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Hi there! I'm 19, female, 80kgs and 155cm (BMI ~33). I have PCOS and I'm really struggling to make any headway losing weight, so here I am!

I am a really busy uni student so I don't have a lot of time to cook or put much effort into my food at all, which has led to some pretty unhealthy habits and choices. I've been on a few forums and I've seen that people recommend weighing out exact portions of food and calculating macros, etc. I don't really have time for this term time since my evenings are so rushed and I get quite demotivated when I can't etc.

My standard food atm is basically cereal bars for breakfast (usually belvita), a meal deal for lunch (sometimes I make my own sandwiches if I have time), and just generic frozen food or micro meals for dinner, when I have time I eat healthier. But when uni gets really busy I struggle.

So I'm looking for tips or help for low effort, low calorie snacks/meals primarily, but any tips are useful. I've heard low carb diets are best for PCOS, so bonus points for low carbs ^^

My long term goal is to lose 10kg (and hopefully more after!) and I'm just starting out with the NHS plan. Wish me luck! X

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  • Hi and welcome, demeschor :)

    I can appreciate that you're busy, but there has to be some effort put into your meals, as all processed foods have added sugar, which can't then be called low carb.

    If you have access to a freezer, then my advice would be bulk cooking your own ready meals, which can then be microwaved in minutes.

    Take a look at the Pinned posts section to the right of your screen (bottom if you're using a mobile), or in the drop down on the 'Posts' page (it says 'arrange by'). 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 NHS 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 a weigh-in every day of the week and you'd be very welcome to join one of them. The threads can always be found in the Events section, to the right of the HOME page, bottom on a mobile.

    We also run a Daily Diary, where we share our meal and exercise plans for the day. It's a great place to get ideas and to keep us focused. The link can also be found in Events.

    Be aware, that the HU app doesn't give you access to all of our important features, so we advise that you use the full website page.

    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 :)

  • Hiya! Welcome to the forum, ur in the right place to Lose weight whilst being supported . Good luck with the diet plan. I will be wishing you well along the way

  • good luck first of all ☘

    you're def in the right place!😀

    i find things like belvita handy when I've slipped up and not planned my food, there's nothing wrong with having them now and again but muesli with some yogurt and fresh fruit fills me right up til lunchtime.

    healthier lunches might be couscous stuffed pepper if you have access to a microwave/oven or use it as a dinner side. I will make up three of these at some point during week and keep them in the fridge! Si you don't have to cook too much.

    eggs are also really good, so maybe an egg salad sandwich as it will be filling for you, or and egg salad to take with you.

    i was told to try and add protein of some description to every meal as it will help keep you full so chicken, fish, nuts, things like lentils too.

    Sorry I'm going on a bit! Have a look at the daily diary which is posted every evening and another but of advice is to plan the following days meals so you know what you're having and are less likely to stray from it!

    good luck and if you're read to here you already have the willpower to succeed 😂😂

  • Hi and welcome demeschor

    Make small changes, sugar swaps, walk more, keep active on the forum it really does make a difference,

    I see you get a meal deal for lunch, do they have a fruit or carrot sticks option for snack? And water as a drink? Most supermarkets have a low calorie sandwich option

    Carrot, peppers, cucumber and celery sticks, fruit, rice cakes, nuts, seeds, chocolate options drink,

    Set yourself small goals and reward yourself (non-food) when you achieve each one

    Good luck

    Kat xx

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