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Lets loose some weight together - Page 4 - Carers UK Forum

Lets loose some weight together

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Maz - fry ups are not intrinsically 'bad' - it depends on the fat you use ! I've switched to rapeseed oil as it's better for you and doesn't 'burn' at low heat like olive oil does. Black pudding is very high in saturated fat and should only be an occasional treat - I use a quick spray of Frylight for eggs or 'dry' fry them in a non-stick pan. Every calorie counts especially as you need to cut 3000 calories a week to lose 1lb of body fat (so -500 calories a day).
I think we should appoint Susie as our diet 'guru'
:lol: :lol: my family all reckon I know the calorie content of every food available ! I've always had an interest in nutrition and diet - even more so since being diagnosed with diabetes and then having a heart attack - both caused by being overweight.

I had been overweight for most of my life - childhood through to my early 50's, then I lost 3st in 1995-96 which I managed to keep off for 12 years until I cared for Mum when I put it all back on again (comfort eating and lack of exercise); then lost 1st in 2009, gave up smoking and put that back on again in the space of 2 months :shock: When I was diagnosed with diabetes I was back up to being 3st overweight :( It was the kick up the backside that I needed so knuckled down and using SW principles started to lose weight; then read up more on a diabetic friendly diet and changed from SW to a LCHF (low carb-high fat) diet as recommended by Diabetes UK (although I tend to make it low carb and low fat). I'm now back to where I was in 1996 (9st 4lb, which at 5' 2" still makes me about 7-10lbs overweight). I intend to stay under 9st 7lb :shock:

I'm also happy to report that I've now given up smoking too (15 months and counting) :lol: Off the two losing the weight was easier :roll: :roll:

Once you start to see a weekly loss (count staying the same as a 'loss' too !) then it gets easier to say 'no' to the 'nice but naughty' foods and you have more incentive to keep going :)
Hi Susie- having a blonde moment- SW?
Doh! Slimming World :lol:
Henrietta wrote:Doh! Slimming World :lol:
that's the one !
(I found their diet much easier to follow and stick to than Weight Watchers :) )
Lost 3 Lbs :D
Think 2nd week will be harder .
Henrietta wrote:Lost 3 Lbs :D
Think 2nd week will be harder .
Well done Henrietta - that's really good for the first week :D
Have a gold star :)

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Oh no, now our resident guru is handing out stars - I shall have to up my game a bit!

I use rapeseed oil already for frying as I'd read it has a lower 'burn rate' than olive oil - which can be bad for you if it gets too hot - ? But, I have finished MM's book and he advises consumption of olive oil as part of his 'M plan' (Mediterranean diet for those who haven't yet reached that page). I will have to buy a small bottle of olive oil next time I'm out. I love the idea of portobello mushrooms with various things, not something I would have thought of, need to focus on things to have for breakfast/lunch which don't involve bread. Having read the book through, I'm now going to go back through it and mark up the bits I want to use for myself. I am not going to do 800 calories for 8 weeks as that's too extreme, but want to use some of the principles in the book to help me along. I like the exercises he suggests and I also like the bit of advice about mindfulness, which may also help me with my 'caring for mum with dementia' role.

My first week is up tomorrow so I will see how I've done, but to date it seems to be 2lbs, which I'm happy with.

One more question for our guru please - spread. I know too much bread is bad, but if I am to use a spread, what's best? Apart from saying use butter instead of margarine, MM doesn't give any more specific advice on this point. We currently use Benecol Buttery. Is it better to switch to a spreadable 'proper' butter, or is it OK to use Benecol? If often wonder if it's so artificial in content, that it's actually bad for you (I suppose I could just go and read the label!).

Well done Henrietta! Here's to week two ...
Maz1963 wrote: One more question for our guru please - spread. I know too much bread is bad, but if I am to use a spread, what's best? Apart from saying use butter instead of margarine, MM doesn't give any more specific advice on this point. We currently use Benecol Buttery. Is it better to switch to a spreadable 'proper' butter, or is it OK to use Benecol? If often wonder if it's so artificial in content, that it's actually bad for you (I suppose I could just go and read the label!).
If I use a spread at all I use Flora Pro-Active (the olive oil one) as it's supposed to help keep cholesterol levels down. But if I'm making a sandwich then I often don't bother with a spread but use lettuce, cucumber or tomatoes so the sandwich isn't dry or sometimes I'll use a very low fat mayonnaise spread thinly. My Bro-in-Law won't use anything other than 'real' butter but he only uses a little - the secret really is to check the amount of saturated fat and only use the spreads with the lowest percentage. Everything in moderation :)

Bread isn't 'bad' for everyone - only most diabetics ! The best breads are those that contain wholegrains and seeds (like Hovis Seed Sensations) or the Burgen loaves with spelt, oats and sunflower seeds etc. Some breads are now being baked with added protein which some of my diabetic friends swear by although I haven't tried any yet.
Oh dear. I use Lurpack lighter. Spread thinly unless I have an occasional crumpet. I'm afraid I like butter really but try to be sensible. Not that I'm dieting as such. I get too obsessed, honestly. But am trying to be more sensible. Trying being the operative word!!
Thank you for my star :D I think the next one will be harder to achieve.
I've been using Benecol Light but occasionaly butter. Either cholesterol lowering or natural but the other spreads don't seem to be one thing or the other. I need to ease myself away from ready meals in the next phase.
Last week I managed to loose the 3lbs and still had 3 bags of crisps and a portion of french fries plus a who panecote (?) trifle thing, which just goes to show what rubish I usualy eat in a week. I tried that Bergen bread recomended for meno symptoms-never again- it was vile :sick:
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