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New to calorie counting


HI everyone. This is my first day of calorie counting. I've been following slimming world but I think I have been consuming far too many calories and eating huge portions so going to give this a try. I think I need about 1700 to start with because of my weight. Any tips appreciated!

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Hello cheadleam and welcome to the weight loss forum ☺ what a lovely photograph ☺

Take a look is at the Pinned posts section to the right of your screen (bottom if you're using a mobile), read the Welcome Newbie thread first and move through to the challenges, where we hope you'll find at least one that will appeal to you ☺

Move down to the Topics, to find a variety of threads, collated into specific topics for ease of access and we ask that you also 'file' your own threads, so that others won't miss your important news ☺

Have a look at the NHS 12 week plan, as many people have had success with it. Also use the BMI checker to find your target calories, it's important to eat enough. This was a major turning point for me, realising I could eat anything I wanted as long as the calories are accounted for ☺

Don't forget to take your starting measurements and a 'before' picture, as they can be very motivating on days that the scales refuse to co-operate ☺

The forum also have group weigh-ins every day if you wish to take part The threads can always be found in the Events section, to the right of the 'home' page, or at the very bottom (after all the posts) on a mobile.☺

We've found that to get the best out of this community, we need to be active on the forum, as it's where we exchange information, get motivation and inspiration and make friends. We hope that you'll join us here, regularly, too ☺

You'll notice a grey box next to people's names, these are achievement badges, and as a new member you may have a 'Newbie' badge. If you have any questions or would like a Newbie badge please just ask ☺

Best wishes


Hi Anna. Thanks so much for your reply. I will look at those things and I am looking forward to joining everyone! P.S...I'd love a newbie badge! :-)

IndigoBlue61Administrator in reply to cheadleam

Great 😊 I'll sort that right away 😊

Have you had a look at You can log all your food and exercise and it keeps track of calories, fat, carbs etc. There is a huge database of foods or you can add your own. It really helps me to see how many calories I've had and how many left in my daily allowance so I don't lose track. It's amazing how some really small things can throw your intake. Good luck x

cheadleam in reply to happyali

Ooh thanks. I'll look at that x

From day 1, when I started the NHS 12 week plan, I moved to only eating from small plates (side plates) or small dessert bowls. For me its helped so much. I know its mostly psychological but it seems to work.

Good luck!

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