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Goldmonday Tue 13-Mar-18 15:47:12

And whether you tend to lose/gain or maintain your weight?

Unless I monitor every single mouthful I take I seem to gain weight. Just wondering if what I normally eat is that much different to other people.

EnglishRose13 Tue 13-Mar-18 15:59:23

I follow Slimming World.

I generally eat during the day - two satsumas and an apple, cucumber, pepper, tomato, ham, a tuna sandwich (made with small loaf bread). I may also have a Mugshot if I'm still hungry.

For tea we tend to have something like pasta bake, or jacket potato, or stuffed peppers. Pizza chicken is also a winner.

ComtesseDeSpair Tue 13-Mar-18 16:12:07

Usually when folk say they don't eat a lot but are still putting on or not losing weight it's because the little bits and pieces here and there which we forget about when summarising what we've eaten that day are adding up, often hugely - people think that to be overweight you need to be guzzling chips and cake all day long, but the reality is that even eating a couple of hundred calories (two or three biscuits; a bit of toast; a Starbucks latte) over what you're burning day in day out tends to be what leads to weight gain. Which would explain why recording everything you eat works for you. Does that seem likely in your case from what you know of your habits?

My diet varies. I can have days on end where I eat a bit of chicken and salad and lose a couple of pounds, followed by days where I eat more substantial meals and it balances out. I just eat when I'm hungry and eat what I crave, and figure that my body will take care of the rest.

puglife15 Tue 13-Mar-18 16:12:48

I eat what I want including wine, cake and chocolate most that is:

Porridge and berries

Lentil and vegetable stew with rice

Slice of banana loaf

Got cottage pie & veg for tea, and will also probably have a glass of wine, piece of fruit, handful of sweets and/or crisps.

I'm not overweight or underweight.

helpconfused Tue 13-Mar-18 16:13:41

Im the same. If I don't calorie count I gain.

Paie Tue 13-Mar-18 16:16:02

Jam sandwich at lunch (makes me feel 5 years old again but its all I can stomach atm)
Dinner is normally something quick- i.e. sausage and mash/ pasta bake type thing.
Every other day snack on something sweet- I have an awful sweet tooth!

Eat until you're full then leave it!

DietCokeGirrrrrl Tue 13-Mar-18 16:18:15

Currently trying to lose weight. I have a couple of boiled eggs with tomato or avocado for breakfast, heinz tomato soup and quavers for lunch, and then a big salad with fishcakes or quorn chicken pieces or shakshuka etc for tea.

StickStickStickStick Tue 13-Mar-18 16:23:20

I almost started this thread- I just want to know what normal people (not dieters, people who don't need to diet) eat!

Queenoftheblitz Tue 13-Mar-18 16:23:51

Today I've had two slices wholemeal bread with peanut butter.
Cup a soup.
Chicken salad sandwich.
Two bars of Frys chocolate cream
Slice golden syrup cake
I'll probably have a jacket potato with cheese later
I usually eat a bit healthier than this but had a sugar urge today.
My weight tends to stay at 9stone 10 pounds. I'd like to drop those 10 pounds.

HelenaJustina Tue 13-Mar-18 16:25:49

I maintain without calorie counting but aim to eat ‘consciously’, asking myself, ‘Do I really want this? Do I really need this?’

I typically eat a small bowl of museli for breakfast with a scattering of seeds on top. Soup or salad for lunch but no bread, and a piece of fruit.
Dinner is a huge variety of things, but half the plate is always taken up by veg/salad (vegetarian DH).

If I’m hungry between meals, I have a good drink first and see if that helps. I do have treats but only once/twice a week.

BigFatFanny Tue 13-Mar-18 16:55:30

Currently losing weight (i'm a chronic binge eater) so I have 3 different answers to this question, losing, maintaining and gaining.

Losing: Always go low carb, it's the only way I can keep my cravings under control and avoid binges.
B: Double cream in coffee
L: Salad with feta, olives, smoked salmon, any protein and oil
D: Meat with plenty of fat on it and green leafy veggies or chicken/ lean meat with a creamy sauce.
S: Small portion of nuts on the train home or strawberries and cream after dinner for a treat

Maintaining: Again Always low carb and very similar to the above during the day, but I add a carb to my evening meal or to my lunch or snack, never more than 1 option though.

Gaining: If I've relapsed and I'm on a binge:
B: Nothing or large bowl of cornflakes and SS milk
L: Jacket potatoes, stir frys, mcD's or KFC or nothing
D: Takeaway about 2 nights a week which would be an entire pizza, large portion of chips and a big pot of garlic mayo and 2 pieces of chocolate cake. On the other night it would be huge portion of chicken nuggets, garlic mayo, mozzerella sticks, chicken strips, garlic bread. On non-binge nights just normal meals like spag bol etc or again, nothing.

On my gaining diet I recently gained 4 stone in 2 months.

On my losing diet I dropped 6 stone in 8 months, that's about the fastest I've managed.

My maintain diet keeps my weight within 10lbs, but increases the liklihood of relapse massively so it's the hardest one tbh.

I'm 5ft 5 and at my biggest I was 19st. If I stick to my losing diet for a full year I get down to around 11st.

5foot5 Tue 13-Mar-18 16:56:37

When I want to lose weight I follow 5:2 quite strictly.
When I am just maintaining I still have 2 "fast" days but I don't count as carefully I just watch what I eat.

Yesterday was a fast day:
Breakfast: nothing just a cup of tea with no milk or sugar
Lunch: Melon, low fat feta cheese and a few black olives
Dinner: Vegetable chilli with a spoonful of brown rice

Today is not a fast day:
Breakfast: Small glass orange juice, granola and natural yoghurt
Lunch: Jerk chicken with mango, green lentils and spring onions plus an apple
Dinner: Fusilli with Aubergine Amatriciana (no I don't know either it is DDs turn to cook) and garlic bread.

At the weekend we indulge a bit more and have puddings and four days a week I drink wine grin I don't think today is one of those days sad

Neganforever Tue 13-Mar-18 17:01:33

Small bowl of muesli or porridge (unsweetened), couple of bits of fruit, homemade lentil soup with cheese or slice of toast with eggs, chilli con carne for dinner. Couple of extra snacks like fruit, fruit cake/dark choc, a biscuit, or a yoghurt.

I exercise more or less daily (running, spinning, walking), and maintain my weight more or less. I am low to normal BMI.

JennyOnAPlate Tue 13-Mar-18 17:05:03

I'm trying to lose weight at the moment (2 stone down so far)

Two slices of toast with peanut butter
Salmon and rice
Dinner will be chicken casserole

I'm trying to only snack on fruit but a lemon slice fell into my mouth earlier. I'm still within my calorie allowance, which is about 1900 if I want to lose a pound a week(my fitness pal)

Foxyloxy1plus1 Tue 13-Mar-18 17:07:25

Pitta bread with smoked salmon and tomato for lunch, followed by a rice cake.
Dinner will be chicken salad.

Possibly some yoghurt after and I’ll no doubt sneak a couple of squares of dark chocolate.

I’ve lost a few pounds and am 9 stone. I’d like to get rid of another few pounds, but I don’t think it will happen. I do three Zumba, two Booty Barre, cardio, yoga, Pilates and dance every week. There are more classes I could do maybe.

CosmicSpider Tue 13-Mar-18 17:15:37

Yesterday was a protein shake for breakfast, with added banana, raspberries and Blueberries made with almond milk. Lunch was a home made no fat chinese chicken and vegetable curry with a small portion if rice. Dinner was beans on small loaf (400g) toast with a bit of low fat cheese. I am losing at the moment. I weight train three times a week and run three times a week also.

Hoobledoop Tue 13-Mar-18 17:19:45

BMI 20ish here. Maintaining.

B - chunky oat & barley porridge on running days with seeds & banana chips, greek yoghurt with fruit on non running days
L - soup or salad of some sort, fruit
D - normal meal - roast, fish pie, chicken traybake etc. If we have something sweet later on, it'll be yoo moo frozen yoghurt lollies, fruit & greek yoghurt, whitworths shots etc and sometimes a hot chocolate before bed.

I drink absolutely shedloads of tea & coffee, plus 2-3l of water but rarely drink alcohol.

I don't eat processed white carbs, they don't agree with me.

I exercise every day. Either running, weights, yoga etc.

RedPandaMama Tue 13-Mar-18 17:35:24

I track what I eat on My Fitness Pal, currently losing weight but very slowly as BFing and don't want to crash diet like I have in the past.

Today I've had:-

Breakfast: 1.5 crumpets (other half to DD!)
Lunch: (shop bought) chicken and bacon pasta salad with mayo
Snacks: two of those little Biscoff coffee biscuits, a slice of crustless quiche (a Slimming World recipe, absolutely delicious)
Tea is going to be risotto. Then probably some yogurt with cherries and a row of white chocolate. I can't go a day without chocolate so I've cut it down from a 100g bar a day (I know, I know) to making one bar last a week and having a row a day.

Plus about 4 pints of sugar free squash and a large coffee with milk and sweetener.

Do you drink a lot of hot drinks and/or snack a lot, OP? I know my dad realised when he tracked his 8 coffees with milk and sugar a day that added up to almost 450 calories a day extra that he hadn't even considered! Also he would grab a biscuit every few hours at work, easily an extra 300 or so. It's so easy to do.

Something I started doing is weighing out my butter - refuse to swap to margarine or a light version as the real thing is just so much better. I was easily having 20g on two pieces of toast which is 150 cals. I've cut it down to 10g now! Also grudgingly swapped sugar for sweetener.

I would recommend tracking what you eat for a while and then making small changes - swap semi-skimmed for a non-dairy milk (I like cashew, so creamy!), reduced fat cheese can make a big difference if you eat a lot of cheese, swap bread for a wholemeal wrap or smaller loaf. All can make a big difference. Also eat more protein and healthy fats to keep you fuller. Eggs, avocado, wholemeal and wholegrains are all fab.

chickenowner Tue 13-Mar-18 17:47:40

I log everything I eat - sad I know - but otherwise I gain weight. I use the fitbit app.


Breakfast: porridge cooked with water, with plums, blueberries and raisins. Coffee with almond milk.
Lunch: Slice of roast turkey, lettuce, cucumber, green pepper, red onion, celery, sweetcorn, about 1 tbsp mayonnaise
Dinner: Tuna steak, stir fry veg - 1 tbsp oil, spring onions, garlic, ginger, chilli, cabbage, carrot, beansprouts, red pepper, soy sauce.

So lots of food!

CatsAreHarderThanKids Tue 13-Mar-18 18:10:55

Average day:

Breakfast - Wolfys porridge pot
Lunch - cheese and coleslaw baguette or leftovers warmed up
Dinner - vegetarian spaghetti Bol/cottage pie/veg and butter bean stew/vegetable curry with no rice but a dollop of Greek yoghurt
Evening - fruit or olives and sundries tomatoes, maybe a bag of crisps

If I fancy a snack I tend to have a nature valley granola bar but not every day. I try not to eat too much sugar as I'm diabetic but I'm a swine for savoury snacks/cheese. I'm trying to cut down the cheese though as my last cholesterol check was a bit high!

I'm neither losing nor gaining weight.

Indie139 Tue 13-Mar-18 18:15:12

Typical day would be
Breakfast- crossaint or 1 slice of toast with butter. Glass of orange juice

Mid morning Snack- 1 banana

Lunch- sandwich (chicken slice or tuna mayo) if not sandwich then shop bought pasta salad, bag of crisps, half a choc bar and small bowl of grapes.

Dinner- spag bol, chicken curry with rice...just some examples

lljkk Tue 13-Mar-18 18:20:15

About 2500 kcal daily. I don't lose or gain. Sedentary life & job but lots of exercise, too. Today was

Most of a a can of canned peaches (in juice) with porridge in large cereal bowl, peanut butter. Lots of tea with full fat milk & cream. 3 truffle chocolates

1.5 cans of lowsugar baked beans. With LOTs of cheese. Glass of orange juice.

Supper will be lots veg, roast potatoes, chipolatas, some schnapps & lemonade.... maybe lots of yogurt with a big slice of lemon cake.

boboismylove Tue 13-Mar-18 18:23:18

typical weekday -

Breakfast - full fat syrup latte x 2, orange juice

Brunch - spinach/ eggs/ muffin/ turkey bacon or salmon

Dinner - roast chicken breast/ roast vedge/ chips or rice

Serialweightwatcher Tue 13-Mar-18 18:25:12

At the moment I am a rebel without a cause - just eating what I want but not ridiculously - however that means I stay the same (2 stone overweight): Today I had:
Bran Flakes (every morning whether dieting or not)
Piece of Homemade cheese & onion quiche
4 squares of Galaxy
Small portion of homemade chilli with half portion of last nights beef & mushroom from the Chinese and 6 chips

If I was doing weightwatchers I would have the same breakfast, but chicken, scrambled eggs or cottage cheese, crackerbreads & salad for lunch with a bit of mayo
Salmon or a chop or bolognaise with veg and/or salad for tea

I would have hardly any bread/potatoes/pasta and fill up on the salad/veg for meals - I would lose weight doing the weightwatchers plan as I always have, but just can't get into it at the moment again

boboismylove Tue 13-Mar-18 18:30:56

I just realised everything I eat is fried or roasted (in olive oil). I have no idea how calories is in what I just put, but now I'm breastfeeding it feels like a bit of a struggle to maintain weight.

I generally crave dairy and drink lots of full fat milk and snack on cheese.

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