Thursday, 21 January 2016

800 Calories

Catriona & FQ, where I work there are many people who have tried both these diets and hundreds of others. The problem is that none of them seem to be sustainable long term and most of them seem to be a way of making big bucks for those who promote them.

8 comments:

Frugal in Derbyshire said...

800 calories! That's far too few to fuel a busy lifestyle and I would have thought unsustainable as a person would be really hungry all the time.
I've never been on a diet, but a good friend who used to live with us went on a calorie controlled diet of 1,200-1,500 a day and made a weight loss that she was able to sustain long-term.
Gill

Linda Metcalf said...

Diet foods/programs are expensive. Just eating healthy is expensive. Fresh fruits and veg are costly. And it's so easy to get bored with the same diet foods all the time. I think cutting back(smaller plates) and walking are inexpensive and can work in the long term.

saraband said...

I agree about the cost of fresh fruit and veg. One small way I save money is to have a heaped tablespoon of sultanas on my breakfast porage. This counts as one of the 5-a-day and an 85p bag of Sainsbury's basics sultanas gives about 15 portions.

Anonymous said...

I agree about these diets-I think I am happy in my own skin now and will try to keep fit by walking as much as possible as I have always done. I am overweight but teetotal and eat a healthy diet but too much of it for my needs. Once the lighter days come I am always more active and feel brighter about everything. Catriona

Frugal Queen said...

The idea is stay on 800 for 12 weeks then maintain, around 1500. It's optional and certainly a choice as a diabetes cure. No one would make any money. Ask your doctor for advice.

Frugal Queen said...

I should have added that no calorie restricted diet will ever work without will power. I'm rubbish and wax and wane. If you want to do it, you'll do it, if not don't bother and carry on regardless. I know if faced with diabetes and the horrid stuff that goes with the disease that I'd go hungry if I thought I'd get better. I'd be the mare from hell as I love food but I'd rather live.

Sooze said...

I'm diabetic T2 and the Michael Mosley 8-week blood sugar diet is the first one I've seen that properly addresses the reasons why our blood sugar rises...namely, eating carbs. Carbs make your blood glucose rise - so if you're diabetic or pre-diabetic, then reduce them drastically....it's a no-brainer! I've been doing the diet since the weekend and have lost 7lbs and my fasting blood glucose has gone down from 8.3 (not good) to 5.9 (pre-diabetic level). And contrary to what some people think, I haven't felt hungry at all. Incidentally, it's 800 cals for 8 weeks (that's why it's called the 8-week diet), Dr Mosley recommends you then move on to the less strict 5:2 regime. Frugal Queen is right, you do have to have willpower to stick to a strict diet, even if it doesn't leave you feeling hungry....it's for the sake of my health so I'll stick to it!

Jim Sutherland said...

Look for the cheap old fashioned veg like cabbage, carrots, turnip. The latest thing is to serve pasta sauces on courgettes which works out expensive I used to serve it on cooked shredded cabbage. Cabbage does not have a strong flavour and it works very well. I also make a curry base with tinned tomatoes cabbage carrots onions and the curry spices when soft blend and add meat of choice plus mushroom green pepper etc. Lentils can also be added to the veg base as well. The idea is to cut down on carbs so just make extra veg and finish off with a piece of fresh fruit for desert. This a way of life not a diet change slowly one thing at a time and it will work, do not make yourself miserable