LnE week four results

So I’m four weeks into my Lite n Easy experiment, and over the past week I’ve had more weight loss, but it’s significantly less than previous weeks. Over the last 7 days I’ve dropped 400g. That’s not bad in the scheme of things – it’s certainly 400g I’m pleased to see go – but in the context of the previous three weeks, it leaves me scratching my head. What changed? If I’m eating from a box and only eating the prescribed food, why the slow-down when I still have heeeeeaps of fat left to lose?

I’m pretty sure the answer is that I went down to a 1200 calorie plan. I spent the week obsessing a little bit about food – the 1200 cal plan really did have significantly less food, and there were more times in the week where I was feeling hungry but was out of snacks. The meal sizes were still fine, but realistically on LnE the lunch and dinner sizes don’t change between calorie plans, and that means that the 300 calorie difference has to be made up between breakfast and snacks. Going off what I’ve experienced, I’d say they lose about 100 calories at breakfast (only one egg instead of two, only one piece of toast, etc), and 200 calories in snacks (no nuts, no baked goods, no cheese, nothing savoury – only fruit).

So given that that was the main difference in my week from a food and exercise perspective, I’m thinking that maybe my body didn’t enjoy consuming only 1200 calories a day (and less on the two fasting days). I’ve gone back to 1500 calories this week, and yesterday I felt like I was overloaded with food. A tub of yoghurt added to breakfast, a packet of nuts, a piece of date and walnut cake – it made all of the difference in feeling satiated, and being able to forget about food again rather than obsessing. It will be very interesting to see what the scales say next Thursday.

Total weight loss so far: 4.6 kg, four weeks in

LnE week 3 results

So, week 3 is done and dusted, and I lost 1.3 kg – which brings my total weight loss to 4.2 kg in three weeks. Which I’m pretty stoked about, frankly.

For this coming week (which started yesterday) I decided to try the 1200 calorie plan, given that I’ve had food leftover pretty much every day on the 1500. From looking at the lists of food it seemed like they provide one less afternoon tea snack, but since receiving the order I’ve realised that the portion size of breakfast is reduced too, and all of the snacks are now fruit, pretty much. No more nuts, baked goods, dried biscuits, dried fruit etc.

I’m on my second day of 1200 calories and while there is enough food for me, it’s only just. And frankly I’d prefer a little bit more wriggle room in my day, having an extra snack for when I want/need it. Also, fruit for snacks all the time might be healthy, but it’s also a little bit boring.

So there it is – three weeks in, 4.2 kg down, and going really well. I’m not craving foods, I’m not missing out, I’m not starving myself, I’m not stressing about how to cook foods that work for me and my family in three different ways. I’m just eating, and losing weight.