dis heartened :(

Discussion in 'Strugglers and Restarters' started by purplekei, 19 June 2009.

  1. purplekei

    purplekei Well-Known Member

    I started slim fast last week and i did great, stuck to it 100% exercised, but yesterday the scales said other wise:sigh: :( i have only lost 1 lb. I know i know 1lb is 1lb better off, but :( it's disheartening, and now my motivation is out the door, i ate pizza yesterday and had some chocolate :cry::sigh: Well today is a new day so i wont let myself down again, i guess i'm just going to have to try another week :confused: and see if the scales are my friend then!
    any tips guys???
  2. Iris

    Iris Well-Known Member

    Hello, fellow norn ironer... just outside Belfast myself. :)

    You can get a bit enslaved by the scales. Just a tiny movement can mean elation or despair - it's a bit crazy when you think about it, isn't it? In the early days of my weight loss I didn't weigh myself at all. That was partly cowardice (didn't want to see how heavy I was) but I also knew I could get derailed quickly if I kept watching the scales, so I vowed: no weighing. Didn't weigh for almost a year! But I did use a tape measure and it was encouraging. Maybe go by your measurements instead? Weight is too fickle. Water retention, meal times, posture... all can affect the reading and slowly drive you bananas! If you simply *must* weigh, just do it once a fortnight at most - once a month would be even better.

    The thing with restrictive and pretty barmy diets like slimfast, is that you put so much energy into depriving yourself during the week, that if you don't see fast results, you can be so depressed that you dive headlong into the chocolate. And often you won't see quick results just because the body has such an almighty shock to the system that it hoards its fat, rather than letting go of it.

    It's totally your decision, but I'd dump the slimfast. Right into the bin. You can't live on the stuff for the rest of your life, so it's not sustainable. When you get to your goal weight, you're going to be eating real food, right? Better to get to grips with handling real food right now than waiting until then and just falling back into old habits. Real food is more satisfying, too! And I know it may not seem like it, but it's the real 'fast' option. If you take one step forward and two steps back with slimfast, it's actually the slow option, not to mention tortuous! Steady weight loss with sensible meals gives you a plan you can stick at for the long-term, and you're more likely to keep the weight off once you get to your goal.

    It doesn't have to be about total punishment! Nobody can handle that, after all, you've got to be kind yourself and eat sensibly... I really do think it's the only thing that works in the long term.
  3. Tiitanium

    Tiitanium Well-Known Member

    i totally agree with above poster!! slim fast wasnt my choice diet due to the fear of "what was i going to do when i reach my goal and eat proper food again" so i just stick to under 5g of fat per 100g of product rule.. good luck and keep your chin up x

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