A month ago, I decided to take the bull by the horns and try to lose my lockdown extra weight. I committed myself to trying out an 800-calories-a-day, no-sugar, low-carbs diet. I thought that it would be awful!
It wasn’t though. I’ve enjoyed the food, especially the inclusion of cheeses and nuts, and haven’t felt hungry at all really.
And the best of it is that I’ve not just lost the lockdown weight, but a whole stone in a month. I’ve lost four inches off my waist, and have gone back to being boring-old ‘overweight’ as opposed to ‘obese’. All of this is great for my health, and hopefully a really big step further away from pre-diabetes.
It’s not always been easy. Husband and Children haven’t been too keen about all of the beans and pulses, which has severely limited the number of meals that we can share, so it’s led to lots of extra cooking. There have, however, been revelations, such as my potato-hating daughter enjoying cauliflower mash. She often asks for some nutty banana shake with her toast in a morning too, which is a great start to her morning.
It’s also been a pain to have to take packed lunches into school every day, when we get free school meals cooked by an amazing chef. I know that if I asked, they’d make me something special, or suggest what is Keto-friendly, but I’ve gone off meat recently and with all the new COVID regulations in place, I really feel that the kitchen has enough to do with without me being a picky bugger. The microwave has been taken out of our staff room recently, so I’m a bit limited in terms of what goes into my Tupperware each day, but it’s nice and warm still at the moment so it’s not too much of a problem.
I’ve decided to carry on with the eating plan for another few weeks, perhaps another month even, before I switch on to the recommended 5:2 fasting diet.