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I think it is very obvious that I am doing terribly at losing weight so far. The title “Weigh in Wednesday” mocked me every time I sat down to write these posts, so Emma and I decided to shake things up and make a few changes – hence, “Wellbeing Wonders”.
I’m not giving up! I think I just need to rethink things. It’s hard to admit this publicly, but Exante isn’t working for me right now. I don’t want this to sound like Exante is the problem, because it isn’t. The real problem with meal replacement diets is that, when it doesn’t work out, all the people who told you not to do it in the first place think they’ve been proven right. I strongly believe that Exante works. But, like I’ve said before, it takes willpower. A lot of willpower. And I’m struggling with that at the moment. It’s not the diet that isn’t working – it’s me. I just want to eat.
So it’s time to try something else. I’ve heard a lot about Banting lately. My aunt has lost about 4st and my cousin (who very kindly provided the photos included in this post) has lost 11lb in 3 weeks at last count! They’ve been doing slightly modified versions of the plan, but those are some pretty amazing results and they’re doing it while eating real, unprocessed food.
So what on earth is Banting?
Banting is a low carb, high fat eating plan. The idea (from my limited knowledge) is that you eat real, unprocessed foods, cooked from scratch, eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. That all sounds fairly sensible right? Foods are split into “Green, Orange and Red” lists. I’ll let you guess which colour is allowed and which isn’t… Basically, most meat, eggs, dairy, vegetables and fats are Green; nuts, some dairy and veg and most fruits are Orange and sugar, gluten, processed foods and most carbs are Red (no big shocks there).
There are several books that describe Banting in detail, so I’m not going to do that now. The most popular seems to be The Real Meal Revolution, and this is the one I’ve bought to read this week. Maybe this is the kind of new approach I need at the moment – something different to kick start my motivation.
I haven’t weighed myself this week. I’m feeling less stressed about the whole thing than I was last week, so I feel like taking a step back from it was the right thing to do.
I know I can’t just give up and go back to eating the way I was, though, because I don’t want to undo all my hard word. So maybe next week I’ll be writing about how brilliant Banting is.
It all sounds simple enough. I know that low carb works for me in terms of weight loss. Mostly because I am apparently incapable of controlling portion sizes of anything that resembles bread or pasta. The idea of cutting out processed food and being allowed to eat cheese is quite appealing. Eating real food is definitely appealing at a time when I’m struggling to stick with meal replacement products.
I’m not sure about the “high fat” part of the plan, though. It goes against pretty much every diet I’ve ever tried and feels a bit counterintuitive – eat fat to lose fat? It’s not a new idea though, and the idea is to eat only when you’re hungry and not to overeat – portion sizes are important. Plus, the fat comes from meat, eggs and dairy, rather than icecream, chocolate and cake. I can’t see myself eating butter with a knife and fork, and you’re not really supposed to snack, so I guess munching on entire blocks of cheese between meals isn’t going to happen, either.
Has anyone tried Banting before? Or anything similar? I’d love to hear your thoughts.