Food advice

Hi everyone.

I'm totally new to all this and am looking advice on what food to eat.

Is there a meal plan available to give suggestions for breakfast, lunch & dinner rather than telling me to eat x amount of cals for each meal.

I have no idea what food has what cals??

I'm also taking on the couch to 5k running plan, which is straight forward using the podcats. Something similar for food consumption would be great.

Many thanks.



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  • Hi and welcome, jashby :)

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  • moreless, i have great difficulty negotiating the pages on this site, so i tend to just stick to this community- it easily slows up; this site-

  • go to the NHS weight lose plan and you will find the BMI calculator, use this to find out how many calories you are allowed to eat per day. Above this is a calorie counter, you put your food in the search box and it will tell you the calories. I just have the meals I would usually have, obviously cutting out or reducing the stuff that we know we shouldn't be having. I can't cut food out completely as it makes me crave it. I find it much better to be able to have what

  • sorry submitted before I meant too! I find it much better to be able to have what I want within my calorie allowance. Make sure you have plenty of fruit and veg and drink plenty of water. You may need to spend a bit of time just looking at other people's posts and working out what works for you. You will find it helpful to write everything down. Everybody on this forum is very friendly and happy to help so if you need help, just post on here. Good luck with you weight lose journey jashby3000 😀

  • Many thanks.

    I didn't even notice the calorie counter on the page and that's a big help.

  • I use it daily jashby, takes a bit of getting used to, but you will.

  • Very sensible and sustainable advice. In total agreement with you.


    go to NHS choices live well section then healthy-eating link and there is an easy meal app you can download. For some reason I can't get the hyperlink set up for the web address you need! You can also download it to your phone- I've got it on my iPhone via the app store but not sure how you do it via other phones. Good luck with your weight loss challenge

  • Also check out MyFitnessPal it's a free app which helps you count and log calories, with a nifty bar code scanner function ... I'd be lost without it!! Good luck, you can do it 🌻

  • hello & welcome .... I also use my fitness planner to log my food and i put in everything I eat (yes...everything)... it's also really easy to plan what your are going to eat for the next day as well which is really helpful.

  • Hello! :D Welcome to the forum, it's nice to have you on board! :)

    Eating plenty of fruit and veg is usually a good bet - berries preferred because it's not all about calories but the TYPE of try to limit fruits high in sugar...berries tend to be quite good for that. Being mindful and calorie counting may help you; just remember to count the calories in EVERYTHING - sometimes people forget the calories in spreads and drinks or forget they snacked and then wonder why they're not losing weight, so perhaps you would benefit from a food diary and be brutally honest about EVERYTHING you consume. This is also a good way to see clearly where you're going wrong, maybe snacking is the main contributor for your calories or perhaps the majority of your calories come in the form of sugary drinks or alcohol. There is a section on this site with tons of info and advice.

    Good luck! :)

  • I changed my eating habits myself as I wanted to stick to it. I know more about what I can eat and what I can't. My god, there is piles of sugar in baked beans and other products. I went into my local Tesco one day and asked for natural yogurt without sugar. The girl was very helpful and suggested certain ones. But when I told her how much sugar was in them, her jaw hit the floor. She said she had been eating them as part of her diet and would go home and bin them. You obviously can't read labels all day, but if you use more natural ingredients and make your own food and sauces, then you will cut out a load of bad stuff.

  • i have great difficulty negotiating the pages on this site, so i tend to just stick to this community- it easily slows up; this site- have had two awful high call days, and feeling bad about it, so i was looking up my bmi which is 39.63 and even if i lost 10kg, however many lbs that is i would still have an BMI with an obese rating of 35

    , so today instead of driving i will bike and that includes up atleast 1/2 a steep hill in crystal palace.

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