DAY 1!

Hi all!

I had my second baby 6 weeks ago :-) After I had my 1st I put on two stone, then lost it before falling pregnant again. I have gained about a stone and a half and really want to get it off again.

I have a healthy diet, but eat far too big portion sizes. I don't exercise enough, but have just done half an hour of the NHS exercise plan on here...

How is everybody doing?? :-D

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  • Hello Bethan23 and welcome to the weight loss forum 😊 Congratulations on your new arrival 😊 Such a happy time

    Here are a few suggestions for getting the most out of the forum. (Please note some of these suggestions are not available if you are using the HU App so I suggest you use the full website.)

    The first place to 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 😊

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    The forum also have group weigh-ins every day if you wish to take part. The posts can always be found in the Events section on the 'home' page 😊

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    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 😊

    Best wishes

    Anna

  • HI Bethan!

    Doing great here - thank you for asking : )

    It sounds like you are doing really well with the healthy diet!

    Here are some ideas about portion size.

    Try taking longer over your food - really appreciating it, smelling it, tasting it, chewing it... That way your brain will register that you have eaten more fully. Then, being aware when you are about 80% full, then stop. If you are hungry again after an hour or two then next time have a little more. Or try cupping your hands and estimating that amount of food to put on your plate - because thats roughly the size of your stomach.

    Another idea is get some smaller plates and bowls - we always feel like we have eaten more if the plate is full. And never have dishes of food on the table (to help yourself from) because its much harder to judge than when you serve directly from the cooker onto the plate.

    Hope these were some useful tips - good luck to you!

    Alice

  • Hi, I'm sorry I've only just noticed this message!

    They are great tactics to use, which my husband and I have been trying out. We now eat earlier, and always sit to the table and discuss our day as we eat. I make sure I have a smaller portion than him (I used to eat the same amount!) and it really does work!! I feel fuller much quicker.

    Thanks for the advice!

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