A disclaimer before we start: I’m not going to tell you how to lose weight. I will however give you excuses as to why you ‘re not currently looking like a Victoria’s Secret model. You don’t need to be told how to lose weight. The theory is EASY. Eat boat loads of vegetables, some fat, and less carbs.
Oh if only it was easy to implement.
You know what I hate? The term lifestyle change. It’s terrifying! I don’t want a lifestyle change I like my lifestyle of sitting on the sofa and eating crisps. A lifestyle change sounds like a lot of work and I’m busy and tired and is that a 12 pack of crisps?
Maybe just cut out that second helping of dinner for now. We can have a lifestyle change later.
Also, everyone’s different. I’m Caroline and I’m a carb monster. I cannot be stopped. I don’t want to stop, which means I have two options remaining:
–definitely a candidate, I could have a LOT of fun with option 1.
– it burns through my carb belly. I don’t lose weight, but I can eat more. Yaaaasss.
You may not have this issue – you may be blessed/plagued with a sweet tooth. I feel you. Don’t you just want to slap everyone that suggests frozen grapes as an alternative to ice cream?
WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE???
I love frozen grapes, but if I’m craving ice cream (this does though), they don’t cut the mustard. Eat less, find a low fat version, eat so much in one go you can’t look at it again. You do you.
I also need instant results. No slow and steady wins the race for me. You know what works? Not eating after 6pm. It. Works. So. Damn. Well. But it’s not easy and you will be hangry. Cutting carbs has similar effect BUT tread carefully. After two weeks you’ll sacrifice your soul for sandwich and the weight will pile back on if you give in.
The 5:2 works brilliantly for my mum (and many friends), but whilst my fast days were fine (the key is to eat a lot of melon) my feast days were far to feasty. Oops.
I think it’s important to know just how much you want to lose weight. Is it for appearance? Health? Find yourself a goal to hit, then set mini goals you can achieve every fortnight or so to keep motivation levels high.
Educate yourself in calorie counting. I’m not advocating counting calories (although many swear by My Fitness Pal) but make sure you’re not self sabotaging. I get asked at work all the time how many calories are in, say, the banoffee pie, and when I respond with ‘ermm, about 800’ people are staggered. There’re women (and maybe three men ever) diligently recording their calories in their diaries but grossly underestimating how many calories they’re eating. A restaurant-sized bowl of pasta complete with creamy sauce and garlic bread is, isn’t, I’m afraid, 500 calories. You know what is 500 calories though? That bowl of oats and berries they had for breakfast, not 150 like they wrote down. Absolute nightmare.
I have a real problem with hanger, so I have to eat continually or else there’ll be no living with me. I eat a lot of celery and carrots (I save the hummus for tea because I’m not so good with having a small portion – go big or go home). I also have soup at work as an extra meal because it’s filling but low calorie. I worry that if I ever get a sit-down job ill balloon up like a great big beast because I’m so used to running round like a loon and thus being able to eat to massive carby meals a day.
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