Published On: Sun, Nov 16th, 2008

All I want for Christmas… is to be thin and beautiful

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Okay, so maybe I’ll have to push the beautiful thing to one side until plastic surgery becomes more readily available to students, but being thin is definitely achievable and with the festive season fast approaching I for one could do with shedding a few pounds. It’s not like I’m really fat; at 5”3 weighing 9st3 which equates to a BMI of 23, I am within the healthy sector of the scale, but I’m sure I’m not the only one whose jeans are a little tighter these days. So in order to look fabulous in that LBD, I have decided to use the next few weeks leading up to Christmas testing out different diets, to see if any of them actually work and how easy they are for us students to undertake.

The first diet I will be embarking on is the world-renowned South Beach diet, which, according to the book’s front cover, has not only sold over five million copies but is “a doctor’s plan for fast and lasting weight loss”. Sounds good to me.
 
The plan works by initially cutting out carbohydrates such as bread, rice and potatoes as well as the usual bad stuff like sweets, biscuits and cakes. Surprisingly though, fruit is also off limits. Coffee and tea are fine to drink, but sadly alcohol is a big no-no for the first two weeks (I’m pretty sure this will be the hardest part!). Then after two weeks you enter phase two where you gradually re-introduce carbs and fruit. You are also “free to drink wine” but unfortunately I’m not sure Dr Arthur Agatston will ever approve of tequila shots washed down with many a vodka red-bull.
 
Within the book there are recipes for everyday of the plan, with a variety of vegetable omelettes for breakfast, salads for lunch and a very nutritious dinner of chicken/fish/steak, accompanied by various vegetables. By sticking to these recipes, the book claims you will lose anything from 8 -13 pounds, which, if it happens, would be amazing!
 
So after visiting Asda to stock up on a barrel of healthy foods and having my last slice of bread for two weeks, I feel prepared and energised to wake up tomorrow and begin this new regime.
 
Check back tomorrow to see how I get on.   
 

Sarah Mawson

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  • nwoo_2002

     

    Losing weight can be easy or hard depending on your body type, so always bear that in mind. The fact is a combination of diet AND exercise are the key to losing weight.
     
    1. Make sure you drink plenty of water in the day keeping your body hydrated is essential and allows your muscles to work more efficiently, thereby aiding weight loss.
     
    2. Try and eat 5-6 small meals a day, this allows your metabolism to be in constant use and so burning excess fat. Stick to complex carbs such as wholemeal bread, brown rice, bran and most fruits; rather than simple carbs such as white bread, white rice, banana’s etc.
     
    3. Try to limit carbs as the day goes on, more than likely you become less active and so the carbs you consume at night will simply be stored as fat.
     
    4. Lower your intake of alcohol, all alcohol not just Lager. When the body takes in alcohol the body must digest it first which means fats are left aside. By cutting down on your drinking by as much as a quarter or half will see substantial results.
     
    5. If possible perform cardio first thing in the morning, when you wake up after a nights sleep your body is depleted of carbs, so by doing cardio you naturally use up your fat reserves for energy.
    There are more tips but I feel these are essential. You don’t need to follow elaborate plans just use common sense and you’ll lose weight, whether you need to or not.