In the Autumn of 2013 I weighed 148.5kg (23st 5lbs), and that was when I joined Nutracheck. I had had enough of yo-yo dieting, and I wanted to lose a lot of weight and – this time – keep it off for good. This was all very ambitious! So now, after four years with Nutracheck, how am I doing?
I wanted to get into the healthy BMI range, with a BMI of 25. OK, it’s only just in the range, but sitting there with a BMI of 43.4, a BMI of 25 seemed like a distant dream, because it would need a loss of about 10 stone to get there. I’m not a believer in gimmicky lose-it-fast diets, so I decided to try for a pound and a half a week. There were some good times and some bad times, of course, but basically keeping it simple and sticking to the Nutracheck system worked well for me. It took 20 months to lose that weight, and that meant that I lost just over a pound and a half a week.
It’s wise to be wary of Indian takeaways or restaurants when losing weight. Takeaway curries tend to be cooked with ghee (clarified butter), plus some dishes have cream added and nuts too. This all contributes to the taste – but also the calorie content! Add to that a portion of pilau rice and a naan – both carb heavy – and you’ve got yourself quite a calorific meal.
But curries don’t have to be off the menu. A homemade one can be a very healthy addition to your diet – you control the amount of fat used and the type of protein (opt for lean chicken or fish). By including more vegetables and pulses in your curry, you can add bulk without excessive calories. Opt for tomato based sauces, choose lean cuts of meat, limit the amount of oil used and use low fat natural yogurt in place of cream when needed.
Download 10 day plan
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Follow the 1300-1400 calorie daily plan Emma, Nutracheck Nutritionist has put together to kick start your weight loss after summer. The plan is nutritionally balanced ensuring you get all the nutrients necessary for a healthy diet. It’s controlled for fat, sat fat, carbs, sugar, protein and salt – to ensure nutrients fall within healthy guidelines across the 10 day plan. Feel free to mix and match the meals – have breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. All meals are for one, unless otherwise specified.
We Nutracheck regulars, Sprog and Steve, have written occasional joint blogs this year, which people seem to have found interesting. So we thought it was about time for another one…
SCENE 1: THE INVITATION
STEVE and ANN (Mrs Steve): Would you be free to come to dinner one day, Sprog?
SPROG: Oh, yes please!
STEVE: This is going to be a meal fit for an expert maintainer!
SPROG (thinks): I wonder what that means? Will it be a delicious meal that is within my calorie allowance? Or will it be a rich, varied, and sumptuous feast, which will require all my ‘getting back on track skills’ afterwards?
SPROG (says): I’m looking forward to it!
I started my weight-loss journey with Nutracheck nearly four years ago at 148.5kg (23st 6). By March 2015 I got to my target of 85kg (13st 6), but that soon dropped further to 83.5kg (13st 2). I decided that I was going to maintain at that lower weight, but allow myself to bobble 1.5kg (3 pounds) either side of the 85kg.
Since then I’ve often blogged about my big weight gains and losses, and it certainly doesn’t seem to take much for me to gain several pounds, only to lose them pretty quickly as well. You may even remember that after Christmas 2016 I was worried because my Christmas weight was not dropping off, and that Sprog and I did a joint blog because she was in a similar situation. Well now I have a slightly different problem (always some problem with these whinging men!)