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Is my diet really really bad?

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DixieWest Wed 11-Dec-13 19:21:22

Ok so at the moment I'm eating:

Breakfast: sometimes nothing, sometimes a pack of malteasers.

Lunch: egg and bacon sandwich, crisps, chocolate bar, apple juice and sometimes sweets

Tea: takeaway or cheesy oven chips, sometimes beans on toast or pasta

Is this diet going to make me grossly overweight with time?

DixieWest Wed 11-Dec-13 19:21:48

I mean well I suppose I know it is, but is it really that bad?

LaurieFairyCake Wed 11-Dec-13 19:23:16

There's these things called vegetables wink

Fuck overweight (you're not eating that much depending on portion size) but you're at serious risk of cancer and strokes with that diet

It's utterly nutritionally deficient

Quite simply it's going to kill you

ChristineDaae Wed 11-Dec-13 19:23:21

Actually depending on your metabolism/activity levels this may well never make you overweight. You would be very malnourished though.

DixieWest Wed 11-Dec-13 19:24:08

But but sometime I have salad on my sandwich <clutching straws>

DixieWest Wed 11-Dec-13 19:24:36

It is making me about 2 stone overweight I think.....

RalphRecklessCardew Wed 11-Dec-13 19:24:58

It's really rather bad. Getting fat is the least of your worries.

somersethouse Wed 11-Dec-13 19:25:04

Are you serious?
I don't think you can be. But if you are then yes, it is very bad. You have no fruit or vegetables and are eating no breakfast, just chocolate.

It is SO unhealthy.

eurochick Wed 11-Dec-13 19:25:44

Yes, it's terrible. Surely you know this yourself?

It might not make you overweight - that simply depends on whether you have a calorie deficit or surplus (which depends on what you eat, your size and metabolism, and the amount of activity you do).

RalphRecklessCardew Wed 11-Dec-13 19:25:50

This is a wind-up, right?

DixieWest Wed 11-Dec-13 19:28:18

Genuinely not a wind up unfortunately. I honestly didn't think it was that bad. You read in magazines about seriously overweight people eating 2 takeaways and 4 packs of biscuits a day. I'm currently trying to eat more healthily but I need a kick up the arse so I don't go back to my old eating ways.

HECTheHeraldAngelsSing Wed 11-Dec-13 19:31:16

It is an awful diet. Lacking in practically everything you need to be healthy. It's not just about weight. Some very thin people can be dreadfully unhealthy!

What vitamins and minerals is your diet providing? Where's all the food groups?

The diet you describe is one that, long term, would make you ill.

MummyofIsla Wed 11-Dec-13 19:35:44

Tbh its not the weight that would worry me, its the fact you are pretty much digging an early grave.

MummyofIsla Wed 11-Dec-13 19:36:40

I'd rather be slightly overweight with a healthy diet (though with enough exercise this is unlikely) than die of a heart attack before i'm 60 because my arteries are that clogged.

Theenormouscrocodile Wed 11-Dec-13 19:37:57

OMG, this is the kick up the arse I need to sort my own diet out. Thank you OP for starting this thread.

BunnyLebowski Wed 11-Dec-13 19:40:40

How old are you OP?

If you're over 20 then why are you eating the crap diet of a student?? confused

Vegetables? Salad? Lean protein? Unprocessed homemade meals?

Why are you eating the way you do? It's so so SO unhealthy.

RhondaJean Wed 11-Dec-13 19:42:17

That is. Really really really really bad. I don't know where to start - lack if nutrients, lack of fibre, amount of saturated fat, amount if sugar, salt...

How are your poos? Cos if I ate like that I'd be constipated too.

hairymonkey Wed 11-Dec-13 19:43:40

Get yourself a cook book, I know he's a bellend but Jamie Oliver's recipes are pretty easy to follow, and cook yourself some proper food.

Don't be all "eugh, I don't like courgette, lettuce, blah blah"
Just try new things and be grown up about it.

This will hopefully stop your hair and teeth falling out and keep skirvy at bay.

You will feel a lot better cutting or reducing the amount of processed food you eat. There's good recipes on here too.

If you've got kids you need to feed them properly and it helps to involve them in cooking from an early age. I am also a die hard spicy nik nak/scampi fry addict,

SolomanDaisy Wed 11-Dec-13 19:47:09

It's a shit diet, you know that. If it's what you're eating for a month or two during a period of extreme stress, it's not going to kill you and you may not even gain weight depending on how much you eat and how active you are. But if you're eating it for longer than that, it is not good for you.

aintnothinbutagstring Wed 11-Dec-13 19:52:22

Nothing for breakfast is better than a bag of maltesers, why don't you just have something normal for breakfast, a bowl of cornflakes or some toast? Have 'just' an egg and bacon sandwich or some other sandwich for lunch, no need to add all the other snacks alongside it. Have meat and two veg for dinner, a pasta or curry dish. I agree, your food choices seem a bit student-y and unrefined.

Maebe Wed 11-Dec-13 19:59:39

I eat awfully. I mean, really awfully. I'm aware that a lot of the reason why I haven't got fat on what I eat is because I eat small portions.

But sorry OP, you've actually made me feel ok about what I eat. For all that involves crisps and chips and cake, it does at least involve a banana for breakfast and some sight of salad or veg during the day.

If you want a breakfast on the go, you could try the breakfast biscuits and a banana, perhaps? And make sure the pasta is with a tomato sauce and some vegetables rather than something cheesy or creamy?

DixieWest Wed 11-Dec-13 20:08:40

Ok, I think I needed that! So today I had:

Porridge with skimmed milk

Chicken salad wrap with salad cream and an apple

Baked cod and cauliflower cheese

Is that any better?

BIWI Wed 11-Dec-13 20:12:22

What is 'good' or 'bad' depends entirely on your perspective about food and nutrition. As someone who is a long-term, 'lifer' low carber, this is what I would say:

Breakfast: sometimes nothing, sometimes a pack of malteasers.

Dreadful. You need to be eating something to help stabilise your blood sugars. The worst possible thing you could be eating is sugar. Incidentally, this also includes cereals, bread and fruit juice. Best choices for breakfast are protein and fat - bacon and eggs are a perfect choice. Otherwise, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, full fat yoghurt

Lunch: egg and bacon sandwich, crisps, chocolate bar, apple juice and sometimes sweets

Way too many carbs here. The only thing that does have carbs is the egg and bacon. Try eating something like protein plus salad, with an oily dressing on it.

Tea: takeaway or cheesy oven chips, sometimes beans on toast or pasta

A massive carb overload.

Again, base your meal around protein and fat, with carbs in the form of vegetables (not potatoes) and salad, with an oily dressing.

Is this diet going to make me grossly overweight with time?

Yes. But more worryingly, this will set you up for a later life with a high risk of diabetes, hypertension, cancer and/or Alzheimers.

Cut right back on the carbs. Make sure that your carbs are coming from veg and salad, and make sure that you eat more protein and fat. Don't be afraid of fat - fat is good, if you're eating low carb.

BsshBossh Wed 11-Dec-13 20:17:30

Yes, better smile I'd set yourself a goal of eating more greens and brightly coloured whole foods each day - so add a serving of broccoli or French beans at night; more stir fries with red and orange peppers and pak choi; add berries to your morning porridge...

BIWI Wed 11-Dec-13 21:14:14

Sorry blush in regard to your lunch - the only thing that doesn't have carbs... obviously!

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