I like to think of food in terms of Nutrition. I don’t like the word Diet, and Diet’s don’t work anyway. I like to look at food and think about it in terms of how much nutrition I’ll get from it. Bread and pasta may taste great, but you might get more nutrition from non starchy veg such as broccoli, tomatoes and spinach.
This page will hold all of my posts about, nutrition, food and weight loss.
I’ve never really been one for having a brilliant diet, but I seem to eat a varied diet which is healthy-ish and manages to fuel all of my training and exercise.
I’ve read quite a few books about food and nutrition and I’ve come to the conculsion that to train like I do, I need a varied diet of carbs, fat and protein to keep me going. As a rule, I don’t tend to cut out fat, and seldom eat low fat meals or low fat foods. I just eat what I want, when I want. :-)
- Top 10 nutrition tips
- The men who made us fat
- The Smarter Science of Slim
- Improving a weekly diet
- Eating fruit as part of your daily diet
- Carb Loading
- 3 days to go…
- 800 days off the booze
- Do you take Multivitamins?
- Specificity of Training
- Water & Hydration
- Why I don’t drink Diet Coke or Coffee anymore…
- Beating the afternoon slump…
- Two Week Food Test…
- Eggs: Factfile
- Ditch the fizzy drinks and drink water…
Smarter Science of Slim
How to improve what and how you eat
FOOD & DRINK
- My snacks and daily intake
- I’m really hungry…
- Taking control of a healthy way of eating
- Mashed Potato, Oat and Honey mix
- Lorn’s Lentil Soup Recipe
- Apple, Orange and Shreddie Muffins
- Anyone fancy cucumber water?
- Why I don’t drink diet coke or coffee anymore
- 900 days off the booze
- Losing weight
- Weight loss through running
- My weight since I started training (June 2008)
- Not losing weight through running?
- Want to lose weight?
- Target Weight Calculator
- Changing your lifestyle to aid weight loss
- What an extra 20 calories a day will do
- Watching my calorie burn vs intake
- More calories to consume
- Why marathon training doesn’t always help you lose weight…
- The rather inspirational story of Rose the runner
- Getting back into shape after having a baby!
If you are overweight and you want to lose weight, I’d really recommend cutting back on carbs, and increasing your protein and fat intake. If you want to know why this works – read this book:
It sets out clearly how and why the above method works. If you aren’t sure whether to buy it, check out the Amazon reviews, or see a good review / summary here.
To lose weight you need to make it a part of your ongoing life, you need to change for the long term. Change your diet AND your activity levels. Don’t just sit there and moan that you are fat and you keep putting on weight – you can choose to do something about it.
I am by no means an expert in deit and nutition, but I’ve lost weight myself and I’ve managed to maintain my weight for a long time now. I don’t beleive in diets, but I do believe that changing your life and habits can lead to a healthier, slimmer and fitter you.
On the exerise side of things, you don’t need to do running (although I think it’s the best form of cardio you can get). You can pick an activity or two (or three or four) which you enjoy, one that you will get out of bed for, or out of the door for. It might be on your own or as part of a group, but to lose weight and keep it off, you need to exercise almost daily (I’d suggest exercising 4-6 days a week).
For more advice on how to get active and stay active see:
‘Lazybones’ or ‘Motivated’,
How to keep motivated to get out there and run!
How to start running…
Top 10 Beginner Running Tips
See here for more on Weight Loss