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What's the right diet for you, Horizon Special

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Italiangreyhound Mon 12-Jan-15 22:01:29

What's the right diet for you, Horizon Special

I am watching this, anyone else?

What's the right diet for you, Horizon Special

livedtotellthetale Mon 12-Jan-15 22:23:03

I watched it, but I took part in it hope you found it intresting.

Italiangreyhound Mon 12-Jan-15 23:11:42

I only caught the last bit of it, watching it on catch up when it appears. Can you me and say who you are?? livedtotellthetale

I am going to do the test thing to see which I am, secretly I know!!! I think.

KateHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 13-Jan-15 09:23:48


Just thought you might be interested to know that we have Professor Susan Jebb from What's The Right Diet For You? in today for a webchat. Thread here.

amidaiwish Tue 13-Jan-15 10:48:48

so i'm 65% constant craver!!

sounds about right
recommends intermittent dieting... argh!

BiscuitsAreMyDownfall Tue 13-Jan-15 11:15:27

Im 50% constant craver. Ive tried IF before and feel like it could be good for me, just need the motivation to do it. I manage 16:8 now easily enough, but eat the wrong things and too much during that 8 hour window. Would help if DH was a bit more encouraging rather than pulling hmm face. Then again its down to me what goes in my mouth, I can always say no. Easier said than done though.

amidaiwish Tue 13-Jan-15 11:28:02

dh does 5:2 for a few months then stops then on again.
he reckons he loses 1lb every day he does it
then again he does tend to eat a lot of biscuits etc (works from home, disaster) and finds the 5:2 stops these habits so you eat less even on the normal eating days.

i tried it once, spent all day wondering what i could eat and felt absolutely terrible. i think i have slight blood sugar issues and have to eat fairly regularly (i only have max 1/2 stone to lose, but it is all on my tummy)

RedToothBrush Tue 13-Jan-15 11:35:46

I've just watched it on iplayer and thought it really interesting in defining different eating habits into quite clear groups. I imagine not everyone as fits neatly into those groups as the test subjects but I think the principles are good for highlighting why we eat primarily rather than focusing on what we eat first. It strikes me that as a rule we try and diet by just looking at food rather than trying to address the reasons why we eat properly. I'm not sure I've seen that approach done before in quite the same way; it all is done on will power alone in the media. Certainly that tends to be the way people think about dieting on MN, which you can see in responses to threads on the subject and I think anything that changes that mindset by showing it in scientific ways is helpful.

I'm surprised that there hasn't been more comment on the programme to be honest, but unfortunately it was in just about the worst tv slot I've seen in a long time! Up against Big Brother following someone being removed, up against one of the most popular dramas of the last 12 months Broadchurch and if neither of those appealed the long established Silent Witness was on the Beeb!

If you haven't watched, its well worth putting it on catch up.

DrDre Tue 13-Jan-15 13:16:49

I don't diet, just do lots of exercise (five times a week). Its much more fun!

Draylon Tue 13-Jan-15 13:18:19

I'm also surprised MN isn't aflame with this! I admit I didn't give it all my attention, and no, not BB!- DC's bath and bedtime ets, so I will watch it again.

The only thing I wasn't sure about was the group support thing. It sounds great but a) I'm not sure many of those people wouldn't have abseiled regardless of the encouraging cheers from below; and b) whether sometimes 'group support' can morph into 'it's okay, everyone else is cheating, too!'. As an aside, I accompanied a very overweight friend to a WW meeting in London 25 odd years ago, and after 6 weeks it was apparent to me that the vast majority of the fat ladies there were in it for the social- bit of a moan about how they'd regained last week's loss, and some more, group commiserations, then a bit of a natter in general. I suspect for many it was their one social evening out a week, so 'stopping going' via weight loss would not have been in their interests. The successful losers nipped in, got (publicly) weighed, recorded it, and left!

I think the quiz is a bit simplistic (I did it) but of course, it's bound to be. They can't test my genes! But it marginally suggested to me that I am the type that should 5:2, but actually, I know I'd be better at low GI, high protein (as in: that works for me; thinking 100% of the time about food for 2 days a week wouldn't!). I struggled a bit with the answers- as in I wasn't definite, except to know that I'm not an emotional eater (as for the vino, that's another set of questions!). I eat because I'm a bit of a piggy and don't think before reaching for the fridge door; however, I don't snack on biscuits or chocolate; my diet is generally good but I eat too much stuff!

Anyway, I shall watch with interest!

BiscuitsAreMyDownfall Tue 13-Jan-15 13:35:06

I agree DrDre Exercise is fun, and I too, like to exercise 5 times a week. Problem is though that losing weight is 80% what you eat and only 20% exercise. If only it was the other way round. There's a saying get fit in the gym, lose weight in the kitchen.

My BMI is 27.45 so would love to lower it, just dont have the willpower to watch my food intake ATM.

DrDre Tue 13-Jan-15 13:41:37

I find that if I stop drinking it makes a massive difference, I lose weight very quickly then (in conjunction with exercise). However I like a drink so it doesn't happen very often!

JaniceJoplin Tue 13-Jan-15 13:55:38

It said I am an emotional eater 36%. I think I have put on weight as I have had 4 years of sleepless nights with DC. I can diet and eat healthy if I can sleep. The only time I have lost weight has been when the brief period when I only had 1 DC and they slept.

JaniceJoplin Tue 13-Jan-15 13:56:14

Didn't watch the show. Silly spot. Was Broadchurching instead.

okitoki Tue 13-Jan-15 14:05:51

I feel the word 'diet' implies a temporary change, you get to your ideal weight, then go back to your old ways end up disappointed that you put weight back on!
I've been using My Fitness Pal daily for 4 years and exercise 5 days a week.
If you can actually see the figures you're consuming in the form of a calorie diary you're shocked into taking definative action.
I lost 22 lbs, 3 dress sizes and most importantly, kept it off.
Like everyone else, I splurged at Christmas but being in a healthier place to start with makes it easier to get off. Christmas added 6 pounds to me but 13 days into the New Year and 2 of those pounds have already gone.
I cannot recommend My Fitness Pal enough.

livedtotellthetale Tue 13-Jan-15 14:12:12

I was one of the people taking part in the program and it has been a life changing experience for me and a lot of the other people who took part, I was very aware when chosen and agreed to take part what kind of program it was going to be and not to be humiliated in any way or form.

I wasn't surprised what group I was in, although many on the program were. and its been a revelation to them. The aim of the program was trying to change the way people look at diets and be able to determine that one diet doesn't fit all we were all carefully selected through a number of tests and some who have struggled with weight for years have a answer.

Its a shame that 3hrs is not long enough to really go into detail of what these experts have done and it has to be simplified to fit the time slot.

As for the Abseil I know that without all the support of the group I would have found it much harder and some wouldn't have done it. Everyone of us stood in the rain and cheered and supported each other down it.

I hope that people do gain something from the program and maybe give them a answer and a guidance in there weightless. as for me it was one of the most rewarding amazing experiences.

BiscuitsAreMyDownfall Tue 13-Jan-15 14:27:04

I dont like My Fitness Pal. Its a faff trying to figure out how to list everything Im eating. For example, for tonight we are having sausages (from the local butcher) and bubble & Squeak (made from left over mash and veg from last night) I have no idea where to start to record this meal. For lunch I had a chicken leg (bought from the same butcher as the sausages) left over from last night. Also no idea how to record it. Dont want any generic chicken leg as it might not be the right figures.

Also today I did a bootcamp class and there is no exercises on MFP for classes. Im not sitting there trying to work out that I did 30 secs of press-ups and 30 secs of sit-ups and 30 secs punch bag etc.

I actually went back on it today for the first time in a couple of years and got fed up when trying to add on my hot chocolate I have drank today. I have no idea how much powder went in. I know I could weigh that, but have no chance weighing everything as I dont do the cooking and have no idea of any measurements.

Im thinking of going back to Paul McKenna. I lost weight before listening to his CD and running. I dont have the willpower for 5:2 which has also worked OK for me in the past. Low carbing I have no chance with (even though I do think this will be the thing that gets rid of my tummy)

FrankelandFilly Tue 13-Jan-15 14:48:50

Interestingly I come out as 46% Constant Craver which recommends the high protein, low GI diet. I've got Polycystic ovaries and there is some evidence that a low GI diet can help.

I've been using a FitBit step counter for the last 6 weeks or so, I'm finding it helps to motivate me to walk a bit more to try and hit my goal. It also helps that you can "challenge" friends and a small group of us have a little healthy competition going grin

changeyourmind Tue 13-Jan-15 16:23:38

My results were 38% emotional eater and 37% constant craver, not much difference between the two. Not too suprised, as the types of food I eat under stress/illness tiredness are very different to what I eat normally.

I tried to reduce my carb intake for 2 months in the summer, lost almost two stone. It worked well and I felt less tired.But it was too hard to sustain, especially when cooking for other people who aren't on a diet.
Thought the programme was very interesting, the idea that one diet fits all is outdated and is not true for most people. I think I need to change my mindset about 'dieting', its not temporary but something to improve your health and wellbeing!

Anyway, the results and my previous diet has given me more of an idea of what I want to eat. Similar to last time 1,500 -1,200 calories but maybe have 2 days a week where I eat 800 calories, on days where I'm just lounging around.
Now need to plan meals to cook, and buy the ingredients.. smile

Italiangreyhound Tue 13-Jan-15 17:02:30

FrankelandFilly you said Interestingly I come out as 46% Constant Craver which recommends the high protein, low GI diet. I've got Polycystic ovaries and there is some evidence that a low GI diet can help.

Arre you sure?

I thought feasters were the ones getting the high protein, low GI diet and Constant cravers were intermittent fasting.

EasyToEatTiger Tue 13-Jan-15 17:15:41

Oh dear. I'm not in any category. Now what?

dietcokeisgreat Tue 13-Jan-15 18:15:17

I think this is all rubbish. I think a balanced sensible diet with a bit of everything is the long term solution. If people need to lose weight to be physically healthier then they should work out what is best short term,cbut most radical things are not good long term.

SkyHighWhy Tue 13-Jan-15 18:37:17

Attended a seminar this week, given by someone who makes her living in the fitness industry. She recommended the following:
- ignore your weight
- ignore your BMI
- focus on Body Fat %

Reduce by only 500 calories per day, no more, ideally as follows:
- cut out 200 calories of food
- increase your movement.

Don't follow a published diet plan from eg WW, unless you:
a) want to lose weight quickly
b) don't mind putting it back on

amothersplaceisinthewrong Tue 13-Jan-15 18:43:11

Calories in to be less than calories out. Whatever they are called, all diets work on this principle. End of.

RedToothBrush Tue 13-Jan-15 19:06:40

Good to see most people commenting have actually seen the programme. hmm

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