Are you wasting valuable time?

So many of us do not want to hear it when we are told that “losing weight” will improve our ailments.   We become angry and defensive and prefer to have a “quick fix” tablet.    We want the easy way out.

Even when we look into  a diet, we look for the one that allows us our “cheats” or that will magically make us lose weight without us starting to exercise or give up on anything.

Since I started “eating clean”, I have been amazed at what has improved in my life.   The first thing I noticed was that I could go down stairs like a normal person instead of one step, one step and holding on for dear life.    Hmmm.    So it was just some weight (trust me I’ve still got quite a lot!!) rather than the non existent cartilage I was telling everyone it was. Continue reading “Are you wasting valuable time?”

Are you afraid of fat?

Are you terrified to eat fat?   Do you avoid it at all costs and constantly look for the low fat foods when you shop?    Do you cut the fat off your meat?   You could be doing yourself a great disservice and keeping yourself overweight.  Hang on ….. don’t run away!   Just be open minded enough to read what I have to say and then be curious enough to research it a little more.

First of all, think about this.    Why do you think it is that every chef uses loads of butter or olive oil when cooking?    Because fat makes food taste fantastic!   My husband makes the best scrambled eggs you’ve ever tasted.   When I watched him to find out what was so different to how I made them, it was simply the loads of butter he added!

Second.   The other thing that fat does is make you feel full.   It’s satiating.   When you increase the amount of fat you eat, you feel full and therefore eat less.  Continue reading “Are you afraid of fat?”

I’m celebrating today!!!! Would you be happy with this progress?

I hope you won’t mind if today’s post is all about me but I feel the need to share my success.    I’ve reached a major milestone today in that I weigh under 200 lbs!   I’m going to make the most of it as if I lose one more pound, I will be less than 90 kgs and after another 3 lbs, I’ll be in the 13 stones!   Whichever way you measure your weight, this is significant and I honestly cannot remember (thanks fibro fog!) when I last weighed this amount.

I started this journey on 1st July 2017, 14 days after I had the parathyroid tumour removed.   I had no idea how long I had the adenoma for so I was pretty confused about the all the symptoms over the years; pain, chronic fatigue, very bad sleep, depression and a whole lot more.   My primary goal was to eat very healthy food and get my body back to what was “normal” so I could discover what symptoms I still had.    Weightloss has been a wonderful side effect.

Here is what I have achieved / learnt in the past 21 months; Continue reading “I’m celebrating today!!!! Would you be happy with this progress?”

Some interesting facts about sugar, carbohydrates and diet.

Here are a few interesting facts about sugar and carbohydrates which hopefully will help you figure out how to use the information to help you lose weight.

There are 56 different types of sugar.    Most of the names end in “ose”.

Our bodies get their energy to survive from two sources; sugar (or glucose) and fat.   If you decrease the amount of sugar going in, the body will convert the fat on your body to energy.

Sugar is generally measured two ways – in calories (or energy) and in sweetness.  Sweeteners have calories but because their sweetness level is so much higher than sugar, you need far less to get the same effect and so the amount of calories becomes negligible.

When you read a nutrition label, it usually shows Carbs first and just under says “of which sugars” and another reading.     Carbohydrates are made up of sugar, fibre and starch.    The combination of the 3 is known as Gross Carbs and just the sugar is known as Net Carbs.

Sugar is not an “essential” nutrient.   We don’t need to eat it every day because  our bodies get the right type of sugar from our vegetables and fruit.    It can also convert protein and the fat on our bodies into sugar.

Our bodies only need 4 grams of glucose (which is a sugar) in our bloodstream at any time to live.   Anything over that will be stored as glycogen … or converted to fat!

Nature was incredibly clever when she made natural sugar.   She combined it with fibre as in sugar cane, fruit, vegetables, sugar beet etc.   The fibre is essential to stop the body being flooded with too much sugar.    It’s far better to have sugar in its natural form with the fibre than separated as in refined sugar and fruit juices as the body can’t cope and will eventually cause illness.

The lactose in milk is a sugar.   You may be shocked to know there is less lactose or sugar in full fat milk than in low fat.   There is less sugar in cream than in milk!   It’s the combination of fat and sugar together that makes you put on weight.    If you are a coffee or tea-aholic and drink milk in it, try cutting that milk out for a week and see what happens to your weight.

In any food manufacturing process, when they reduce fat, they increase the sugar content because fat = flavour.    This is why low fat yoghurt is usually very high in sugar.

When you read food labels, the most important thing to check is the sugar level.   If you want to lose weight, don’t eat anything with more than 10 grams net sugar per 100 grams, preferably keep it below 5 grams.

On a keto diet, they recommend you stick to less than 20grams of net carbs (sugar) per day.    On low carb or Banting they aim for about 30 grams of net carbs a day.    A banana has 31 grams of net carbs.

Next time you are shopping, pick up a ready made diet meal and check the amount of carbs and sugar.  Remembering what I’ve said in the paragraph above, I think you may be surprised.

I am constantly shocked that people think we actually need carbohydrates to live … in fact the government even tells us that.   Yes we need carbs but not the refined ones.   Think about the caveman or cultures like inuits or the masai in Kenya (who are famous for long distance running).   Cakes, sweets, biscuits, bread, fruit juices etc were never part of their diets.    They survived, and thrived, on meat, milk, blood, roots and berries.   We were designed to get the glucose we need from fruit, vegetables and protein.   If you don’t believe me, try it for two weeks.   I’ll wager you will lose weight and feel fantastic!

https://blog.virtahealth.com/why-dont-need-dietary-carbohydrates/

There’s only one thing you need to focus on!

I heard this expression today for the first time and it was related to Brexit.  Yes, Brexit has even managed to invade our little weight loss support blog!!!

As soon as I heard it, it made me think of some of the clients I have had over the years who start off on their diet and then become very distracted.   They become really interested and engrossed in the program they are doing, start doing research, join social media groups, buy recipe books, read up on tips that other people have tried and constantly look for other things they can try.

You may think that’s a good thing and for some people it is Continue reading “There’s only one thing you need to focus on!”

What you stop may be far more helpful than what you start.

There have been a few series on TV where they will have say 20 people and put each of them on a different diet apparently with the aim of seeing which is the best diet.

Whilst it’s a fun idea, it can never be accurate for loads of reasons; men and women don’t lose the same way,  each person’s health is different at the start, you can’t guarantee people stick to the diet, etc etc etc.   There are simply too many variables.

There is something else that has really made me think about the comparison; is it about the diet that people start doing or is it about what they stop doing? Continue reading “What you stop may be far more helpful than what you start.”

Tablets and Potions versus Real Food?

For most of my life I have been like most of you, believing that I could lose weight easily and magically by taking lotions and potions.    Two years ago when I had a parathyroid tumour removed and decided I wanted to dedicate myself to becoming healthy and hopefully as a side effect lose weight.   I did a huge amount of research and studying to find out what diet would be best for fibromyalgia as I knew from past experience with my many clients who had fibromyalgia that weight loss can be terribly slow, so I wanted to be prepared mentally for the tough times and know how to overcome them.

What I kept reading over and over again was that the last thing my body needed was anything “artificial or chemical” Continue reading “Tablets and Potions versus Real Food?”

Gut healing can help you lose weight!

Gut healing is a recent but really exciting area of exploration when it comes to weight loss.     There was a show on telly recently where they compared two identical twins, one who was slim and always had been, one who was obese and had been for all of her adult life.  They tested each twins’ poo to see what their gut bacteria looked like and they were very different.   They then took poo from the thin one and transferred it into the fat one and very quickly, the fat one started losing weight with minimal change to her diet!

Our digestive system needs a good balance of thousands, perhaps millions of different types of bacteria to break down food.   It can be knocked out of whack for various reasons; illness, a bad diet, anti-biotics, severe stress or even shock from a car accident.

There is more and more evidence coming out that shows a direct link between an unhealthy gut and auto-immune conditions like fibromyalgia, Continue reading “Gut healing can help you lose weight!”

If you want to join my confidential support group, here’s where to go…..

The purpose for me starting this blog is simply because I want to  help others.

I have learnt so much useful stuff over the past 25 years but my health no longer allows me to see the 50 face to face clients a week that I used to so this is a different way I can still keep my passion thriving whilst helping others.

Originally I wanted to have a forum on the blog because it could be anonymous and people who are losing weight generally don’t want all their friends on Facebook to know they are on diet let alone share personal feelings and pain. Continue reading “If you want to join my confidential support group, here’s where to go…..”

Is eating Breakfast making it harder to lose weight?

I know, I know.   It goes against everything that we have been told for all our lives!   But bear with me then make up your own mind!

Have you noticed that when you eat breakfast, you seem to be hungry all day?  Have you noticed that if you ignore breakfast, you can go for quite a while before you need any food and often its habit or your head that makes you eat, not hunger?

Have you ever wondered how we as humans started thinking we needed 3 meals a day?  Continue reading “Is eating Breakfast making it harder to lose weight?”