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Newbie Concerns

Hi all,

I'm new here and raring to go on the NHS 12 week challenge! It is something I've wanted to do for ages and after i health scare I am more determined than ever.

I have some worries as I embark on this journey. The first one is that I can still eat between 1700-2000 calories a day, according to the BMI calculation on the website. I've been doing that for a few days and it doesn't feel like a diet or any reduction at all.

My second fear is my work as I do a lot of client lunches and entertaining, it's really hard to stay away from the bad stuff- booze included. I am not going into this at the best time of year, however I plan to cycle to work each day and stick to my calorie goal. Surely it has to pay off!


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Good luck on journey. The client lunches dont mean you have to eat unhealthy or drink booze


Hi Collie2 and welcome

I am in my first week and like you I thought that the range of calories was high - the first 2 days I ate less than recommended lowest and now eating in the middle of the range

I was naughty the other day and weighed myself (although not due to weigh in until tomorrow) and I had lost 3lbs :)

I am now parking the car slightly further away from work and walking 15 mins in at a good speed (well it's increasing) and my office is on the 2nd floor so I am taking the stairs, when anyone asks for someone to take the post down to the post room I try and co-ordinate it so that I can do it (down two floors and back up again)

It's little changes that help - I am not fit and so have just changed these things to build in exercise for me and it's working, I am also doing the couch to 5k but taking it slowly

Wishing you all the best on your journey


Hi colli2,

Welcome to the NHS Weight Loss forum - it's a great place to gain support, motivation and inspiration to lose weight :)

It's great that you've finally got round to starting the 12 Week Plan - it's a great thing to get on. Don't worry that it doesn't seem to be much of a diet, stick with it and combined with exercise, you'll see a difference :)

Take a look to the right of your screen (bottom if you're using a mobile device), you'll see the 'Pinned Posts' Section, this is a collation of all of the challenges, important posts and recipe ideas on the forum. Take part in whatever challenges you want to :)

Also to your right (bottom if on a mobile) is the topics section, all of the related posts to that particular 'topic' is collated here. You can add topics to your post, when you post them :D

The Monday Group Weigh-In is posted every Monday alternately by Zest and moreless (They are also our approachable site admins), if you 'Follow' them, you'll be notified when they post the thread :D You'll recieve a reply from one of the Fab 5 and it's a great place to be motivated for the week :) The morning session is posted just before 06:30 and runs until midday. The afternoon/evening session runs from midday until 18:00 on the Friday of that week. It'll be running tomorrow, why not come and check in with us?!

Finally, all that remains is to wish you a great first week on the forum! Be active here, as it's where we get our motivation and inspiration.

Rob :D

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Hello colli2 😊

The beauty of a calorie counted plan is that nothing is banned so you can work around meals out, drinks, treats etc 😊

I'm also glad you are not finding hunger an issue. Eating a generous plan and losing weight slowly is much easier to sustain long term 😊

Good luck and best wishes 😊😊😊

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Hiya and welcome. Loads of good advice already. If you are honest about your exercise, and you are cycling each day, then the bmi should be correct with the calories. Good luck. Xx


Hi Collie2 :)

Welcome to the forum!! :D Don't be worried about the calories being too much, the bigger you are the more energy your body needs just to function. It's more what we eat than the figures though so try making some healthy alternative to favourite snack. Small steps make for big changes in weight loss. :) Also, as it has been mentioned - lunches out etc does not mean you have to opt for the high calories or booze. It will require you to be more disciplined though but once you get into the swing of things you'll be fine.

Good luck!! :)

Sazkia :)

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