Newcastle diet, what is it?

Hi all I'm new here,

A little bit about me, I was a size 8 when I met my parter 7 years ago long brown hair and glowing tanned skin 😊 then before I knew it I was looking at a positive pregnancy test! Suddenly my weight piled on and before I knew it I was a mum of a tiny baby girl and with more weight then ever!

Then 2 years on and numerous of diets later baby no2 arrived a big boy and to now, a size 16/18 with a mummy tummy and a lover of takeaways after 50+ diets from Herbalife to juice plus to slim fast and weight watchers nothing has worked so now I'm here with another holiday booked and determined to loose weight for my diabetes and a healthier life can anyone help please and tell me what this Newcastle diet is?? X


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  • Hi, I had never heard of it so I googled it for you. It is a very low calories crash diet. At first glance I wouldn't recommend it except for someone wanting to lose half a stone before a wedding or something. I believe you need to change your lifestyle and make permanent changes. Crash diets will work for a few weeks but as soon as you go back to eating normally again the weight will come back. Please read the 12 week plan from the NHS and make changes you can keep up! 🀞

  • Thank you for replying, as for changing my lifestyle I do eat properly but I'm not a lover or some salads or veggies but the takeaway thing I don't really eat them I prefer home made. And can you tell me where the 12 week plan is please

  • Hi, you did say you like takeaways, I think it is probably better to cook your own meals so you can control what's in them.

  • I've never heard of the Newcastle diet, but it sounds like youve done quite a few "diets" and none of them have suited you. Have you thought about just calorie counting instead so you can decide what you eat from a full range of healthy food and the odd treat counted in if that helps? If you google the NHS BMI calculator and put in your details it will give you a calorie range in which you can safely lose weight. A lot of people here also started with the NHS 12 week plan ( which gives a generic 1400 calories per day for females but you can work out your own allowance and follow the principles) good luck πŸ˜€

  • Hello, I feel as if I'm at my wits end and I'm getting sick of trying and never seeing no improvements! It's to the point I've looked into tummy tucks and even gone as far as asking my doctor to refer me to have a gastric band put in but he won't as he says I'm not bad I just need to stick to something but it's hard as I don't like a lot of foods

  • Even more reason to count calories then, rather than follow a set diet, you can plan your meals around food that you do like, healthy food is obviously better for you but you'll still lose weight if you keep to your calorie goal whatever the food is. There's a daily diary thread posted every day which can give you some ideas, or just make a list of foods you can eat and their calorie values and build your own meals from there. Once you have a list it's a lot easier whether it's an online app or a sheet of paper! πŸ˜€

  • Hi Littlenicky1993

    Welcome to the weight loss froum.

    I have never heard of the Newcastle diet!

    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.


  • Thank you I'll have a look into this!

  • Hi you come to the right place with like minded people. One step in the right direction is better then ten miles in the wrong direction. Just don't give in.

  • Hi and welcome - no idea about the Newcastle diet, but if it is a crash diet it will not work for long and whatever you lose will be put back on

    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.

    Have a look at the NHS 12 week plan, as many people have had success with it. Also use the BMI (can be found in the pinned Newbie post) 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 😊

    To the right of the HOME page (bottom on a mobile), you'll find Events. In there, you'll find links to our daily Weigh-in's (you will choose just one day per week), our Daily Diary, where we post our menu and exercise plans, for accountability, advice and support - which is great to get ideas of what other people are eating and I have to confess to nicking some of their menu's :) and our β€œWhat's happening today” thread, where we pop in for a chat.

    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 😊

    Wishing you all the best on your journey :)

  • I'm from Newcastle and never heard of itπŸ€”


  • I was looking into doing the juice plus again and trying harder then came across it I googled it myself and it's something along the lines of 600cal a day

  • You can't live on 600 a day. Your body will go into starvation mode. Plus with temptation all around you will likely give up and put the weight back on.

  • That's what I thought 'surely I'll secret eat' and the weight is just stuck to me I go to the gym I healthy eat I swim I walk almost everywhere and reach well over my 10,000 steps a day but I don't loose any weight at all πŸ˜ͺ

  • Try writing down what you actually eat. You said in the post you are a takeaway lover so you could easily be overeating with a diet like that.

  • I am a takeaway lover but I've not had one now since new year 2016 and on a daily basis I'll have 2 weetabix a banana around 11am or apple, either a prawn sandwich with cucumber and lettuce and tomato soup with rivita crackers x2 for tea and that's it

  • That doesn't sound like it's enough Littlenicky1993

    Have a look at all the suggestionsfrom Rose especially the Daily Diary 😊

    Best wishes


  • Honestly that's not sustainable for any length of time and would result in you losing a lot of muscle as well as fat, you couldn't get enough nutrients to fuel your body and with two little ones you need energy! The weight didn't come on overnight so let it come off slower and steadier, you'll keep more muscle, have more energy and less loose skin than if you try to do it too quickly and more likely you'll stick to it long enough to get to your goal.

  • Hi and welcome Littlenicky1993

    i have never heard of that diet either. You have been given alot of useful advice already and i wish you all the best with your weight loss journey.

    You can do this and are never on your own here :)

  • The Newcastle diet (a bit like Lighterlife) has been trialled by Diabetes UK and is recommended by Dr Michael Moseley as a way of the very obese with diabetes bringing their diabetes back under control. I did look at it, but although I've not lost a load of weight my diabetes is now in the pre-diabetic range through other means and going down without going drastically down on my calories. However, it is worth looking at the website for lots of useful information on healthy eating for diabetics (and everyone to be honest) and lots of educational modules to show you how certain foods affect your body.

    Personally, I am now eating more mindfully, I eat when hungry (scale of 1-10 and if I get to a 6 I will have something), I always have a glass of water before deciding to eat anything because a lot of the time its dehydration that is the problem. I have also cut out most added sugars and processed food, prepare everything from scratch and stop eating when satisfied and not full and bloated. (have a look at Till The Fat Lady Slims books by Debbie Flint - available on Amazon).

    I have done a couple of added sugar free challengs on facebook and found they helped me to get to grips with removing added sugar from my diet. Have to say though that I have not given up on all treats, I do have chicken shish for take away occasionally, I do have a cream cake or stawberries and cream once a week too. Don't beat yourself up if you have a blip, its one day, draw a line under it and move on.

  • You will definitely not be eating enough calories and this will be the reason why you have been putting on weight. I done the same sort of thing when I first joined and had been eating like this for most of my life. I found out on here that if you don't eat enough calories a day your body believes you are starving it. If you are overweight and want to lose weight you have to look at the NHS bmi calculator and look at the amount of calories this tells you to have to be able to lose weight and eat somewhere in between the two amounts it advises you to have. Otherwise yet again your body thinks you are starving it. Whenever your body thinks you are starving it, it turns what you do eat into body fat and this weighs more than eating the extra calories does so it stops you from losing weight and sometimes puts weight on instead. This is why whatever weight you are you should never let your body believe you are starving it. Please make sure this mistake is never made. Good luck with your journey. πŸ˜€πŸŽ‰

  • The Newcastle diet is only intended as a short term diet and ideally you would have support from a doctor or nurse.

    Along with the NHS diet, have a look at The Blood Sugar Diet by Michael Mosley. If you want to improve your health and weight it's a good idea to try to eat a wide range of vegetables.

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