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    Going on a diet

    Okay...I have lost 7lbs in the first week of my diet. (2.2kg or 1/2 stone)
    2 slim fasts a day with fruit/veggie sacks and a beaned up salad for dinner.
    cut sugar in coffee by half, and NO bread.
    LOTS and LOTS of water.
    I intend to introduce weight watcher meals in evening after two weeks.
    I will keep you posted on progress.
    My target weight loss is 30lbs or two stone and a bit.

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    Re: Going on a diet

    Hi Raven,

    Good job on losing 2.2kg!

    Can you help me understand if the slim fasts are a temp thing or is it something you will be having to do the rest of your life? (in other words, is it a lifestyle change?).
    I mean, what happens after you lose the 2 stone and a bit?

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    Re: Going on a diet

    I've been on a diet regime for the past few months due to the fact that I need surgery on the back of my neck, and the surgeon says that before I can undergo the anaesthetic I need to lose 30kg.

    So far I've lost 20kg - although I can't remember the time I last had a cooked meal - I've been living off fruit, salads & loads & loads of fluids. There's a new soup product out (new to me, anyway) - the brand name is Yorkshire Provender, but the own brands are exactly the same (and looking at the pot design, made by exactly the same people). They're 600ml pots which you either heat up in the microwave for 4 mins, or in a pan. There's a variety of flavours, and the Chunky Vegetable one is more like a stew. They are delish, filling, and very healthy.

    One problem of weight loss is that when on a very limited income, as I am, the healthy eating foods cost a lot more than the cheaper, more filling, not so healthy ones. There is also the problem of replacing clothes when they're constantly getting far too big, and when I order replacements, by the time they arrive, or shortly afterwards, they too big once again, so over the past few days I've been doing a bit of home tailoring, taking everything in (from 52" waist to 44" - so far). I've also just been looking in my cupboards with the intention of finding other trousers that I could in the batch, but instead came across my little hoard of ones that had 'shrunk' which I had stowed away 'just in case'. Well, it seems that that 'just in case' day is here, and I can, once again, fit into quite a few of them, with a realistic prospect of fitting in others in the near future.

    It's silly little things like this that give encouragement. After all, although other people may notice the change when they only you every week or so, you don't get to notice the change so much in yourself without some scale of reference, as it happens so gradually.

    Of course, another important part of the regime is that I try to get in 100 x 25m lengths at the baths at least once a week.

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    Re: Going on a diet

    Good job raven keep it up

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    Re: Going on a diet

    Quote Originally Posted by FourPart View Post
    I've been on a diet regime for the past few months due to the fact that I need surgery on the back of my neck, and the surgeon says that before I can undergo the anaesthetic I need to lose 30kg.

    So far I've lost 20kg - although I can't remember the time I last had a cooked meal - I've been living off fruit, salads & loads & loads of fluids. There's a new soup product out (new to me, anyway) - the brand name is Yorkshire Provender, but the own brands are exactly the same (and looking at the pot design, made by exactly the same people). They're 600ml pots which you either heat up in the microwave for 4 mins, or in a pan. There's a variety of flavours, and the Chunky Vegetable one is more like a stew. They are delish, filling, and very healthy.

    One problem of weight loss is that when on a very limited income, as I am, the healthy eating foods cost a lot more than the cheaper, more filling, not so healthy ones. There is also the problem of replacing clothes when they're constantly getting far too big, and when I order replacements, by the time they arrive, or shortly afterwards, they too big once again, so over the past few days I've been doing a bit of home tailoring, taking everything in (from 52" waist to 44" - so far). I've also just been looking in my cupboards with the intention of finding other trousers that I could in the batch, but instead came across my little hoard of ones that had 'shrunk' which I had stowed away 'just in case'. Well, it seems that that 'just in case' day is here, and I can, once again, fit into quite a few of them, with a realistic prospect of fitting in others in the near future.

    It's silly little things like this that give encouragement. After all, although other people may notice the change when they only you every week or so, you don't get to notice the change so much in yourself without some scale of reference, as it happens so gradually.

    Of course, another important part of the regime is that I try to get in 100 x 25m lengths at the baths at least once a week.
    why would you not have a cooked meal? there are lots that are healthy and low fat. For instance I am having chicken breast with veg for tea,, white meat and veg ,, the only thing not that healthy is the gravy but its not so bad. There are absolutely loads of meals that are low fat,,, what type of things do you normally eat? I bet I can tell you low fat low calorie versions of moat meals Just dont eat pastry, biscuits, cakes, crisps etc.. eat lean meat, fish, seafood, pasta, rice, veg, salad and cook from scratch. its easier than you think> all these ready meals, jar sauces etc are a massive con IMO.


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    Re: Going on a diet

    Unfortunately I've hit the dreaded plateau, where nothing's happening any more. I've been put onto Metaformin, but that doesn't seem to be having any effect. It doesn't help matters either that I'm unable to do my swimming, due to my shoulder which, despite all the scary medical terminology is actually a case of Arthritis, probably brought on by all the swimming. I now have a Physio appointment on 9th September.

    Mind you, it gave a bit of a boost to my morale when the doctor saw me & had to double check her figures, as when she saw me last I was over 160kg. I'm now at 138kg (and that's roughly where it seems to be staying). She also complimented me on my tailoring from where I'd taken in my trousers (which are needing to be taken in again soon - I'm already having to rely on belts - which I've also had to punch extra holes in & trim back).

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    Re: Going on a diet

    I really must try some of these recipes sometime...

    100 + Wartime Recipes | The 1940's Experiment

    They're all based on the restrictions of Wartime Rations, and as the wartime is generally recognised as probably having the healthiest diet in our history it might be worth it.

    Some of the items look extremely tempting. But, then, I'm the type that can burn water.

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    Re: Going on a diet

    Quote Originally Posted by kazalala View Post
    why would you not have a cooked meal? there are lots that are healthy and low fat. For instance I am having chicken breast with veg for tea,, white meat and veg ,, the only thing not that healthy is the gravy but its not so bad. There are absolutely loads of meals that are low fat,,, what type of things do you normally eat? I bet I can tell you low fat low calorie versions of moat meals Just dont eat pastry, biscuits, cakes, crisps etc.. eat lean meat, fish, seafood, pasta, rice, veg, salad and cook from scratch. its easier than you think> all these ready meals, jar sauces etc are a massive con IMO.
    I agree with you kazalala, I have made good expierences with low carb diets. But not as extreme as atkins... more the moderate ones.

    To lose weight it's important to have fullness and a calorie deficit. Only this way you may run through the diet with success.

    The safiest approach is to have proteins (eggs, fish, meat), healthy fats and A LOT of green veggies/salat which make full.
    Personally I would watch out when you combine (trans)fat and carbohydrates...

    But so far you did a good job, best wishes

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    Re: Going on a diet

    I'm currently expecting a telephone appointment with my Nurse Practitioner to discuss putting me on a different diet med. The Metaphormin had no effect whatsoever, but apparently this new one (Orlistat) is specifically designed for the purpose. However, it is expensive & only prescribed to those who have proven to have made a worthwhile effort to lose weight, and my Diet Nurse believes that a loss of 20Kg thus far is evidence enough of that.

    The Diet Nurse cannot prescribe it herself, which is why I need the telephone appointment with the Nurse Practitioner.

    Incidentally, before I even started on the diet my doctor told me under NO circumstances to even CONSIDER the Atkins diet, as she thinks it is an extremely dangerous option.

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    Re: Going on a diet

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    Oh okay, I see... do you really need the medicine?
    Weight loss with supps, pills or shakes as meal replacement isn't going well I can assure you.
    In general I'm convinced that for overweight and obese people low carb always works.
    Between 50g-100g per day are moderate so far, not as in the atkins diet where you start with only 20g of carbs!

    So keep me up to date with your telephone appointment!

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