EATING CAKE & LOSING WEIGHT

Pretty much everyone I know is on a health kick of some sort at the mo. Myself included. I’m currently on the ‘eating cake whilst losing weight’ diet. No joke. Not one to cut out food groups I decided if I eat less and move more that should do the trick. Despite not everyone agreeing with this approach, it seems to be working for me….

EATING CAKE & LOSING WEIGHT

I’ve been enjoying chocolate fudge cake, rock cakes, rose, cocktails and eating out a lot. All whilst losing weight. I’m not really following any particular diet but there are a few things I do that ensures my method works:

Stick to eating/drinking a certain number of calories a day. I have around 1,080 calories a day, not including fruit, vegetables (excluding potatoes) and milk. I eat and drink as many of these as I like and as a rule I consume coconut milk throughout the day. If I exercise I’ll often up the amount of food I have.

Eat speed fruits/vegetables with as many meals as possible. These are foods that speed up your metabolism and by adding them to meals they do just that. If you’ve been following my Instagram Stories (@CarlySusanne) you may have seen the crazy amounts I eat. (I’ll include some examples in a typical day below).

Keep a food diary. I allocate a page to each day and I write down everything I eat, drink and any exercise I do. This ensures I stay focused on the goal. Exercise gets highlighted in yellow in a bid to encourage me to do more. (On a side note I’m very lazy when it comes to exercise so seeing any yellow in a week is good!). Speed fruits and veg get highlighted green. Again, I am looking to see excessive amounts of these.

Avoid processed food as much as possible. I don’t avoid processed foods completely but I always cook our main meals from scratch. I also make sure I plan them well in advance, usually when I do the food shop each week. The recipes I use are not low fat or anything like that but we never over-eat and I always freeze what’s left. E.g. I make a very indulgent lasagne but divide it into 8 portions, then serve with home-made chips and veg.

Eat wholemeal / brown foods. I love eating brown bread, rice and pasta etc and never choose white if I can help it. Personally I find wholemeal foods keep me fuller for longer and they always taste great when the food is home-made. The only exception to the rule is my pizza, where I make the base half white and half brown.

Never consume ‘diet’ food and drinks. I can’t bear these artificial sugars and sweeteners that trick your body into thinking it’s about to get a sugar hit leaving you with nothing at all. Consuming produce like this makes me feel hungry super quick and as time goes on there’s more and more evidence to show they’re not good. Instead I opt for less of whatever is full fat.

Use reduced sugar & salt products. Recently I’ve discovered the wonder of Heinz Tomato Ketchup (50% Less Sugar & Salt), Lurpack Spreadable (Lighter) and Heinz Baked Beans (No Added Sugar). None of these contain artificial sweeteners and all have helped me to cut calories by quite a lot.

 

Looking at my food diary I’ve realised I’m eating a lot of roasts! This is probably because it encourages me to eat loads of veg. I tend to pile these up super high and trust me when I say I have a lot of roast potatoes too. Here’s some examples from over the past couple of weeks:

* Speed fruit and veg.

Typical week day:

Breakfast: Fried egg (using Fry Light), avocado and 14 baby plum tomatoes* on 2 slices of toast and coffee with sugar.

Lunch: 40g Bran with a few brazil nuts, lots of blueberries* and a banana.

Dinner: Roast beef* with all the trimmings.

Late night snack (usually around 10pm): 40g porridge with a few brazil nuts and strawberries.*

 

Weekend day:

Breakfast: Restaurant: 2 poached eggs, veggie sausage, hash brown, mushrooms, tomatoes*, baked beans, toast and coffee with sugar.

Lunch: Tea Room/Cafe: Chocolate fudge cake and a cappuccino.

Dinner: Restaurant: Roast gammon and pork with all the trimmings*.

 

I’ve been on my healthier (if you can call it that) eating plan for 3 weeks now and here’s some interesting stats:

 

Total:

Eating out at restaurants or tea rooms: 11.

Takeaways: 0.

Cakes: 3.

Alcohol: 4.

Speed fruit & veg: 38.

Exercise: Walking: 12 miles.

Weight loss: 4lbs.

 

I suppose you could say this is a case of slow and steady wins the race. At least I hope it is! I guess I’ll find out soon enough but in the meantime I’m going to carry on eating cake whilst losing weight!

 

Are any of you guys currently following a healthy eating plan? Let me know in the comments box below. Especially if you have any extra guidance or advice on losing weight. That said, I’m not looking to shed any more than 2lbs a week and am quite happy plodding along as I am!

 

Carly x

 

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  • Eating cake & roasts and losing weight?! Sounds like a great plan! xx

  • I think not cutting any food groups, but eating more mindful in general. And everything that works for you and your lifestyle is great!

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

    • I think you’re right Linda. It really is just a case of being more mindful about what you put in your mouth. : )

  • Love this so much – it’s so important to find that balance. For me, limiting my sugar intake really helps. I try to avoid sweets and chocolate. I didn’t any for 3 weeks until my birthday yesterday and I’ve enjoyed eating them but have been left feeling really sick and sluggish since. xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    • You’re so good, not eating any sweets or chocolate for 3 weeks! X

  • Maiya Newey

    I love your approach to losing weight! It’s simple and smart! xx

    Maiya | http://www.maiyabellexo.co.uk

  • Slow and steady does win the race when it comes to weight loss and it’s important to incorporate it into your lifestyle than to just look for a quick wins and fad diets. You are doing so well and why not still enjoy a bit of cake too – we need to enjoy ourselves too x

    franklyflawless.com

  • clare⭐

    I love your approach! makes it so easy!

    claresloves.blogspot.com

    • It’s a bit more do-able than some of the crazy diets like I’ve done in the past, such as juicing etc! X

  • Karen

    Have to agree with this approach. Exactly what I do. Plus I try to make sure everything is organic

    • I went through a phase of buying everything organic. Not so much recently though! Thanks for reading. : )