Saturday, 29 March 2014

Losing Weight With Little Time in the Day

See weight loss success on a busy day

Did you know that losing weight is hard?

Of course you did! That’s why you’re looking for tips to help you along the way.

It seems even harder when you have little time on your hands. I know when I’ve got a packed day and a noisy, energetic daughter, I find sticking to the Weight Watchers plan really hard. Plenty of people do.

The trick is to developing ways of dealing with those short periods of downtime in the day. And making good food choices. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Only Have Good Food in the House

When you don’t have much time, you’ll likely snack on biscuits, crisps and other goodies. While they seem great at the time, they’re not going your scales figures any good. Having them in the house is the worst thing you can do. You’ll only end up tempted to eat them.

Get rid of all the bad and only have the good in your kitchen cupboards and fridge.

Even kids don’t need the junk. I grab my daughter fruit and yogurts when she wants snacks, instead of biscuits and crisps. When I grab her a snack, I’ll grab one too.

Prepare in Advance

Prepare as much stuff as you can in advance. This is really important for your dinner.

When you get home from work, you want something quick and easy to make. Really, you just want something you can put in the microwave and will be ready in minutes. It’s why so many people fall back on ready meals and high-calorie pasta pots.

You don’t need to rely on the quick stuff. On a day off or a day you have more time, make all the meals for the coming week. You can have a big batch of soup for your lunches throughout the week, or plan ahead and prepare each dinner. You can wait 30 minutes for things to cook in the oven, right?

Have Simple Things to Hand

I hate looking in my cupboards for something to eat. I like having something simple that I can grab and go with, especially when it comes to my busy work days. But that doesn’t mean I want to gain weight.

It’s really important to have something simply that you can just grab. When I worked in an office, I would have oranges in my desk. They were really easy for me to peel and keep working while everyone else enjoyed biscuits and sweets.

Now, I have a jar of olives so I can pick a few out and munch on them. I’ll have cup of soup packets that are really easy to make when I need a very quick lunch.

Find something that works for you, and you love to eat.

It is possible to handle a diet when you have little time. Losing weight takes time, but it is so worth it and you can feel proud of your hard work.

How do you handle the small breaks in the day to lose weight? Please feel free to share your tips in the comments below.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Cambridge Diet Review: Is It Really Healthy?

I heard someone state that they were following the Cambridge Diet, and I had to admit that it was one I’d never heard of. It prompted me to do some research into the diet to find out more about it.

I’ve got to admit that I was shocked when I first read the details. It just didn’t seem like a healthy weight loss plan at all. I decided to do some more research so I could create this Cambridge Diet review just for those looking into it.

Six Plans to Choose From

The program as a whole has six different plans to choose between. On each of the plans dieters switch their normal food for replacement shakes and bars. As a dieter, you will drop your calories to between 440 and 1,500 depending on the amount of weight you would like to lose and the goals you have in mind.

1,500 calories isn’t that bad, and actually depending on your metabolic rate it can help you lose weight slowly and steadily. But the fact that the calories can be dropped to 440 calories really alarming.

To lose a pound a week, you need to drop your calories by 500 a day, on average. That is nowhere near the 440! I can’t see how 440 calories makes it possible for someone to get through their normal day, let alone do exercise to avoid losing muscle mass instead of fat. The plan states that the supplemented options keep the diet plan healthy and nutritious, but it does not explain how it keeps the weight loss healthy. I haven’t found anything to support how it stops the loss of muscle mass or the slowing down of the metabolism because people are not getting enough calories on a daily basis.

While there are six plans, it’s not as simple as choosing one and sticking to it. Each plan is a different step of the diet, and you will work your way up to the 1,500 calorie option. Looking into the plan in more detail, it looks complication and confusing.

Buying the Supplemental Products

One thing that I don’t like about some diets is they end up being extremely expensive for cash-strapped families. The Cambridge Diet is one of them.

Buying all the supplemental products is more expensive than buying regular food from the grocery store. And families will really struggle when different people are on different meal plans. The website says that the meal plans are convenient, but how can that really be when whole families are considered?

I looked into the pricing section on the website and noticed a few inconsistencies with my own experience. Now, yes, I’m basing this on a family of three now that my daughter eats anything we eat, but there is no way that we spend £53.20 per week just on conventional eating. There is also no way that I spent £58.70 per week before I reached Gold at Weight Watchers. Now, this is working it out using the £5.50 weekly membership fee (which has gone up) and I was on the Monthly Pass, which cut my fee to about £4 per week, but I still didn’t spend the £53.20 per week on food! And that is between a family of three! The table on the Cambridge Diet website is focused on just one person!

The table is also conveniently based on the Sole Source program, which is the one that involves just 440 calories a day. It states that a person will spend £44.10 per week, but those on the programs with more calories will end up eating more and, therefore, spending more.

Get a Doctor’s Approval

Because of the drop in calories eaten, it’s important for everyone to get a doctor’s approval before starting. This is essential to make sure this is a healthy weight loss plan for someone. Remember the dangers of cutting your calories down so much.

Now I know I’ve not gone into this diet in too much detail. My Cambridge Diet review just goes over the points that I’ve found most alarming. I’ve tried to find something good to say about it, but looking at it from a healthy weight loss point of view, I really can’t. I’ll be the first one to admit that I’ve tried some crazy diets in the past, but I know I would have stopped if I’d seen this one.

But, I’ve never tried it. It’s really up to you to check out the diet plan in more detail to decide whether it’s one that you could consider. I’d ask you to really think about the health benefits and dangers to it though, and please do talk to your doctor!

Have you tried the diet and want to give your Cambridge Diet review? I’d love to hear from those who have tried it, especially those who have long term success from it. If you haven’t, but have your own opinions of it, please do comment below too!