Hi all from a newbie! Happy New Year to everyone.

Its been quite a few years since I seriously tried to lose weight. Early 50s man who apparently needs to lose 22kg (eek!). I've never previously followed any structured plan so I'm hoping that following the NHS guide, might be kick up the rear, coupled with the support, that I need. Only time will tell but good luck to you all.


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  • Hi and welcome to the forum

    Have a good look at the pinned newbie thread as loads of info on there :)

    I admit to finding calorie counting and measuring daunting to start with, but boy after 2 weeks it is second nature - I set up a spread sheet to count my daily caories and then another one with the calories of my regular foods etc to save having to look them up every time

    Here's an example

    Fruit and Veg

    (last figure is the calories per that quantity, hope it makes sense)

    Apple Gala100 gm = 53 calories

    Avocado100 gm134

    Banana100 gm51

    Blueberries50 gm20

    Brocolli100 gm34

    Cherries 5 = 8 cals

  • Thank you for the welcome and info. After looking at the calorie counter I was contemplating doing a similar spreadsheet. Now that I've seen it written down like that, I'll definitely start one now.

  • You are welcome - hope it helps - Good luck on your journey and look forward to hearing how you get on :)

    I also did a third tab where I put the total calories eaten each day

    17-Oct 1589

    18 - Oct 1703

    19 - Oct 1817

    20 - Oct 2137

    and a recipe calculator


    Mince 750 = 930

    Taco Beans = 344

    Onion 148 = 52

    Stock = 45

    Oil = 136

    Toms = 200


    divide by 6 portions = 285 cal per portion then plus the rice etc

  • :-) I love spreadsheets.

  • Yep they are so versatile :)

    ok I have the following tabs

    weight (weekly weigh ins), Calories (daily total calorie intake), Calories in (calories in that day), Recipe calculator (Like the chilli I posted above but a few different recipes on it) and Freezer (yes I went mad and one Sunday I did a list of my freezer contents and that 3 Croquet's = 192

    calories, 3 Hash browns = 224 calories etc)

    It all saves time when back at work and planning meals is a lot easier and quicker as you can work out the calories per meal and see what you have left for snacks and drinks etc.

  • Many years ago I did a 'freezer' one. Took me ages (large chest freezer plus fridge/freezer).... never, ever kept it up to date. C'est la vie.

    Knowing my propensity for spreadsheets in the past, they are definitely not the whole solution. I'm hoping that another part of the equation is actually interacting with people like yourself, that are in the same boat.

  • Totally brilliant advice to make some kind of record (I don't do spreadsheets lol!) of how many calories are in things you eat regularly, rather than having to keep looking them up. I worked out what was in our regular family dinners and it makes it so much easier. I have documents called, for example "fish meal". I open "fish meal" document and it lists x grams of fish = x calories, x grams of potato = x calories, etc, then the total meal calories at the bottom. It's like a combo of an ingredients list (a bit like you'd refer to a recipe for quantities of ingredients I guess) and an instant look at the calories contained in it in bold at the bottom of the list. I've found it really useful and it saved a ton of time in the long run. I think it's really worthwhile spending the first few weeks collating the information about regular meals. I was also doing a daily food diary but I fell apart in December. Ah well, new year, new start, so happy new year and good luck to us all eh!

  • happy new year 😊 you can do it, particularly with the support on here #fellow newbie 😁

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