter by christmas

Doyouthinktheysaurus Sun 28-Nov-10 18:05:35

I agree with everyone that says make small hanges now and don't worry about christmas.

January is a really depressing time to start a diet. It's such a dull month anyway and all that talk of New Years resolutions doesn't help.

Start some light exercise and make some small changes to your diet now which you can keep up. You will be amazed at the difference small changes can make.

poshsinglemum Sun 28-Nov-10 19:05:38

Ok everyone. I am going to start making some changes.

Need to find some healthy xmas food. Got any ideas?
I'm thinking smoked salmon, spicy stewed fruit, gammon and veg, turkey anything.Will try and limit chocoltaes.

FreudianFoxSquishedByAPouffe Sun 28-Nov-10 19:15:57

The key thing that I've learnt is that every change makes a difference. Rather than it being all or nothing IYSWIM.

So every time you choose an apple instead of chocolate it brings you closer to your goal - but if on another occasion you 'give in' it is not the end of the world!

hairytriangle Sun 28-Nov-10 19:18:17

YANBU. I am going to start Slimming World again after I get back to work after the hols.

lushlady Sun 28-Nov-10 20:26:29

You just do what you want to. Does seem a little crazy to be rushing into a diet when everyone is about to fill up on food. I've been doing celebrity slim for a while and gonna stick to it through the christmas celebrations but i'm gonna allow myself some little indulgences too!

LauraNorder Sun 28-Nov-10 20:50:46

What's celebrity slim?

MamaVoo Sun 28-Nov-10 21:04:40

God no. Start in January - why should you suffer over Christmas?

tummysgoingslowly Sun 28-Nov-10 21:16:57

I'm making small changes before Christmas. Unfortunately they seem to be in the wrong direction..

lushlady Tue 30-Nov-10 12:59:57

Ha ha, it's that time of year though. I'm sticking to celebrity slim pretty good at mo and will do over Christmas, with some treats for being such a good girl!

KayleighKaya Tue 30-Nov-10 13:06:25

Good on ya lushlady. I'm the same, doing celeb slim but having a few nice bits at christmas with my kids.

Unrulysun Tue 30-Nov-10 13:16:29

Mmmmmmmmm. Poshsinglemum that cake looked good. and if I hadn't resolved to not eat sugar until 11th (birthday - going to Marine Ices in Norf London) and thereafter til 25th I would be sitting here surrounded by banana chocolate crumbs right now.

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