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Started by mrsagathon on 27-Jun-2012 09:17:33
The Thread for Losing Weight

Reduce your waistlines here.



I am now officially overweight, and I feel it. My clothes aren't comfortable round the midsection.

So, I've rejoined Weightwatchers to try and control the weight gain and hopefully reduce my waistline.

Anyone want to join me?

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UnequalTwin - 27 Jun 2012 10:23:50 (#6 of 17585)

I stick to the alternate day diet, which basically means that you eat 20% of your normal food one day, and then eat normally the next. It really helps to beat the old diet fatigue, which is my big downfall.

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blaithin - 27 Jun 2012 10:28:21 (#8 of 17585)

I've used this tracker before, mrsA and it's very helpful.

http://www.livestrong.com/myplate/

I've lost about half a stone since I started my vegan experiment 6 weeks ago. It shows how much cheese and butter I was eating.

RoseRed - 27 Jun 2012 10:28:37 (#9 of 17585)

Walking is fine, though for weight loss exercise.

blaithin - 27 Jun 2012 10:29:21 (#10 of 17585)

Absolutely, walking is great exercise.

UnequalTwin - 27 Jun 2012 10:30:27 (#11 of 17585)

20%? That's hardly any food! That would give me a migraine as skipping meals or eating later than usual is a huge trigger for me.

The thing is, you learn how to manage it. I find that eating vegetables and lean protein really helps - you get used to just coping with being hungry. Mind you, I don't get migranes or anything like that ever, so perhaps it's a case of what suits. What I can't tolerate is the relentless grind of dieting today and knowing that I'm facing into it again tomorrow.

UnequalTwin - 27 Jun 2012 10:34:06 (#12 of 17585)

Oh, by the way, MrsA, if you've an iphone, the iwatchr app is really good for tracking WW points.

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sibbsibb - 27 Jun 2012 12:52:59 (#15 of 17585)

Unequal, with the 20% thing, how is it measured? Is it 20% of calories or portion size or what?

I often find eating very little easy, but I tend to be all or nothing about it so can go into unhealthy starvation mode too readily. I am currently in eat the whole world mode, mind.

UnequalTwin - 27 Jun 2012 12:55:19 (#16 of 17585)

Is it 20% of calories or portion size or what?

20% of calories. You calculate the number of calories necessary to sustain you at your current weight for your activity level, and then eat 20% of the result.

so can go into unhealthy starvation mode too readily.

That's why you can only do it for one day at a time, and the next day you have to eat your full number of normal calories.

blaithin - 27 Jun 2012 12:56:53 (#17 of 17585)

I'd faint if I tried that. It'd mess with my running too.

UnequalTwin - 27 Jun 2012 12:58:20 (#18 of 17585)

You think that, and the first three low days are very hard. I'm used to it now and I barely notice. These days, I can excercise normally and everything. I have my Mam doing it and she finds the same. It's one of those things though, there's a different way to suit everyone.

sibbsibb - 27 Jun 2012 12:59:01 (#19 of 17585)

I might give that a go, although I will have to watch that I don't eat only a carrot on the 20% days and 6 times my bodyweight on the others.

UnequalTwin - 27 Jun 2012 13:03:29 (#20 of 17585)

Look up Johnson Up Day Down Day Diet and you'll find the calculators and stuff. It's really easy to do and you can plan it around days when you really can't be weighing and measuring and recording and all that.

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