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  • I often still have “meat and two veg” kind of meals, except they are “small piece of meat and four veg” now! Salad, roast veg, microwaved, any way he usually has veg but more of it, with a bit less meat and no bread/potato. You don’t really need fancy new recipes or ingredients unless you want to. A big pile of vegetables is very filling.

  • posted by  Natalie on No weight loss happening?
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    I’ve had no weight loss in week 4, though to be fair I haven’t been as strict as Nessie on the diet! Still hoping for a sudden drop in week 5.

  • posted by  Natalie on Newbie with questions!
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    I make my own yoghurt, very easy with an Easi-yo kit (basically a thermos that you put the culture and milk powder with warm water overnight) and I use the Greek unsweetened one. I find it tastes pretty nice, but better if you put fruit in it! And my tracker says it has significantly less calories than commercial Greek yoghurt even though they are both unsweetened.

  • posted by  Natalie on Breakfasts ?
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    I’m not a big fan of eggs, once a week is more than enough, so I generally either have Greek yoghurt (home made Easiyo, no sugar) with fresh fruit in it, or leftover meat + salad. I don’t worry if it doesn’t seem like a “breakfast food”. Sometimes bacon + salad but I don’t think we’re supposed to have processed meat very often so I try to keep bacon to once a week.

  • posted by  Jane on is milk ok?
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    I drink herbal tea whenever I feel hungry. I also drink it at night instead of wine and nibbles in front of the tv.

  • posted by  Jane on Breakfasts ?
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    My favourite breakfast is 2 tabs Greek yoghurt, small handful frozen berries, pepitas, linseed, walnuts and 50ml grapefruit juice. Yummy! Close to what I was having only smaller proportions. I do miss my g/f toast and g/f vegemite though.

  • posted by  Nessie on No weight loss happening?
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    Thank you Lily
    If I can anticipate a big loss coming up, I can keep motivated. I am just resigning myself to the fact that I might need a second round of this 8 week fasting (with a small break inbetween rounds).

  • posted by  Lily on No weight loss happening?
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    It’s really common on a VLCD actually (I’m an old hand at the shake based ones). Weeks 2 and/or 3 the weight loss seems to stop or slow off. What tends to happen is that there will suddenly be a big loss in week 4 or 5.

    Weight loss is never linear. It’ll be a jerky ride – 2lbs one week, 5lbs the next, absolutely nothing the next week etc.

    Don’t worry about it – fat loss is happening and it’ll all even out in the end.

  • posted by  Nessie on No weight loss happening?
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    Has anyone else experienced a plateau? I am on day 17 now, and have not had any loss at all since day 12 ๐Ÿ™ I am tracking my calories, and carbs, and fluctuate around 800 (except for one day I accidentally blew out at 920 cals, all my other days tend to be between 750-820cals). I keep my carbs to about 50g, and try to drink as much water as I can (I would exceed 2L per day).
    Another user on FB suggested a website, which had some hints, but I am already pretty good with not having excess of fruit (It is the hardest part of the diet, as I love my fruit) and do not use artificial sweeteners etc.
    It was also suggested that my fat is actually diminishing, but I am retaining water.
    I am female, and mid cycle, so cannot blame hormones for this one.
    Additionally, I have measured myself this morning, and seemed to have gained 2cm on my waist ๐Ÿ™
    Any tips on how to get this weight loss going again would be greatly appreciated, because at this rate, I will barely lose anything, and 800cals is already hard to stick with, I need the motivation of seeing change.

  • posted by  KayGee on Side effects
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    I had the spaced out feeling on the first day, but I was consuming too much sugar before, so assumed that that was the cause.
    Also after 5 days I was feeling bloated and suffering constipation despite eating far more beans, lentils and other high fibre foods than before. I am fairly sure I was drinking the recommended level of fluids.. Hoping this will sort itself out soon.

  • posted by  Debsym62 on Breakfasts ?
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    I am having Greek yogurt with blueberries or passion fruit. Pretty the diet I was having Greek yogurt with nuts and agave syrup. I do miss the agave a little bit.

  • posted by  Hippo100 on The 8-week blood sugar diet book
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    My hubby and I have read Dr Mosley’s book and we were very impressed. Ordered from the Daily Mail bookshop, it arrived within 3 days. We are going to start the 8-week diet on Monday 1st February (usual monthly food shop next weekend). Have already planned what we are having for the next 4 weeks. I’m Type 2 diabetic and need to get my blood sugars down (just over 11 average at present) – no medication taken (my choice). Lost 2 stones over the last 2 years but need to lose lots more weight. Hubby has had heart problems, so it will help him too.

    Good luck to everyone.

    Hippo

  • posted by  rweidn on Side effects
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    Hi Doug,

    I started the diet last Monday and had problems with constipation for a few days followed by yesterday having an upset stomach and today feeling a bit spaced out. I think these things are to be expected at first ( it is quite a drastic change from my usual calorie intake) Maybe try solid food and not shakes if you are getting constant upset stomach.
    Are you on Metformin? I wondered if a change in diet with medication could be causing this? I know in the past when i increased my Metformin from 3-4 tabs i experienced diarrhea quite soon after so there is a link between that and stomach problems.
    I’m Just hoping it will get easier as the weeks go by!

    Richard

  • posted by  Tracy on Newbie with questions!
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    Hi, I got the book yesterday, ยฃ4.49 from W H Smiths, just finished reading and I’m making a shopping list for tomorrow. Good luck everyone

  • posted by  Lily on Breakfasts ?
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    To be honest, I’m not having breakfast much. I’ve never really fancied eating breakfast early in the morning so decided I’d wait until I was hungry.

    But fruit and yogurt would work, egg and bacon, boiled egg with asparagus dippers, bacon wrapped around fresh pineapple, vegetable omelette.

    And don’t rule out eating last night’s leftovers for breakfast. Who says you can’t eat beef stew for breakfast? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hi CTB

    I’ve been using Knorr Stockpots – yes, there’s a tiny bit of sugar in there but not really much. They’re little oval pots of concentrated stock in jelly form. And I’ve been using my slow cooker. I put diced lean beef, a sliced carrot and half an onion in the slow cooker and cover it with about a pint of water (in which I’ve dissolved the stockpot) and that’s it – a few hours later yummy stew. You could add black pepper, mixed herbs etc but I haven’t bothered to be honest – it was still great.

    Well done on getting to day 2! I’m on day 5, so not really that far ahead of you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • posted by  Ell on Started 8-week plan today eeeek
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    To start with, but I really have to stay organised if I want this to succeed. I have just eaten the veg curry with cauliflower rice and it was lovely, will defo do again. I am hoping to get my BG levels low enough and consistent enough to come off my meds!

  • posted by  Doug on Side effects
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    Hi
    I started the 8 week diet 5 days ago and after day 1 had an upset tummy which continued to day w so I stopped the shakes. Since then I have itchy skin and blurry vision I dink maybe not quite 3 litres a day but no one else seems to have mentioned either of these side effects. Any ideas.
    Doug

  • posted by  Robyn on Breakfasts ?
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    What are you having for breakfast ? I do so miss my toast on a morning..what are you eating instead of cereal / toast ?

  • posted by  Jo on Greetings
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    Hi
    I’m not diabetic either, but my father had type 2 and my sister has it, so there’s quite a good chance i’ll become diabetic too.
    I have high blood pressure and i’m hoping this diet will help me off the medication.
    I’m also large around the middle and i’m hoping this will kick start a healthier way of eating.

    I’m starting tomorrow, but I just have a couple of questions:
    Can I eat oranges on this diet or do they come under the heading ‘sweet tropical fruit’?
    do you need to calorie count vegetables and how many grams of veg should we be eating a day?

  • posted by  Vicky on New and very pleased
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    Wow that is a great weight loss but glad to see your BS have reduced too, I am a Diabetic Nurse and it was a patient who introduced me to this diet. We do advocate low carbs to our patients and have really good results but I think this book explains the science behind it all. I am not diabetic but I could be I am about 2.5 stone overweight so I am going to trial it also, I start tomorrow and hope to have as much success as you, well done

  • posted by  Ell on Started 8-week plan today eeeek
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    posted by Ell
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    Hi, I started the 8 week plan today, I read the hard copy of the book and decided to give it a go. My fasting BG ranges 8 -12 on medication. I plan to follow the 4 week menu in the book to start of with, but I donโ€™t eat red meat, only Chicken, and fish, so I will substitute steak and lamb with those. I did a shop yesterday, quite expensive to start, but some of the things will last a while (tahini paste etc) . I started the day with half an avocado and poached egg, I love both these so that went well. I then cooked ahead for tomorrow and made the beetroot felafals, very fiddly and messy but got there in the end, and I have my veg curry cooking in the slow cooker, Iโ€™ll freeze the other portions for another time. Will reheat the felafals for tomorrowโ€™s lunch. Ive just had my lunch and so far all is going well, I hope the rest of the week is as good, still early days. I must say that everything on the plan sounds yummy and seems to be everything I like ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • posted by  Fredforest on Brown rice V normal rice
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    You really have to look at the glycemic load (GL) of a food. The GL for both Brown and Wild Rice is 16 which is reasonably low, whereas the GL of white rice is 43. This is based on 150g portions for the brown & white, 164g for the wild rice (equates to a cup apparently). Given that we are talking about 2 tablespoons that is not going to matter too much.

    It needs cooking for about 45 minutes until the grain pops. It can be hastened by soaking overnight.

    Still nicer than brown and better than quinoa or cardboard.

  • posted by  Slobonasofa on Nuts
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    thanks for responding; I shall certainly try these as I was concerned that a multi-mineral often contains Selenium often sourced from Brazil nuts.

  • posted by  Jane H on The challenge of the Fast 800
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    Thank you TraceyH31 ! Sugar free chewing gum is my friend at the moment – it helps me gnash out my angst.

    I know you are 100% right about the meal planning but I am on Cambridge shakes at the moment – in a few days they will just become automatic rather than my having to make the right meal choices. My main problem is that no matter how much I know, learn and understand what is right for me and my health, my weak willpower/mental demons, call it what you want, is so powerful that the struggle is SO much harder.

  • posted by  Loobylou on The challenge of the Fast 800
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    I have been following Michaels meal plan so I hope their is enough protein. I am currently training for a half marathon. I feel happier on a 5:2 style diet

  • posted by  Zandranna on Food list ??
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    Ooops! I see in my previous post I wrote 9am instead of 9pm. I do so wish we could edit these posts on returning to the thread. I have made several spelling/typing mistakes in other posts too that I would have liked to corrected.

    Thanks Lisa.

    @vicky. If you decide to join myfitnesspal then do friend me. I keep my food diary open for all to view – That of course goes for anyone else as well. I would love more friends on there that are actually actively dieting.

    I have to say though that my meals are a bit of a mixture of things because I live alone and hate cooking, so I bung all sorts on a plate just to make sure I get all the food groups.

  • posted by  TraceyH31 on The challenge of the Fast 800
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    Hi Loobylou – are you eating enough protein in your 800 calories as this what keeps you fuller for longer. Also if you do feel hungry try a hot drink and find something to keep you busy. I like crafting and this keeps me absorbed for ages and not thinking about food.

  • posted by  TraceyH31 on The challenge of the Fast 800
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    Jane H you haven’t blown it and well done you for starting day 1 again. Once you have been doing it religiously for a week you will be motivated! It’s not easy when your family are tucking into carbs around you but hey ho I’ve decided my health is more important at this stage than a dollop of mashed potato! I’ve tried to adopt some of our regular meals into the plan so for example where we would have salmon, veg and spring onion mash – I’ve just given up the mash. I’m also weighing the salmon and the veg now so that I can get a more accurate calorie count. The secret is to plan your first week out – according to your lifestyle, use an app like my fitness pal to enter everything you eat (you can enter meals in advance and you can scan the bar codes of the foods you eat to make it even easier) and then stick to it for one whole week. Measure and weigh yourself first and weigh yourself every day – you will be inspired and motivated by the weight loss on the scales each day. Good luck – I look forward to hearing your progress.

  • posted by  Loobylou on The challenge of the Fast 800
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    I am struggling with 800 calories to be honest I feel hungry so I have dropped back to the 5:2 but on the other days I am aiming to eat 1500-1600 calories

  • posted by  pmshrink on Brown rice V normal rice
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    Hi Lisa
    Having just looked at a few GI sites, it seems long white, brown and basmati are all about 55. But of course brown rice has other nutrients. It’s important not to have a lot. Wild rice is listed as very high at 87, short grain white high at 72.
    Penny