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I am NOT “going on a diet”

So today, being January 1st is the day when traditionally most people make resolutions.

For some it will be “to get fit”, others will stop smoking and millions I expect will “go on a diet” only to have given up by next Monday when work resumes.

On checking my diary, I was pleased to note that I have started 2014 exactly 1 stone (14lbs) lighter than I started 2013 which I was very pleased about as over the last 6 – 8 weeks I have not been able to stick to my normal routine having been occupied with some family matters and regained about half a stone from my lowest weight in 2013 (and in fact for about 25 years) but the day after Boxing day I began being a little more careful about what I eat and despite being away for a few days managed to drop back down a couple of pounds, so to finish up at the end of the year still lighter I think is an achievement.

So on to 2014.

Do I want to lose more weight? YES.

Am I “going on a Diet”? NO.

Do I want to get fitter? YES

Am I rushing down to the GYM?  NO

For a start, my budget no longer allows for a gym membership (especially as I don’t really enjoy it) even though there is a swimming pool and gym at the end of my road.  So if the current weather allows I shall be back out walking.  My pedometer tracker tells me that I walked 2500km during 2013 (approx 1500 miles) just walking into town or about 3-4 miles every day. Even with the English weather I very rarely had days where I was unable to go out but the forecast at the moment is not good so the waterproofs will have to be put to use as I will still have chores and commitments which dictate that I walk whatever.

If the weather is nice and I’m feeling energetic I shall get my bike out.  It’s not worth using it most days as by the time I’ve togged myself up and got the bike out etc. I would be almost at my destinations walking so the bike is reserved for a bit of an adventure.  Failing that: housework always beckons which is also good exercise.

A far as “going on a Diet” is concerned; I will simply return to just being a little more careful about what I eat again (avoiding some of the comfort eating quick and easy meals we’ve had over the past few weeks) and ensure that I cook the healthy meals that we have become used to which are filling but low fat and gradually over time the pounds will slip away.

This will take a little planning and organising but is not difficult and saves time and money as well as enjoying the health benefits.

We shall still eat the nice biscuits and chocolates we were given for Christmas, but they will be carefully rationed (one a day) meaning that we will be able to enjoy them right through til February and won’t feel deprived.

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Save ££££’s as you lose pounds (or why I don’t buy “Diet” food)

Over the last 18 months I have succeeded in losing 4 stone in weight (56lb) and have spent a lot of time in the supermarket checking the nutritional values/calories and fat content of various items as well as the prices.

One of the surprising things I noticed was that the “Diet” versions were not necessarily the best choice from a calorie or fat content.

I noticed when checking the stores economy versions that many of these items were not only considerably cheaper, but comparable or lower in calories and fat than the “Diet” versions.  As fat content was an important part of our “Diet” for some medical reasons as well as the desire to lose weight this of course was very useful when trying to keep a hungry hubby feeling full while having to eat a healthier diet on a limited budget.

Now many people will say that these economy versions are inferior and in some instances I would agree and would prefer to pay that little extra occasionally for something that we prefer.  However the vast majority are perfectly adequate, edible and sometimes even taste better.

I went into one supermarket today and checked a couple of items that we have discovered to show a comparison.

An occasional treat is a pot of Houmous – in this supermarket the standard version was 99p for a 200g tub.  It had 325 calories per 100g and 27.1g fat.  The diet version in this instance was the same price and was 255 calories per 100g and 18.3g fat.  The economy version was 55p for a 150g pot (which equates to 72p for 200g) and was 243 calories per 100g and 18.9g fat, which is comparable to the “Diet”  version (and in our opinion tastier).

The diet version of coleslaw was 65p for a 300g tub containing 126 calories per 100g and 10g fat, while the economy version was 25p for a 250g tub(30p for 300g)  and was only 86 calories per 100g and 6g fat.

Obviously this is not always the case (the economy mozzarella I used in the pizza was higher in fat than the “Diet” version but was only slightly higher in calories but nearly half the price) and there are many “extra light” versions of different products available (but they are usually more expensive)

So the “message” is: do not automatically assume that the “diet” version is the best when trying to control your calorie intake – it’s worth checking the economy versions and save yourself a little money at the same time