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healthy eater on a plateau

I have just joined. I am 69 and have osteoarthritis in the spine. Have always struggled with a weight problem and it would help my back and neck pain if I lost some weight.

I am currently 11st 4lb and 5ft 1in tall. I am hoping to get back to 10st.

I eat a healthy diet most of the time but seem to maintain at 11st to 11st 5lb and not lose

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Hi jaybee72. I am 70 now and a couple of years ago I was eating healthily but unable to lose weight. I am 5ft and weighed around 11st. I started on the 5:2 eating plan and have gradually lost weight and at my last weigh in yesterday morning I weighed 8st 6.5lb. I have found this very easy to fit in with my lifestyle and any celebrations that occur. Good luck on your weight loss, you will get lots of support on this site.


Hi and welcome, jaybee :)

Take a look at the Pinned posts section to the right of your screen (bottom if you're using a mobile), read the Welcome Newbie thread, then 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.

Take a look at the 12 week plan, as a lot of people have been successful with it, making sure to enter your details into the BMI calculator, to get a calorie allowance tailored to your personal requirements. 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.

We run daily weigh-in's and you'd be very welcome to join us on any day except Monday, as that weigh-in is over-subscribed. The threads can always be found in the Events section, to the right of the home page, bottom 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.

It's only left for me to wish you well on your journey :)


Good luck :)


It may depend on what you consider healthy eating is phcuk.org/

One or two weeks each month it is prudent to increase your natural fat intake to achieve weight maintenance rather than reach a plateau when your body adjusts to a lowered food intake. After that maintenance phase you can reduce your intake again, taking into account your current body composition, activity and so forth.


Hi and welcome jaybee72 ! You've come to the right place for advice and support. What about trying the Pilates for osteoarthritis on the NHS Choices website? Good luck with your journey...xx


Thanks, will take a look .


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