£ for lb

This is my personal opinion:
As with any weight loss programme, seek medical advice prior to starting.

I have just watched a TV show about diets.
There is big money in the diet business, and this programme proved it, costs ranging from £230 to £350 for the month depending on which line you follow.
Presented by a doctor and TV personality I recognised as a newsreader, it focused on 6 overweight volunteers (2 men, 4 women) who were matched with 6 of the best selling diets currently available.

We had the expected Slimming World and Weight Watchers (which is why I tuned in), plus a meal replacement plan (shakes/soups), a juice plan, a mail order prepared meals plan, and a high protein/carb plan using a diet book.
The idea was for them to follow their allocated diet regime for 28 days, at the end of which they would be re-weighed and their diet outlay calculated to reflect how much it had cost them to lose each pound.
The guys went on the mail order prepared meals plan and the high protein/carb plan.  The latter guy cheated in week three and was disqualified, having got cocky over his initial weight loss and treating himself to the naughty stuff. He was the heaviest of the six at 24 stone, and actually lost four pounds. His diet was the most expensive.
The other chap did pretty well on the mail order meals, though that too wasn’t exactly cheap.
The winner was the meal replacement shake diet, coming in between £13 and £14 for each pound lost. However, it was suggested this should only be a short-term fix for weight loss.

I was very surprised at the cost of SW’s diet plan, the programme saying it cost £250 for the month. I don’t spend that on our food bill for the three of us (last month was £142), but I did notice when I started in June 2016 that my fresh fruit and veg sheet rocketed.
From what I could see, the dieter wasn’t buying SW’s range of meals either, unlike the WW dieter who was living on nothing but their products.
I got the idea that the lady on the juice diet didn’t like it much, but she stuck with it.

In short, they all lost weight, though the monetary pound cost per weight pound lost was probably a little misleading.
However, it did show that we are all different, and not all diets are suitable for everyone.
One of the things I did notice with all of them was that by week two, everyone was suffering from tiredness, some had flatulence, hunger pangs, bloating and mood swings, but these feelings did pass as they continued.

In comparison, the doctor himself went on a seven day crash diet, and lost two pounds, suffering from the worst headache ever and his bad cholesterol level went up. He was the first to admit that for a crash diet, the result was disappointing.

Personal Note:
I have tried  a variety of diets over forty plus years, and if nothing else, my time with SW has made me more conscious of what I eat, and how much of it. Of these six examples, the only one I hadn’t tried was a juice diet. To be honest, it doesn’t appeal.
Losing weight healthily is definitely a change in eating habits for life, not just a few months. I certainly could not afford £250 a month on food just for me, so I would be interested to some extent as to what was actually bought for the 28 days.

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16 Responses to £ for lb

  1. foguth says:

    In my experience most any diet will work as long as one sticks with it. The problems seem to creep in after the weight is gone and people got back to unhealthy favorites. Thus (my opinion) the trick seems to be finding healthy foods you can stick with for life.

    • This is it exactly. Bad eating habits have to be revised to better choices. We can still have the ‘naughty stuff’ (and believe me I do!), but just not all the time! At the moment, I’m eating blueberries and raspberries with my breakfast, though I’m thinking maybe I should just have my breakfast and save the fruit for a dessert later. It’s all a question of balance, and I’ve already proven to myself that too much of the wrong fruit (ie; grapes, bananas, kiwis, etc which are not classed as Speed Food) actually goes against the diet plan.

  2. MrsCraft says:

    I found the programme really interesting too. I once tried a meal replacement system and I hated it! SW is better for me and the family as we have a good range of meals that I know we can eat fairly cheaply. I have only spent around £120 in 3 weeks for 4 of us, but a lot of our veg is coming from the allotment so I’m not buying it.

    • I’m so glad you saw it too! Short fixes worked for me in the past but the pounds soon crept back on together with a lot of their mates. SW has worked for me, and when we move into our new home, we will be having a veg patch again. I tried the Micro diet way back in the ’80s, which was a combination of shakes and bars, and the yoghurt bars were very yummy………. as a snack! Ha! At the moment I’m sort of in limbo until we get settled, though I am trying to keep up with the fruit and veg. A sensible and varied diet doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but the costs quoted stunned me a little, even taking into account the weekly fees for SW and WW.

  3. You are right. Losing weight is a lifestyle change not anything temporary. I often see diets with bizarre ingredients at high costs, like specialty seeds and ingredients.

  4. -Eugenia says:

    Diets are a short term fix. Changing our eating habits is a better way to go in the long run.

    • Years ago, my GP of the time told me my body for find its ‘own weight’ and I think this is what’s happened now and why I’m maintaining it within one or two pounds. I’d like to lose that final half stone, but if I don’t, at least I know my eating habits are better.

  5. What an interesting experiment – but you are right, the way to keep at a healthy weight is to establish a healthy regime.

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