(Closed) New Diet Plan

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Which should I exclude?
    Processed meats : (7 votes)
    13 %
    Chocolate and cheese : (3 votes)
    6 %
    White and processed carbs : (40 votes)
    74 %
    Other (suggestion below) : (4 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    7271 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Rachel631:  Are you set on an exclusion diet? The reason I asked is because I followed a diet similar to yours and actually gained a couple pounds. Then I went on Weight Watchers and lost almost 25 lbs and have maintained it. I always feel like a walking talking sign for Weight Watchers when I post like this but it worked REALLY well for me. Not sure what it was about it but the pounds just came off. I was so frustrated after almost 4 months of low cal and working out almost everyday and then Fiance found out different ways to do Weight Watchers for free and it worked. I wasn’t hungry (like I was on a low cal diet) because you can eat as many fruit and vegetables as you want without counting them. I don’t know if I could ever actually maintain an exclusion diet because I just like food too much 🙂

    Post # 5
    6741 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Well, getting rid of white and processed carbs means you can still have other carbs – brown rice instead of white, whole grain bread instead of white, sweet potato instead of regular, etc.  If you can do that and get rid of dairy – dairy is really the devil – then I think you would really see progress. 

    Post # 6
    7271 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Rachel631:  That’s very true! I cook very simple meals so it’s very simple for me. I guess I didn’t think about how easy it is to just not have to calculate and just be able to order. Good luck with whatever you decide!

    Post # 7
    6741 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I do want to mention that working out for 2 hours a day is insane.  You start to burn muscle at the end of that workout.  Have you considered doing HIIT cardio?  You can burn the same amount of calories in 20 mins that you normally would in 60.  Combine a 20 min HIIT workout with a short 30min weight training session and you’ve cut your workout time in half, but likely doubled your results.  But, this is secondary to the diet b/c that’s 80% and working out is only 20%. 

    Post # 8
    12247 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    What about a combo?

    Like white carbs and processed meat?

    So a ham sandwich on wheat is okay, but a salami sandwich on white is not?

    Post # 9
    394 posts
    Helper bee

    no grains

    no dairy

    no legumes

    NOTHING processed (especially sugars)

    eat real, whole, foods.

    you’ll lose lots of weight plus feel amazing. do this for 30 days 🙂


    Post # 10
    154 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Make healthy lifestyle choices you can stick with, other wise thats crash dieting. There are no “bad foods” anything you overeat can be bad like fruit. Im not saying eating chips instead of a healthy lunch is ok, but all things in moderation are fine. If you stop chocolate for exaple to lose weight, do you honestly think you will go your whole life without it ever again.

    Just eat clean mainly, allow treats in moderation, get some type of physical activity in regulary and youll be all set 🙂

    Post # 12
    6341 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    First of all, 1200 calories a day is way too few; not only is it unhealthy to essentially starev yourself, but it absolutely is not sustainable. You also tend to ‘plateau’ very quickly: this is basically where your body desperately conserves energy, because it isn’t getting enough, and you will not lose weight. I suspect this is perhaps why calorie counting isn’t working, as, simply, it should: if you consume fewer calories than you expend, you should be losing weight.

    You should be aiming for 1500-1700 calories a day, more if you exercise; if you burn off 500 calories and your limit is 1500, you should be eating 2000, to make up for those calories burnt off.

    I’ve been sticking to 1500 a day since late October (sometimes more; during January I just wanted to maintain, so allowed myself 1800 per day), and have slowly but steadily lost 18 pounds (I’m was slim to begin with at 10 stone, 5’7″ and a size 12, and weight loss tends to be slower the less you have to lose). I use My Fitness Pal, and calorie count.

    I think excluding entire food/food groups is a very bad idea, as again, it isn’t sustainable, and you are likely to find yourself craving those foods you have excluded, and risk gorging on them when you do give in to temptation. No food is particularly ‘bad’, in moderation. If I fancy chocolate, I will have chocolate, I will just have a smaller amount (eg I find 2 jaffa cakes is enough), likewise with cheese, etc.

    As far as exercise goes, I personally never include things like walking, unless it is sustained, and fast enough to significantly get my heart-rate up. Eg when I go swimming, I walk to to pool; it’s a 3-mile round trip, lots of it uphill, and I do it in about 35 minutes, at a speed of 4.5-5mph; this burns about 200 calories. I wouldn’t class walking round the shops or to and from work as exercise, as it isn’t intense enough. Similarly, toning exercises are great, but burn very little energy; you don’t do them to burn calories, you do them to tone up and build muscle mass.

    Swimming is a good all-round activity; an hour of breaststroke at a moderate pace (a 25m length in 40 seconds would be classed as moderate, as an example), will burn anything from 500-900 calories depending on your weight. Because I only weigh 8 stone 8, I burn less than 500 calories an hour; my Future Mother-In-Law burns about 850 because she is MUCH heavier.

    Post # 13
    960 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Rachel631:  HIIT is an interval training method, typically done on a treadmill, since your knee is really bad I would recommend doing it in the pool (pool related exercises are great for knee and back injuries as the water supports you resulting in less pressure)

    To do HIIT basically you’re going to “go all out” for a set of time then a relaxed rest. So eg. Sprint for 30 seconds, rest for 10 seconds. only you wont be sprinting, you’ll be swimming. Or you can do upper body HIIT with punches, that wont have the same results as swimming, but it could work. Remember the key to HIIT is really the “ALL OUT” don’t just “kind of” sprint, SPRINT don’t just “kind of punch”, knock that bag out! You get the idea….


    And in terms of your crumpets… make them whole wheat, they wont be AS TASTEY but they’ll still be great and will assist in your diet.


    Post # 14
    4495 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Last October I gave up processed foods except for yogurt, cheese (but this is limited), whole grain bread, peanut/almond butter and whole wheat pasta. Nothing else comes from a box or is packaged – everything I eat is fresh – all fruits, veggies and meats. I feel SO much better and whats more – I lost a ‘ton’ of weight! Okay, like 20lbs, but I am 4’10” so for me that is significant. I do make exceptions sometimes when I go out to eat or for special occasions (bdays, Xmas, etc.), but other than that I stay away from it. I crave absolutely nothing, EVER. I’ve read that a lot of the additives and chemicals in processed foods cause you to crave more of those types of foods. I am a total carb & sweets girl, so I thought I’d have a really hard time giving up refined sugars – nope. I can resist anything without any effort whatsoever. Nothing ever tempts me, I eat delicious fresh food and am in great shape for my wedding!!

    It sounds extreme to some people. Most of the time I get responses like, “what do you eat?! Isn’t everything processed these days??” But it isn’t as hard as it sounds. I highly recommend it and I don’t think its possible to not lose weight by doing this.

    Post # 15
    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I voted other: All of the above.

    Check out the Happy Herbivore, http://www.happyherbivore.com.  She’s got weekly meal plans available for super yummy, wholesome foods; daily calorie count is around 1200 and then you would add snacks from there based on how much you worked out.  Instead of thinking of it as an elimination diet, think of it as including all the nutritious, delicious, whole foods that will treat your body well and give you the results you’re looking for.

    Post # 16
    6741 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Rachel631:  Ok, broken up is different – that’s better than doing it all at once.  HIIT is High Intensity Interval Training, but if your knee is messed up, you probably won’t be able to do this.  It’s any sort of cardio that you would normally do for an hour, split into bursts.  Like 1 min running as fast as possible followed 30 seconds walking, repeated for 20 mins.  You can change up the intervals, too. 

    This website explains it better:  http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/wotw40.htm

    I’m not sure if maybe you can modify it to work with your knee?

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