I’ve lost 11kg over the last few months and I noticed this week how many programmes on TV there are catering to the “new year, new me” crowd. There are TV chefs making bland low calorie meals, and others making meals that aren’t low cal at all yet claiming that they are diet versions of the original. One meal had 800 calories in it – that’s over half of my daily calorie intake! It’s good to know that I’m not the only one trying to lose weight but watching those TV shows wear me down.
When I first began controlling my calorie intake, I realised that I was omitting healthy food from my diet so that I could fit as much junk food into my calorie allowance as possible. Despite losing weight, my skin seriously disagreed with this which was enough to convince me to reduce my intake of junk food. I haven’t eliminated chocolate or my Friday evening sweet and sour chicken with fried rice but I’m more aware now of how it effects what else I eat in the day. Instead of eating a large bar of chocolate, I eat a small one – and most certainly not every day, and on Fridays I eat a light lunch so I can indulge in my Chinese takeaway without guilt. I’m not forcing myself to abstain from certain food groups because I know I’ll just get frustrated and go back to my old ways. This diet is just the same old food in reduced quantities and a sprinkling of the self control that I never knew I had.
I track my calorie intake and expenditure with the built in Samsung Heath monitor. While it isn’t the most accurate thing, using it in conjunction with a set of electric scales really makes me realise how I grossly underestimate how much I eat when without. This probably sounds like an advertisement for Samsung by now, but the built in health monitor in my S6 also compares what I eat to how many calories I burn. I have to burn 500 more calories than I eat every day to lose weight at a steady pace and the app just automatically works it out for me, meaning I can just focus on what I’m eating instead of worrying about the maths behind it.
I have a long way to go but it feels good to finally be losing weight after so many botched attempts at diets and lifestyle changes. I worry about what happens when I get to my goal weight but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. I’ve always been the fat kid but I don’t want to be like this as an adult so I’m making this change now when it is supposedly easier to do.