Weight Loss NHS

Intro to my reasoning for joining

I've joined here because over the last year my weight loss efforts have hit an utter wall and I'm almost back to my original starting weight I was 3 years ago. This is partly due to breaking a couple of good habits over the Christmas break and then my gran passing away in the July. I am however trying to her back into it but with no success atm.

I have been trying to reintroduce the good habits I had had before, like fruit instead of chocolate when I had sugar cravings etc , but it seems that I'm not having any luck at all.

I am reasonably active and tend to go to the gym/out cycling 2 to 3 times a week and try to go out walking in between times. The issue is that I know it's my diet that lets me down, because I have near enough no willpower when it comes to my food. Partly because I live at home and my parents don't help much with wanting pizza and going out for meals etc.

I am 21 years old and a student studying statistics. I'm hoping when I get back to uni in September it might help because I'll be in a routine again but the stress of my final year might not help much on the eating department unless I can get it sorted now...

I am currently, as of my weigh in this morning, 174.4 pounds. My aim at the moment is to get back to what I was not much over a year ago which was 153 pounds as it gets me into healthy bmi and I was comfortable but I'm hoping once there I might be able to lose a wee bit extra through toning.

I've been looking through the posts on here for a week or so and I'm so inspired to work harder and really focus on my diet. (Probably why I'm so annoyed my weigh ins keep showing added pounds when I've been working harder to lose it)

Not sure what else to say for people to get me know me as the wee box said! Haha so if anyone reads this and happens to have any questions just let me know :)


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Morning LindseyM234

Welcome to the weight loss froum.

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.



Welcome LindseyM234.

Sometimes it's a question of working smarter, not harder. If you'd enjoyed your good habits it would be hard to give them up wouldn't it? I love having full-fat dairy instead of chocolate for the mouth-feel without the sugar.

Good luck!


Hello and welcome LindseyM234 😊

I agree about eating smarter, simple habits could lead to you being a healthy weight for your graduation 😊 I find having an event to focus on really motivating.

Have a read of all the links Rose suggests, and plan your regular pizza etc into an eating plan for long term sustainability 😊

Good luck!

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Perhaps the base could be stoneground for sustained energy, and/or the pizza could be part of two or more balanced meals?


Hi and welcome, sorry to hear of your grans passing

You seem quite active (gym / cycling) you may be losing pounds but gaining muscle :)

Remember to take your measurements :) Scales didn't move for me for a few weeks and I decided to measure and found I had lost 5"

Wishing you all the best on your weight loss journey :)


When you find out how many calories you can eat to lose weight on the NHS website you may be surprised at how generous they are. I know I did. I found that by looking at my normal diet I could identify the foods that were making me go over the calorie limit. In my case it was most things from the bakery, pies,cakes etc. So I stopped eating these, the next thing I noticed was my portions of pasta, rice, potatoes were too high. By measuring and checking the calorie amount I could still eat these with my meals but in smaller quantities. So I was able to carry on eating most of what I normally ate. This made me feel I wasn't on a "diet" just still eating as normal. I then increased the fruit and vegetables. I found keeping an online diary was the best thing I ever did as well as using my pedometer to measure steps.

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