I hate dieting. I have the world’s slowest metabolism, which means that I tend to maintain my weight or slowly gain if I eat just 1250 calories a day, which is way under the 1800 recommended calorie intake for women. So, because of my slug body, I’ve been trying to lose weight for over a year now and I haven’t got anywhere.
I’m always looking for and researching new diet plans. I’ve tried the wedding dress diet plan (800 calories a day, I had to give that one up because I couldn’t move from the lack of food after a week), I’ve tried cutting out various types of food, I’ve tried just eating healthy (which I do anyway, except for the odd treat and starbucks) and exercising but I don’t get anywhere! It’s frustrating and my weight does get me down. There’s lots of things I won’t do because I’m fat.
At university I lost around 2 stone in just over a year. I didn’t actively diet until I was 1 stone down, but even then I was drinking copious amounts of alcohol and having a Boneless Banquet at 3am every week on the way home from MooMoos, a nightclub in Cheltenham. I guess I was walking a lot more, dancing for hours until my feet started to blister and not really eating much because of the whole poor-student thing. In my second year I joined a gym and went three times a week with my housemates, which is when I lost another stone (14lbs to you Americans) within a month.
But then I met Chris. And suddenly we were going out for dinner and watching movies with chocolate instead of going dancing and I didn’t fancy going to the gym anymore when I could be spending time with him instead. I put on 3 stone within a year. I don’t blame him, I blame myself for having no willpower at all. Luckily I haven’t put on any more weight since then, I’ve just stayed around the same, plus or minus 3lbs.
This month, I’ve altered the Whole30 plan (click here to read about it) and renamed it the Hol30 plan (see what I did there?) as I feel like if I went all in I’d relapse within a week. I’ve allowed myself one coffee a day from my coffee machine – no starbucks or costa – with no sugar of course, I’m allowed wholegrain rice once a week and I can use honey and soy in small quantities for sauces. Other than that, no grains, no legumes, no dairy, no sugar. It’s gonna be tough, but I really do want to do it! The hardest thing for me is to drink enough water. I can manage about 3 pints of water a day but any more than that and I start feeling like a water bed. Also, it makes me need to pee every 5 minutes. I’m aiming for 6 pints a day eventually, so I’m working my way up slowly.
I’m also currently doing a pre-C25K course at the moment and will ‘graduate’ onto the actual C25K in the middle of August (click here to read about it) so hopefully I’ll be much healthier and fitter in a few months time! I want to lose 2 stone first of all, then another 1.5 stone after that if possible.
What exercise or diet plans do you use? Do they work? Do you ever cheat on them with big bars of chocolate and a venti caramel macchiato? Let me know!