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by Dale
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: 6 weeks in and no weight loss
Replies: 17
Views: 11464

When I first started doing No S, I had a look at blogs and so on to see how people were managing with it long-term. I was a bit disappointed to see that many I looked at seemed to also be using other methods to control their eating, such as a portion control. I had been hoping No S alone would be en...
by Dale
Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Newbie issues
Replies: 9
Views: 8289

I sometimes carry a few nuts around with me, just in case I feel that I absolutely HAVE to eat something! It's more of a psychological thing for me, the comfort of knowing they are there. Anyway, interesting points about losing weight with No S when older/smaller/etc. I initially lost weight very su...
by Dale
Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:47 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: why feeling hungry is healthy (article)
Replies: 12
Views: 10420

I'm just not sure about hunger. At the moment, I'm not feeling hungry for meals, but I'm sticking to my schedule and eating them anyway (and losing weight). I think this is due to changes in my diet. I've felt for a long time that my feelings of hunger and satiety have been messed up, and I believe ...
by Dale
Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:39 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: The Walmart Workout(or Diet)
Replies: 7
Views: 7142

He didn't get those muscles from walking! But very well done to him. I often/usually walk to buy food and then of course I can only have what I can carry home (in a smallish backpack), so no room for snack foods! I don't have time to do it three times a day, though!
by Dale
Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Anyone else have trouble not snacking while reading?
Replies: 18
Views: 13273

I use hot beverages as a snack replacement, and find it very effective! Mostly tea or coffee (decaffienated in the evenings), with a little bit of milk, sometimes herbal teas. It's a little bit of a treat, and also takes quite a while to consume (and often helps to stave off hunger). It's NOT as fun...
by Dale
Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: No Sweets?
Replies: 6
Views: 7482

I've never had a very sweet tooth, and at the moment, I rarely eat sweet things, on S days.
by Dale
Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: 3 months of No S and no weight loss
Replies: 11
Views: 9415

Also not an expert, but what you are eating looks absolutely fine to me and not excessive (and appetising!). I love wine, but have found that whereas in the past I could maintain a healthy weight while drinking it regularly, that's no longer the case for me. I usually limit it to weekends now, and I...
by Dale
Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Are Nestle Capuccino Sachets an S?
Replies: 12
Views: 10874

Can you get sugar-free versions? I'm sure I've seen them, although not for some time. They are far too sweet for me with the added sugar (I wouldn't put sugar in a normal cappuccino!). Thinking of the Chinese takeaway, I don't tend to bother too much about sauces and condiments, in moderation, obvio...
by Dale
Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:28 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: 3 months of No S and no weight loss
Replies: 11
Views: 9415

First of all, well done on establishing the habit! There are some great suggestions above. Everyone's different, but I found that I could easily, EASILY eat enough to wipe out a deficit over three one-plate meals. I've found it easier to cut down the earlier meals, because then I'd feel I had a bigg...
by Dale
Sun Jul 17, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: No-Hunger Breakfasts
Replies: 42
Views: 26397

I often have porridge (just a very small portion) with salt and usually added seeds or a couple of chopped nuts, and a little bit of milk. Sometimes I have greek yoghurt with nuts and seeds and/or porridge oats, and I often add something sweeter to that like a little bit of honey or some berries. Oc...
by Dale
Sun Jul 17, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: The Granola Gap
Replies: 6
Views: 6576

It's interesting as well that the general public seem to be right in line with the nutritionists on certain foods (hamburgers, whole milk, cheddar cheese, peanut butter, bread, etc.). I'm surprised that the public don't see quinoa, kale, olive oil and cottage cheese as as healthy as the nutritionist...
by Dale
Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Still Hoping to Succeed
Replies: 42
Views: 24288

I've tried 5:2 and it didn't work well for me. I had a friend who had good results but eventually switched to another diet. Michael Mosley (the guy who wrote the book - not the first to write about IF, but I think he popularised it) now recommends different diets - the 800 calorie Newcastle one you ...
by Dale
Tue Jun 21, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: unrelated to eating- about Kindle
Replies: 5
Views: 4886

I have had a Kindle for over a year now, and love it! I did have a good look at the Kindle Unlimited subscription and decided against it. The books that I wanted to read usually weren't on Kindle Unlimited, and an awful lot of stuff I wouldn't want to read, was! I don't know if it's the same everywh...
by Dale
Sat Jun 04, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: 14 minute workout
Replies: 9
Views: 7650

Thanks for posting! And thanks for the warning about the chair dip, Oolala. That exercise has always felt really awkward for me, so I'll maybe just leave it out. I had an exercise-related injury a few months ago and I don't want another one.
by Dale
Tue May 17, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: A thread for people who find No *seconds* to be the hardest
Replies: 19
Views: 16188

I read the title and I thought, well, this thread isn't for me, because seconds is the easiest part by far! But then reading the discussion and thinking about it, I realised it's because of the way I cook and serve food at home: I usually cook the right amount and plate it up in the kitchen. I can't...
by Dale
Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:03 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: A History of Meals and Mealtimes
Replies: 6
Views: 6535

Thank you for posting - very interesting!
by Dale
Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:24 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Does anyone else only drink water between meals?
Replies: 26
Views: 21474

I try to avoid drinking too many liquid calories too, but there really aren't a lot of calories in coffee, tea or herbal tea, so I mostly drink those. The tap water where I love doesn't have a great taste.
by Dale
Sun Aug 09, 2015 7:19 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Opps....fell at first hurdle ......
Replies: 8
Views: 6671

This is just my feeling, but I think that's a special situation, where people have specially baked vegan food just because you are vegan. Of course it's polite to eat some and enjoy it. There's a social aspect to eating too. Personally, I would be counting that as a Special occasion (like a birthday)
by Dale
Sat Jul 04, 2015 5:39 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Please help! Advice needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 12900

First of all, MFP recommends a pound a week weight loss for everybody, which is a 500 calorie deficit. If what you burn wihout exercise is 1700 a day or less, then MFP will give you 1200 calories. That doesn't mean you have to stick with those calories. You'll lose weight as long as there's a defici...
by Dale
Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:00 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: for the visual effect, not the calories, exactly
Replies: 5
Views: 6605

It's surprising how many nuts you can get for 100 calories. I'm so used to thinking of them as high calorie. I agree that they seem to help with satiety - I eat them every day.
by Dale
Sat May 30, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: sugar
Replies: 20
Views: 16104

I use cocoa powder, too! It on its own is definitely a good food, like an herb or spice would be. If anything that doesn't make you keep going back for more and more and has decent nutritive value, I think it's a good "addiction." But mine is probably a little "funny stuff," because I will often ad...
by Dale
Sat May 30, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: sugar
Replies: 20
Views: 16104

I've experimented a little, but it seems that having a small amount of chocolate doesn't "quench" the craving, so maybe it's better to avoid it altogether. You just made me think though - I do eat an awful lot of cocoa powder! I don't count it as a sweet (because it isn't, I just buy pure cocoa powd...
by Dale
Fri May 29, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: sugar
Replies: 20
Views: 16104

I know this is odd, but it's worse than it used to be. I was never much into sugar before dieting, and didn't crave it. Now it's a (partially) banned food, I crave it much more, but I don't know if that's because it's banned, or if it's simply that because I'm eating less I'm naturally craving quick...
by Dale
Mon May 18, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Newbie Problems: Calling all athletes?
Replies: 7
Views: 8694

I'm not an athlete, but I do some heavy lifting, usually before lunch. If it's close to breakfast, then that's fine, but if it's getting on for lunchtime, I have something extra to eat before I go - usually less than 150 calories, but I find I struggle without it. It would still fit on a small plate...
by Dale
Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Lovedby2 Is it better to eat scheduled meals?
Replies: 8
Views: 8353

I just eat at scheduled times. For one thing, often I only can eat at certain times (e.g. I have to have breakfast before I go to work), and for another thing, I don't trust my hunger/appetite! I like having a routine. I go to bed and get up at the same time too. I agree with Kittson about regular m...
by Dale
Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: on going to unsweetened coffee
Replies: 10
Views: 9402

I've never got into the habit of sugar in coffee, but I use to a spoonful in tea when I was in my teens. I decided to stop and cut back by reducing the amount until it was a few grains, then stopped completely. You don't really notice if you reduce it bit by bit.
by Dale
Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Meal Spacing
Replies: 7
Views: 7947

I try to have a similar distance between meals, of about 5 and 1/2 hours. I find that any more than 6 hours starts to feel like a stretch (and the same in the evening, if I'm still awak 6 hours after my evening meal. The timing is similar to Osoniye's, but my evening meal timing often depends on whe...
by Dale
Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Salad Sadness
Replies: 7
Views: 8601

I have salad, but I've lost a lot of weight and don't have high calorie requirements, so I aim for salad/veg to fill half the plate, at least. I agree with the point above about the physical space taken up with the salad helping to reduce the portions of other foods. But having said that, I don't se...
by Dale
Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Need help evaluating why I haven't lost weight
Replies: 13
Views: 12778

I'm fairly careful with portion control as well. I know it's an extra restriction, but I've found I've got used to it in the same way that I got used to No S. I do have a portion control plate (half veggies, 1/4 carb food, 1/4 protein food), although I don't use it for every meal. I try to have a bi...
by Dale
Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: needing a little encouragement
Replies: 3
Views: 3665

Good work on getting the habit established! I don't remember what happened the first week, but I do know that my weight naturally fluctuates by a pound or two (sometimes more) from day to day. I think it's the same for most people. I would not expect to see a loss from week to week. The way I look a...
by Dale
Thu Mar 19, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: technicalities
Replies: 6
Views: 6531

I think some of the thinking on breakfast has come from the National Weight Loss Registry. http://www.nwcr.ws/research/ (although you only need to have maintained for a year to register). But it looks like a good number (22%) of the people who lost and maintained don't eat breakfast. And I know thin...
by Dale
Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: NoS Horrible Hunger
Replies: 10
Views: 8857

The suggestions above are great. I used to have a small snack mid-morning and did not feel good if I couldn't have it. I did struggle a little with that on No S at the beginning, but found that it really did help to eat a bigger breakfast (which I later cut down again). After a long time of doing it...
by Dale
Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:49 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: NoS in Maintenance?
Replies: 16
Views: 12479

I've used it in both maintenance and losing, and the main difference is portion control - I have to be careful to lose, but not so much in maintaining. Because it's slow loss on No S, there isn't a dramatic difference in intake between losing and maintaining.
by Dale
Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Hi new with questions
Replies: 5
Views: 4516

I'm in my 50s, and it works for me (and also worked for a friend in her 50s who had less to lose).

Being older and smaller, I do have to be careful with portion sizes. However, at the start of my weight loss, when I was bigger, it worked perfectly without any portion control at all.
by Dale
Mon Mar 09, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: hi everyone
Replies: 34
Views: 23021

I agree - I would go for just three meals at first, but make them bigger if necessary. For me that was as much psychological, as physical (hunger) - if I'd had a big breakfast and felt hungry mid-morning, it was somehow comforting just to know that I'd had plenty to eat! Further down the line, I fin...
by Dale
Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:01 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: hi everyone
Replies: 34
Views: 23021

I think the thing for me was realising that it didn't matter too much. Those minor things (say, under 50 calories) don't really interfere with your weight loss. The trouble for me (and it is just me, I'm just speaking personally) was the habitcal counted a minor deviation in an otherwise perfect day...
by Dale
Sun Mar 08, 2015 3:20 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: hi everyone
Replies: 34
Views: 23021

To be honest, I can't remember! It wasn't anything dramatic - probably somewhere between 1/2lb and 1lb. I consider a rate of 1/2lb a week to be good. So I suppose that's important to - to be prepared for slow loss. You won't necessarily see a difference from week to week. I prefer to look at the pic...
by Dale
Sun Mar 08, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: hi everyone
Replies: 34
Views: 23021

I've done calorie counting on and off, because I've felt I've needed a bit more control over my intake. (I could easily maintain rather than lose on No S). However, at the beginning, when I had a lot to lose, No S alone was just fine. At the moment, I'm quite careful with portion control. As has bee...
by Dale
Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: short workouts to support NO S eating
Replies: 14
Views: 11613

There are also free workouts on http://www.fitnessblender.com/ . If you want short workouts (which I often do!) you can search by time. You can also search by exercise type, calorie burn, equipment needed and difficulty.
by Dale
Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: some S's to add
Replies: 4
Views: 5945

They're good, but I don't know if they'd be helpful for me. The thing I love about No S is its simplicity - there aren't lots of rules to remember, and more things to feel guilty about or fail at. But maybe it's just personal. I have had to add in a couple of guidelines for myself, but they don't ha...
by Dale
Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Does anyone VERY RARELY or NEVER weigh?
Replies: 12
Views: 9814

I think it's a very individual decision! If it's making you feel discouraged, then maybe it is a good idea to hide it away. Your weight loss will continue regardless! Personally, I would be delighted with .4lb a week! For myself, I prefer to weigh daily, and look at trends. I managed to catch a rece...
by Dale
Fri Feb 06, 2015 7:48 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Lovedby2
Replies: 25
Views: 20090

I hate exercise too! I wish I could get that buzz of feeling great afterwards, but it doesn't seem to happen for me! What about setting a timer and trying to do as much housework as you can done superquickly? If you're up and down stairs and dashing about, it's exercise. And gets some housework done...
by Dale
Mon Feb 02, 2015 5:08 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: 2014 "during"
Replies: 11
Views: 11508

Aww, what lovely pictures :).
by Dale
Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: The scientific 7 minute workout
Replies: 3
Views: 4370

Thanks! This is great! I should be able to fit it in, on those days when I'm either busy or can't be bothered! I did find it hard though, especially the pushups. I can only do a few proper pushups, so had to cheat and do some from my knees. But this will be great to have on hand. I have another simi...
by Dale
Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:13 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: BBC Horizon on reasons for overeating
Replies: 12
Views: 11881

I actually thought the programme was quite good - it wasn't really about promoting any particular diet, but about choosing a diet that suits your own needs and will work for you. I think that's clearer in the Q and A - these diets were just suggestions for these particular groups. And they were spec...
by Dale
Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: BBC Horizon on reasons for overeating
Replies: 12
Views: 11881

I've been watching the programme. It recommended three basic diets: Constant cravers: 600 - 800 calories on two days a week, normal eating the rest of the week (to promote compliance) Feasters: high protein/low GI diet (to promote satiety) Emotional eaters: low calorie combined with support such as ...
by Dale
Fri Jan 09, 2015 7:56 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: New here with a few questions - portion size and drinks
Replies: 10
Views: 9445

I do have a portion control plate, and I use it, but it's not terribly helpful. I often cook dishes that have mixed ingredients (stirfries, curries, etc.) and they don't work with the plate. If I do have the traditional meat/carb/veg meal, I tend to eat a lot of veg - more than I can fit on the veg ...
by Dale
Wed Dec 31, 2014 6:00 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: NoS isn't hard to follow... but weight loss?
Replies: 7
Views: 7261

It does look to me like a downward trend of about 1lb a week. You'll get a better idea when you have more data! Because it's slow weight loss, I find it more useful to look at average losses over months, and at trends, rather than weekly progress (easy to do if you're weighing daily). I found the we...
by Dale
Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:50 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: "You are the sculptor of your own body"
Replies: 5
Views: 5720

I find that picture kind of disturbing. She's quite violently attacking herself with a hammer and chisel and I don't think I like that imagery! Also her outer/original body doesn't match to the inner one - it's much bigger overall, not just fatter. It strikes me to be more about a particular feeling...
by Dale
Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:41 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: New and in need of help
Replies: 7
Views: 6387

When I started I had relatively large (for me!) evening meals, because the evening was my danger area, and I felt I was less likely to give in and snack if I had eaten a decent sized meal earlier in the evening. I also sometimes had some milk if I felt hungry - a cup of hot milk, or hot milk in deca...
by Dale
Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Adjusting to changing routines
Replies: 10
Views: 8354

The trouble is that I'd find it just as hard to postpone breakfast to lunchtime (12.30 would normally be the earliest I could eat it on work days) as I'm finding it to postpone the evening meal! I'm just not very good at this.
by Dale
Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:09 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Adjusting to changing routines
Replies: 10
Views: 8354

I can't usually change the breakfast or lunch times, unfortunately. But thank you - it's reassuring to know that I'm not the only one who finds long gaps difficult! I'll try the hot drink/mini-meal suggestions when I have to eat really late in the evening - that might be just enough to stop me feeli...
by Dale
Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Adjusting to changing routines
Replies: 10
Views: 8354

Oh, it's not that I don't get time to eat, it's more about trying to eat socially with somebody who is often home late. One of the reasons I chose No S was that I think it's (usually) a great social diet - you get to eat your meals with everybody else, so I don't want to give that up. Work days are ...
by Dale
Mon Nov 03, 2014 7:33 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Adjusting to changing routines
Replies: 10
Views: 8354

Adjusting to changing routines

I wonder if any of you have dealt with this ... Three meals a day has suited me very well for the past couple of years. I have had quite ordered days, eating my meals at much the same time every day with the same gap between them (5 - 6 hours). However, recently there have been changes and I'm not a...
by Dale
Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Has anyone had a slow start?
Replies: 16
Views: 11839

I started off using the Habitcal to track, and although I think it probably works well for others, for me, it felt demoralising. I just needed to have one bite of the wrong thing, or at the wrong time, and the whole day was red. I've found it works better for me to be more lenient on myself. As long...
by Dale
Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:15 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Unable to stick to NoS: Help Needed!
Replies: 10
Views: 8146

To add to what the others have said (milky drinks worked well for me when trying to get the habit established), I've found it suits me best to have a small breakfast, bigger lunch and bigger evening meal. I find hunger easier to deal with earlier in the day. You could try moving some of what you wou...
by Dale
Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:11 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: fantastic set of articles
Replies: 18
Views: 12686

Yes, I do think it's different for everybody. I know that other people have found things that worked for them that I don't think would work for me and vice versa. When I started dieting/NoS, I was morbidly obese and seemed to be naturally staying at a set point while eating to hunger, so I wasn't in...
by Dale
Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:27 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: fantastic set of articles
Replies: 18
Views: 12686

Thanks for the explanation, MamieTamar! I did read your post, but thought I must have misunderstood the bit about overeating to lose weight. I've gone back and read about the calories and I'm still not understanding how overeating would lead to weight loss, rather than just returning to the original...
by Dale
Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:42 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Question re: water
Replies: 4
Views: 4294

I really don't like the water here. I'll drink it if I'm thirsty, particularly when I'm exercising, but it's not pleasant. I've lived in other areas where the water was much nicer to drink. We have hard water here and I'm used to soft, so maybe that's what I don't like. I have to admit that most of ...
by Dale
Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:37 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: fantastic set of articles
Replies: 18
Views: 12686

Marianna, I went through the whole series, and I was more than a little puzzled by the Calorie section. OK, I don't count calories, I feel that I can't do it ever again, but he seems to be saying that as long as you watch the quality of your food, quantity is totally irrelevant, which goes against ...
by Dale
Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:05 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: School meals in UK
Replies: 2
Views: 3758

My son (now 18 ) usually had school dinners and he loved them! They seemed to be quite healthy meals to me, proper cooked dinners with veg, but I think a lot of parents were put off as they were quite expensive. I felt they were better quality than I could provide as a packed lunch, so I was happy t...
by Dale
Sun Jun 01, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Fruit
Replies: 13
Views: 8969

There was a widely reported study recently that found that vegetables seemed to be better for health than fruit. They are also often lower in calories, so I've got into the habit of sometimes eating vegetables in place of fruit (tomatoes and bell peppers). Actually, I think tomatoes ARE a fruit, tec...
by Dale
Sun Jun 01, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: "Obesogenic Environments"
Replies: 20
Views: 14722

So, Dale, do you mean since you were reminded of food all day, you snacked a lot? Because I don't think you can gain weight from aromas. :) However, research has shown that the obesity rate at schools close to fast food establishments is higher than at those that aren't close. I wasn't aware of sna...
by Dale
Sat May 31, 2014 8:13 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: homemade desserts
Replies: 11
Views: 16384

I rarely make desserts, but now and then I make apple crumble, because we love it in this household! I use small ramekins for each person, use one apple, and make a very small amount of crumble mixture (a bit of flour and butter rubbed together, mixed with crushed bran flakes and sugar). There's no ...
by Dale
Sat May 31, 2014 7:57 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: "Obesogenic Environments"
Replies: 20
Views: 14722

I've wondered if some of my weight gain was partly due to living near a chocolate factory. Sometimes I would just be smelling chocolate all day, whatever I was doing. I didn't actually eat much chocolate, but I was constantly being reminded of food.
by Dale
Mon May 19, 2014 10:03 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Depression Era Cooking
Replies: 100
Views: 74801

I'm sorry to hear that Clara has passed away. I hadn't heard of her until you bumped up this thread, but now I've been catching up on her videos. Pasta with peas isn't what I expected! I've made something I would call pasta with peas for years, using frozen peas and spaghetti. I used spaghetti becau...
by Dale
Mon May 19, 2014 9:50 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Mealtimes!
Replies: 7
Views: 6254

I'm not very good at working out when I'm hungry - but also I'm constrained by work, etc. So I have set mealtimes during the week, and am a bit more flexible at weekends (although I don't like to change it too much). It ends up being approximately 5 1/2 hours between each meal. I actually quite like...
by Dale
Mon May 19, 2014 9:46 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: New No S-er, question about kids
Replies: 11
Views: 9052

I read the Karen Le Billon book and enjoyed it. She obviously did a lot o reading on the subject too. I no longer have the book, but I'd recommend it. However, I'm a working single parent, and especially when my son was little, my time with him in the evening was very limited. I love the idea of "sl...
by Dale
Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:06 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Raymond Blanc tells British women to avoid snacking
Replies: 9
Views: 7609

The advice is aimed at the UK, and I think he's imagining that we still eat our evening meals early. I personally usually eat by 7pm, but I think a lot of people in the UK can't manage it now, due to working late and commuting, etc.
by Dale
Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:21 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Raymond Blanc tells British women to avoid snacking
Replies: 9
Views: 7609

Raymond Blanc tells British women to avoid snacking

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2551383/Too-wine-late-night-snacks-not-cooking-butter-makes-British-women-fat-says-chef-Raymond-Blanc.html Why just women? Anyway, I wouldn't rush to take a chef's advice on diet (Jamie Oliver drives me round the bend!), but this seems sensible enough - avoid ...
by Dale
Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: For everyone?
Replies: 15
Views: 11229

To be honest, I don't think it does work the same way for everyone. I use it more as a template for eating, but I still have to be careful about how much I eat. Like many other diets, it "works" by limiting your calorie intake, and I think it's a great way of doing that - but it's not going to magic...
by Dale
Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:53 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: How long till you know if it's "working"?
Replies: 18
Views: 12759

The evidence indicates that once a body's Set Point is raised, it never drops again. This survival mechanism of the body is a one-way-street. No! If this is true, it's very scary :(. I've been hoping that eventually (I'm talking years) I could somehow reset my set point to what it was before I gain...
by Dale
Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:40 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Exercise makes the difference
Replies: 18
Views: 14871

The link isn't working for me :( . Personally, I've found that I don't lose weight with exercise. I've lost weight with deliberate dieting, stress and illness, but not with exercise! However, I feel strongly that some exercise is good for health, so I do it for that reason rather than weight loss.
by Dale
Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Food Journals.....
Replies: 25
Views: 16426

When I see stats on stuff, I always think, "Well, yeah, but how many people attempted that and quit way before they could be included in the study?" They usually ignore the dropout rate. But the dropout rate become significant when you realize that those dropouts probably ended up gaining. Then aga...
by Dale
Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Article - defeating obesity gene(s)
Replies: 6
Views: 6493

The link doesn't seem to work for me, so I'm just going by what's in the quote. I think it's hopeful that the study is showing people can counteract their genetic inheritance to some extent, but I'm not sure that everything falls neatly into "genes" or "behaviour". I imagine environment has some inf...
by Dale
Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:33 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Food Journals.....
Replies: 25
Views: 16426

I keep a food journal on and off. It's on at the moment :) . I've heard good arguments for and against keeping a journal, but I'm just trying to do what works for me. (I'm not advocating it for anybody else). One of my problems with dieting has been accepting just how LITTLE food I need, and calorie...
by Dale
Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:30 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: view on alcohol, yogurt
Replies: 3
Views: 4233

How about replacing the yoghurt with a little hot milk at bedtime?

A little alcohol is fine, but personally, I've found that it makes me want to eat (plus there are the the calories from the wine, which I can't really afford) so I usually save it for S days for that reason.
by Dale
Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:41 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: I quit daily weighing today. How often do you weigh?
Replies: 14
Views: 10283

I weigh daily. I have several reasons for doing so, one of them being that I just didn't weigh enough when I put on the weight and I regret that now. I'm sure it helps to keep me on track. Funnily enough, I obsess a lot LESS weighing daily as opposed to weekly. It's completely normal for my weight t...
by Dale
Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Just Don't Gain
Replies: 5
Views: 5907

Wouldn't a 500 - 1000 calorie deficit be closer to a 1-2lb loss a week rather than 2 0 3lb? (I still think that can be unnecessarily strict for a lot of people). Anyway, I wish I'd read this article a few years ago, before I gained the weight! It's interesting that they recommend it for people who a...
by Dale
Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: For Brits: BBC series on diet industry, starts Thur 8.8.13
Replies: 21
Views: 16445

I almost missed this too, so thanks! I've watched the first episode and although there was probably nothing that we don't already know, it was pretty good. Knowing all this stuff was what made me put off dieting for so long, to be honest. I'm still nervous about it now and worry about maintenance. I...
by Dale
Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:56 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Running DOWN the UP Escalator
Replies: 7
Views: 5622

Yes, it's frustrating that the more you lose weight, the less calories you burn and the less you can eat to keep losing! I would love to go back to eating the amount of food I did when I was in my 30s and weighed 120lb without trying, but I know if I get to 120lb, I'll have to eat a lot less because...
by Dale
Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:25 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Two Meals a Day
Replies: 27
Views: 15217

I had heard that "tea" is actually dinner in England. It's more common in America for restaurants, usually in tourist spots, to offer a snack they call "tea" than it is for the English to partake in anymore. But tea rooms exist in England. I know when my English friends back in the '70's told me th...
by Dale
Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:10 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: "Avoid processed food" may not be a diet panacea
Replies: 25
Views: 15696

Yes, I DON'T make my own bread, because I eat too much of it! I hardly ever bake now :(. It's just too much temptation. It's easy to get fat on delicious, home-made healthy food. I'm not sure that I would have put on as much weight if I'd just been eating things like tinned food and ready meals.
by Dale
Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:32 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Does raw vegetable count as a snack?
Replies: 34
Views: 16857

Portion sizes - what worked for me to start with was to actually have large-ish portions, just to get into the habit of three meals. Then I didn't worry so much about being hungry between meals. Of course, I did have to cut down the portions later, but I found it easiest to get the habit first. I co...
by Dale
Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Snacking and children
Replies: 4
Views: 4056

I think it depends on the child, but I think it's a lot to expect of a small, active child to stick to three meals a day. Sometimes they are just SO active when they're little - well beyond what most adults could keep up with. I get hungry between meals even when I'm just sitting at a desk! I know t...
by Dale
Tue May 07, 2013 5:50 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: What does 150 pounds mean to you?
Replies: 2
Views: 2805

I don't have a weight number, but I did used to have a calorie number. I thought that 2000 calories a day was probably what I needed. It's recommended for average women, and I thought I was a pretty average woman. In fact my TDEE (even at morbidly obese) was probably less than that. My sedentary TDE...
by Dale
Wed May 01, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Cliff Richard's three meals a day
Replies: 10
Views: 9288

He'd said that he started dieting after putting on the 10 lb (in 1960!), that he's managed to keep it off and that he's tried every diet going - which I took to mean that he's kept dieting in some form since the 60s. I would stay that he's still dieting now, even if he doesn't consider it that, if h...
by Dale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Cliff Richard's three meals a day
Replies: 10
Views: 9288

I used to be one of those people! For years, I really could eat as much as I wanted, and usually stayed the same weight within a couple of pounds. So yes, some people can. I wish I still was one of those people. I agree that Cliff wasn't ever big. There are some pictures of him when he was young whe...
by Dale
Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:56 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Cliff Richard's three meals a day
Replies: 10
Views: 9288

Cliff Richard's three meals a day

It sounds like Cliff Richard is doing his own version of No S: ‘I’ve probably gone on every diet there is. Now I don’t starve myself, and I eat three meals a day, but it’s healthy food, so I can have as much as I like without putting weight on. Although I do treat myself to a bit of bad food...
by Dale
Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:14 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Short Women Suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 11554

That is so funny about our waists! One of the biggest changes I've noticed with losing weight is that my "waist" has now moved from under my bust back down to its proper place!
by Dale
Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Short Women Suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 11554

About drinking my calories - I know it's not a good idea and I didn't do it before No S and rarely do it during (the occasional cappuccino). BUT while I was establishing the No S habit I did take advice which I think was in the book about drinks, and I found that it did help. I didn't feel I'd faile...
by Dale
Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:43 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Short Women Suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 11554

I'm slightly shorter than you and personally, I track calories as well, and my calorie-tracking is probably more consistent than my No-Sing. I started with pure NoS and did lose some weight with that alone, but I was very obese when I started. The more you lose, the less you need, unfortunately, so ...
by Dale
Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:39 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Anyone really struggle between Breakfast and Lunch?
Replies: 10
Views: 7386

I used to be fine, but recently I've been struggling too. I'm not sure why that's happening as I'm eating much the same things for breakfast.
by Dale
Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:28 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: For those of you who like oatmeal
Replies: 5
Views: 4756

I'm from Scotland and you're right - I wouldn't use milk to cook porridge, just water and salt! Once you're used it to that way, I don't see the point in using milk, but I know some people don't like the taste without. I think what we call oatmeal is what is called steel cut oats in this recipe. I l...
by Dale
Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:18 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: I should have expected this
Replies: 9
Views: 7284

I used to be virtually vegan and it didn't seem to make any difference to my health or weight (I don't know if he's claiming it does).
by Dale
Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:08 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: The power of one
Replies: 7
Views: 5584

Thank you for that. I'm going to keep it in mind. Sometimes I even have less than one! For instance, I used to eat a whole chicken breast in one sitting and more recently I've realised that that's quite a big portion for me. I cut about 1/3 of it off and give it to my son. That goes for quite a lot ...
by Dale
Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:38 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Old School No S Diet
Replies: 8
Views: 6343

It's not clear what portion sizes he was using - was that his "cutting" diet? I know they didn't used to cut as much as they do nowadays (and I prefer the old-school look myself). It just seems low calorie for somebody trying to build up muscle, so I wondered.
by Dale
Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Diet drinks, diabetes and what to drink now?
Replies: 28
Views: 17357

I think it was per week. (2 1/2 glasses a week).
by Dale
Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Diet drinks, diabetes and what to drink now?
Replies: 28
Views: 17357

I'm not keen on sweet drinks so usually just drink tea. I haven't looked into the stories about diet drinks (because I don't drink them often), but I know it can be difficult to pinpoint cause and effect. For instance, overweight people tend to automatically order diet drinks - I know I do. We drink...
by Dale
Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Facing our Unrealistic Expectations can be helpful.
Replies: 26
Views: 14669

I appreciate the post, although the link to the article isn't working for me just now. I'm an older, shorter woman with health conditions and a year ago my BMI was pushing 40 (morbidly obese), and I have always been worried about maintenance! I did start out with "vanilla" No S, but eventually start...