My journey through weight loss, fitness and the new me.

I need to lose weight.  But I don’t want to diet, I want to eat healthily.

I need to lose 30-40lbs by our holiday in mid July, which gives me 11 weeks.

3-4lbs a week, think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew.

I used to follow Slimming World, but I feel like I need a change.

I’ve browsed the shelves of the bookstore, I’ve looked at books on Amazon, I’ve looked at online plans and websites.  I’ve looked at Diet Chef, Lighter Life, Weight Watchers, The 21 Day Diet, The Cambridge Diet, hypnosis and gastric band therapy.

All I can gather is that no one agrees on anything!!

So what do you do?  What works for you, or what doesn’t work?

  • No carbs at all, no carbs after lunch or leave carbs alone!
  • No dairy
  • No sugar
  • Nothing processed what so ever
  • Counting calories
  • Mini portions
  • Just exercise
  • Cut out the late night snacks
  • Diet pills

I just have no idea where to start.  

Diet pills I’ve pretty much discounted.  Even those that just say they curb appetite, I need to learn to listen to my body and comfort eating is my issue anyway.

What works for you?

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Comments on: "What is healthy eating to you?" (4)

  1. Welcome back!

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but… 3-4 lbs per week is not a realistic (or healthy) goal. Now that the bad news is out of the way, the good news:

    YAY that you don’t want to “diet”. Dieting doesn’t work. It just doesn’t. Proven. Scientifically proven. If you diet, you may lose weight in the near term, but then you will regain every pound, and then some. Don’t diet.

    Losing weight is simple math: calories in versus calories out.

    I like to eat. I hate deprivation. So I know that if I want to eat the food I love, then I have to move more, to burn the calories I’ve put in my mouth.

    Here’s the math:

    Let’s say you consume 1,800 calories per day (which is a good healthy amount – and shouldn’t mean deprivation of any sort). In order for you to lose just 1 lb per week, you would have to burn 2,300 calories per day.

    2,300 minus 1,800 = 500 calorie deficit. 500 calories times 7 days = 3,500 calories (deficit). 3,500 calories = 1 lb.

    Now, reality is that to burn 2,300 calories per day …you are WORKING HARD. You are busting your ass.

    So, as I said, this really is just simple math. If you want to lose 2 lbs per week, that means a 1,000 calorie deficit per day (i.e. you’d have to burn 2,800 calories each and every day (or consume less than 1,800 calories).

    Sorry to rain on your parade, but I think you need to consider how realistic your goals are – and whether you’re looking for a quick fix that you’ll inevitably see revert back to your original weight (as soon as you stop the diet) – or if you’re looking for a long term sustainable lifestyle that supports the weight you want to maintain for life.

    If it’s the latter, then combine healthy eating with daily exercise, and you’ll get there. It won’t be quick, but it’ll be effective. And that’s so worth it!

    and finally: what is healthy eating? I guess it’s different from person to person, but for me:

    1. Reduce processed foods
    2. Drink tons and tons of water
    3. Avoid empty calories (sugary drinks: pop, juice)
    4. Reduce added sugar
    5. Reduce starchy (bad) carbs
    6. Add more leafy greens and colourful fruits and veg to every meal
    7. Don’t deprive yourself: if you crave something, eat it. Just don’t eat a ton of it. portion size is key.
    8. if you mess up, forgive yourself. don’t dwell on it. Just move on and make better choices from that point forward.

    good luck!
    Nancy

    • 3-4lbs a week definitely won’t be achievable. I can normally start a new eating plan with a 6lb weight loss on week one, but only because I retain fluid. After that is the normal pound or two a week.

      Last time I properly lost weight I was 15lbs lighter than now and although I still had a bit to go I was happy wearing skinny jeans and figure hugging cami tops. So 15lbs in 11 weeks will be the goal.

      43lbs off takes me to a BMI right in the middle of my healthy range, it always seemed a bit low to me though.

      Foods wise I’ve swapped bread, rice and pasta from white to brown and I’m going to reduce how much of it I eat.

      I’m using side plates for dinner as well. If I’m still hungry I’ll get seconds but so far halving the size of my dinner has made no difference to how I feel after so I was definitely over eating at night. But I also need to eat more during the day. I can write easily get to 6pm on 200 calories without trying. I’ve had countless rows for it and it’s not intentional. I’ve got apples to take to work tomorrow to add to my cashews and walnuts to snack on.

      My first goal is to last all week without visiting Starbucks!

  2. I’m doing Slimming World and I find it works really well for me – I think it’s must more of a healthy eating plan than any other program. I don’t believe in cutting anything out – especially entire food groups eg carbs, and I don’t really think that counting calories/points etc of everything you eat is good for you – in my experience it leads to obsessive behaviour. Otherwise, I’m sure you know what kind of things are the most healthy to eat, just try to increase those and decrease “empty calorie” intake, without depriving yourself, and keep it balanced! Your target may be a little tricky in that time frame, but you can certainly make a big difference by then!

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