Contrary to most people’s my new lifestyle was all about giving up dieting.
In February 2017 I decided a total lifestyle change. My BMI had already gone down slightly from all time high at 34.8 to 33.5. Still faaaaar too high, though.
My plan was simple. Stop dieting but keep a strict 5:2 regime. Continue exercising. Do things I like, be content and spread happiness around me. Good karma, basically. Luckily my husband also thought it was a good idea and since then we have more or less kept up this new way of life. He – who doesn’t have a thyroid problem the way I do – is the real success story. I’ll come back to that later on.
Let me start by telling you about my attempts to diet.
Sticking to low carb/high fat is quite easy and – according to a lot of research – very healthy too. In our household we have more or less practiced this approach to nutrition for years. You can eat lots of good food and kid yourself that you’re not missing out.
Unfortunately it didn’t stop my weight gain at all.
I’m well aware that some people consider 5:2 a diet, but to me it’s a lifestyle. The great thing about 5:2 is that most people who do it can actually keep it up for a long time. During the 5-days you eat normally and 2 days a week you starve yourself.
It makes a lot of sense, but it turned out that the 2-days of starvation didn’t work with my extra sensitive metabolism.
Keeping a Weight Watchers’ diet is much more complicated than 5:2 and in my humble opinion impossible to keep up for any length of time. I have friends who swear by it, and good for them. I fear that because it’s so complicated it invites lapses, and then you have to start all over again or give up completely.
Didn’t work with my metabolism either.
Dr Dukan definitely had something going when he created the eat-as-much-as-you-want-of-a-few-foods. My thinking about weight loss has been greatly inspired by Dr Dukan, but as I understand it a lot of people use it as a temporary diet and then they go back to normal eating and start gaining again. I don’t think that’s Dr Dukan’s intention but that’s what happens in this world where everyone wants a quick fix.
For me, the Dukan “Attack Phase” works very well and I have encorporated that in my new lifestyle.
I love a good cleanse! I have no proper name for it, but my favourite cleanse is three weeks of “real”, non-processed food. You can eat it raw, grill or steam it.
- No caffeine, alcohol, sugar or tobacco.
- No carbs and no dairy, except full fat yoghurt.
- Eat as much as you like of vegetables and lean protein.
It makes me feel wonderful inside, but it doesn’t make me lose much weight. Probably my old wacky metabolism again.