With all the stress of this year, I've put on 5kg.
I've not been feeling as well as usual. I've not had the energy I usually rely on to do all the things I like to do. I've been eating badly.
So. Time for a change.
The key to losing weight and being healthier is to cut one third of what you eat. All diets do is tell you which third to cut.
I've decided to cut the sugar. According to Sweet Poison (and my experience!) sugar is addictive. You have something with sugar in it and then you want more. Even if you are not hungry. My book says that if I stop eating sugar, my appetite will return to what it should be and I'll only want to eat when I'm hungry.
The problem is that just about everything in the fridge and pantry are laced with large amounts of sugar - yoghurt, tomato sauce, weet bix... and so over the day I'm consuming around 30 teaspoons without even realising it. Apparently it's the fructose part of sugar that is bad. Fructose is in fruit, but in fruit it comes packaged with fibre and goodness so your body has to work for it.
Here's what I'm trying.
Virtually no sugar for three weeks.
Breakfast - oats and milk
Lunch - Sandwich - meat/egg and salad - no mayo (it's sugary), no tomato. Be careful with bread selection.
Dinner - Normal stuff - meat, vege, rice, pasta - but no sauces that contain sugar.
Snacks - nuts, popcorn, no-sugar crackers, even chips can be okay.
35 hours in and I'm doing okay. The cravings are interesting but manageable.
I'm going to reassess after 3 weeks. The cravings for sugar should be over by then. If
I feel good, I'll reintroduce fruit and use dextrose (the non addictive part of sugar) for occasional treats.
We'll see how it goes. Anyone else tried this?