How to go about losing weight?

Hi everyone

I'm new here. I've joined because I'm obese, I'm 5 ft 5 and weigh 14 stone. I'm worried my weight is getting out of control but I don't know how to go about losing. I used to be very slim, in my teens and most of my 20s I was obsessed with calorie counting, loved the feeling of hunger and would deliberately skip meals. Now I'm in my early 30s and I have gone too far the other way and am overweight. But I worry if I start calorie counting, it will take over my life again.

Just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience and has any advice. I've never spoken to a doctor as I've always felt I'd be wasting their time, but I'm now considering going.

Thanks

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  • Hi TonightAlive

    Welcome to the weight loss forum.

    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.

    Rose

  • Hi TonightAlive and welcome :)

    You will find lots of support and friendly advice here, and are never on your own as we are all going through the same journey :)

    Wishing you all the best and have a good week :)

  • Hi TonightAlive :) Newbie here too. Just completed my first week. If you are afraid of counting calories at this stage why not just try writing down what you eat and then go through it and see where you can make changes. Maybe cutting down snacks or swapping for something a little healthier. Even checking your portion sizes. Using a smaller plate and eating with a smaller knife and fork. Definitely lots of ideas from everyone on here :D

  • Hi TonightAlive welcome to the forum. I was afraid of calorie counting when I first joined but am so pleased I know do this because I found out that the reason I was previously putting weight on was because I wasn't eating enough calories in the first place. I used to only eat 1000 Cals on average a day and I should have been eating an extra 1000 Cals on top of this in general but to lose weight just an extra 400-800 instead. Check out the NHS bmi calculator to see how many calories you should be having to be able to lose weight. Do make sure you at least eat somewhere between these two amounts it advises and not any less otherwise your body will think that you are starving it and 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. Please don't make this same mistake as I did this for years. Good luck with your journey.

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