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Watching Weight in a slimming world
Weight watching in a slimming world is something that millions of people experience every day of their lives. I was watching the BBC News today I heard a report saying the National Obesity Forum suggest that “Eating fat could help cut obesity and type 2 diabetes.” (Quoted from BBC News website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36345768
I think often those of us who do struggle with weight are too busy or too tired to prepare and eat properly and in the end, it is our health that suffers and also the ones who love or care for us suffer because they see how our health deteriorate. I am now diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and on medication for it and I know it is down to lifestyle There are other reasons why people struggle with weight and that is because of the way food is now produced to make our food cheap and easy to make.
I have had some experiences with different diets over the years. I did try going to Weight Watchers and while I lost some weight I was hungry most of the time. I have tried Slimming World but I found the diet really hard to follow. I got to the stage where I was putting weight on because I didn’t really know what I could eat and how much I should eat.
I am a person who in the last 20 years or so has struggled with weight. At my heaviest, I was around 108 kilograms and with all the good intentions I have only been able to reach 89 kilograms. Basically, it is down to lifestyle and sometimes being just too tired to cook meals from scratch.
I know that some people that go to Weight Watchers and Slimming World do lose weight but maybe it doesn’t suit everyone. I have also tried a low-carb diet which worked well for me I did loose 12 kilograms in weight and is a great diet for meat eaters, but probably harder for vegetarians.
I got fed up with eating chicken, ham and eggs all the time. When I reintroduced carbs back into my diet I stopped losing weight and put weight back on again.
The Low GL diet is good for both losing weight and also lowering blood sugar that worked for me also but as soon as you take in more carbs your blood sugar goes up and your weight goes back on.
I have come to realise that a diet has to be a complete lifestyle change. I am completely confused by all the dietary advice that is out there. One says to lower your calorie intake, then someone says that not all calories are the same so it isn’t all about calories.
Some say low-fat is the way ahead, but then others say low-fat has more sugar than higher-fat products. This is something I have noticed about milk. If you check the sugar level (carb) you will notice it is higher on skimmed milk to it is on full fat. Looking on the Dairy council website you will see that in 100 ml of skimmed milk, it has 4.9 grams of carbs while full-fat milk has 4.7 grams, the difference might be small but if you are counting carbs it matters.
I will try a lifestyle change diet it will be mainly a low-carb diet which will mean cutting out refined sugars, and cutting down on bread, pasta, rice and potatoes. I will update this blog with how I am doing and it might just motivate me to lose weight.
If my kids ever read this my advice to them would be to watch your diet now, you have my DNA. Cut down on the pizza intake, and don’t eat too much bread. Cook more from scratch and have fewer takeaways, microwave meals and chips from the chip shop. I would not want their health to suffer in the same way as mine.
Do you have any tips for losing weight? Have you tried any of the diets I mentioned? Did any of them work for you?
As for scores on this life experience, I would have to just give it 1 out of 5 due to diabetes but I do believe with the right diet it can be controlled.
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