I have been on a diet for 12 years.
As I unpacked the move boxes marked ‘kitchen’, I was shocked, and really rather embarrassed actually, to find so many diet books. One by one, I pulled out the Atkins Diet, The South Beach Diet, The Hay Diet, The High Protein Diet, the Weightwatchers programme, You Are What You Eat, The Dukan diet and Paul McKenna’s self hypnosis weight loss book (panic buy).
The most shocking and really rather embarrassing part of it, is that I weigh pretty much the same now as I did before I embarked on this seemingly pointless weightloss marathon. I realised I must have just gained and lost the same 14lb throughout half of my twenties & most of my thirties!
I exclude the year spent living in Sydney in my twenties when I spent all available food money on vodka, as it curbed my appetite, and I dropped 3 stone. Not a healthy option now I that have a baby, a husband and a job I am expected to turn up to.
All the diets work, I definitely lost pounds, hundreds of them probably just in buying the blimmin’ books, but only the vodka diet really gave me the results I have been aiming for ever since, only back then I was too blind drunk to see it.
So, I have made a decision. I am never going on another fad diet again.
“Thank God for that” applauded my husband when I told him (I heart him).
Aside from Weightwatchers, when I lost 3 stone of baby weight in 7-months by making sensible food choices, it’s just not a healthy example to set to my child – don’t eat pasta, don’t eat bread, eat bread but not on the same day as meat, eat meat but not with root vegetables or peas. Don’t eat fruit, eat unlimited fruit, eat only fruit before 12pm. No caffeine or alcohol. What the heck?! My body was probably as confused as I was.
So that’s it and this is me… well, for now anyway… I still have to lose the weight of 17 Easter eggs first. The no-diet diet will have to start tomorrow.