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Hi Everyone,

So I really need to lose 3 to 4 stone & Just don't know where to start.

I've tried Slimming world, weight watchers, Herbalife & lots of others but I never stick to them!

At the start of the year I said to myself right now is the time & here I am in November & still overweight & unhealthy :-(

Hate this time of year where the Christmas Parties start & I go out looking like a Christmas bauble !!

Really really fed up! I eat when I'm happy & when I'm down which a lot of the time! I've eaten started to hide food!!

I have joint problems so I need this to stop.

On a very positive note, I've been reading your posts and you are all doing so well :-)

Please can you help to motivate me & how are you doing it? Are you all following the 12 week plan?

Love to hear from you.

Lou x

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Hi Lou,

Welcome to the Weight Loss NHS forum. I'm really glad you've joined, and I hope you'll find it a supportive place. I know you've tried a few things in the past, and you said you find it hard to stick with things, but hopefully you'll stick around with us, and we can cheer you on towards achieving your goals.

I think many of us are following the NHS 12 week plan - I've certainly found it really helpful to my own journey. But joining in with the Challenges and the Monday group weigh-in really complements it - at least I think so, and I'd recommend you join in with anything you like the look of. You'd be very welcome.

Our Welcome Newbie post is really good - full of suggestions from past and current members, and worth a read - it's in the Pinned posts area. Right-hand-side of the homepage.

Anyway, much as Christmas baubles are beautiful and sparkly, I am sure you would like to look even more glam and slender for Christmas, so I'd like to wish you success with your goals - there are a few weeks to go before Christmas, so you can make some good progress in that time - wishing you the best.

Lowcal :-)


Hi Flops08. I think that not everyone is cut out for diet clubs like SW, WW etc. It's not about sticking to a plan but doing something every day that you can maintain. The thing I like about the NHS 12 week plan is it helps you to retrain your thinking about food. You can eat a lot of what you like, although healthy choices are the best, you just need to make sure you are within your calorie allowance. This forum is fantastic for motivation and support and the best thing is it's 24/7. Hope you can use it to motivate you and get you on your way. Best of luck :)


Thank you so much for replying, really touched actually :-)

Right I will have good look. :-)

I think this is what I need!!

Lou xxx


You are welcome. Hope you can join in with the Monday weigh in as everyone is very supportive. Lowcal (who replied above) and moreless mainly run it along with some other lovely people. There are lots of challenges people post on the forum that you can get involved with too if you like :)


Hi Lou and welcome

You have come to the right place - as long as you really want to change then you can do this!!!

I have been over weight for years (since having children - OMG 20 years ago)

I gave up smoking 5 months ago and once a gave that up I put on weight - nothing common there (but already being over weight was not a great start)

I put the determination of giving up smoking into giving up weight - I am still new at this but imagine my surprise when after 5 weeks I had lost nearly half a stone

You have to want to do it for YOU not for anyone else - Go on if I can do it so can you

Ok I have started a spread sheet and anything that goes in my mouth goes in here (I use Nutacheck website to work out the calories)

I have done a spread sheet up to the foods I eat regularly to help with the logging - just added to it on a day to day as and when they popped up

This is the first time I have ever counted the calories, but I am determined and it is definitely working - yes it takes time to sort and start, but 4 weeks in it is so much easier

Good luck on you journey and I hope to see you on here lots to praise the loss and to motivate you when you have gained (as we all have weeks when we gain :) )


Hi Lou

Newbie myself to this forum. Like you have done most of the diets over the years.

Wathcing my parents losing their fight to live has seen me diving head first into everything that makes you fat, and in my case my GORD worse, plus now have a cartlidge issue in my knee so know I need to get myself sorted to help that too!

Good luck hun

Gill x


Wow I really didn't expect to get so much support so quickly, thank you ๐Ÿ˜˜


Lots of advice above ๐Ÿ˜Š Have a bit of self belief, this time you CAN do it because it's not a diet, it's a whole new way of eating ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š


Sorry me again! So my calories says 1535 to 1974, so do I aim in between to lose weight? xx

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Hello Flops08 ๐Ÿ˜Š Yes, somewhere in between ๐Ÿ˜Š I prefer to eat at the higher end initially so you it's easier to follow, and so you have 'somewhere to go' as you get smaller ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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Essentially, to encourage the body to burn calories stored in fat, a deficit needs to be created from your maximum allowance.

Your level of daily activity will dictate how much of a deficit can be introduced from your recommend maximum.

If you're fairly active, eat somewhere in between the figures presented, but if you happen to be sedentary, eat closer towards your recommended minimum.

Additionally, as weight is lost, since the body will require fewer calories, re-assess your recommended amounts to reduce the risk of a plateau. Similarly, if activity level increases, re-calculate, since active individuals will require more calories than their sedentary counterparts.


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