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Top 5 things that ruin weight-loss plan

Yellow_Blue profile image
Yellow_Blue2020 December

Hello everyone, what are the Top 5 things that can ruin your weight-loss plan? I discovered for me they are:

1. Eating refined carb.

2. Eating sugary items like cake, chocolate.

3. Eating late in the evening makes me feel heavy next day.

4. Not drinking enough water.

5. Crossing my calorie allowance.

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BabyBoBBy profile image
BabyBoBBy2021 April

They are the 5 things for me, I always feel deprived if I can't have chocolate then eat loads

Yellow_Blue profile image
Yellow_Blue2020 December in reply to BabyBoBBy

The same happens with me ! Specially when I am stressed I eat loads to feel good !

BabyBoBBy profile image
BabyBoBBy2021 April in reply to Yellow_Blue

I've even tried the Cadbury 30% less sugar bar defeats the object

YoYo80 profile image
YoYo801 stone in reply to BabyBoBBy

Yes, mindless eating of chocolate for comfort was my main issue during shielding. I have a small chocolate bar at the weekend now. I started off not having chocolate in the house (I live alone so could eliminate temptations derailing me) - I walked to the shop to purchase a small treat. But this weekend I’m experimenting with 2 finger KitKats - I could only buy a multipack of 9, so I’ll see if I manage to resist having more than my planned one. I’m hopeful, as I feel a lot less stressed now I can see the weight coming off. Wholegrains are definitely satisfying my hunger during the day and the natural sweetness of fruit has been helping too - especially strawberries and blueberries.

BabyBoBBy profile image
BabyBoBBy2021 April in reply to YoYo80

Yes I've been eating fruit at the moment I have chocolate in the fridge but I'm thinking of throwing it get rid of the temptation good look on your journey

BridgeGirl profile image
BridgeGirlAdministrator in reply to BabyBoBBy

That sounds a good idea, getting rid of it

Yellow_Blue profile image
Yellow_Blue2020 December in reply to YoYo80

You are making good choices YoYo80 and glad that you started seeing the result. Great going!!

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bikegrrrlHost in reply to YoYo80

Yes, I have decided not to go back to my 2 squares of chocolate with my coffee in the evening - it just leaves me wanting more.

I will still allow myself eat chocolate flavoured dessert, provided it's a low-carb recipe.

jd65 profile image
jd653 stone in reply to BabyBoBBy

I can't eat any chocolate now as I don't have an off switch but have a few small bars in the house for my granddaughter that I can now resist.

N-o-r-d-i profile image
N-o-r-d-iMaintainer

I think I mainly had only one but it covers all of those and much more - the thought ‘I’ve ruined the day, it doesn’t matter now, I’ll start eating healthy on Monday’ 😊

Yellow_Blue profile image
Yellow_Blue2020 December in reply to N-o-r-d-i

So true N-o-r-d-I!! Our brain does the trick!! It keeps telling us to do the things which will make us feel comfortable and does not like to put us out of our comfort zone !!

Yellow_Blue profile image
Yellow_Blue2020 December in reply to Yellow_Blue

But I am sure being regular in this forum will help a lot stay focus !!

N-o-r-d-i profile image
N-o-r-d-iMaintainer in reply to Yellow_Blue

We need to find a way to be friends with our brain, otherwise we are fighting a losing battle 😊

jd65 profile image
jd653 stone in reply to N-o-r-d-i

That was my biggest blockers for years but some one said think about it like cleaning your teeth. If you forget to clean your teeth before going to bed you don't think 'Oh no I've ruined it I'll start cleaning them again next Monday'. You make sure you clean them properly in the morning.

N-o-r-d-i profile image
N-o-r-d-iMaintainer in reply to jd65

Yes that, and missing your turn when driving: you don’t say ‘oh well, I missed my turn, I will just go where this road takes me and go to my original destination on Monday’ :)

jd65 profile image
jd653 stone in reply to N-o-r-d-i

I like that one too. I don't drive but I'm always the navigator.

siggie profile image
siggie2 stone

For me it's the following:1. Self sabotage

2. Refined carbs

3. Hormones

4. Shopping whilst hungry/ tired

5. Not joining in 100% on the forum, missing Daily Diaries

Although I can't do much about the hormones, i am learning about the triggers and how to deal with them.

Yellow_Blue profile image
Yellow_Blue2020 December in reply to siggie

That's great thing siggie that you are being more alert about the triggers!

Too much bread,not enough water ,eating rubbish in between meals .Gary

Yellow_Blue profile image
Yellow_Blue2020 December in reply to gman1961

So true!!

Being alert and being your own guard is the key !! I really get great support in this forum to be more alert and mindful!

focused1 profile image
focused1Maintainer in reply to gman1961

Agreed the snacking .

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gman19611lb in reply to focused1

Too easy,especially when at home working.Gary

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focused1Maintainer in reply to gman1961

I work with a lot of younger females who spend a fortune on snacks but are permanently short of cash . £5 spent on average per day . They are constantly handing out sweets and carry pockets full as we work .Hotter weather this week meant boxes of Magnums and Soleros which because we have a fridge freezer in staff room means a help yourself policy . It is hard because I have to buy back and it costs even if I don’t eat I feel obligated. Annoying as I should be discouraging this muck . Luckily Costa coffee is open outdoors so I hope they spend money there . The rubbish they eat worries me but keep quiet mostly.

gman1961 profile image
gman19611lb in reply to focused1

At least our office is not full of temptation the one next door has loads of stuff in lol.Home is even worse.

Gary

jd65 profile image
jd653 stone in reply to gman1961

Mindless snacking was a big one for me but I honestly don't think about it anymore

gman1961 profile image
gman19611lb in reply to jd65

I need to say focused as I'm sat in the kitchen today working from home .Gary

jd65 profile image
jd653 stone in reply to gman1961

I'm working in the living room and there are no snacks in here.😀

gman1961 profile image
gman19611lb in reply to jd65

Back in the office tomorrow.Gary

jd65 profile image
jd653 stone in reply to gman1961

I’ve not been in the office since March 16th last year. The office is open for people who are struggling at home but most of us have been told to carry on working at home. My teams have been a lot more productive from home.

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gman19611lb in reply to jd65

I Dont like working at home but I do get more done .Gary

focused1 profile image
focused1Maintainer

Birthday , Easter , Valentines Day and Xmas where people are very generous and chocolate is bought and alcohol. Saying that it’s all gone . I still haven’t read all Xmas books ,not opened a pack of candles or started using 2 cosmetic gift sets so I have to admit I do eat and drink all the goodies and rather swiftly .

Yes yes yes yes and yes, and:

6) tiredness - poor sleep hygiene

7) social eating

8) free food, BBQs and buffets

Yellow_Blue profile image
Yellow_Blue2020 December in reply to smartoak

Oh my God, you are so true!! Those are the other culprits as well and they work like devils in the body!! Thanks for including them. My all intentions of these post was to say out loud my things which deters me from my weight -loss goal and hear from others and I am so thrilled to hear from others who are also in same boat !! thank you 💞

smartoak profile image
smartoak13kg in reply to Yellow_Blue

I remembered one more! 9) good bread covered in 3mm cold butter, particularly if left on my daughter’s plate when she’s finished

Rusty15 profile image
Rusty15Restart April 2021 in reply to smartoak

Mmmm mouth watering 🤦‍♀️

Eleanorba profile image
EleanorbaMaintainer in reply to smartoak

Hehe I relate to free food definitely! Not particularly nice biscuits at work meetings were a weird one for me - I'd think 'ooh, there are those orange and mint ones wrapped up in foil, I never get those at home and they're FREE' - and would eat them and remember that I never got them at home because I didn't particularly like them! Haven't had a work meeting at work for over a year now but I managed to kick that habit by making sure I wasn't hungry before a meeting and by promising myself that if I really wanted a foil-covered biscuit I could buy myself some. I never did.

Good topic, Yellow_Blue!

My weight loss saboteurs aren't so much about specific foods as about my behaviour.

1. Not planning for meals away from home then ending up with something unsuitable.

2. Regressing to my guzzly childhood as soon as I enter my mother's house. Why yes, thank you, I will have chips, biscuits and cakes. (I was a skinny child.) A weekend there can derail a whole fortnight of eating sensibly at home.

3. Feeling deprived - this is the worst one. If others are enjoying a treat, I have to have something...

4. Boredom or habit eating. A great difficulty and temptation when working from home or relaxing in the evening.

5. Not having enough of the good stuff - especially water and vegetables.

I think it's good to recognise and acknowledge these sticking points, so that we can try to address them. Good luck, everybody.

focused1 profile image
focused1Maintainer in reply to bikegrrrl

Brilliant . And - don’t we all know what we are doing but it encourages me to have that walkto exercise it off

Yellow_Blue profile image
Yellow_Blue2020 December in reply to bikegrrrl

Thank you bikegrrrl for your reply !! Love and hugs for you!!

You are so brave to identify and expressing the things so boldly about your behaviour !! None of us are perfect but it takes lot of courage to take accountability of our own behaviour!! At least I know I struggle a lot! I am inspired by you 💞

Eleanorba profile image
EleanorbaMaintainer in reply to bikegrrrl

I found that with the 'feeling deprived' thing I can get over it if I promise myself I can have whatever it is another day, when I've planned it and/or when I'm maintaining. Part of my brain thinks I'm going to be deprived forever and panics! But I've found if I think about it carefully I can get over the feeling. Ditto with seconds. I have an almost infinite appetite and have to carefully tell myself 'you can always make this again'!

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bikegrrrlHost in reply to Eleanorba

Good tips, Eleanorba - thank you.

Rusty15 profile image
Rusty15Restart April 2021 in reply to bikegrrrl

I can, and do relate to all the above. It is very hard on times to keep going this is where all of you are soooooo helpful. Thank you all 💐😀

Eleanorba profile image
EleanorbaMaintainer

Great idea for a post Y_B. Mine are sugar, boredom, sugar, sugar and boredom!! If I can keep cakes and deserts as an occasional treat instead of a daily norm, and if I keep stimulated and interested in life, I’m usually okay. If I get bored, then strangely my body thinks some sugar would be a good and exciting idea, and a vicious circle gets going!

Yellow_Blue profile image
Yellow_Blue2020 December in reply to Eleanorba

I also been to that phase Eleanorba !! My kids were small that time and I used to feel highly stressed at the end of day and nothing used to seem interesting !! that's the time when I developed the binge-eating-disorder without even knowing it.. Later, one thing that helped me a lot that was meditation.. since the beginning of the lock down we as a family started practising 15mins meditation in the morning .. we followed it until the school reopened!! It had huge impact on me.. I found myself feeling happy and cheerful whole day !!

I kept thinking to resume it but hard to do on school days !! I need to make up my mind and start doing it again as a family thing!

I am sure you also find out something that can help you to come out from this vicious circle 💞

Eleanorba profile image
EleanorbaMaintainer in reply to Yellow_Blue

Your meditation sounds brilliant. I’m great at the moment but it’s hard to know when the sugarlust will return!

Rusty15 profile image
Rusty15Restart April 2021 in reply to Eleanorba

I find alcohol fuels my greed for carbs 😬

Eleanorba profile image
EleanorbaMaintainer in reply to Rusty15

Definitely! Have you visited the DrinkLess Club? I’ll tag you in to May’s thread!

dish70 profile image
dish70Restart January 2021

1 Not eating when hungry then being starving and choosing wrong things.2 Bread

3 Buying treats for family then trying not to eat them too.

4 Going out for coffee.... And cake which OK has been no problem for the last year.

5.Not enough water

6.Cooking too much and not wanting to waste it therefore eating more.

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Yellow_Blue2020 December in reply to dish70

Thanks dish70 for replying ! This place is absolutely brilliant to stay focus on your goal and not be derailed !The Daily diary is helping me a lot to stay in track! If you haven't join then please check this link -

healthunlocked.com/weight-l...

All the best💞

MaeWood profile image
MaeWood2021 March

My top five sabotages are:1) stress eating at my work desk

2) boredom

3) not enough water

4) social eating / gatherings

5) sugar cravings

Yellow_Blue profile image
Yellow_Blue2020 December in reply to MaeWood

So true !! I felt many times x

1. people making cruel remarks about my weight 2 ditto ......

Rusty15 profile image
Rusty15Restart April 2021 in reply to Purplelady02

Ah! Bless you hugs coming your way 🤗🤗🤗🤗💐

Yellow_Blue profile image
Yellow_Blue2020 December in reply to Purplelady02

Hugs to you 💖 You are always stronger than them !! When someone hurts me I just remind myself ‘it’s not how hard you can hit! It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward !!! X

Feeling stronger!
Purplelady02 profile image
Purplelady023lbs in reply to Yellow_Blue

Yes you're right. Thanks 😊

jd65 profile image
jd653 stone

For me it's

1) Social life that revolves around gigs in pubs and meals out (not a problem at the moment)

2) Working in an office full of feeders (not a problem at the moment)

3) Not getting enough sleep so too tired to prep food

4) Not drinking enough water

5) Alcohol (leads to snacking and more alcohol)

6) Boredom

I've given up chocolate completely as I don't have an off switch.

Yellow_Blue profile image
Yellow_Blue2020 December in reply to jd65

All these factors play such a crucial role in weight gain !! Great to see that some of them are not a problem for you at the moment!! If you take some corrective measures on other factors you can see great results !!

Vonb profile image
Vonb2020 December

Great question, really made me think. For me it’s after following slimming world plan for years then changing to more calorie controlled diet getting it into my head that a dustbin lid of pasta (as my old consultant used to say you could eat on SW) will put weight on, likewise with potatoes, rice etc. Basically you eat in those volumes you’re going to put weight on! Also visits to my sister in laws which always involve bowls of crisps being left in front of me so you just can’t help picking, I always put weight on that week.

Another issue for me is Chinese takeaways, think it’s the msg/salt that always makes me weigh heavy, I know it’s probably only temporary but plays on my mind on weigh in day so try to avoid it now and tend to choose fish and chips as a takeaway choice instead. X

Yellow_Blue profile image
Yellow_Blue2020 December in reply to Vonb

Wow! You identified so properly !! When I am reading yours I can easily correlate myself with each of the points you mentioned that leads to weight gain xxx

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