Treats, and how I handled them!

Ice Cream Treats 2To begin, some maintainer’s statistics…

Weight that I decided to maintain at: 85.0kg (13st 5)
Average weight since getting to my target: 83.1kg (13st 1)
Average weight in the last month: 82.5kg (13st)
Away Eating days in the last month: 13
Average daily steps in the last month: 9,626

This is not quite as good as recent months – my weight is very slightly higher and my steps are very slightly lower – but I am pretty pleased with it because I have been eating away from home for 13 days. Not far off half of the month, and no drastic slide (phew!)

At one of our many recent meals away from home, Ann and I started to think about what I now eat when out of the usual home routine, and then onto how things are different from the sixty years before that. I remembered that, three years ago, when I started my (hopefully last) weight-loss journey I decided that I would completely cut out those calorific things where lack of self-control would stop me from reducing the amount of them that I ate – things where one taste would lead to another and another etc! Don’t get me wrong – I know that this is not recommended by Nutracheck, or anyone else either, but I thought it would work for me so that’s what I did. I may have forgotten a couple, but I think the list was… bread, cheese, bacon, pasta, battered fish, chips, oil (added to cooking or in things such as butter, spreads or dressings), pies, pastry, biscuits, chocolate, ice cream and cake.


Meet Helen – 2 stone 7lbs lighter


When Helen, 51, an Executive Assistant from Berkshire, was at her heaviest, she didn’t even recognise herself in a family photo! It was this moment that made her take notice of her weight and food choices. She then went on to lose 2 stone 7lbs in 7 months with the help of the Nutracheck Calorie Counter App. Read her story here…

How much weight have you lost and how long did it take?
I have lost 2 stone 7lbs in total and I started with Nutracheck at the end of March this year so it has taken 7 months.

What prompted your decision to lose weight?
I saw a picture of myself at a family lunch and wondered who the “fat woman” was and scarily, it was me! This really made me evaluate how I’d managed to put on so much weight – it just crept up on me.

How did you hear about Nutracheck?
I found Nutracheck online after doing a search for Calorie Counting Apps, I initially tried My Fitness Pal but found that I couldn’t find most of the food so I switched to Nutracheck and didn’t look back. I found it extremely useful and easy to use and I use the App-Only version which is much easier for me.

Looking back over the years (before you lost weight with NC) how would you describe your attitude towards with food?
I don’t think I have ever had an ‘issue’ with food, I just ate what I fancied. My main issue was greed. I am not ashamed to admit that I used to be greedy and would often eat cakes, biscuits when they were around at work, and also have bigger portions than I needed for my tea. During the day I just ate a normal packed lunch but it was my tea that was the biggest issue.

How easy was it to fit the changes you made into your lifestyle?
I found using Nutracheck very easy and I haven’t struggled with it at all, I think you have to have the willpower to do it and stick with it and really want it; if you don’t have the right mind set then you won’t do it – you really have to “want it”.

pom-bearsWhat was the most difficult thing?
Initially not having crisps but then I discovered Pom Bears and at 79 calories a bag that was my problem solved!

How do you feel now compared to before?
I feel much better and I am so proud of myself, I have lost 2 dress sizes and because of all the walking I have done I am much fitter and I feel better all round; I have more energy and am much less tired than I used to be.

Any notable milestones to report?
My biggest milestone is the nearly 3 inches I have lost from my middle – that was my worst issue (I looked pregnant!) and now it is much better. All my clothes are too big though!

What 3 tips would you give to anyone who has weight to lose?
1. Sign up to Nutracheck, you won’t regret it and it will be the best £3.99 you ever spend.
2. Enter everything that you eat and drink into the App – if you don’t you are only cheating yourself.
3. Weigh yourself once a week – don’t get obsessed with weighing every day as that can just bring you down.
4. I know you said three but a sneaky 4th – don’t try to lose too much each week, it is healthier to stick to 1-2lbs a week, slow and steady is the healthier way and it should stay off. Crash diets never work.

200,000 foods and counting….


In the early days of Nutracheck, I was demonstrating how it worked to a lady.  I asked her what she’d had for lunch, ‘Fresh oysters’ she replied.  Not quite what I was expecting and not the most common of lunches, but I typed it in, held my breath and voila! The result came back – 12 oysters without shell, 78 calories!

Recently we just topped 200,000 products in the Nutracheck food database – we’ve come a long way from the 30,000 products we started out with 11 years ago.


10,000 steps a day – who’s in?


We’re now approaching the 10th and final week of our power of 10 challenge – 10 weeks, 10,000 steps a day, 10 mins to track your food, to lose at least 10lbs!

Don’t be thinking we got off lightly!

When we launched the power of 10 challenge we decided we’d run a step challenge within the office to help keep us all on track too – nothing like a bit of healthy competition between friends! And I have to say it’s been really effective. Having a daily challenge between us and being able to motivate each other through the Fitbit app has really motivated us all and now we’re regularly doing over 10,000 steps each a day (well most days).


Meat free Monday – 4 good reasons to try it


It’s becoming increasingly popular to try and include one meat free day each week, with hash tags such as #MeatFreeMondays trending weekly. So why the fuss? Well it’s not a bid to turn us all veggie, but more to promote healthier choices and more variety in our diet.

So what do you think – is it worth going meat free for a day a week? Well here are some of the plus points!

Saves money

Meat-free-blog-2Meat tends to be expensive compared to vegetables, pulses and eggs for example. So making the decision to have one meat free meal a week could save quite a bit of money each month.  For example – if you cook for a family of four and one of your weekly meals needs four chicken breasts – this costs approximately £4.00 a week, that’s £16.00 a month. Alternatively, you could make Spanish omelette for dinner where the main ingredient is eggs – this would cost you approximately £5 a month (based on 8 eggs a week) – saving £11 a month or £132 a year. Enough for a few Christmas pressies!


1 in 3 adults is prediabetic – helpful to know or not?


 Approximately 6% of the UK population have diabetes, but it has been reported that 35.3% of the UK population are estimated to have prediabetes (be borderline diabetic).  That’s a lot of people. But only 5-10% of prediabetics will go on to progress to “full-blown” type 2 diabetes.

So if you were prediabetic, would you want your doctor to tell you? Or would you rather not know?

Despite diabetes being constantly in the news, for many it’s still a misunderstood disease. So I thought I’d take a look into why it’s connected to being overweight and what – if anything – we can do about it.


Foods that can make or break your smile :-)

4 foods that make you smile :-)

Cheese is full of protein and calcium – both of which help to strengthen your teeth. Research has also shown that the act of chewing cheese at the end of a meal may help to increase the rate of sugar removal from the mouth – the saliva produced when chewing cheese dilutes the sugar. Cheese board for dessert it is then! But maybe with low fat cheese?

Even though apples are high in sugar like most fruits, they’ve actually been found to have a positive effect on the health of our teeth. This is because the firmness of an apple and the chewing involved to break it down encourages the production of lots of saliva – which in turn helps to reduce bacteria levels in the mouth.