It’s on plan January!

And that’s means weight loss plans, fitness, chemical filled low fat foods smacking you around the face, every time you walk into a shop!

Instagram, gyms and slimming groups are filled to the brim with determined newbies, desperate to start the new year well.

Whilst I applaud anyone who tries to make their life better, I also worry, how many people are being wrongly targeted. How many people think low fat, low sugar, low calorie mean healthy? That gluten, dairy and wheat are the enemy? That eating meat is the worlds biggest sin?

Reading my Instagram I feel like I should be a vegan, free from, slimming world, weight watching, carb free, weight lifting superwoman! Anyone who has found a plan for them, brilliant, but where is your money going? Do you feel better about yourself or the food you eat? The pressure is mounting on people to buy into over priced spice mixes, branded food that is tasteless and expensive, food delivery boxes, and food planners for £40 each!

I am incredibly budget conscious, if I can find a bargain, I will, sometimes I look at spice mix ingredients and find I can make them myself for a fraction of the cost, and tweak it to my own tastes. I can buy a notebook for a pound or use my fitness pal for free to record my food. I feel the amount of Instagram and twitter accounts advertising products they don’t use, and wouldn’t buy themselves is overwhelming.

I suppose that borders on the life people show in comparison to the life they have. I like to think I’m fairly open, and will show that I’m thrilled to get a lipstick in the sale for 50p or something in the yellow sticker section of the supermarket.

Back to the diet plans, I am not following a plan, I am trying to take my focus off food as much as possible. The more I follow a plan the more food obsessed I become, I plan food obsessively, I eat more, and buy more. So recently, I have stopped focusing, stopped planning, and more importantly eating less as a result.

I worry about certain weight loss groups, that change their values of foods that have previously been free, especially in line with their own range of products, that are happy to promote food packed with additives, whereas up until a few years ago, they promoted the use of whole foods, fresh meat, vegetables, fish and fruit.

Like I have previously said, if it works, and obviously it does for many, many people.

But I worry about the crash diet mentality , and pressure we put on ourselves. Instead of finding a good relationship with tasty, healthy food.

Are you on a plan?

How do you feel about diet plans?

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Yes…yes…A THOUSAND TIMES YES! I used to do Slimming World and I reached my target weight of 10 st last summer. I became very conscious of the fact that they were feeding me a branded aspartame bomb. Isn’t it convenient that it is only chemical laden Fry Light that is ‘free’ when the much healthier natural oil sprays have a syn value? I have put on weight again by stopping using these products but I feel healthier for it!

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    1. discoveringsooz says:

      I’m glad you like it! Good for you losing he weight in the first place! I’m glad you feel healthier now! Thanks for reading & commenting! Love Sooz x

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  2. ustome says:

    You are so right! And what people fail to see is, if the diets truly worked the companies wouldn’t need to change them every year (making people buy a new set of cookbooks etc etc). Like you, the minute I think diet I become obsessed with food. Problem is, I’m naturally greedy too so I need something in the middle ground. Good luck to you – can’t wait to hear about your successes.

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  3. I’m not really on a plan right now. I’m coming out of a very restrictive relationship with food due to medical issues, and I don’t want to put myself through that again voluntarily. However, I do want to work on getting back into shape. Girlfriend got me some probiotics that are supposed to also stimulate metabolism. There’s just a little Green Tea in them- lol! So, I’m taking my Green Tea pills, but that’s about it…

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    1. discoveringsooz says:

      Whatever works! You can do it! Love Sooz x

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  4. ritaabuster says:

    I myself am a believer in portion control over the latest diet or fad. I bought smaller plates, or used my salad plates instead of using the large dinner plates. I have lost fifty pounds just by cutting my serving size and eradicating soft drinks, energy drinks, any grab it at the checkout drink from my diet. I also cut down on the amount of snack chips eaten. This not only helped my diet but my blood pressure and high cholesterol. And the best advice I have ever gotten. Drink lots of water, preferably ice water. You body burns calories regulating the temperature to your body. My next step is to increase my activity level with exercise. Just dancing to a few good songs for 15 minutes a day can help. Good luck in the new year.

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    1. discoveringsooz says:

      Good luck to you too! You seem to have it sussed! Love Sooz x

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  5. I’m honestly doing alright through a diet I’ve almost never heard of, basically just not eating meals but “grazing” small snacks here and there throughout the day. It’s weird, I know, but I’m really comfortable with it, and in trying to count calories to lose weight, I don’t have to punish myself for eating between meals if I just don’t eat meals, y’know? And don’t worry, these are in fact healthy snacks, I’m not just eating 1800 calories worth of chips all day :/

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    1. discoveringsooz says:

      I’m glad you have found something that works for you. Please don’t think anyone on a plan, is in my firing line, If someone is happy and it works, how could I knock their decision. It’s just an outside view, 1800 worth of chips, probably wouldn’t be that many. Which is sad.

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  6. Haha 😆, I totally hate that kind of slim control plans that they try to sell in TV or over Facebook and Twitter promising miracle. Yes I am in a plan but more than that I am on a life style journey change and my beast companion in this adventure is MyFitnessPal.

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    1. discoveringsooz says:

      MyFitnessPal becomes practically painful, as I become so obsessed. I’m glad it works for you though. I do wonder who buys into it all. X

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  7. SalAA says:

    Amen to all of this. I’m concentrating on cooking from scratch, upping the amount of veg and avoiding sugary treats rather than any diet. Not counting calories at all. I’m consciously upping my exercise, and finding the more I do the more I want to do! I do find recording what I eat useful sometimes, but doing it all the time just adds to the stress, which isn’t healthy either.

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    1. discoveringsooz says:

      That’s a good idea! Love Sooz x

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  8. fattytomend says:

    Oh my word! Yes! Im with you on this. Ive spent my whole life trying to control food and its caused so many other issues like emotional eating and binging and food guilt. I also want to build a healthy relationship with food. Im trying to not even think about losing weight and just work on being fulfilled on every level and being healthy in every way. Diets and food control just end up deepening self hate. In my case

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    1. discoveringsooz says:

      Good luck with your relationship with food. It’s tough, it’s not like you can just break up, and never see it again! X

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  9. Hey Sooz! I don’t really agree with weight loss plans – they don’t seem to teach people how to eat a balanced nutritional diet that will work for them long term. Am more about eating a range of foods including so called ‘naughty’ foods myself. I did lose weight when I went vegan last year but that was not the reason for the change.
    Good luck with the healthy eating x

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    1. discoveringsooz says:

      Thankyou, and you too! Xx

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  10. LuisS says:

    I totally get what you mean. I’ve tried so many different diet plans and supplement. I can’t count how many times I’ve started something just to become disillusioned and end up worse than when I started. These diets don’t really teach you how to sustain a healthy lifestyle, it’s all about short term goal and the ones that preach to long term success call for so many good restrictions that they only set you up for failure. This time around I’ve decided to just eat healthier Whole Foods without any restrictions and when I do eat something “bad” it doesn’t make me feel guilty or like I’ve fallen of the bandwagon. Work in some exercise in your routine and make it a lifestyle not just a fad. Good luck with your journey.

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    1. discoveringsooz says:

      Thankyou for the comment x

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  11. Sarah says:

    WHAT A BRILLIANT POST – thank you!

    Organised dieting is a mug’s game, pure and simple! It’s taken me a good number of my adult life to work that out having done every diet under the sun – and some of my own creation too.

    I am now a very passionate anti-dieter and a whole food, cooked-from-scratch addict. Unless you know why you’re overeating; what your triggers are then no amount of willpower, “being good”, counting points or syns or free food is going to help you lose and sustain that weight loss. No amount of passing the responsibility for your weight/ weight loss onto a ‘diet’ club or any third party (husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, wife etc.) is going to support your losing weight for the long haul. You have to get your head in the game first and understand how you got to where you are. Losing weight – like happiness – is an inside job!

    Love, love love your blog!

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    1. discoveringsooz says:

      Thankyou for such a lush comment! Love it! Love Sooz x

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