After spending the last year eating worse and worse and just getting larger and larger we spent some time looking into diets and what we can do. I started looking for diets that would get a quick boost to start so that we felt like we were achieving something. We came up with 2 choices, atkins and juicing. After researching both we decided to give the atkins diet a go. We've set our selves 1 year on this diet, we will keep going for the whole year and hopefully by next year we'll both either be at or much closer to our target weights.
So what is the Atkins diet? Our understanding is basically no sugar, no carbohydrates. This removes all bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, parsnips... But keeps in all meat and most vegetables but not much fruit. You can eat as much fat and protein as you like, it's just limiting the sugars. The idea is that if your body doesn't have the sugar it'll use fat for energy instead.
Combined with this we are also doing more exercise, we're going to keep running 3 times a week gradually increasing speed and distance. We are also supplementing this with playstation move games and other fun ways of getting us moving.
We semi started the diet on Saturday and so far it's been going well. I haven't felt deprived or starved, in fact I've felt very full up and happy. Being able to eat things that would generally be considered naughty, like bacon, is quite a treat and makes things much easier. Yesterday I managed to not lick the spoon when making a cake or eat anything I shouldn't.
This morning I did a 30 minute run, which was harder than usual due to lack of energy, but it's completed and now I'm sitting down to bacon, eggs and vegetables. Certainly not too bad!!