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What sort of diet for me?

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vvviola Sun 11-Aug-13 22:26:46

Does anyone have any ideas what sort of diet might fit with my tricky situation... I'm currently 78kg and 5 foot 4. I had dropped from 82kg down to about 71kg doing weight watchers this time last year but it has all crept back on.

My complications are:
- Family meals are dairy & egg free due to allergies in the family and I'm too lazy to cook two sets of meals

- I'm studying for a Masters which means lots of deadlines, late night & getting assignments done fueled by coffee and chocolate (part of the reason for the weight creeping back on again)

- I'm not sure very low carb is possible for me, partly because it's winter here and salad is extortionate - the budget just won't stretch to $3 for a cucumber or $4 for a manky bag of lettuce - and I can't see how else I'd replace potatoes etc

- I have a history of fainting due to stress & low blood sugar so I suspect a fasting diet may not be the most sensible choice.

- and finally (sorry, I know I'm really difficult) with the study and general chaos in my life I don't think I'll have the time/head space for detailed tracking or calorie counting.

Is there any hope for me? Last summer I was so pleased with how well I'd done and was even considering wearing a swimsuit on the beach this summer - won't happen at this rate confused

fouroneone Mon 12-Aug-13 10:39:16

Cut out snacking except for fruit if you're really hungry.
Include more veg in your family meals and have less of the carbs.
Do some exercise every day even if its a 30 min walk.

vvviola Mon 12-Aug-13 20:38:14

Yep, it's the snacks that are my downfall really - my portion size is pretty ok, I exercise at least twice a week and do lots of walking on top of that. But I just can't see an apple getting me through a post-midnight study session blush

vvviola Tue 27-Aug-13 12:28:39

Just bumping in case anyone has any ideas... or a spare bit of willpower they can lend me. blush

specialsubject Tue 27-Aug-13 13:13:09

it is obvious to you why you are putting on weight - the snacks and chocolate, combined with a crazy schedule. No-one else can study for you but who is doing the housework and cooking? Get someone to help and then you don't need to be up until all hours studying. Turn off unnecessary housework and get the rest of the residents pulling their weight.

eating salads out of season is not ideal, forget that. Eat slow release carbs (wholegrains, potatoes, pasta, porridge etc) and plenty of veg to keep energy levels up. Prioritise your exercise and stop buying chocolate. If the munchies strike, have a sandwich.

vvviola Wed 28-Aug-13 00:43:24

The housework got abandoned ages ago shock. DH is a great help when he's not working, but I do all the cooking as we're on a pretty strict food budget so I've got it all planned out (it also means I've cooked in advance for lecture days). Unfortunately as I'm home with a 2yo on the days I'm not in lectures, study can only happen after her bedtime - so prime study time is 8 til midnight, which has always been my worst snacking time anyway.

I know the snacks and chocolate are my downfall, but I always seem to stay away from them better when I have my main meals sorted - more incentive not to spoil my good work I suppose.

I got a book out on the low GI diet from the library this morning, which would fit in with the idea of slow release carbs. Mind you should have probably read the book before I did the groceries today...

TheTruffleHunter Wed 28-Aug-13 01:45:54

Try adding plenty of protein to meals so you don't get the sugar high/crash cycle. I know you said no eggs etc but if you're snacking a plate of scrambled eggs is pretty quick so it's not like cooking an extra meal. Also have some easy light meals to hand like sesame ryvita with hummus?

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