Basically a low fat balanced diet by the British Heart Foundation.
Links last checked 22 Nov 2013
(Update Nov 2013 A lot has changed in the 7 years I’ve been doing this blog and the BHF is one of them, I had trouble finding the diet. Site is full of charity shops and charity rides info, talk about loosing your way)
Based on portion sizes of the five food groups. No Calorie counting, easy to follow. I’d swear that this is the best thing since sliced bread, followed it religiously for the classes and have kept it up. If you’ve stumbled across this site and are interested in the diet this is the publication you need.
Look for “So you want to loose weight for good”, the link has changed recently.
There have been no great changes in what I’ve been eating just that I’ll only eat healthy food now and fatty foods have been eliminated. I’ll now have fruit during a break at work rather than something out of a vending machine. A working day starts with a bowl of Quaker Oat Granola or Tesco Strawberry Oat clusters topped with three fruits that is in season. Lunch at work is always a Tuna salad (no mayo) with a low fat dressing (I’ve now added a baked potato to the salad) that I take in.
So fruit and veg consumption has gone up, I now have a cereal breakfast where I had none before. Before I was eating two main meals a day and this has been replaced with a breakfast, a salad for lunch and a meal in the evening. Snacking on rubbish food and sweets and has been replaced with whatever fruit is available.
If you’ve come across this site and page from a Google search for “Diet” your probably a mouse click away from leaving the site. Its all in the publication above from the British Heart Foundation and you can now print a copy of the plan using the link to the Pdf file.(Please see bottom of page). For me I don’t see this as a diet anymore, this is just what I eat, the hard part now is fitting all the exercise into a drastically altered lifestyle.
If your going to the trouble of altering your diet and lifestyle seriously look at the exercise you are or aren’t doing at the moment as I haven’t lost all this weight on the diet alone.
16 APR 07 I’ve spoken to two women on the same day and both wanted more information on the diet. I’ll try my best to elaborate on the eating plan but I fear I’m wasting my time, the links above work if all else fails ring them up. I used to lend my copy of the plan out but had to ask for it back. When it comes back a couple of times unread I have to question peoples commitment, it’s all in their eyes.
I’m going to post a before picture, so you can get an idea of how large I was now I’ve got a bit more courage. I’ve had zero feedback comments about the diet so I haven’t bothered much about it. After all it’s what I eat everyday, probably for the rest of my natural born.
One last thing it’s far easier to regulate what you eat and eat healthy than it is to burn it off through exercise. The exercise section page has very little interest I may as well put closed due to lack of interest on the page but it’s the reason I’ve lost nearly 50 kg.
08 May 07 The British Heart foundation have redesigned their website so the old link brought you out onto a different page.
The good news is that the new link means you can now download the booklet as a pdf file.
The title you want is “So You Want to Loose Weight ……for Good”.
This link should do the trick, It’s what I have been following for over a year now and has worked really well. Feel free to ask any questions you want. There is no reason not to download the pdf file and see what it is all about.
31 May 07 Comments welcome. This has been running for a long time now and I’m surprised by the lack of comments(Not one, I don’t publish names or any details that you don’t post to me. Feel free to ask anything about the eating plan. It doesn’t matter what sex you are post under anon if you are shy. )This is after all what we eat every day of the year. For women only the unit sizes are lower, the portion sizes are the same for both sexes. If you’ve downloaded the the booklet it should be all apparent.
I’m not trying to teach anybody to suck eggs but I’ve browsed some forums where some of the women seem to be on a lettuce leaf and a cup of coffee diet and seem happy to post the hardship of it. I’m not into that at all, I’m now into healthy eating, I’m in control and that’s the way it is. This is not a criticism of women, far from it . I admire the way women put themselves out. They are by far more clued up about what it is all about. Probably part of my success was my ignorance, eat this, do this, loose weight. Sounds like a bloke thing, simple.
Before I finish, there was a definative moment when I decided to change things for the better, Feb17, 2006. That was the day I decided to do something with the rest of my life, not wallow in self pity. That decision needs to come from within, nobody else can make that decision for you.
The before picture is on the “Work” and the “About ” page. After pictures are a work in progress.
Edited 26June 07
Edited 29 June 08 It’s now a year on from when I last updated this page. It’s funny how how you loose track of time. Once I had finished the course I was on my own but after 12 months you had bought into it or you hadn’t. I’m within 2 Kg of my lowest weight so the “So you want to loose weight for Good” still rings true for me.
If you’re starting on a program like this please do not be distracted by my ramblings about current dilemma’s.
Don’t be afraid to ask as I answer ALL questions. I know it’s a touchy subject but you should be doing this for yourself as the difference it makes to your life is truly amazing.
12 Mar 09 Thanks Lyndon for posting the new Link. I’ll be checking out others in the next few days .
28 Feb 2011 Link checked and changed. Was pointing to a jumprope publication!
22 Nov 2013 seem to have lost the pictures again. Link to diet still good but hard to find on the BHF site.