(Original post by pearlearrings)
In terms of your diet: Too many carbs, hardly any protein and basically no fat. I think there is room for improvement.
All this "fat free" stuff isn't doing you any good - there is nothing wrong with fat, there is something wrong with lots of the sugars they put in those foods to make them taste good.
Lay off the yoghurts - once a day is more than enough - the ones you are eating don't have much protein in them. For protein - look at BEANS (of any kind really - kidney, chikpeas etc.), EGGS, FISH (can of tuna/salmon if you don't like the fresh stuff, or sardines which are a great source of fat).
The almonds are good - any other nuts you enjoy?
I wouldn't eat that much fruit, personally. Lots of sugar (read - carbohydrates), and ones like grapes and apricots area really just sugar. Berries are great, up those maybe, but dried fruit like raisins aren't actually that great nutritionally.
Women do very well on low carb diets, and it seems like you get your carbs just from sugar, which is the problem.
There aren't enough green vegetables, but I'm sure you knew that. Also - cold pressed oil is a lot better than the overly processed '1kcal' spray - and again, you need fats. They fill you up, and along with proteins, are the only essential macronutrients that your body can't get from anything else.
I am interested to see what you look like because I'm your height and weigh a bit less than you but I am considered quite thin - although I do have a lot of muscle, and I'm also curvy.
Also - what's the workout routine?
Ahh, I thought I WAS doing low carb because I haven't really been eating pasta or bread and the snack a jacks yesterday were a one off. Didn't consider the fruit carbs, darn. Yoghurts were recommended on a running website (training with the hopes of doing a 5k soon, possibly 10k by the end of the year) for the calcium (as I have cut cheese and am having skimmed milk), but I thought fat free would be a better option when on a diet.
Have been having pulses in my stir fry and have bought chick peas to make falafels. Protein is a big issue for me as I am (supposedly) vegetarian
(Veggie explanation, don't read if you can't be bothered: I hate the taste of most meats, they make me physically gag, also the moral grounds. I was only eating sausages and chicken nuggets which are bad for you anyways so decided to go totally veggie. Before the diet I did very occasionally have lamb mince in my Spag Bol if mum thought I was looking unhealthy, but with cutting out pasta I haven't been having this)
and also I can't eat fish. I have never eaten eggs and think I will probably have the same reaction to them, however I work in a kitchen so I will ask the chef to make me one to try. What is the best way to have them?
I saw cold pressed oil recommended somewhere, but all we had in Sainsburies was olive oil and some other oil (not cold pressed) or this spray. Would it go by another name or will I have to go somewhere special to get it?
I can easily eat most nuts, even if i dislike the taste they are easy enough to swallow so I can man up about that! Again, any recommendations? And is green veg a specific type, or do you mean just generally?
In terms of work out: Running 3 times a week (generally in the morning before work). Running at least 2 miles, today i ran about 2 and a half and incorporated sprints. Need to start incorporating some longer runs in about once a week. I horse ride about 3 times a week but that's not really intense cardio. I do a 40 min workout twice a week which I adapted from a workout video. Includes tricep dips and push ups. Also just starting to do some bodyweight exercises as I can't afford the gym to do resistance work/weights but do need to include some. Yoga is once a week. Plus one rest day, although often I will ride on this day. Have just started on this regime so it really won't have had that much effect just yet. I do have a cross trainer, an exercise bike and an exercise trampoline in the garage, use the cross trainer if I work late shifts as I don't run in the dark because I am a giant woos
Thanks for reading and the in depth reply, it is muchly appreciated
I will take some pictures later and upload as my burns have gone down. I am quite curvy, 32GG bra size and a fairly impressive bum (although this has reduced a fair bit lately!) I am not massively overweight, hence only wanting to lose about 8 pounds more, its more toning up as I am flabby in the leg and tummy!