Going into week 4, and I've lost 6lb so far on the NHS plan. Here are some of the things I've learned so far. Please feel free to share things you've learned too!
There's a surprising amount of calories in coffee once you add milk, soya milk, whatever, so I'm limiting myself to 2 a day.
Having lots of different vegetables with a meal might seem healthy, but even vegetables can add unnecessary calories, as some vegetables have more calories than others, so if you're having a medley keep quantities of each low
Once you've got in the habit of buying nice rocket, radishes, red peppers, cucumbers, grapes etc, making a fresh salad for lunch everyday is really easy
The standard tablespoon of olive oil I used to start every meal with was 135 cals. I've replaced this with 'fry light' 1 cal/spray for most meals instead
Exercise days are hungry days, so a few extra calories are okay but I'm cautious not to go majorly over
Liquorice tea is sweet but only 6 cals, great alternative to coffee throughout the day
Snacks are allowed if you're careful, so I distribute them evenly throughout the day.
There are nice pub drinks that look like the alcoholic version so no one has to know, such as a Virgin Mary or a tonic water with slice of lime. Even having alternate alcoholic/ non alcoholic drinks helps.
Myfitnesspal has lots of weird and possibly incorrect things on there. It's worth taking the time to carefully enter exactly what you eat.
All the time I'm thinking things like - I used to have loads of cheese with that - I used to pour honey over that - I used to have seconds - I used to always have a red wine with that sort of meal. These thoughts all remind me of good changes I'm making, changes in the way I'm thinking, even if I'm doing a few of those things sometimes still, but I feel like I'm doing them less, surprising even myself