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Stuartsdiet1
05-05-2013, 06:49 AM
Ok heres the situation

age 34

height 5ft 7 , current weight 15stone 12 pounds

Target weight is 12 stone 7 pounds , so total weight loss will be 47 pounds , or 3 stone 5 pounds

It starts now , as of 10.43am im on my diet , had a bad breakfast this morning of a pizza with loads of ketchup so the day got off to a bad start and it was after i ate the pizza i thought thats it something must be done !, a few years ago i was maintaining my weight at 13st 8lbs fine , still over weight but i didnt really worry about it , but since i hit my thirties the weight has steadily increased, so its now or never !

Im planning early morning walk before a healthy brekkie and also a bit of weights and punch bag after tea time , no food after 6pm apart from a bowl of cereal for supper , im cutting out white bread, crisps, sweets ,biscuits, fizzy drinks and sauces ie mayo, salad cream and ketchup.

Ill keep you up to date on my progress , next weigh in a week today


PatLib
05-05-2013, 09:04 AM
I think that sounds great, except you may want to cut out the cereal for a banana or something. I stopped eating carbs from wheats after about 3:00pm and it has really helped me.

Stuartsdiet1
05-05-2013, 09:12 AM
Thanks for the tip , yes the diet will probably need adjusting as i go along , but at the moment i eat most of my food after 6pm , huge evening meal usually and constant snacking , i also eat in the night which is a major problem and trying to stop that aint going to be easy , i believe its a disorder call NES - night time eating syndrome , its been going on for years and i always wake with hunger in the night.


IanG
05-05-2013, 09:15 AM
Try salads. It doesn't matter if you don't like them. You will learn to.

I started off at 20 stone and they worked a treat for me. Not eating dinner worked real well for me too.

And I still drink beer and wine but resist the munchies.

fadedbluejeans
05-05-2013, 10:06 AM
Try a small portion of protein before bed...should help with nighttime hunger.

Stuartsdiet1
05-05-2013, 11:15 AM
Thanks for all the tips ,

Had lunch today at 2pm , went to the supermarket to buy something and after looking around at filled rolls and sanies i opted for a Chicken Pasta Salad , healthy choice version , 330 calories , 7.5g fat, saturates 0.7g , sugars 5.5g and salt 0.7g , i really craved a sandwhich but resisted as most were about the 450 calorie mark. I resisted something sweet and my usual packet of mcoys and tin of pop , so feel quite pleased with myself.

So im planning a couple of boiled eggs with 3 roast beef slices i bought at 45 cals a slice with some lettuce, tomato and cucumber. With the beef slices then technically i aint missing out on my Sunday roast :)

PatLib
05-05-2013, 01:07 PM
When you say supper you mean eating something after dinner right?

I don't suggest skipping meals, your eating habit sound very close to mine. If you are anything like me, your downfall is probably feeling hungry! I tried the skipping meals things which led to extreme binge eating.

For me, I just try to avoid feeling hungry. I do avoid all carbs from breads after 3:00pm and try to avoid them with fruit too. Though I do have a banana for dessert.

I don't know if this will work for you but I did the Sonoma diet (pretty much the Mediterranean with slight variations) starting with wave 2 (it was too hard for me to avoid all carbs) and I follow the Paleo for dinners. So no cheese or bread with dinner. I actually also avoid dairy after breakfast as well. I also found that having my biggest meal at breakfast curbed a lot of hunger but you might feel different. My co-worker is dong the same thing but her biggest meal is at lunch.

Just try to find what works for you!

PatLib
05-05-2013, 01:11 PM
Another tip for starting out, is if you do eat a sandwich. Take off the top piece of bread and eat it with a fork and knife.

You eat it much slower that way and realize you are full faster but still get you sandwich fix. And obviously taking off the top piece of bread gives you less carbs!

Stuartsdiet1
05-05-2013, 04:35 PM
Hi Patlib ,

Thanks for the advice , yes supper is eaten about half an hour to an hour before bed, its usually a binge for me but no more !

ive just had my salad and included beetroot which seems very low calorie, it was quite filling but i have to say i missed the carbs, nearly got a couple of slices of bread and butter at one stage but again resisted the temptation. now the long wait till brekkie begins :( , sure ill make it, either way ill post how tonite goes

IanG
05-05-2013, 04:42 PM
You'll rock it Stu. I'm British by the way. Living in the US. But currently traveling on work in Turkey for two weeks.

Nuts.

Stuartsdiet1
05-06-2013, 03:42 AM
Thanks for the encouragement Ian

Well to say that was a long night !

And im afraid i ate 2 bannanas on the night one at 1.30am and one at about 4am , the hunger pains were relentless and i couldnt sleep because of them , i feel bad but at least it was fruit , will try and cut off my supply tonight as i cant be trusted at the moment, just had breakfast , one slice of brown toast with thin spreading of butter and a small bowl of savoury rice with a cup of tea with skimmed milk, i did plan for cereal but had to go run my dad to the airport this morning so i actually had breakfast at my parents, but tommorow ill be on cereal, i opted for fruit and fibre so we will see how that goes , have an apple in my pocket for a snack and planning soup at lunch and an evening meal of beans on brown toast with sliced tomato

Stuartsdiet1
05-12-2013, 10:05 AM
Well i lost but it was not much , only 2 pounds , i think i started well but my old habits keep coming back , im trying but things aint going good and its a constant struggle , If i eat good threw the day then my hunger after six pm is so painful its nearly unbearable , dont really know what i can do apart from cut of the supply and keep no food in the house ,

IanG
05-12-2013, 11:30 AM
Good effort Stu. Have you thought about a boiled egg instead of those bananas if you do need a night time snack?

Just 70 calories and a great source of protein.

Or a tin of cockles? I love cockles but they are 7 quid a tin in the US. I still buy them though!

Super high in protein and quite low in calories.

Stuartsdiet1
05-13-2013, 12:04 PM
Thanks Ian , ill try your tip and battle on , there is bound to be upsets and times it goes off track but ill keep fighting , just away for a walk then some weights later , then my tuna salad for dinner , cant wait :)

Amy1313
05-13-2013, 01:04 PM
There is a book called 'The Beck Diet Solution' that you may find helpful. It teaches you to change your behaviors around eating. You try something new each day, such as sitting down when you eat, not eating in front of the television, ect. I read something in there that has helped me immensely when it comes to feeling hunger. It said that some people panic when they feel hungry, which I used to do and to remind yourself and your body that you aren't starving, you do have a source of food and that you will not die just because you feel hungry. It's a natural response that is just a bit out of control for some of us. If I can tell myself 1) that I'm going to be able to eat in 3-4 hours and 2) that your body is using its own fat as fuel when I'm hungry, it helps. Just wanted to pass that along and also say that 2lbs is a great start! You learn as you go and it's just important not to give up. Best of luck to you :)

IanG
05-13-2013, 03:54 PM
Tuna is awesome Stu (especially in water, not oil). Stick with that.

PS The mercury never made me mad! :)

Stuartsdiet1
05-21-2013, 05:44 PM
Well another week past and i am pleased to say another 2 pounds off , its slower than i expected but at least its going down.

I am still having trouble with evening and late night eating but its now just Bran Flakes i eat at night.

Ive also had a couple of bad days where i ate too much carbs.

ill try harder this week so heres hoping i can get off 3 pounds this time

Stuartsdiet1
06-02-2013, 05:57 PM
Bad news this week , i put a pound on again potentially more but fasted the last couple of days so im not convinced the 15stone 9lbs was an acurate weight reading.

Things seemed to start going wrong on Tuesday, the food cravings were intense and i ended up driving to the supermarket about 10pm and bought a load of reduced junk food , and of course binged that night and then ate a lot on the following day and thursday , on Friday i basically panicked and stopped eating , so i messed up and feel terrible, its the hunger pains i cant control them and dont know what to do

crispin
06-02-2013, 11:13 PM
Have you ever read "Cook This Not That: 350 Calorie Meals"? I read it a few years ago, and it changed the way I thought about weight loss. This really stuck with me: It said hunger makes us fat. When dieting, we eat very little and endure hunger pains, thinking that's the way to drop pounds. But the book explains that strategy actually makes us put on weight because our hungry body starts burning our muscle and we set ourselves up for a binge. (Some people do well with severely restricted calories, but many of us don't.)

Weight loss becomes easier if you eat just enough so that you're no longer hungry.

I'd suggest eating about 300-400 calories five times a day. You may find that you don't need to break it up that much, that doing that 3x's and then having one larger 600-700 calorie meal works for you.

Eating under 2000 calories a day and doing at least 30 minutes of cardio six days a week will have you losing weight. It may be slow, but it'll be steady and even pleasant.

Some sample filling 300-400 meals:
* Whole grain toast with peanut butter and a glass of milk
* 1 Chicken thigh or breast (with the skin) and tons of veggies (even with some butter)
* 4 oz of lean beef and tons of veggies
* Greek yogurt (more protein than the other kind), a piece of fruit, and some nuts (just a handful)
* Eggs (about 80 calories each, these can be prepared in all sorts of tasty ways)
* An egg sandwich on low calorie bread, a slice of cheese, and some guacamole or meat.

I highly rec that book I mentioned above. It lists so many tasty meals that are under 350 calories.

Stuartsdiet1
06-03-2013, 10:54 AM
Thanks Crispin for your info and advice

I notice that my mouth constantly produces saliva , i dont know why but i think this is linked to my food cravings , my mum noticed when we were out for a walk that i kept spitting, i dont normally spit in public but we were on a hill walk, if i am constantly swallowing the saliva my mouth produces i dont feel well, does anyone else ever have this problem ?

Stuartsdiet1
06-06-2013, 04:11 PM
I am on the verge of quitting , went on the scales today and my fears came true 15 stone 12 and a half pounds, evrything i lost back on plus half a pound , im really pissed off , 3 weeks of agony feeling hungry , missing out on goin for food with friends & family, Fighting food cravings and generally feeling unhappy, and look whats happened im back exactly where i started ! DISASTER !

crispin
06-06-2013, 04:22 PM
Aw, man. I'd feel disappointed and mad too.

Would you mind sharing what you've been eating? And also what you'd eat instead if you quit dieting?

There may be a spot in between the two that would be more liveable.

Stuartsdiet1
06-06-2013, 04:39 PM
Well today ive had

One white roll with egg mayonaise

Two milk Chocolate digestive biscuits

Two 0% Fat Activia Yogurts

4 Onion flavour Rivitas with Low Cal Spread

1 large bowl of fruit and fibre with skimmed milk

2 Chicken Breasts

1 Packet of supernoodles

6 cups of tea with skimmed milk

2 squares of white chocolate

Stuartsdiet1
06-06-2013, 04:42 PM
I ate eight hard boiled eggs at 9pm the night before , with salt , thats when i lost control again ! I boiled them as they were going out of date i planned to eat two for brekfast and refrigerate the others for the following three mornings but it all went wrong.

franciejones
06-06-2013, 04:48 PM
Ok heres the situation

age 34

height 5ft 7 , current weight 15stone 12 pounds

Target weight is 12 stone 7 pounds , so total weight loss will be 47 pounds , or 3 stone 5 pounds

It starts now , as of 10.43am im on my diet , had a bad breakfast this morning of a pizza with loads of ketchup so the day got off to a bad start and it was after i ate the pizza i thought thats it something must be done !, a few years ago i was maintaining my weight at 13st 8lbs fine , still over weight but i didnt really worry about it , but since i hit my thirties the weight has steadily increased, so its now or never !

Im planning early morning walk before a healthy brekkie and also a bit of weights and punch bag after tea time , no food after 6pm apart from a bowl of cereal for supper , im cutting out white bread, crisps, sweets ,biscuits, fizzy drinks and sauces ie mayo, salad cream and ketchup.

Ill keep you up to date on my progress , next weigh in a week today

Your opening line has me now singing "Parents just don't understand"...

Ok..here's the situation..my parents went away on a weeks vacation...." You get the picture. :smug:

franciejones
06-06-2013, 04:51 PM
Have you ever considered doing Atkins? I really is easy to follow and you feel very satisfied...

Stuartsdiet1
06-06-2013, 05:24 PM
The Atkins is meant to be very bad for your health, as far as i was told anyway so that put me off ever doing it

franciejones
06-06-2013, 05:26 PM
The Atkins is meant to be very bad for your health, as far as i was told anyway so that put me off ever doing it

It is true it has gotten a lot of bad press..but it is quite the contrary. If you do a search on You Tube for Low Carb/High Fat diets..you will find loads of experts who talk about the results their patients have had ..not just with weight..but diabetes, BP, heart disease, dementia..etc. Just a thought. ;)

Stuartsdiet1
06-06-2013, 05:38 PM
I am in a reflective mood at the moment , i can and i will turn this around , its a nightmare to put on 4 and half pounds but at the end of they day it can be lost again and some.

PatLib
06-06-2013, 05:43 PM
The Atkins is meant to be very bad for your health, as far as i was told anyway so that put me off ever doing it

That's only if you avoid fruits and beans/legumes. If you remove bread, pasta, etc. you might find weight loss happening a little quicker but for completely removing those just wasn't an option for me with work lunches, family dinners, etc.

crispin
06-06-2013, 07:21 PM
I am in a reflective mood at the moment , i can and i will turn this around .

You rock!

Looking at what you eat...I'd be really hungry on that myself! That's because I personally need lots of protein, fiber, and fat to feel full. Too many carbs make me so hungry. And sugar...oh, that can make me ravenous.

Would you be interested in trying out a higher protein diet for a few days? I find it especially helps me if I stay low/no carb during my first meal of the day. .You may want to give that a try. Also, eating some protein **every time** you eat carbs the rest of the day can help so much.

I don't do Atkins or any formal plan, but since I've started eating like this it's been way easier for me to eat a healthy, lower calorie diet without it feeling like torture.

Stuartsdiet1
06-07-2013, 06:18 AM
Thanks for the advice

Stepped on the scales this morning and i was 15 stone 10 and a half pounds.

I am not sure what plan i am going with at the moment but i am changing my weigh ins two once every two weeks on a Friday morning , i think the weekly weigh in was a mistake cause i would lose focus as soon as i saw a loss and return to my old habits.

Ive started today with a bannana and one slice of brown toast, mid morning snack was one activia yogurt, i am not feeling any hunger pains at the moment.

lunch is a steak pie with potatoes and brussel sprouts , i know not the best but i was given that from my mum this morning because i never went to eat it last nite. I could maybe take off the puff pastry to lower the calories and fat a bit ?

Stuartsdiet1
06-11-2013, 11:42 AM
So far so good , been very tempted to go on the scales but so far have avoided them , im feeling a little lighter and i seem to be in the zone at the moment , i ditched some baggy clothing for tight fitting stuff and im aiming to get it looser fitting as i dont feel comfortable wearing it at the moment !

T-minus 10 days till next weigh in .............

Stuartsdiet1
07-08-2013, 12:47 AM
Latest weight update , 14 stone 8 pounds !!!!!!!! :)

Stuartsdiet1
08-10-2013, 10:32 PM
Well im up again 15 stone 4 and a half pounds !!!!!

9jachic
08-13-2013, 04:48 PM
Hi there,

So, I have not been on here for a while. I think you shoul take a deep breath and all will be well. Do you still have the night time craving? I used to as well, I actually found out from my doctor that the benedryl I took at night increases hunger in a small group of people. I would have a steak dinner, with potato, spinich, desert and an hour after taking my night time benedryl I would be starving, I mean, stomach rumbling and no control and have to eat. I did this for 4 years and put on 50lbs. Till we figured it out.

So you might want to see if you are on any medication that might be causing your hunger pangs, if you have eaten already.

I would also suggest reducing your carb intake and increase your protein intake. I also think you are not eating enough so your body may be holding on to the extra weight. I actually follow 2 diets concurrently. I follow Dukan (pure protein on alternate days) and Paleo on other days (Grass fed meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seed and cook with coconut oil, ghee, olive oil). I just watch portions and avoid anything with wheat.... just a thought and I am sure you will lose the weight. one day at a time. Good luck my friend.

Munchy
08-13-2013, 05:08 PM
I hear a lot of what you're NOT going to eat, but not much of what you ARE going to eat. I find that it helps me immensely to schedule my day's menu before it happens, even sometimes cooking it or packing it (usually on work days) before I go.

Many of us are hungry on a high carbohydrate plan (like what you're eating) and I find that eggs and/or lean meats will fill me up so much more than a banana and cereal, and something with protein will also fill me up more than yogurt. You can try pairing a fruit or veggie with a protein/fat like apples with peanut butter, radishes with neufchatel, tomatoes with mozzarella, dried fruit and nut mix, or peppers with hummus.

So many stews, soups, chilis, and even certain savory pies can be made in a healthy way. Open faced sandwiches, salads, and stir fry are quick and healthy.

You can do this!

Creativian
08-16-2013, 10:17 AM
It is true it has gotten a lot of bad press..but it is quite the contrary. If you do a search on You Tube for Low Carb/High Fat diets..you will find loads of experts who talk about the results their patients have had ..not just with weight..but diabetes, BP, heart disease, dementia..etc. Just a thought. ;)

I found Atkins extreme, at least the induction period where you're supposed to limit even your vegetables. Atkins was onto something but went too far, in my opinion. I don't think any induction period is necessary. For some people, replacing white bread with whole grain may be enough to induce weight loss.

diamondgeog
08-16-2013, 11:42 AM
Stu,

I can totally relate. I am a guy and the weight just kept going up and up and up. Congrats starting at 34. I am 48. I had a bit of a success in 2001 down to around 230 but then it started to go up over the next 12 years to around 295 at my highest. All time high near 340.

I had the hunger issues. Hungry a lot of the day and snack snack snacking. I've broken that for the first time. For my physiology it was high carbs. I have NO DOUBT for me that was the key. I would eat carbs and they start the whole hunger to wanting more carbs.

It was not the best the first month or so and I still had carbs. But I gradually reduced them and then benefit is, possibly for you as well, you almost get to the point where you don't feel hungry anymore.

I almost don't snack now. I don't have cravings for pizza ice cream bread and potatoes. And I eat A LOT of potatoes, french fries, potato chips, mashed potatoes. I now take turkey no bread to work. When we cook burgers at home I have no bun and organic ketchup that has sugar but no HFCS.

I think hunger at least as we experience in the modern affluent world is almost directly related to high carb diets. Try to cut down on carbs and you should find your hunger coming into control. You get a postive feedback loop instead of the negative one so many people are on.

portia91
08-17-2013, 08:59 AM
keep moving forward!

Creativian
08-18-2013, 01:28 PM
I had the hunger issues. Hungry a lot of the day and snack snack snacking. I've broken that for the first time. For my physiology it was high carbs. I have NO DOUBT for me that was the key. I would eat carbs and they start the whole hunger to wanting more carbs.

Has anyone else read The Hungry Years by William Leith? It's a great memoir of this phenomenon. Leith talks about putting bread in the toaster, then buttering and eating untoasted bread while waiting for the toast. I could relate. I used to do things like that back when I ate white bread.