confused.. my way or NHS way??

..I started to diet 3 weeks ago and lost 2-3 lb .I know you shouldn't weigh yourself every day. but cant help it. take every thing of including watch , hoping that extra 0z will a Michael Macintyre sketch. . I came across this site and joined up to the 12week NHS plan yesterday and have done it to the book. weighing my food Calorie counting ect... and behold me I gained 1lb.5 over night.....I really would like to do this and its nice to do it with other people to get encouragement... but was a little confused and I do know its very early days..


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  • Don't worry about your weight gain - it might just be a fluid fluctuation or something. It is unlikely that you will have gained 1.5lbs of fat overnight, so don't panic :-)

    To be honest, how you go about the weight loss is up to you - you've got to find something that is suitable for you, something you can stick to without feeling you are starving yourself, but that is healthy and nutritious. If what you were doing before fits these criteria, then you don't have to change.

    Having said that, the NHS plan is really useful - not necessarily to make you calorie count, but because it covers so much else - exercise, food portion control, healthy snacks, tips to help weight loss etc. Just take what you want from it, and ignore the bits that you feel aren't right for you.

    Good luck :-)

  • I would say this is definitely water weight and not fat. In order to gain 1lb of fat you need to overeat on top of your maintenance calorie allowance by a whopping 3000 calories so unless you've ate around 4000 - 5000 calories in one day then I think it's safe to say this is just fluid retention :-)

    Make sure you are drinking your recommended intake of water and getting your 5 a day. Really helps shift any fluid retention :)

  • Thank you Sarah I shall try that, to be honest that's one thing i don't do as I should, drink enough water,

  • Lets start drinking enough fluids together as I have just now slipped so therefore I want to start now drinking 2 litres of water everyday.

  • I think the recommended 2 litres per day includes the fluid contained in your food. The NHS guidelines say to drink around 1.2 litres per day. That's only about five mugs.

    So don't panic, especially if you're eating lots of fruit and veg! If you're thirsty, drink. If not, don't worry ☺

  • Sorry the reason why I said 2 litres is that I am very dry and therefore I eat the wrong foods instead of drinking and I may never ever eat the wrong foods as I do not want to be in agony again.

  • No worries. We should all listen to our body, and we're all different.

    A work colleague of mine collapsed in front of me and was hospitalized a couple of years ago. She was suffering from hyponatremia (lack of sodium), caused by a phase of intense exercise and made much worse by her insisting on drinking large volumes of water every day "because it is healthy". Excuse me if I get a bit twitchy ☺.

  • You were just trying to help. By the way I get very dizzy especially when it is very hot is it due to lack of fluids? Does that make sense?

  • Very much so! By the sounds of it, you are verging on heatstroke. When it's hot, you should most definitely be drinking extra. Don't you feel thirsty?

  • Thanks! I thought so I guess I just ignore my brain telling me I am thirsty. Naughty girl! Now I am going to behave myself and just make sure to drink plenty!

  • Well done on embarking on the plan. I lost 1 stone 3 lbs over the course of 12 weeks so I thought I would share a few tips. First, I know its tempting but don't weigh yourself every day! Weight can fluctuate depending on time of the month, what you have drank that day and all sorts and it can be disheartening to see a short term increase (which may only last 1 or 2 days!). It could even be as simple as your body adjusting to another change in diet. The diet is quite high in carbs which is unusual for a diet plan and they can of course lead to some short term weight gain but because the food is low fat low sugar you will lose weight if you stick to your calorie intake and the suggested recipes. I would recommend picking a day and time once a week to weigh yourself and stick to it. The pattern I seemed to follow was quite a big loss in the first week (5 lbs!) but then I plateaued for two weeks. It was disheartening and I was tempted to step on the scales in between times but I refused. I'm glad I didn't as the next time I had had a 2 lb loss. It wasn't a lot but I felt good for it being a loss. After that, it was a pattern. I would lose 1-2 lbs then plateau for a couple of weeks then lose a bit more. If you see this as a long term lifestyle change rather than a short-term fix and relax a bit you will gain satisfaction from seeing your weight and shape changing over time. You're also more likely to sustain it. I am halfway to my goal now (after a fortnight's break and a 4 lb gain over xmas) but I have started on the plan again because I find it really works. Its a great diet plan because its totally based on healthy food choices and therefore you feel less deprived. Make sure you build some exercise into your routine as it will really help you to hit those weight loss goals (and allow you to have a few more treats ;)) Best of luck. Keep at it!

  • Joanne, are you sticking to the right amount of calories a day? Could it be about the type of diet you have followed before and your body is in starvation mode? and needs to reboot itself?

    I would say don't despair.

    Keep at it.

    Keep a record of everything you eat,

    keep focused,

    keep positive.

    You will get there.

  • You should weigh your self once a week not every day.

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