Weight Loss Battle - Dieters Only!
Hi Fellow dieters (and dieter wannabes),
This thread is for;
â€¢ People on diets
â€¢ Those who maybe thinking of going on a diet
â€¢ Weight loss battle survivors and achievers
I thought it would be a great idea to put ideas together with other people in the same situation.
I'm currently contemplating going on the Atkins again. I really want to lose the last (2 stone) bit of weight (FOR GOOD)!
I was on the Atkins before and it went well.
Then as usual I went back to 80% of the way I use to eat.
Sometimes I think I just have a food or eating deficiency.
Weight has always been an issueâ€¦.
I would like to hear from others in the same boat and those that have already succeeded the weight loss battle...
Can't wait to hear from you.
Good luck with this.
I have lost 15kg in the last couple of years and so I know how hard it can be.
I would say however that for a runner the Atkins Diet is a dangerous game. I am no nutrionist but carbs are essential for fuelling the body when running. The way I did it and the way that seems to be the only effective way to lose weight and maintain the weight loss is through a well balanced diet and plenty of exercise. If you're running, it seems you're half way there. Loads of fruit, veg, good carbs, good protein and some good fats.
As you build up the distance on your runs and you keep to a good-ish diet I'm sure the weight will begin to drop off.
Try making small adjustments.. ok like; do you really need to eat that chocolate bar everyday?
I know it is hard and sometimes miserable being on a diet, but hard work pays off.
Runners need to eat... and good carbs like patatoes are great for runners... mix that with some protein for your muscles and your on to a winner!
All the best :wink:
I am struggling with this weight loss thing. I have been running for about 6 months and only lost about 3lb - quite frustrating. Recently I made a decision to simply stop eating anything with over 15% fat content and the weight is falling off. I am now lighter that I have been for about 15 years, with more to come.
I suppose increasing the distance I run has helped too - I am training for the Great North Run.
don' do a strict atkins - just cut out bread and pasta after 12.00 midday. it worked for me.
I had less energy slumps and the weight loss was gradual and it has stayed off!
Yup...count me in on the battle of the bulge. I constantly worry about my weight and have been for years. But over the last 7 years Iâ€™ve managed to lose 24kgs(53lbs). Iâ€™ve gone up and down during that time but each time Iâ€™ve gone up Iâ€™ve gone back down further then not up as far then down further if that makes sense.
I tried the Atkins diet and only lasted a week as I got so blocked up! Horrible diet! If you have to follow a weight loss plan then I recommend Weight Watchers. Itâ€™s so realistic to â€˜normalâ€™ eating and itâ€™s really healthy & balanced. You get to eat heaps!
Iâ€™ve always played sport and joined a triathlon club 4 years ago. My problem was being inconsistent with my training. Then my dad got diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of the year. I quit my job and started the spiral downhill. I knew Iâ€™d head for the fridge and made a conscious decision not to go down that road again. I started running â€˜consistentlyâ€™ 10 weeks ago and I find running gives you the confidence and helps clear the mind and put things in perspective. I donâ€™t worry about my weight as much and feel comfortable when I do eat something like a bag of hot salty chips *drool*! I still could do with loosing another 50lbs but for now Iâ€™m concentrating on completing my first 10km run in September. (Iâ€™ve got a new job now!)
What Ali said!
From what I know, the only person I could see benefiting from the Atkins diet is somebody with a very sedentary lifstyle who absolutely has to get into a certain dress/trouser size in a short space of time. I really can't see it being a 'lifestyle' change, especially when combined with a regular exercise regime. Apart from carbs being needed for energy, surely the body misses out on really good vitamins, minerals and FIBRE that you find in good carbs??
My weight's been up and down over the years (mainly up). I've always considered myself as 'reasonably fit for my size' (ha!), but this year I've been more military about the exercise and diet regimes and I've come down from 16st to 13st in 6 months - or to put it another way, my waist size has come down from 37" to 32". When people have asked me how I lost the weight, I've usually just said "Healthy diet and lots of exercise" (which is basically it) but a few specifics about my own experience would include:
- shopping/cooking habits: there are things that I used to eat very regularly which I just DON'T BUY any more: sausages, bacon, cheese, butter, chocolate, crisps. Yes, I would have had the occasional sausage and mash in the pub, the occasional cheese course with Sunday lunch round my dad's, etc, but the most important thing is that fatty foods were no longer a day-to-day HABIT. Also the way I cook what I do eat, e.g. the old Sunday morning fry-up (bacon, sausages, eggs fried in butter, couple of slices of bread with butter) would now be replaced with kipper or salmon (grilled or roasted with a drizzle of olive oil) and poached eggs.
- eating loads of fresh fruit and veg. Banana in the morning, apple after lunch, mid afternoon orange (something sweet instead of crisps and chocolate), banana an hour before the evening gym... tuna salads for lunch instead of sandwiches and crisps, brown rice and veggie stir-fries with chicken, fish, pork chops, instead of spaghetti carbonara (my ex-favourite evening meal!)
- 'good carbs'. I'd say I eat carbs with nearly every meal and at least 90% would be made up of: wholemeal bread, brown rice, wholegrain cereal (faves include All Bran, Bran Flakes, Shreddies, Shredded Wheat), potatoes.
- exercise: For me, variety is the key to keeping me motivated, combining lots of different cardio exerise with a regular weight training regime (3x/wk). In a typical week I'll do weights, spinning, a bike ride, a jog, a game of tennis and a half hour walk every weekday morning on the way to work.
- 'Everything in moderation', and 'a little bit of what you like won't kill you'. I still drink alcohol, probably 4/5 times a week. Over the 6 months I've probably averaged a curry or a Chinese take-away once a week. I even woke up on Sunday morning with a massive hangover and the taste of doner kebab in my mouth - even though I now realise they're the work of the devil! (Future reference: if I MUST have a kebab in the future I'll go for the sheesh - at least it looks like real meat!)
- research: I've got vaguely obsessive about what's in the food I eat (favourite google search: 'nutrition ') and I know more about nutrition than ever before. So it's on my mind when I buy stuff.
Bottom line: I think you need to make conscious, black-and-white changes to those every-day habits which you know are bad (for me, fatty foods, esp saturated fat) whilst allowing yourself a few treats along the way. And stay active in as many ways as possible for a good all-round work-out.
Oh, one last thing: I do not consider myself to be 'on a diet'. I've genuinely made lifestyle changes. If I thought I was just dieting, this would give me the mindset that I'm undertaking a short-term fix to something that's always going to be a long-term problem. I seriously cannot imagine ever being over 16 stone again in my life. And that thought makes me pretty happy! :D
Seems like you've got it sussed Phil and you don't even seem to deny yourself the odd pint, curry or even kebab!
I've never exactly been overweight but have become concerned about my expanding waistline and decided that there was no way I was going to cut out the weekend beer session so I needed to make a few lifestyle changes.
One definitely involved the shopping basket - I don't by beers to drink in the house and have quit the crisp habit I had - but generally I still eat pretty much the same stuff, perhaps a bit more fruit these days.
And I'm exercising more, when my dodgy legs will allow me, so that I can again get into my 32" trousers rather than the 34s.
It's not involved a massive change in habits, but I certainly feel a lor better for it.
As for the kebabs - I'm a chicken kebab man - far more healtheir than the donner. Do you know what goes in them?
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