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TheCrazyLady Mon 08-Aug-11 19:13:48

If I do a shake diet for a couple of weeks am I likely to mess up my metabolism?
Will I gain the weight back as soon as I finish bearing in mind I'm not the type of person that tends to put on weight. I have baby weight but have been the same weight for years and I was never overweight before children.

Can someone recommend one? Is slim fast the only one you can buy in the shops without consultants?

Please don't lecture me on how bad these diets are. I know they're not ideal but I need a kick start as I am finding it really difficult to lose weight. I would get a A* in the theory of every kind of diet but an F for the practical.

Solo Mon 08-Aug-11 19:20:13

TRY THIS it really works and is healthy to do and NO SHAKES!!!

TheCrazyLady Mon 08-Aug-11 19:29:18

I'll take you up on your offer Solo but ONLY after my 2 weeks on a shake diet.
Thank you.

foreverondiet Mon 08-Aug-11 20:14:54

Yes, if you do a shake diet for 2 weeks and go back to normal eating you'll put the weight back on very quickly. Your body will go into "starvation mode" and when you eat properly you'll gain. Worse still you'll lose muscle mass but then gain additional fat.

Boots sell a range of one that isn't slimfast.

TheCrazyLady Mon 08-Aug-11 20:19:45

Argh so what I didn't want to hear Foreveronadiet
How many days does it take to get into starvation mode? What if I did a shake diet for say 3 days then had a day of normal eating then shakes for 3 days.
Can I avoid the starvation mode?

You can tell I'm desparately trying to make this work, can't you?

foreverondiet Mon 08-Aug-11 20:26:25

Why do you want to do shakes so much? Why not just eat lean protein and non starchy veggies - you'd get the same weight loss and it would be more healthy.

TheCrazyLady Mon 08-Aug-11 20:32:13

I just can't do it. Don't ask me why because I don't have the answer. I just give in or have complicated food issues or whatever. I think shakes may help me by taking food out of the equation for at least a couple of meals.

foreverondiet Wed 10-Aug-11 00:11:00

Well go for it and see if it works for you. But make sure you do some resistance training as you lose to make sure you don't lose muscle mass, and make sure the meal that's left is high in protein.

HowToLookGoodGlaikit Wed 10-Aug-11 08:22:41

If food is the problem, then the thread Solo linked to seems like a very healthy option for you.

twentypoundsover Wed 10-Aug-11 09:37:22

I'm also on a shake diet but just plan to replace some meals with it rather than going the whole slimfast hog. I find it hard to deal with proper meals where I'm restricting myself but am fine with normal meals where I'm not thinking about being denied stuff, and fine with shakes as it's just easy to know when the meal has ended.

Solo Wed 10-Aug-11 10:58:32

As HowTo says, it's a non restrictive 'non diet' and really does work.

Smash09 Wed 10-Aug-11 13:39:04

If you must do a liquid type diet, is there any way you could make your own? If you looked at the ingredients list on slimfast and the like, you may not be so keen to use it! It's basically just low fat sugary milkshake with added protein and added vitamins. So even though you wouldn't be malnourished and you would lose weight if you followed it, you would be having a bit of a crappy diet really. I recommend making a yoghurt smoothie for breakfast, a veggie soup with beans in it for lunch, and a veggie soup with a portion of baked fish and salad for dinner. That way, it's a similar set up to the slimfast diet, but you would feel more satisfied, the food would actually taste nice, and you'd still lose the weight quick enough.

Breakfast smoothie could be something like 150g frozen berries (tasty and high in vit C and fibre), 150g low fat greek yoghurt (calcium and protein), 20g oats (fibre and slow release carbs), and 15g of ground almonds (healthy fat and protein). 230 Calories roughly.

Lunch soup (make a bit batch and portion out) carrots, tomatoes, celery, chickpeas/butter beans, spices, onions/leeks, whatever other non starchy veg, boiled together with veg stock and blended. A big bowlful about 200calories.

Dinner, more soup, and 100g salmon or mackerel or whatever white fish you like with some salad and balsamic vinegar. About 500 cals.

Snacks: one apple, one low fat yoghurt, 30g nuts.... total of about 350 cals depending on types.

TheCrazyLady Mon 15-Aug-11 16:16:11

Thank you Smoash09 for that plan. I think I can do that.

Thank you everyone for your advice. I had a long hard think about things and had a read around this board and thanks to Foreveronadiet I ordered a couple of book. I had a read through them and am going to follow the advice from the books. Both books are about dealing with overeating and sugar addiction and certain things made a lot of sense and reading them has strengthened my resolve.

I've decided to ditch the shake idea as it won't help my sugar addiction and really try to focus on the type of diets described on this thread and in the books. A low carb, low gi type of diet. I started today and have been doing fine.

If anyone else is interested the books are Eating Less by Gillian Riley and Potatoes not Prozac I can't remember who thats by.

foreverondiet Mon 15-Aug-11 19:47:47

fantastic choice of books! well done. so much better than shakes!

TheCrazyLady Tue 16-Aug-11 18:29:08

I did very well yesterday until the evening where I had a bit of a binge.
I've done very well today too and I don't want to binge.
Any tips will be useful but really I'm just putting this out there to strengthen my resolve.
I don't want to over eat. I've had enough food today. My body does not need sugar or white carbs. It makes me tired and sluggish and I'm healthier without it.

HowToLookGoodGlaikit Tue 16-Aug-11 18:57:32

The Paul McKenna CD really does help with that, it changes your thought processes about food, so that you dont use it as an emotional crutch and only eat when you are hungry.

TheCrazyLady Wed 17-Aug-11 16:19:33

I will look into that.
I'm really trying to focus on just eating 3 meals a day with one snack mid afternoon.
I am finding it very difficult and haven't succeeded yet.

Today I had breakfast of porridge then lunch of a bean stew type thing and I've tried to not snack but have been picking a bit. I've had a slice of granary bread with tomatoes, some yoghurt covered fruit flakes and some melon.
Ideally I want to stop this but at least its better than the crisps and chocolate biscuits I've been eating.

foreverondiet Wed 17-Aug-11 16:41:26

I agree re: Paul Mckenna. I am going to confess that earlier in dietused diet coke and diet sprite as crutch. I have since stopped drinking it but think that its not so bad if the alternative is crisps and biscuits.

I do snack now but only if I assess that I actually am hungry. My snacks today were melon and cashew nuts.

TheCrazyLady Wed 17-Aug-11 18:21:39

I am one of those anti aspartame people unfortunately so I very rarely have diet drinks. I've been sipping green tea.

I've just had dinner. It was chicken curry and rice. I was not going to have rice and try to keep it low carb but I couldn't do it. I just felt so hungry so had rice.

At least I feel I've had a proper meal so there's no need for me to eat anything else today. The next thing I'm going to eat is porridge tomorrow morning.

I've had a lot less sugar over the past few days than I normally would. In fact I've eaten a lot less but I'm not sure if I've eaten little enough to lose weight.

I feel very annoyed with myself. This is why I was contemplating the shakes. I find dieting so very difficult.

TheCrazyLady Wed 17-Aug-11 18:23:08

I should know better and remember from the books that this is all about healthy eating and being good to myself rather than weight loss.

foreverondiet Wed 17-Aug-11 18:41:26

Rice is ok, next time go for brown rice, or quinoa and have moderate portion.

If you are hungry have to eat. Fill up on vegetables, try having vegetable soup or salad as starter.

TheCrazyLady Wed 17-Aug-11 18:52:13

Thanks. Your advice is always so good smile

Solo Thu 18-Aug-11 00:46:29

By the sound of it, you'd really do well on the Paul McKenna 'diet' as you eat when you are hungry. My resolve was dreadful, but 2 stones down...I did fall of the wagon, but it is easy to get back on again and I'm almost back to where I fell off.
We're all really friendly over there if you'd like to pop in and see for yourself smile.

HowToLookGoodGlaikit Thu 18-Aug-11 07:08:13

Agrees with Solo <nods>

TheCrazyLady Thu 18-Aug-11 09:49:15

Really?
I have problems with over eating. I feel hungry a lot and don't feel full til I've eaten tonnes. How can I follow a plan that says I can eat whatever I want as long as I'm hungry?

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