So after weeks of general complaining and trying a number of ‘quick fixes’ I can honestly say… I’m still fat.
Has anyone had a positive result from a quick fix diet?
I’ve caught myself googling “why am I still fat?” on too many occasions now.
Way back, during the week I decided to “change” I was weighed by a nurse so I had a pretty good base weight to go on. This weekend I finally unpacked my scales that I’d intentionally left in a storage box when I moved in May.
I placed my scales in the bathroom and whilst my Sunday evening bath was running I weighed myself. I’ve always told myself it’s better to weigh myself in as little as possible because jeans are obviously the heaviest thing known to man and it is their fault the scales say I’m obese.
My heart sunk as the stupid little dial showed that I have put on 4kg. That’s 8 pounds!
I’ve been cutting down portion sizes, changed my sugary morning cereal for low-fat smoothies, made sure I ate as few carbs as possible and I’m eating salad. Salad!
Incredibly I thought I’d been losing weight, I’d been feeling better. Well up until last week when I had a week free of morning smoothies. I noticed a significant drop in energy levels when I don’t have my bananas and berries.
I asked my friends what they thought. Not the ‘nice friends’ but the brutally honest best friends that have similar problems. I received 5 common answers.
1. “It’s just water retention”
Retaining water has been an issue since I was about 10, I wasn’t sure why but I always knew if my shorts wouldn’t button up I should go to the loo and 9/10 it worked.
Now I know it’s more my fault. I don’t drink enough.
I have my morning smoothie, (sometimes with a coffee), then maybe 4 or 5 cups of tea whilst I’m at work. I go home to a glass of juice (or wine).
I don’t really enjoy water and I can’t spend any more time going to the bathroom. I’ve already wondered if I should move my desk in there.
2. “I blame the pill”
Yes, it’s a well googled fact, the pill increases your appetite and makes it harder to lose weight. I think it’s also makes the water retention worse.
I’d like to blame the pill but as I’m not going to stop taking it, I’ve got to find a way around it.
3. “You don’t exercise enough”
Yes, I know I don’t. I’m working on it. Next.
4. “You’re not calorie counting”
No, I don’t want to spend my life having a breakdown because I’m 3 calories over my daily intake.
I refuse to be one of those people who read the label before they eat.
I eat low-fat yoghurt in my smoothies, I have cut the majority of carbs out of my diet and I eat salads with low fat or no dressing. I’m not going to starve myself of everything I love. I’ve already given up bread which has left a huge hole in my life.
5. “Your Expectations Are Unrealistic”
This sounds more likely.
I have never really tried to lose weight properly so I’m not really sure how fast it’s supposed to happen. Watching the tv weight loss reality shows does not give me a good comparison. They have specialist trainers, diet experts and coaches to slap the cake out of their hands. Plus they’re on tv for some family/life saving/personal mission with a purpose. My aim is to fit back into some old clothes so I don’t have the stress of buying more.
Trying to combine a weight-loss regime with a love of food and lack of motivation to exercise is not easy.
It’s not possible.
If I read one more article on how I shouldn’t be dieting but I should be changing my lifestyle I will scream.