Monday, 10 February 2014


A Christmas fueled by binge eating, drinking, minimum exercise, heaps of revision food (including ordering numerous pizzas to the library) and just recovering from a break up meant that my weight gain was rapid and significant. I am sadly the sort of person who puts on weight really easily even if I just let myself go for a couple of days, so after a month of bad habits the outcome was frightening...

While getting ready for a night at the Student Union's famous 'Lash', I discovered that I no longer fit into 80% of my going out clothes. My Christmas holiday antics had left me with an unwanted bulge that refused to squeeze into my size 10 clothes. I had two choices; I could go and buy a whole new wardrobe (dangerous on my fastly dwindling student loan) or I could attempt to shift the weight. Even though the first option seemed a lot more fun, I instead decided I would follow in the footsteps of the TOWIE gang and take on the “no carbs before marbs” diet plan (sadly without the Marbella bit, but Mum if you're reading?). According to Ellie Redman, ex-TOWIE cast member and creator of this slogan, you will be amazed at how your body rewards you with increased energy levels as it doesn't have to worry about dealing with hard to digest foods that have little nutritional value.” Ellie Redman has gone on to create boot camps which educate people in this way of living, you can find her website here.

Here Ellie is in action educating TOWIE's favourite yo-yo dieter on the no carbs lifesyle:

I must warn that giving up carbs is not an easy feat, I did not realise how many things were actually carbs and so the first few days on the diet consisted of me pulling various food out of the cupboard and asking my fellow housemates “Is this a carb?” and the answer was almost always a chorus of “yes”. I found out quickly that my food options were limited. The main carbs to avoid when undertaking this diet are bread, pasta and sugary foods. I asked my housemate Ben to hide or eat my multipack of crisps along with some other high in carb food products. However, despite his best efforts I found myself waking up at midnight and manically searching the kitchen cupboards like I was on a mad Easter egg hunt... I felt like an addict. After a few days I started to get more into the diet and although my energy was low at first eventually I started to feel much better in myself and the weight dropped off me amazingly fast. It's not healthy to give up all carbs forever though and so I have now slowly started to introduce the more healthy ones back into my diet, along with allowing myself nights off for meals out as a reward for exercise. My motivation was that I just didn't want to be single and fat, it's just too sad and this is probably part of the reason this has been my most successful diet ever. In the words of reality star Vicky Pattison "revenge is best served skinny".

As we all know there is a whole array of different diets out there, and I have tried many of them including the day off day on diet otherwise known as DODO, weight watchers, various detoxes and even giving up meat. How is it possible to choose the best diet that can help us to loose weight in a healthy manner? What diets have you found to be the most successful?

Me (on the right) after a week of alcohol and gyroses in Zante! 

And me (fourth from the left) after two weeks of no carbs...

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