Hi everyone, I have struggled with my weight over the years and tried every diet and eating plan under the sun. Each of them work for a while then it all comes to an end and I stop losing. I do have an under active thyroid, which I'm sure doesn't help matters but I also think that with all the yoyo dieting I have ruined my metabolism. Any advise on how to fix it would be gratefully received. So here I am day 1 and feeling positive. Have a great week! 😀


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  • Hello Ricycle and welcome to the Weight Loss Forum

    I also have an underactive thyroid and years of yoyo dieting behind me so understand your frustration. The trick is to find the calorie deficit 'sweet spot' that's not too low but low enough to create fat loss, but generous enough that you can stick to for life.

    There is also some evidence that after about 6 months at your new weight your body will accept this as the new 'set point' and it will become easier to maintain.

    Here are a few suggestions on how to get the most out of the forum. Please note if you are using the new HU App many of these features are not available so I suggest you use the full website version.

    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

    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

    The forum also have group weigh-ins every day, as well as a new Daily Diary, if you wish to take part. The posts can always be found in the Events section on the 'home' page

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    Best wishes


  • Hi and welcome to the forum Anna61 has given you some great advice :)

    Hope to see you post in the Daily Diaries - great way to help with the calorie control and steal ideas off others menus ;)

    Wishing you all the best on your journey :)

  • Aim to maintain your current weight to allow your metabolism to normalise as far as possible. All your food should be un/minimally processed, so as to provide the nutrients your body actually needs. Along the same lines, the body needs 10-15% of energy from protein (although this is used for cell maintenance and repair) with the remainder of intake in a ratio of about 2:1, fat to low-Gi carbohydrate.

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