Apologies in advance for this rambling post, but I thought it may help others who are on the weight loss journey; something that can seems like an uphill walk, rather than a flat sprint for much of the time.
You'll see my previous posts explaining how confused I am about food and diets. Today's news from the National Obesity Forum (et al.) doesn't help to clear the water, although I suspect there are many aspects of it that we perpetual dieters recognise.
My background is that I'm a 44-year old male living in England. I've steadily put on weight since my teens and never been able to shake it off. I don't consider myself to overeat, don't drink (boring I know but I just ca't do it) and ride my bike every day, covering between 2 to 5 miles (not a lot but it helps). Oh, and I'm happy with life...good business, great family etc...
Meals are mostly homemade and we have a takeaway once every week or so. We don't eat 'ready meals' and don't cook with extra fat. I eat fruit and veg.
My heart attack and stroke risk are low (according to my GP).
Now, onto the nitty gritty of my post. I've been to Slimming World since mid March and have managed to lose 10 1/2lbs. Now, this is a low fat, high carb diet 9although they have tweaked their guidelines recently to encourage the eating of more fruit and veg).
I do struggle with the idea of things like mug shots (full of dried rubbish) and fat-free yoghurts (loaded with added sugar) being free food. I just don't understand how this can be so.
I've noticed that the moment I stop eating the 'SW way' the weight just comes back again.
So, perhaps it is possible to be overweight and healthy? This is a conclusion I am coming to more and more. Perhaps it's just something in us that means that you are prone to be a particular shape and carry that extra weight.
Yes I'll carry on SW for a while because it works, but I'll have to wean myself off it and some point and start eating normal food. I just don't consider SW to be healthy food (at least the stuff in packets).
There can't be anything wrong with an odd homemade biscuit or homemade cake can there? We know what has gone into those and I'd argue they are way better for you than the absolute junk that fills things like SW's HiFi bars.
This post isn't to kick against SW or Weight Watchers. I think I'm just trying to show that you can lose weight with these dieting regimes, but ultimately there has to be a way to come to terms with your own weight in your own mind and feel comfirtable with it, safe in the knowledge you do not overest/over drink....despite what people might think (I often joke that people think I eat chocolate cake all day, otherwise I wouldn't be 'so fat').
It's probably a positive factor i todays report as well, as it may well show that being overweight isn't down to 'eating to much'.
Anyhow, I've rambled on too much, just something I'd like to bring to fellow weight fighters.
I guess it's all in the mind?
The journey continues ...