Right I’ve been doing this Fit24 Challenge for three weeks. I’ve only had 3/6 of the allowed treat days. I’ve gained another kilogram. I am really, really pissed off. I’ve followed the dietary guidelines and I’ve put on weight. I’ve also been more irritable and more miserable than I normally am. These stupid guidelines for diet DO NOT work for me – in fact I say without a doubt they’ve been detrimental. I now have an extra two kilos I need to lose using my previous tried and true technique – kilojoule counting. It doesn’t help that this morning I’ve tried to have a higher protein breakfast – scrambled eggs, wholegrain toast, mushrooms and tomatoes and the egg has given me stomach cramp. I can safely say that I don’t feel hungry at 11am but then I don’t actually bloody well feel very well either.
I’m not particularly craving cakes, biscuits, lollies. In fact the only positive consolation of this diet is that if I have a dessert much more infrequently e.g. once per week then wow does it taste REALLY good. Deprivation is worthwhile just for the increased pleasure that comes from more occasional indulgence.
I just want to eat dried fruit, more fresh fruit than a measly two serves per day and jam on my wholegrain toast more regularly than once per week.
Switching to full fat has NOT been helpful; it’s been a recipe for disaster as far as I’m concerned. I have not felt more sated and the 3pm slump hasn’t gone away. I think the 3pm slump is more due to having a sedentary, seated job and lack of fresh air than diet factors. Having a brisk walk outside will probably be more valuable than listening to sugar control freaks.
My previous diet wasn’t perfect – I think it is a lifestyle factor that is really difficult to address. This is my completely subjective assessment by the way. I’m not reading any science on it right now because I can’t be bothered – it’s my day off. I have children and I work. I come home from work and I’m bloody tired but there’s still heaps to do and children to nurture so what I really need is 40 winks but I can’t- there’s too much to do in the day still so I eat to try and take away the fatigue without sleeping.
Unfortunately the Fit24 challenge has made me feel like I want to tell everyone to F-off, don’t try and be so bloody prescriptive and limiting with what I can and can’t eat – boy am I looking forward to the end of the Fit24 challenge.