Since July last year I have been working out in the gym for 90 minutes twice a week, that in conjunction with a physically demanding job 40hrs pwk and a healthy diet and still my weight and size is the same. I've being speaking to my well being nurse and he says it's a mystery as I'm doing everything right. He has suggested that I do more cardiovascular rather than weights. But thinking about it. I don't think the exercise part of it my problem. I think it's what I eat. Although healthy and small portions eg child's size portion. I think it may be calories.  I don't weigh and count them simply because I get confused when I'm cooking a dish for the family and working out all the calorie numbers in the ingredients I use are a headache. It's like being back at school in my maths class and that for me was torture.

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  • I'm having a similar problem in that I cook for a family so working out the cals is complicated.  Get a calculator and some good scales in the kitchen (if you don't already have any) and a pen and paper.  Sometimes I need to estimate a bit, but it certainly gives you an idea at the very least.

    I've been doing the 12 week weight loss plan and I recommend.  It's calorie counting and made me look at food from a whole new perspective.  Good luck!

  • Thank you for your advice. I think I may need to incorporate a bit of planning as well. 😊

  • Very wise, or choose adapted recipes

  • Why not try something like this, where all the counting's been done for you? :)*Version*=1&*entries*=0

  • Thank you for the link. I'll definitely be making use of it. 😆

  • I HAVE to use an app to count ever calorie it so easy to forget something or guess and find you are well out something it's a nice surprise on how many calories you have over also planning all meals is a great help.

  • I've tried looking at calorie counting apps I find them very frustrating. They don't seem to recognise half the ingredients I use....maybe I'm downloadingthe wrong ones lol. Thank you for your suggestion. 😆

  • The one I use is just called calorie counter everyone I have a snack which is around 100 cal I put a kit kat in to save trying to search for it 

  • You may already know this but My fitness pal app is great for monitoring cals. It recognises most things, and can barcode scan food, and you can quick add cals too. I know it starts as quite a laborious process, but it gets quicker. It also makes bar charts! Good luck!

  • I use that app too it's great and prompt you to log your meals 3x a day , fab 

  • The plan I follow counts portions, it is very similar to the British Heart Foubdation one, and I find it much easier to stick to 😊 If you have excess weight to lose then you need a calorie deficit 😕 Good luck! 

  • I've dropped the lb much easier once I started to get 8 hours sleep a night. Before I took control of my sleep and started putting my health first I was sleeping 4-6 hours a night and I was really struggling to lose weight. Since I've been sleeping properly I find I have far less cravings and dieting is much easier. Not sure if this will help you but it worked wonders for me. 😊

  • My sleep is always interrupted with jumping get leg syndrome.  I take medication for it but it doesn't always help. I can't honestly remember the last time I slept without I interruptions.

  • That must be awful. I get very grumpy if I don't get my sleep but I don't always get 8 hours in one go, I often take afternoon naps (some days I take morning naps as well 😜). Apparently it's the total amount of sleep that matters and they now (after years of saying you need an 8 hour 'block' of sleep) think napping is good for you again.

  • Interesting 😊 Our brains are hot wired to make us crave food if we are tired, upset, emotional etc 😊 Good to hear you are sleeping better

  • They are, recognising a fix, is just that!   They don't long term do any good tho

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