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So fed up of dieting

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mmollytoots Sun 19-Jul-15 20:23:58

sorry posting for traffic.

Have tried every diet going but my issue is I can't stop eating shit and I fail at counting calories. I had my baby a year ago and I start back work this week fatter than ever I am disgusted with myself.

Does this sort of plan sound good for the future.

breakfast- porridge/eggs/weetabix

lunch- simple homemade sandwich/soup/salad and a piece of fruit

dinner- portion controlled family dinner i.e. curry, spag bol, salmon, potatoes and veg.

Gym three times a week and plenty of water. Does this sound ok for a long-term healthy eating plan

mmollytoots Sun 19-Jul-15 20:39:11


TheWhoOfWhoville Sun 19-Jul-15 20:42:21

It does, but I'm sure you know what is and isn't healthy. It's sticking to it that's the hard part! I've got an 18 month old and feel much the same as you. I think I've come to the conclusion that the whole mentality of dieting is a bad idea and even if you loose weight it seems to all pile back on. All I do when on a diet is think about food! I've just started doing the Paul McKenna hypnosis cd ( I know, I'm a sceptic too). I'm not sure if the hypnosis works but I'm certainly finding the mentality behind it quite interesting and liberating. I'm only at the end of week one so can't say if it will enable long term change for me, but I've had a good weight loss so far and it's made me think more about food and my eating, rather than just weight loss which has always been my focus before. Also reading 'fat is a feminist issue' which is very interesting.

SpringBreaker Sun 19-Jul-15 20:45:51

If you are eating shit, then you aren't dieting.

Up your exercise and cut down on sugar and carbs. Eat a large breakfast as you burn the calories off during the day, no point eating a large dinner in the evening as you don't need the fuel in your body then.

Fairy13 Sun 19-Jul-15 20:48:50

Go to slimming world.
Can fit it around family, they won't even know.

AnotherEmma Sun 19-Jul-15 20:53:07

How about the No S Diet? It's simple - no calorie counting - and you can still have treats.

I hate diets but I'm managing this one so far!

mmollytoots Sun 19-Jul-15 21:01:28

fairy13 slimming world doesn't work for me. I've tried it twice but I hated it.

mmollytoots Sun 19-Jul-15 21:02:31

the nos diet Sounds like what I'm actually going to try.

Just three balance meals no snacks etc

mmollytoots Sun 19-Jul-15 21:04:58

speingbreaker what would you have for a big breakfast

AnotherEmma Sun 19-Jul-15 21:10:39

If you're interested check out the No S Diet thread

fhdl34 Sun 19-Jul-15 21:13:13

Try weight watchers, fits around your lifestyle really well, and options of different plans (counting points, filling and healthy)

ilove Sun 19-Jul-15 21:13:17

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Dilema76 Sun 19-Jul-15 21:13:55

I'm sure that would work....for someone who is disciplined enough to not return to the cupboard and eat shit alongside it!

Everyone would be slim if they followed what they know to be good for them!

I'm much the same as you! No willpower...

Bluebiscuits Sun 19-Jul-15 21:22:03

I have lost a stone doing something similar. I had bran flakes for breakfast (40g), banana mid morning, tin of soup and carrot/pepper sticks or salad for lunch, fruit mid afternoon and a small dinner.

Cutting out snacks and keeping a check on portions made a huge difference and I still had the odd treat every now and then. Making sure I didn't feel deprived also helped - it avoided the diet/binge cycle I usually get into.

WorktoLive Sun 19-Jul-15 21:58:35

What did you hate about Slimming World? Your suggested meals would fit in well with their plan and you could add a small daily treat.

Or is it that you can't do a 'small daily treat' because it turns into a ginormous bingy treat?

Slimming World is good if you don't want to count calories - you can just cook normal family meals with little or no fat and a bit extra veg.

The No S diet or your version of it will also probably work as long as you are honest about portion sizes. If the portions of your healthy meals are too big, you still might not lose weight.

I've had success with Paul McKenna in the past despite finding his CD extremely irritating and being sceptical. It's also very cheap, so worth trying.

I heard him on the radio and he mentioned his three rules

Eat what you want to eat, not what you think you should eat - this takes away the dieting/deprivation mindset, and no, apparently you don't end up living on pizza grin
Eat slowly and concentrate on eating and enjoying it - so you don't accidentally stuff in three mars bars while barely noticing.
And most importantly - stop when you are comfortably full, not stuffed - this is the most important rule and when I heard it, it seemed so obvious, but yet at the same time, became clear why I was overweight - sometimes I just ate too much.

I went through a period of a few months of 'being on PM' and I lost a couple of pounds a month and went from slightly overweight to healthy BMI - I have never been very overweight and my weight has only varied by about 20 pounds in my entire adult life. It made me confident that I could stop the general upward trend in weight by concentrating on his rules - you lose weight because you eat less

Easy to fit into every day life if you can stick to it - you will find that you leave a lot of food in restaurants (I took a lot of doggy bags) because most portions are simply far too large. One lasting legacy for me is that almost any takeaway usually does me two meals - just by doing that, instead of eating it all until you are stuffed, you are cutting the amount you eat in half shock.

HelenaDove Sun 19-Jul-15 22:01:43

Ive lost ten stone on Slimming World but am sick of the fact that im someone who HAS to watch what they eat ALL the time. So ppl who are successful at this get sick of it too.

Happy36 Sun 19-Jul-15 22:03:15

Keep yourself away from the kitchen and your mind off of food outside of mealtimes. Have plenty of things to do that keep you distracted from hunger pangs.

Also, when you are genuinely hungry, eat, and don't feel guilty about it. An extra portion of meat or fish at lunchtime is better than a biscuit later because you weren't full. Some days you will feel hungrier than others, but it balances out in the end. Good luck :D

Happy36 Sun 19-Jul-15 22:03:56

Also, I like to drink a cup of peppermint tea after lunch and dinner, because I find it helps me to digest my food.

lem73 Sun 19-Jul-15 22:08:22

Why do you fail and counting calories? Does it feel too restrictive or don't you know the calories in what you are eating? I track my calories using an app called My Fitness Pal. It stops me going off course. I think it is very important to plan your meals and snacks ahead.
Your meal plan sounds reasonable but watch your portion sizes, especially with carbs. Allow yourself little 100 calorie treats so you don't get bored.
Good luck!

TalkinPeace Sun 19-Jul-15 22:09:29

We live in a society where food is overly cheap and excessively available.
To get to and stay at a healthy weight requires learning to say no to offered food.

You can call it dieting if you wish
but in reality its called eating the right amount

For most women the right amount of food is a lot less than 2000 calories a day in my case its 1500

StarsInTheNightSky Sun 19-Jul-15 22:12:21

In the past I've had great success with the 5:2 diet, I lost a lot of weight and maintained it for several years, until I started losing too much weight due. to chemo.

StarsInTheNightSky Sun 19-Jul-15 22:13:44

Oh yes, and I agree with TalkinPeace, the right amount of calories for me is around 1200.

BuntyCollocks Sun 19-Jul-15 22:20:04

Look at eat more 2 weigh less. I've started 3 weeks ago and it makes sense. I'm doing my metabolic reset just now.

lem73 Sun 19-Jul-15 22:24:34

I agree with stars although I relax a bit at the weekends. Don't waste your calories on empty food like crisps. Also what I have been doing recently is having a really light dinner a couple of times a week, like a healthy soup. It sounds daft but it seems to help me.

WorktoLive Sun 19-Jul-15 22:32:10

Paul McKenna also taught me to eat more in the morning, because that is when I am hungry and eat less later on. My evening meals are small because that is what I need to be full (think starter sized portion).

I have a big breakfast, snack, normal lunch and small dinner. I don't usually count calories but the calorie breakdown is probably 600/200/400/200, or a bit more if I am not trying to lose weight, which I am doing using Slimming World at the moment. I am taller and quite active so my calorie requirement to maintain weight is 2100 according to my body analyser scales and BMR about 1400.

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