Welcome to my blog post about Horizon. I watched a diet special exploring what diet is right for you and it produced a very interesting theory. The last special I watched was an amazing programme and I was excited to see what the programme researchers had come up with this time.
I love the diet shows that Horizon does, as they really get you thinking about weight loss, what you eat and the true causes of weight gain. It goes past all those stories of overeating and that to lose weight you should just eat less and exercise more.
Of course, eating less and exercising more does work – but what if there is more to it than that?
It actually got me really thinking about myself, Dominic & my Dad as I found that we each fitted into the three problem areas.
Here we are below in 2012 before we started My Weight Loss Dream:
You are probably wondering about what problems I am talking about?
Well it is the famous three:
This means that you are more likely to eat vast amounts at set times when the food is out in front of us and we can’t resist it.
Well this is “ME” in a nutshell I absolutely love to eat in bulk under certain circumstances. Generally its food and drink that I don’t have around me very often and then I will binge because I want to make up for what I have not had lately.
My trigger point is usually buffets and I remember very clearly going on holiday to the Caribbean in 2006 and when I went I wore a fantastic pair of combat trousers. On the return journey they no longer fitted me because I had eaten so much buffet food and hadn’t had any exercise at all.
If I go to the buffet restaurants, part of it is how tight I am with money. I want to make sure that I have got value for money and the result is that I will eat triple what I normally eat.
I also recall a trip to McDonalds where they messed up our order. I ended up being given about three meals for free. It just seemed such a shame to waste some so I ate it all. And then because I had eaten so much, I needed to lay on the sofa for a few hours to get over it!
So keep me away from my favourite restaurants and from buffets and I will return to normal again!
The scientists that have done this experiment about feasters is that they never feel full – well I feel full its just that I am too greedy and love the food I am eating way too much!
The emotional eater award on the other hand goes to Dominic. He can’t help but eat when he is emotional and if something is getting to him. Or when there is a change in his circumstances. For example over the last few months since I became pregnant and he started worrying about me he would eat a lot more.
Then with a new baby and sleepless nights this has led to him eating a lot more than he would normally and over the last 12 months he has maintained his weight without losing any.
When he eats emotionally it will be chocolate and cheese or in other words, foods that make him feel happy and take his mind off things.
It seems like his is not alone as many, many people fall into this category too. I would even say this applies to me too, but as the opposite of Dominic. If something bothers me, I will stop eating and wont eat until I feel better.
My Dad on the other hand is the constant craver and I always see him eating. He doesn’t eat large portions but he is always picking. Maybe because my mum has him on a constant diet that he then feels the need to snack in case he is deprived.
His portion sizes are normal and if he gave up the excess wine and the snacking I am sure he would get rid of his beer belly once and for all!
In the Horizon special they then put the three types into three different diet plans:
The Feasters – High carb and low fat diet is the way to go! The idea here is that you have lots of carbs in your diet and then you get the fuller feeling with your brain much quicker. You are also getting more carbs in your diet as the base and then enjoying protein and plenty of fresh vegetables.
The Emotional Eaters – Where sent to a diet club and offered extra emotional support. I love the idea of this as it brings it back to the root of the problem. And like any problem its always much better way of going about it.
Many people that struggle to diet, have much better success when they join a diet club compared to when they do it alone and this is why this should work if you are an emotional eater.
Constant Cravers – This group where put on the 5:2 diet. Funny really because I suggested this to my Dad some time ago and I reckon he kind of does this now. Mainly because days after too much wine and a big hangover he doesn’t seem to eat a great deal!
With the constant cravers then they have no guilt for their overeating and can have two days when they have a very small amount of calories and this then helps them lose weight and then they are less likely to binge.
In the end the show found the perfect diets for the participants and it shows that there is in fact the perfect diet for everyone and we don’t all need to do the same thing. None of them are following extreme diets and it results in them all averaging a 3 pound a week weight loss.
My advice is – find out what group of dieters you fall under and then find something that fits in with your lifestyle. Then you may find it a lot easier to lose weight. For example Dominic found that diet plans where not for him and that hypnosis provided much better results.