Look at the whole thing as a learning curve. You now know two things that you can eliminate, that don't work: a restrictive diet based on too few types of food (which causes nutritional deficiencies and leads to cravings), and following a set diet written (in a book) for "the standard person".
We are all unique, and the author doesn't know your body! Your metabolism, body fat, exercise intensity, etc. are all different to anybody else. Better therefore to just focus on your own diet - three small healthy meals, one or two healthy snacks a day would be a good start. Whatever you have been eating, the calories were too high if you are putting on weight, and you need to reduce them sensibly. You don't have to be starving, but you need to eat less, while still eating a variety of healthy food.
Keep exercising - you will have a lot of benefit in the long run (not necessarily in weight loss, but in terms of health).View Thread
Don't despair - this is the way we learn and improve. You have now learned that you are not cutting your calories enough, and you just need to make an adjustment to your intake.
If you take a good look at your diet, you should see where there is scope for reducing your calories. E.g. maybe a smaller dinner, or one snack a day less, or omitting a slice of bread or a potato here or there, etc.View Thread
Hi Sudiemay - congratulations on your weight loss, that is fantastic. It is good that you have found a diet that works for you.
I also believe in a fairly low-carb diet, lots of veg and lean protein, with dairy, fruit and legumes in moderation, and limited starchy carbs. No official diet though, just sensible eating.
I have been using sweetener in my tea and coffee since my late teens (it was all my parents ever used in our house); I am now 48 and still using it - luckily I am healthy though. I don't really use other artificially sweetended products apart from the Weight Watchers Jello.View Thread