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Signed up today. Fed up with all the various diets I have tried before. Feel I know what I should be eating by now...its just breaking the bad habits and doing it! Aim to lose 3 stone in the longer term to be back within BMI range. I need some help with how to distract myself when I start thinking about the food in the kitchen. Any suggestions welcome if you are conquering these feelings!

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Distractions i find that help are hobbies that keep your hands busy such as card making, scrap booking, jewellery making. Some people like crosswords or sudoku. I also find housework distract me as i dont feel like nibbling with cleaning chemicals on my hands or the smell either. Try drinking water to help you feel fuller, find what works for you :-)


I always find a big mug of coffee takes the edge of my wanting to eat loads and then I use the tracker on My Fitness Pal app which helps me maintain control. Hope you do really well and if you put th wood into your tracker before you eat it, it will show you the difference it will make to your diet and then you can choose whether to eat it or not. We can do this!


I have a drink and go for a walk. Hunger passes and doesn't get worse. Our bodies just aren't used to feeling hunger nowadays!

I lost the three stone I needed to on the 5:2 Diet after watching Michael Mosley's excellent Horizon programme in 2012, "Eat, Fast and Live Longer" tinyurl.com/qzgo7tq or tinyurl.com/a8ppjl7 and went from a size 16 to a size 10 by eating 500 calories two non-consecutive days a week. I've been maintaining my weight loss since April 2013 by just fasting one day a week - in the past I piled the weight back on as soon as I finished 'dieting'. I'd very much recommend you read Kate Harrison's book, "The 5:2 Diet" (http://tinyurl.com/qe6mz4u) - it really does work and it will save you a fortune (towards your smaller clothes!).

I'd also very much recommend a free app for your phone called MyFitnessPal. Counting calories is very important so you can see how much you're eating and therefore eat mindfully rather than mindlessly. There are excellent videos in the Help section on the app that show you how it works - there's even a barcode reader to scan in branded foods.

It's important you don't eat more than your TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) on non-fasting days. You can work that out here thefastdiet.co.uk/how-many-... If yours works out at more than 2000 then aim at 2000 on non-fasting days.

This little video explains more

It really does work!


If you get your digestive hormones under control, so you aren't hungry, food won't be a challenge.

At each meal, have a small amount of natural protein (less than palm-size), around 40g of low Gi, low fructose carbohydrates, with the balance made up of natural fats.


nhs.uk/livewell/loseweight/... I lost weight by following the help & advice on the 12 week plan. I tend to over eat if I get hungry so I plan in snacks into my daily calorie allowance and don't go too long without food.


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