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Best diet to lose weight while exercising (a lot)

Over the past couple of years I've got my weight down to 18 stone but I'm stuck here and not making much progress lately. I've decided that I'm going to try to get army fit and apply for the TA (I have been that fit before and despite my weight I'm still fairly fit and active, would like to try again before I'm too old and my bones and joints start giving up) but obviously I will need lots of energy for the exercise and I can't be relying on the kinds of foods I've been living on (pot noodles and readymeals). I'm thinking of trying to stick to cereal in the morning, maybe slim fast and fruit for lunch and then having meat and veg for dinner but I'm wondering if this will be enough or too much as I'll still need to lose a good 5 stone. My work day is moving around a lot and lifting a lot but nothing that could be considered strenuous. Lunches for me can't be fresh as I don't always get a break and it needs to be something cheap I can buy and leave in my locker for whenever I need it which makes it tricky to have anything healthy. If anyone has a good idea for a diet plan to stick to I'd love to hear it. My girlfriend is considering weight watchers which I could do with her only, again, with needing extra energy and lunches I can store ambiently I don't know if it would be right for me.

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Morning Jay86

Welcome back to the Weight loss forum. Have a look at our Daily Diary it is where all the members are sharing thier own daily plans and it might help you find some meal ideas. Also take a look In Topics for Recipes/Meals/Snacks for more ideas there.

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Hi and Welcome Jay!

Have you ever thought of investing in an insulated lunch box and a cool pack of some type? Just stick the pack in the freezer overnight and then in your insulated lunch box with your lunch in the morning. This will keep it fresh for you to eat later. You will still be restricted, but not quite so much. And really, thinking about it, I don't ever remember refrigerating my lunches during the school day when I was a kid and I don't remember having any problems with the food when I finally got to eat my sandwich at lunchtime. Might be worth expanding your lunch options and seeing what is available. :)

Good luck!


Hi Jay

I would suggest instead of looking for a diet to follow, commit to a lifestyle change looks at your food/drink choices now and try introducing new foods and replace ones you have now

mixing things up food wise so you dont get bored is key, there are lots of things you could prepare the night before for your work lunch and take with you, also drink plenty of fluids (water)

you'll find along the way what works for you

Best of luck

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Thanks for the ideas! I'm going to be starting a fitness plan as of Monday, I'm replacing all drinks with water with tha exception of a morning coffee and going to try and avoid eating anything that is processed or sugary and cooking dinners rather than heating up something ready made.


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