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cookiedoughcake Fri 27-Oct-17 23:33:26

Hi,

I’m really in need of some advice.

I’m trying hard to loose weight. Previously I have never ever calorie counted and literally eaten all day every day terrible food. Purely glutinous. I emotional eat big time. I’ve hit a point where I’m bigger then ever and feel horrid.

I know this is not normal. When I eat “like a normal person” I’m continually hungry. To the point I feel weak and sick. I see my colleagues eating so much less then me and surviving the day...I honestly don’t understand how they do it.

Why???!!!

Can you tell me what you currently eat ina day...I need to see where I am going wrong. 😫

Thank you

Floralnomad Fri 27-Oct-17 23:40:48

I've lost 3 stone since May , due to being very ill and either unable to eat or vomiting . Now I'm on the mend I've still got another stone at least too lose so I'm just not over eating . I have bran flakes for breakfast ( very small bowl and less than what dh considers a portion) , a sandwich for lunch and then a small meal in the evening . I have stopped drinking anything fizzy apart from Soda water and lime , and drink very dilute squash ( 3-4 pints a day at least) the rest of the time . Aside from a few fruit gums throughout the day ( I'm addicted I think) , and perhaps some fruit ( apple or satsumas) I don't snack at all . I've also obviously started doing more exercise which at the moment is just walking the dog . I do think you can lose weight by exercise and just sensible eating and portion control . Prior to my illness I used to snack a lot , particularly on crisps in the evening / toast etc .

Floralnomad Fri 27-Oct-17 23:42:59

Sorry I should have said that in the last 2 weeks that I have been eating as above I have lost another 3/4 lbs , which did surprise me as I only started doing any walking this week .

Ollivander84 Fri 27-Oct-17 23:46:57

Just posted in another thread so will copy it here

Height 5ft 10
Starting weight was 16st 10, now 14st 4 (aiming for 13)

I do 14:10 so fast for 14hrs, eat within a 10hr period

Breakfast - banana pancakes (1 egg, 1 banana mashed up), 100g Greek yog, maybe 10? Or so chopped strawberries

Lunch - one thin, 2 boiled eggs mashed with mayo, half a cucumber cut into sticks, mini pot of hummus, about 4-5 slices of thin ham or turkey or chicken
Sometimes a babybel or under 100 cal bag of crisps or snack bar

Mini meal snack protein shake, chopped up apple and 20 grapes

I don't eat tea as will be fasting. Drink tea with skimmed milk and water all day

Should add I track everything on MFP apart from salad, cucumber, milk in my tea but I track at 1200 cals which allows 100/200 cals for my milk/salad etc

Wishingandwaiting Sat 28-Oct-17 07:44:25

Why are you having a protein shake? Is that following some exercise? If so, great. If not, then drop it (or even better, start the exercise!).

The mini pot of hummus sounds ominous. Instead buy an ordinary sized pot and allow yourself only teaspoon for lunch.

How much mayo? To be honest I’d get rid of the majo and enjoy those eggs naked.

Wishingandwaiting Sat 28-Oct-17 07:45:00

Oh sorry I was looking at Olliva post

Wishingandwaiting Sat 28-Oct-17 07:47:01

OP, that seems an awful way to live, to be so uncomfortable following so much food.

Is this food you are buying at lunchtime or taking in to work?

You need to wrestle back control by bringing in a generous healthy lunch and snack and ONLY eating that. Be strong. Fill up on water and hot drinks.

And change your name!

chocolatespiders Sat 28-Oct-17 07:56:35

Could you write down a typical days food for us to see?

cookiedoughcake Sat 28-Oct-17 08:13:12

Thank you for the replies guys I appreciate it!!

Haha yeah i think a good start would be to change my name!grin

My typical day:

No tea/coffee

Breakfast - whatever I can get my hands on - leftover cake, big bowl of frosted wheats, 2 toast you get my Jist 😳😫

Lunch - huge pret/Greggs baguette, crisps, cake fizzy drink

Dinner, just more snacks and finishing whatever I’ve made for the kids

Lots and lots of snacks in between each.

Yes it’s awful. I should be the size of a house. Last two weeks I’ve been good, but I find it so so hard. Unless I have stuffed my face I feel hungry, so when I see people eating “normally” and try and recreate this i honestly feel ravenous! But then I hate myself because I feel awful. It’s horrid, it’s like I need a brain reset.

Wishingandwaiting Sat 28-Oct-17 08:15:17

What about stuffing yourself with veg or a salad?
Mountain of veg? Humongous salad? And then fist sized carb/protein/fat on the side

Wishimaywishimight Sat 28-Oct-17 09:23:16

I do 16:8 so no breakfast.
Arrive in work 8.30 - green tea.
10.30 - peppermint tea
1pm - lunch, usually soup or salad
3.30ish - snack of rice cakes or oat crackers with peanut butter
7.30ish - dinner

I drink 2 - 3 litres of water a day.

I do get hungry at times but that's no reason to keep snacking and it means I really enjoy my food when I do eat.

chocolatespiders Sat 28-Oct-17 09:26:30

I feel your pain and really struggle with food.
Could you swap lunch for soup and wholemeal pitta bread. I make lentil soup or sometimes buy the tubs of soup from aldi and have half in a mug. Yog for pudding for some protein.

I think you should plan some dinners. I am a single mum and batch cook a meal and I eat the same thing every night all week just to save pennies.

Ollivander84 Sat 28-Oct-17 10:52:32

Wishing - because I enjoy the shake and I often have it when no time to eat at work
(Exercise is limited at the minute)

Mini pot is due to portion control, I can't be trusted with a full pot

Mayo because I like it!

It totals 1200 cals a day and I'm 5ft 10, I eat whatever I want providing it's in my calories, sometimes that's pizza or cake

WildBluebelles Sat 28-Oct-17 11:18:02

How much weight do you want to lose, OP?

I have porridge with berries or eggs with avocado for breakfast. Then a large bowl of soup for lunch with toasted rye bread, some nuts and a piece of fruit. For dinner, I will have a large portion of roast veg, tofu/halloumi and some grains like quinoa or rice. Or I will have rice or lentil pasta with tomato sauce and cheese. Then for snacks, dried fruit and nuts.

It sounds a bit health-nutty but I am trying to overcome binge eating disorder and anything with refined sugar or white carbs is a huge trigger and I can't stop, so I have decided to remove them completely for now and just focus on getting good nutrients in. I am no longer overweight- I was before, but I have now lost about 2 stone (I no longer weigh myself so not quite sure).

Zoll Sat 28-Oct-17 11:45:27

You can go low carb, which will be tough but will work, or you know, you can just make incremental changes. (There's nothing to stop you going on a full on diet at any point, even if you make an incremental change today.)

So you carry on as you are but set yourself a challenge every month or so. Month one - swap fizzy drinks for water but carry on everything else. Month two - swap crisps for a boiled egg, an apple, or nuts. Month three, stop buying the cake - eat some cheese or fruit instead. If you really want the sugar, try a meringue crushed up with some berries and cream or thick yoghurt.

More incremental changes you can introduce without much pain:

Precook and then reheat your pasta and mashed potatoes (to increase the resistant starch).
Swap milk choc for darker choc.
Drink water, tea and coffee instead of fizzy drinks and fruit juice.
Reduce the sugars in your tea slowly to nil.
Swap white rice for brown rice.
...then for cauli rice.
Eggs for breakfast.
Where there's a choice:
Choose brown seedy bread over white bread.
Choose aubergines, courgettes, cauliflower and greens over potatoes and peas.
Choose canteloupe and berries over bananas, mangos, and pineapples.
Choose fresh fruit over dried fruit.

and so on

Wishingandwaiting Sat 28-Oct-17 11:55:18

WildBluebelles

Sounds nice but not health nutty. You have just one piece of fresh fruit day and no fresh veg at all!

Wishingandwaiting Sat 28-Oct-17 11:57:36

Good advice from zoll. wont reap quick results but will reap sustainable results.

Bearberry Sat 28-Oct-17 12:21:50

In all honesty, I find counting calories the only sustainable way for me to lost weight. I use MFP and that way I can adjust my 'diet' to fit my lifestyle, so if I really fancy some chocolate or if I'm having lunch out etc, it all works as long as it stays within the calories. I also find before long you know how many calories you tend to eat anyway as you eat the same things frequently.

Bottom line for me though is whenever I've wanted to drop some weight and therefore had to cut my calories for a while I'm always hungry the first week. Then my stomach adjusts and it's notably easier. I always just battle through the first week and known I'll soon be out the other side.

WildBluebelles Sat 28-Oct-17 12:45:04

Wishing well, one portion of fresh fruit for breakfast and one for lunch is two (and one portion of fresh veg on the days I have eggs and avocado)... The soup has at least 2 portions (cooked) veg per serving (carrot, onion, sweet potato and tomato) and then I have a mix of roasted peppers, onions, broccoli, baby corn, mushrooms and aubergine for dinner. Yes, it's not all raw but it's obviously cooked from fresh. Because it's getting towards winter now, there's not as much salad veg in season, plus there's a bit of research about how certain vegetables are healthier when cooked.... Anyway, I'm definitely not concerned about getting my 5 a day (just trying to stay away from junk food)...

Noofly Sun 29-Oct-17 17:31:51

I’m 49, 5’ 4” and weigh 9s 7lbs. I’ve lost 3 stones in the last 10 months and am hoping to get down to 9s.

I eat:

B) 11ish 40g porridge with 220mls semi skimmed milk plus either 15g walnuts and blueberries or 15g walnuts and a banana (on the days that I cycle)

L) late, around 3ish big plate of salad with either a pack of ready to eat chicken (usually about 160g) or salmon or 150g prawns and 1T salad dressing

D) 6:30. Whatever I want. E.g. tonight we are having slow roast lamb shoulder with pomegranate and a yoghurt/pomegranate/mint dip, pita bread and broccoli/green beans. I eat anything and everything for dinner but watch my portion sizes and it’s usual homemade. We’ll get a ready meal once maybe every two weeks and a takeaway once in a blue moon.

I don’t tend to snack but if I’m hungry I’ll have some more nuts or a single portion of a Graze snack or a cookie (homemade- always have a supply and don’t buy store bought cookies).

I’ll also have 3-4 cups of herbal tea during the day and plenty water. I don’t really drink alcohol- maybe once a month.

I do have a fantastic dessert every Saturday- whatever I want and as much as I want.

I do exercise a fair amount. I’m currently cycling 70 miles a week and lifting weights at the gym.

I found it very easy to lose weight when. Was overweight but it’s much more difficult once in the healthy weight range!

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