16 and Size 16

Hi everyone,

I have just turned 16 and I am 14.7 stone, with a BMI of 30.4. I have decided to try this weight loss plan after a relative lost a couple stone and looks amazing! I hope that if she can do it I can too.

I have tried the NHS diet before but always gave up days later but this time I am determined to stick to it and lose some serious weight. I am going to have 1500 calories a day. I know that the recommended is 1400 calories for a women but I feel as though I could still lose weight at 1500. Do you think I should cut back to 1400?

I think that this time I will be able to stick to the diet because I have found this weight loss forum so it is like I am not only letting myself down but you guys as well!

I would like to ultimately reach 11 stone, losing nearly 4 stone. How long realistically do you think that it will take?

Hope to hear from you!

Speak soon.



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11 Replies

  • Good for you! Deciding to change is the crucial thing and you have. I wouldn't be surprised if it took you a whole year -- because they reckon the ideal way is to lose weight slowly, maybe aiming for 1-2lbs per week. That sounds a long time, but you'll get the motivation to carry on when you see the new you emerging! Good luck

  • Thank you so much! A year does sound like a long time but it will be worth it in the long run.

  • Well done for joining the forum, that is a good start to your weight loss plan.the NHS weight loss plan is good so do have a try. You ask about the number of calories you should eat daily, have a look at the NHS BMI calculator, when youve put all your info in it will give you a suggested daily calorie range that should suit you. The aim of the NHS plan is to lose weight slowly and steadily as educate yourself about healthy eating. Everyone is different and loses different amounts but most people aim for about 0.5-1kg (1-2lbs) a week. Remember you may lose more some weeks and some less.

    You need to involve your family in your weight loss plan, because they will support you and at your age you probably don't have a lot of control over family meals.

    Did your relative who lost weight use the NHS plan? Perhaps he/she could give you advice. My advice is set yourself small achievable goals and don't ban any foods, include one of your favourite treats in your daily calorie count.

    Good luck, there will always be someone on this website who will give you support.

  • Thank you so much for your response. I have involved my family in my weight loss plan and they are giving me a lot of support. You mentioned a website that calculates calories for you, do you happen to have the link? I think my relative used weight watchers but I think that this is the right plan for me.

    Thank you so much,


  • Hi Cutback,

    There's a free app called 'Myfitnesspal' which is a great way to keep account of your calories and exercise, and it is very easy to use.

    Wishing you lots of success with your weight loss goals.

    Lowcal :-)

  • Dear Lowcal,

    I have joined up and it says that I should have 1,480 calories a day so I was right! It says that I should be 14 stone in 5 weeks if I carry on like this! It seems very easy to use thank you for the recommendation! :)

    Thank you,

    Cutback xxx

  • Hi Cutback,

    Glad you found it useful - I really like it, as you can chart your progress using their 'reports' section and it can be good to see changes over time.

    Have a great week.

    Lowcal :-)

  • Hi again. I see that you've followed lowcal's advice and downloaded the myfitness app, which is great. I use it to keep a count of my calories and to check the nutrition. If you do want to double check your calorie intake google nhs weight loss bmi calculator. Best wishes.

  • Thank you! xxx

  • good on you for deciding to lose weight now. If you can lose 1 pound a week, it'll take just over a year to reach target but remember that changing the way you eat is for life, not just to lose a weight . If you do some fitness training too (walking, running, dancing, swimming, whatever) you will feel the benefit, and might help you on your journey a little.

    If you get a chance discuss your weight with a doctor, he may be able to help.

  • Thank you for your response! I am a member of a swimming club and I plan to go swimming twice a week for 90 minutes each. It is something that I really enjoy and I think that this will also help my fitness as I do not enjoy running :). I also plan to walk a lot more rather than getting the bus. I am definitely already feeling the benefits of a healthier lifestyle three days in and I really want to keep it this way as I feel a lot better than when I was comfort eating.

    Thank you,

    cutback xxx

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