There have been a couple of occasions in my life when I have been what I consider to be fat. My idea of weight loss was trying diets like “The Israeli Army Diet”; if you tried it, you will remember it was a 10-day diet; for a reason! But, as a woman over 55, losing weight is very different and any diet needs to work differently fro cutting back the calories and exercising like a gym bunny.
There have always been diets that promise, and deliver, quick results. You know the type … Drop 2 dress sizes in 2 weeks … and you probably do. My question is always, what happens when you stop the diet? How quickly does the weight come back? What was your result? Have you dieted since turning 55? How did you go?
The Bad Side-Effects of Dieting
Personally, I have come to loathe diets of all description. Especially those that feel as though you’re experiencing the tortures of hell … common to most of us are …
▸ constantly feeling hungry
▸ feeling deprived
▸ grumpiness (severe or mild)
▸ hair loss
▸ muscle loss.
Why we Diet
Why do we put ourselves through this torment? Why do so many women, especially over 50, want to lose weight? Here are 7 of the best reasons I have heard …
▸ to have no restrictions or limitations in life
▸ to be a good role model
▸ to avoid any possible future health concerns
▸ to increase self-confidence
▸ to feel strong and fit
▸ pride in self
▸ to buy clothes simply because you like them and not because they make you look slimmer (you think!)
So now I’m going to share with you the top 3 three diets I have tried this year and also tell you MY results. If you have done any of these, we would love you to share and let us know how you went.
The 5-2 Diet or the Fast Diet
Based on the idea of intermittent fasting, I love this diet, but it isn’t for everybody.
How it works
It involves restricting your calorie consumption to 25% of your calorie (energy) needs, for two days a week, and eating normally the rest of the time.
● 2 x 500 calorie days and 5 normal days
● 2 Days are not consecutive; it works better this way.
● 5 days are calorie controlled; for the average woman, about 1800 calories/day
What to eat
The usual suspects! Green veg, good protein, fruit … the low-carb Mediterranean Diet with 2 days partial fasting
People definitely lose weight! I lost 4 KG (8.8 lbs) in 4 weeks and I loved the fasting days. Not so keen on the ordinary days because I really find counting calories to be very boring! So it wasn’t easy for me … How do you feel about counting calories? Good? Bad? Bored?!
I bought the book and read it cover to cover … I like Dr Michael Moseley and I know it has been very successful as a weight loss plan. You can get it here
The BS Diet or The Blood Sugar Diet
Based on low-carb Mediterranean style eating, the BSD is designed to lose abdominal fat, which is the key to controlling blood sugar levels and reversing Type 2 Diabetes.
How it works
There are 3 stages to choose from, which speak for themselves:
● The BSD Fast 800: Fast and effective
800 calories a day for 8 weeks. Rapid weight loss and much, much better blood sugars. Low-carb Med-style eating.
● The BSD 5:2: Flexible intermittent fasting
5 days low carb Med-style eating, 2 days 800 calories fasting.
● The BSD Low Carb Med-Style: For those who can’t fast and don’t want to restrict themselves to 800 calories!
● The BSD Way of Life
Low-carb Med Style eating plus intermittent fasting sometimes. Good for the brain!
What to eat
Low-carb, Mediterranean style food.
I lost weight and having been pre-diabetic off and on for a long, long time, my blood sugars improved … a lot! Overall I felt better and health risks were reversed. These are common results for most, and the big takeaway is the reversal of diabetes Type II.
The Ketogenic Diet
My absolute favourite because I eat foods I love and am careful with calories but not fanatical. Based on the idea that Low-Fat diets don’t work (and we have at least 20 years proof of that!), it reverses the way you think and what you believe about the way you eat and the way you live. And your health!
How it works
The plan puts your body into a metabolic state of ketosis which means your body uses fat and not sugar to generate energy. Eat a diet low in carbohydrates, high in fats, and moderate in proteins; there is a ton of literature available on the internet.
A keto diet includes:
● Healthy fats, e.g., coconut oil, butter or ghee, lard, tallow, bacon fat, olive oil
● Meats, including organ meats
● Fish and Seafood
● Non-starchy vegetables (especially green leafy vegetables)
● Some berries
These are my personal results but they are similar to those everybody experiences when they go keto:
● My energy is through the roof.
● I sleep less, wake up earlier and don’t need a nap during the day
● My arthritis is less painful
● My knees are less swollen
● I don’t feel hungry
● I feel fabulous
● I have a waist again and my overall measurements are down
● My abdominal fat is less
● I swear some of my less than firm bits are firmer!
● I have lost 13 kilos (26.6 lbs) in 7 weeks
● I’m not on keto right now but I am still shrinking!
This will go against everything you have ever been told, but I have yet to meet or talk to anyone who has not had tremendous success on this eating plan. In a way, it’s a low-carb Med-style diet … again!
Be warned about Keto Flu! You may feel dreadful for a day or two when you start. DRINK WATER. You should drink a minimum of 2 litres a day anyway …
You can read all about Keto here and I suggest you do so. It is slightly more complex than saying “It’s like Atkins” (More protein!) Or “It’s like Dukan” (High protein moderate fat).
Try the Coffee Booster … it really does help and speeds the ketosis process. Which is what you want! And get a starter recipe book … I love Bacon and Butter … it’s logical plan and there are no recipes requiring strange ingredients.
Well, that’s it girls … 3 of the best diets around and the three I have tried this year. I think you can tell which is the outright winner!
We would love to hear which diets you have tried. What worked? What didn’t? Are you an emotional eater? What are your favourite types of foods?