I see, hear and read about so many people who go on a diet to lose weight and fail. They try all sorts of things, but fail each time. My theory is that many folks fail not because they set their goal too high (well OK, low in the case of weight), but, like the story of tortoise and the hare, they go hammer and tongs at it for a short time, don’t get quick results, and get disillusioned and quit.
So, I’m not going to go down that road. I’m just going to keep making an effort to follow that Daily Telegraph diet – ‘Eat Less, Move More’.
I’m doing fairly well on the first part. I’ve stopped eating the blueberry muffins at the airport coffee shop, and am even more resolved not to buy them in future, when I found out that they’re a whopping 500 calories each!
I’ve not had a Full English Breakfast all last week, or even over the weekend. Nope, I’ve eaten scrambled egg or oatmeal instead.
Dinner time, I’ve been good and eaten more salad, and cut out the potatoes.
Less red meat, more fish.
Now, it can’t be all work and no play, so Saturday evening, with two days off work ahead of me, was spent in the local pub, where I had ham, egg and chips, and a few glasses of beer. Should I feel guilty about that? I don’t think so, because as long as I’m sensible for the rest of the week, a day off the new regime doesn’t hurt in my view. I’m not suddenly going to regain any weight lost with one evening at the pub.
On Sunday, we had a traditional roast, but not a great deal else to eat all day, so although I find it better to eat two or three smaller meals than one large one (and I know that’s recommended by doctors and nutritionists alike), I found I was full for the rest of the day.
It’s the ‘move more’ bit I have trouble with.
I’m not really a couch potato armed with a remote. I practically never watch TV. However, I do spend way too much time online, reading, and working in Lightroom. Right now, I’ve a backlog of photos to catalog and process, and then I really must get out and do more photo-walking instead of processing!
Not having a car helps to a point, as I have to walk on those short trips, such as to the local stores. Going further afield, I at least have to walk to the bus stop!
Talking of walking reminds me that I have to do that now – walk to the local stores.
More to follow.
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A Doctor was addressing a large audience…
‘The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is awful. Soft drinks corrode your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. High fat diets can be disastrous, and none of us realizes the long-term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water.
However, there is one thing that is the most dangerous of all and we all have eaten, or will eat it. Can anyone here tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?’
If you use the daily plate correctly you can set yourself goals to work towards, and also get a good profile on your food intake, and exercise too.
I’ve been doing this now since about the third week in June, and I’ve lost 17lbs so far. My goal is to lose 65lbs. I was tipping the scales at 235, and now I’m 218, and I want to get down to 170.
As for extra foods, I strongly believe that if we eat ‘proper’ food, and less of it too, that’s the way to go. I don’t go for any of these diet plans at all, and none of the food supplement things (such as Slimfast etc). I think the way to go is to eat more fruit and vegetables, smaller meat portions, and cut out as much of the crap as possible – fast food, soda, cakes, donuts and that kind of thing.
Cut back on dressings and sauces too. Reduce salt intake. Eat little or no processed foods. No TV Dinners. That’s my take on it all anyway. There are so many food products on the shelves that are full of empty calories – watch out for that High Fructose Corn Syrup – it’s in everything.
I’ve also cut back on carbs, and particularly the refined ones. So out goes white rice, in comes wholegrain; out goes white bread in exchange for wholemeal; and I try to eat more backed potatoes, but cut back on the fillings!
We also steam a lot of our vegetables, as it helps retain more of the nutrients, and it’s not any more difficult to do that any other method.
More fish, less red meat.
That’s about what I’ve been doing, and encouraging Kathy (who can be very stubborn – I’ve only had that twice this week!), to do the same.
Oh one last thing – drink plenty of water – from the faucet is fine – it’s good for you!
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