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Weight Loss Quest

Posted on: 9th May 2013

Posted in: Weight Loss Quest

In September 2013, I gave birth to a beautiful baby daughter. At the start of my pregnancy, I weighed 60.5kg, and I put on a total of 12kg over the pregnancy. By Christmas, just from breastfeeding, I managed to get down to 63.5kg without really trying. I am currently sat around the 63kg mark, and would like to lose another 5kg to get down to 58kg, my pre-pregnancy and pre-miscarriage weight.

Current weight = 63kg

Target weight = 58kg

A healthy weight loss is losing 0.5 – 1kg per week (or 1-2lb / week). I am giving myself 2 months (8 weeks) to lose this weight and would love for you to join me on my ‘weight loss quest’ if you have a few pounds to lose yourself!

How am I going to do this? Simple – healthy eating and exercise. There is no magic formula or pill to enable you to lose weight. Fad diets like Atkins and Dukan enable you to lose weight initially (with some nasty side effects), but then the weight comes piling back on when you start eating normally again. The key is to make small sustainable changes – changes that you can keep up with in the long term…. And I don’t want to do it alone – please join me on my quest and lose a bit yourself!

My personal dietary changes will include the following:

  • Staying off the sweets (Haribos are my downfall!)
  • Allowing myself small treats, but keep these to after a meal, rather than as a snack
  • Having low glycaemic index (GI) breakfast and breads. Low GI carbohydrates release energy much slower into the bloodstream, keeping you fuller for longer… and therefore less likely to snack. Low GI breakfast cereals include All Bran and porridge. Low GI breads include stoneground wholemeal bread, pumpernickel bread and granary/mixed grain bread
  • Snacks will consist of fruit
  • When feeling hungry, grab a drink first as hunger is often confused with thirst. Suitable drinks to include water, diet fizzy drinks, no added sugar squash and tea with sweetener
  • Puddings to consist of diet yoghurt, low fat milk pudding, fruit or homemade reduced fat and sugar baking

If you want to join me, follow me on Twitter @expertdietitian and I will be using the hashtag #wtquest in my tweets concerning my weight loss quest. I will tweet daily tips and weight loss ideas, and we will have a weekly weigh in! I will also blog on this site periodically. Please feel free to leave comments!

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