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« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2011, 08:54:58 PM »

After 18 years in the fashion industry there isn't a fad diet on the planet that I haven't watched someone try!!
All with varying degrees of success.

My x boss did atkins very successfully for 4+years and lives by the low carb mantra to this day.

It really does all boil down to eat less do more.
I shifted 4 stone post son #2, mainly by walking from Waterloo to Tottenham court rd everyday, c.2.5 miles.  Sadly got out the habit of the daily walk through Fulham to the new job in recent months... need to get that habit back and soon.

walking is good exercise and easier than some to build into a daily routine - recommend www.walkit.com to see if you can find a walk to build into your daily routine...
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« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2011, 09:02:42 PM »

I got a Wii fit for Christmas and started the new year off well intended (dropping 6 lbs in two weeks), but have since either fallen off the wagon or had the wagon collapse from the strain. I'd ultimately like to drop about 4 stone. My love of sugar and carbs helps little. I can restrict those things and practice portion control for a while, but I invariably slip back to the same old habits. I'm game for another go. I'm not diabetic yet, and would like to keep it that way.
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« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2011, 11:27:02 PM »

I did the Kinect "Your Shape Fitness Evolved" tonight.  Oh dear, I am so unfit.  However, I was better than Dame who was unfit, uncoordinated and unflexible and is already aching  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2011, 11:57:06 PM »

I could probably bore the hind legs off people with waffle on this topic. I'll try not to...

I think that, on the whole, the negative calorie balance thing is absolutely undeniable - this is what we are currently doing.
I'm using "MyFitnessPal" on the iPodTouch (same app as you James?) which helps greatly because it contains a huge database of foods and the calorie content so it's as easy as saying "I had that, that and that" and the thing keeps a tally for you.

Exercise-wise we are using the Wii and the (truly badly programmed but still apparently effective) "Biggest Loser Challenge" game (which we got for under a tenner). It is shocking full of bugs but it bungs together varied 15/20 minute workouts that Mrs P and I do (one after another) while our frozen ready meals are in the oven.

So we aren't eating healthily with a capital "H" but we are bang on the money with the calories and it's convenient with a capital "C". We could cook fresh stuff and achieve the same result but it would put too big a hole in the evening. Besides, it seems to be working. Smiley

The only thing that challenges the negative calorie balance thing for me was our experience with the Slimming World diet.
As some of you will know from the "Fatness to Fitness" thread on the old Frost* forum, Mrs Pedro and I did this seriously (going to piad for weigh-ins, etc) for a year and a half and I lost over 5 stone doing it.
The thing with that was that you could stuff your face with thousands of calories a day and still lose weight.
Tons of potatoes, rice and stuff that, now I'm counting calories, I can't have more than a a few grams of.
The thing seemed to work on not combining types of food in the same day, so you could have (and I frequently did) three tins of Asda's Chick Pea Dahl and a bag (or two) of Uncle Ben's microwave rice for just one meal.
I still don't really understand how it worked, but work it did.

In the end we stopped for several reasons; the key reason being that the last 10 months or so I really just stayed the same +/- 3 or 4 pounds. Mrs Pedro got to her goal about the same time as I hit 5 stone off and kept going (for free) to help maintain her weight and to help me.
We also got tired of it really and I couldn't find the enthusiasm to step up the exercise or break what had become the comfortable routine of Desperate-Dan-sized meals with no weight gain.
Stopping paying for it seemed to make sense....and slowly and surely the weight began to increase...but it did take a while...and I did enjoy every pound! Wink

Some diets seem to be trying to adjust themselves to take into account the energy it takes for your body to break down what you eat...so you can eat more of stuff that is easy to digest...I guess.
Of course, the cynic in me realises that the finances of diet plans quietly rely on people not losing everything they need to very quickly.
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« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2011, 12:03:17 AM »

Good post, to which I will reply properly tomorrow.

But yes, it is MyFitnessPal which I've been using, and I think it's bloody marvellous. All it dies is track what you already do so you don't feel like you've got someone telling you what you can and can't eat, you just figure it out for yourself pretty quickly.

What's your name there, I'll add you as a friend! I'm James_h there, changed it today hence the change here too!
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« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2011, 12:17:12 AM »

"Pedro_XXL" - I've not been logging my weightloss or exercise sessions properly on there...just using it as a calorie countdown.

I think I am defintely a gadget-driven dieter! The first time I calorie-counted it was fuelled by the purchase of a Polar heart-rate monitor watch that also let you log calorie intake.
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« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2011, 06:52:11 AM »

Day one of the Camfield plan...

...this handbook you get looks a bit suspect.

"Handbook". I see what you did there. Clever!  Wink
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« Reply #22 on: February 16, 2011, 06:31:41 PM »

Well, just been for my first run in week 3 of the Couch 2 5K programme - two runs of 3 minutes and two of 1.5, with equal walks inbetween,

A noticeable step up from week 2 where you never ran more than 90 seconds at a time!

Think it went ok though - but can anyone who runs regularly tell me how to stop my shins hurting so much? Am I doing it wrong?
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« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2011, 10:05:31 PM »

..day three...

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« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2011, 11:09:55 PM »

Aim away, Simon. Away.

I keep telling myself that I need to lose weight, but I guess I just enjoy food too much. I don't do anything stupid like consuming everything in the house every three minutes or order a takeaway every night, but I certainly don't eat sensibly. I'm hungry right now and am tempted to go and have a pasta meal, for example. (In truth, I haven't really eaten anything all day, so I suppose I am lacking a good meal.)

I have hijacked the family exercise bike and have placed it in my room, which I tend to do about twenty, thirty minutes or more (or less) on when I'm around and not knackered. I probably walk around more in a day than I realise, which probably helps a fair bit.

But then, I get into the mood that I'm comfortable with myself and go back to enjoying some more nosh.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #25 on: February 17, 2011, 07:47:30 AM »

In truth, I haven't really eaten anything all day, so I suppose I am lacking a good meal.

There's your problem right there. One really should eat as regularly as possible, irrespective of how much you eat at those regular intervals (although too much is not good). Sudden bursts of eating with long gaps of fasting between has a tendency to slow the metabolism. It's an hereditary, evolutionary trait in all mammals (as far as I'm aware) that encourages the body to slow down and metabolise less fat to store it for periods when food is scarce. Regular eating rather than starving yourself is a far better way of keeping the body's metabolic rate up. It's one of the reasons that it is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
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« Reply #26 on: February 17, 2011, 09:15:29 AM »

I gave everyone a single dish... Grin
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« Reply #27 on: February 17, 2011, 01:05:46 PM »

I've joined the gym and am doing Pilates and Aquafit every week. The instruction is ex army (lady) so she's a bit bonkers.
I look amazing!! (joke)
I really need to go another day , too and do some of the machines.
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« Reply #28 on: February 17, 2011, 01:17:25 PM »

Not the machine that Nietzsche had dreamed of I hope  Grin
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« Reply #29 on: February 17, 2011, 01:21:28 PM »

Not the machine that Nietzsche had dreamed of I hope  Grin

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