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Diet time

I have been told to see a dietician as I have high 'good 'cholesterol at 8.4 I am glad statins are not prescribed. I am 4'10"and weigh 9st 7lb I feel chubby and fed up because I thought I was pretty good with myself but the weight won't shift. I go to see dietician January 21st good time to start! I also have lymphoedema right arm which probably weighs in at a good few pounds! I am considering the nhs weight loss programme to get a head start as I can't shift any weight. I am quite active with cleaning work and walks three times a week. Any advice on diets anyone? Thanks

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The two diets I would recommend are the 5 2 diet, or a LCHF diet, both have worked for me and neither is difficult. One of the important thing to do with any diet is to avoid any processed or diet (e.g. low fat) food as these often contain added sugar to make low fat food taste of something


Read my posts:

'Getting Off Statins'

'Heart Health - The Truth on Diet'.

'How to Assess Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke'

'Coming Off Statins - Update October 18, 2016'

For the record, cleaning work is not exercise, it is classified as 'activity'. Your exercise program must be rigorous within the limitations of your current level of fitness.

You can build up slowly at your pace. I began by walking daily after my surgery and worked my way up from 10 minutes to 90 minutes over a 3-month period. I then kept up the 90 minute (it doesn't have to be all at once, you can walk several times to add up to that number) walks for 7 months before moving to a gym-based program.

I designed the gym program myself as I took courses in university on fitness. I currently do the following every other day:

30 minutes of weight-training followed by 30 minutes of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) on a treadmill. HIIT involves alternating between 30 second sprints and complete rest for 45 seconds. I repeat this 10 times. I also do 4 repetitions of running for 90 seconds followed by 90 seconds of walking briskly (all on the treadmill). There's a 2 minute warm up and 2 minute cool-down wrapped around these cardio-exercises.

On non-gym days, I continue with 60-90 minute walks at a brisk pace. It usually takes 2-4 walks a day to get this total in. I have a Fitbit HR and my goal is 15,000 steps per day.

I also play ice-hockey once per week.

My lifestyle change, including my new diet, has allowed me to become reinvigorated. I feel better now than I have in 30 years. I am full of energy and no longer take any medications other than a baby aspirin daily. I do take vitamins and supplements - CoQ10, tumeric, fish oil, and vitamin D. I also consume 1 teaspoon of Ceylon cinnamon daily in my breakfast tea. Google 'ceylon cinnamon' to learn more.

Good luck.


You can shift the weight you just don't know how. I won't give you a diet as you will see a dietician and you don't need confusing advice. but basically you need to eat less. Eat the right things and exercise more. it is only about you in the end and you need to find the motivation to do it. I know it sounds hard but believe me once you find out for yourself it can be done it's easy. Believe me I lost 80 pounds. Be inspired and find the motivation and you will not regret it.

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NHS or private dietician?

Most of the dietician can and will ask you to keep a food and drinks intake log, may be you can start now. Try eating only 1/3 of what of normally eat, 1/3 water and 1/3 empty. It is difficult to start with can be achieved. You can use smaller plate and cups!!

Keep an open mind when you go to the NHS dietician.

Have a look at height to weight ratio in Google this check is better than BMI.


Thank you all for the helpful replies. I am seeing nhs dietician and will start a food diary. And I shall keep your replies to refer to.

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