Need to lose over 6 stone

Hi I am male, 60 and weigh over 18 stone. I am over 6ft and broad, so can carry some weight but I really need to get at least 4 stone off. Used to do 2 hours in the gym every day and cycle 30+ miles on Sundays but that has stopped, so need to get that back on but the body aches now and motivation is low. I do go for 4 mile fast walks 2 or three times week and eat reasonably healthily. Doctor has told me I don't eat enough???? Yogurt and muesli for breakfast, mini baguette with filling for lunch and maybe an evening meal, but often not....lots of fruit...which I know is not good. So any advice/motivation would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Wow, you really don't eat much. No wonder you have no energy and motivation to move. Have a look at how much you should be eating. Good luck

  • Thanks. Been told by the doctor my body thinks it is being starved as I don't eat enough....which has some truth because when I do eat a lot my weight stabilizes and when I diet, I often put on weight!

  • mellewis, you need to check out the pinned posts for Newbies. Work out your BMI then work out how many calories you should be eating in order to lose weight, I would think at least 2000. If you're on your own and don't like cooking in the evenings, all the supermarkets do calorie counted ready meals. You should eat three meals a day. Fruit is not bad for you, don't know where you heard that! And on top of your three meals, it will help you reach your calorie target. Also nuts are energy giving and calorie rich, great for snacking. Download the NHS 12 week plan, and follow that, it's full of good advice. Use MyFitnessPal to log your food/calories and your exercise. Keep visiting this forum, it's full of helpful advice and support. We're here for you.

  • Thanks for reply Tubbyteacher....Was told by the doctor that I should swap fruit for veg as there is too much fructose in fruit. Downloaded the plan and have the app on my phone. Think I get bored as I work from home a lot and am on my own, so tend to stop for a tea or coffee and I rarely drink water. Doctor also told me I need to eat more as my body thinks it is being starved so goes into shock and lowers my metabolism!

  • Hi mellewis and welcome to the Weight Loss forum.

    Trimmerteacher has given you some great advice already. In addition to what she has mentioned, I would like to draw your attention to our weekly weigh-ins which you are welcome to join. Most of the days are currently full, but we still have spaces on Thursdays and Sundays, if you are interested?

    We also offer weight loss badges and as a newcomer to the forum, you are entitled to a Newbie one for the first 12 weeks of your journey. If you would like one, please let me know.

    Best of luck on your journey and looking forward to seeing you around :-)

  • Thank you. Certainly think I will join as I need to she the weight and anything that will help is good.

  • Ok so look out for the Sunday weigh-in thread tomorrow. Hope to see you there!

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