Newbie looking for some advice

Hi I have been having weekly weigh ins with my nurse since beginning of Oct last year, I started out choosing food from the British heart foundation list of healthy foods to eat and not counting calories, but due to quickness I've eventually ended up eating convenience foods but sticking roughly within 1500 calories by convenience foods I mean cake bars (breakfast bars) prepared rice from the frozen section but also having fruit and cutting out bread/potatoes ect so far I have lost 20kg which is about 3 1/4 stone, I have another 2.5 stone I want to loose but I seem to be hovering over the same kg's even when I have a really good week I will gain 1kg or sts then I might loose 2kg but it's staying around the 80kg mark, I have decided to go back to the British heart foundation list as I have 2 weeks off work but I'm worried I won't have time to prepare these foods when I go back and I also find them quite high in calories although they are healthy foods, 50g of walnuts are 345 calories do I try and continue with these foods and not bother counting the calories and risk going over or do I try and eat these foods alongside counting calories or go back to the convienence foods which I seem to b able to eat more for the calories?? Feel like I've hit a wall with the losses 😔 for ur info I'm 5ft and currently 80kg starting at 100kg in Oct 2016 but I still want to loose roughly another 18kg to get back to a previous weight.


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  • Hi Sarah-88

    Welcome to the weight loss forum.

    Well done in losing 31/4 stone already that is brilliant going. I think we have all had that feeling of hitting a brick wall were losing weight is concerned. A lot of our members find counting calories the way to go, if you take a look at our Daily Diary post you can see the kind of food they are having.

    Take a look at the Welcome Newbie post in the Pinned post section at the right hand side or at the bottom if your on a mobile. Have a look at the nhs 12 week plan, many members have had success following this plan. Use the BMI checker to work out your daily calorie allowance.

    Have a look at the Daily Diary which you can find on the Home page in Events. It is where all the members are sharing their daily plans on what they are eating and any exercise they are doing. This thread will give you some ideas on how to start.

    Below the Pinned posts are the Topics where members share a range of weight related subjects.

    Take your measurements at the start together with a photo so you can see the changes on the days the scales don't move.

    We have daily weigh ins so why not come along and join us today. You can find the weigh ins on the Home page in the Events section on the right. Just click on the post in Events and record your start weight and any loss/gain or maintain for the week.

    To get the most of the forum be active, share tips, recipes and experiences. Read some of the posts they are very motivating.

    Have a good first week.


  • Thankyou rose I have had a look around, posted my first diary, read some others, and taken measurements x

  • I don't have any professional advice, and encourage you to discuss with your nurse and keep coming back to the forum. I never imagined how much inspiration and support can be found here. I'm relatively new here and finding amazing people and positivity. For me, it's a huge help. If nothing else, a great way to avoid the fridge by keeping my brain and hands busy. But so much more... Inspiration and motivation and tips and kindness. Hang in there, you have achieved so much already, so I know you have the strength to keep going. This is just a bump in the road. 🌸

  • Well done, it would be easier to prepare some food yourself and freeze?

    I tend to eat toast with nut butter, I slice, I even eat on my way out the door at times.

    Pre packed nut packs are everywhere at 25g and about 150 cals a pack, get busy with a slowcooker if you can, breakfast oats etc, rice 1/2cup will produce a cooked portion, I use 1/4 cup to give myself half a portion.

    If you are peri menopasal or menopasal high carbs won't help, I find 1/2 portion of rice about right, planning is key, and pre packed stuff as nuts def helps.

    I would question why you don't yourself enough time for food and it's prep?

  • Thankyou for the reply I used to do all the slow cooker and batch cooking when I did simply filling of ww when u don't have to count calories, I find it very difficult to work out the calories from a one pot dish, even if u add calories separately when making u can't tell if u have eaten 1/4 or 1/2 of the dish when serving up. I also used to do the batch cooking but I found I was spending an awful lot of money in one go on top of the weekly food shopping making up things and whilst on a budget for food I cannot do that anymore. And there is finding the time to do the batch cooking. When I say I haven't much time it's because I have a very demanding job working in a preschool and I am absolutely shattered when I get home, and some days I'm not home till 6 then to get tea and everything done ready for my daughter's bed time there just isn't enough time and this is y I find myself reaching for convienence foods, I am trying to cut my bread and potatoe intake too, and my partner isn't a dieter so often I have different parts of the meal to him if that makes sense?

  • Perfect, sense, try using recipes pre portioned, such as veg casseroles, try and vary the carb intake if his meal to yours?

    Lots if cheap recipes around, can he not help at all?

  • My partner works long days too, he will do poached eggs for me and stir things but not cook stuff from scratch 😊

  • Shame he is not helping, more work for you then

  • Hello again Sarah-88

    I see someone has sorted you new badge, very nice it looks too 😊

    I follow a portion counted plan very similar to the BHF plan, you choose the number of servings of each food from the list, and I find it really suits me but, if you are needing to use some ready prepared foods, (and there's nothing wrong with that if time restraints mean you find it easier). You may get on better with the calories counting such as the NHS12 week plan. I know it can seem a chore at first but it's important to have some knowledge of BMI and NEET (the calories your body needs to stabilise and therefore lose fat) (see Welcome Newbies post for more info)

    Have a look at the suggestions Rose made in her welcome response and please ask if you have any questions.

    Best wishes


  • Thankyou I have had a look at the post ect rose suggested, still trying to get used to the way this forum works, I will have a look at what u just said neet thing as I have no idea of that I just know that the bmi calculator said I should have between 1500 and 1700 cals per day! I find calorie counting a chore esp when it comes to simple foods like fruits and having to look every single thing up lol but I'm gonna give that a go I think but trying to choose foods from the bhf list where possible, waiting on my shopping delivery which comes 2mo with some yummy meat like steak, chicken, pork and some cod but until then I have a few bits to use up 😉 still in the 1500 cal bracket tho. Your portion counting plan sounds very interesting, is that from the nhs?

  • The forum is pretty easy to use, it has sections, it's on the right side of your screen.

    Most foods can be googled, and you get used to stuff as kiwis being say 45 to 50 cals, a medium egg 65 cals and stuff.

    There are rough meal plans out there that are simple too

  • I'm on my phone using it so maybe that's y I'm finding it a bit harder to navigate, I've started writing calories for things down so I have somewhere to glance at quickly instead of searching repeatedly 😊

  • Wishing you success

  • Thankyou x

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