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Hello! I'm a 56 year old lady wanting to loose 10kg. Currently weigh 70.5kg, BMI 28.3. Generally a health diet but downfall is an addiction to chocolate & sugar and emotional eating. If I can overcome these, I will be able to move forward. Hoping to get tips on healthy food to prevent sugar cravings. Also tips on improving activity and weight training and flexibility


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  • Hi. I am 58 and also have 10 kg I want to lose (currently 70.4kg). Just signed up yesterday, so in the same boat. Chocolate not such a problem for me but like a glass of wine with my dinner. May have to build that into my calorie allowance ! Dont want to call you Fatty1961 so will call you FutureSkinny1961!

  • Thanks thats very kind of you! Let me know if there are any tips to help us on our way.

    I read somewhere that wine is actually 'liquified sugar'. So since that time I limit myself to one glass. By visualising myself drinking a glass of sugar, it has helped me reduce my intake.

    Guess if its a nice wine and it helps you feel more relaxed, then its very difficult to say no.

    I do find that its a problem going out and finding a low calorie drink to enjoy. Fruit juices have a lot of sugar, fizzy drinks are equally bad and wine is high calorie too. I do get bored ordering a sparkling water on a night out.

  • Hi. After checking out the calorie values I now have a gin and slimline tonic as a substitute for wine if I want a glass of something with my dinner. Only about 60 calories in a 25ml measure of gin, and nothing in the slimline tonic, so a definite reduction on the glass of wine.

    Was out at the weekend with family and did have a couple of glasses of wine but also use sparkling water with a slice of lemon as an alternative to the diet coke type options (not a coke fan myself, so much prefer the sparkling water). So far it seems to be working as I am down just over a kg so far and have only just started a few days ago !

  • Well done! Keep it up. Will try the gin and slimline tonic as it sounds a better option.

  • Hi and welcome, F61 :)

    I'm with ArgyllGirl, can't bring myself to refer to you in such a negative way! ;)

    I'm a sugar addict and had to cut it out completely, the same as for any other addiction. For me, it's easier to have none, than to have a little! You could maybe try a couple of squares of high cocoa solid chocolate per day, to see if that satisfies you?

    I advise that you join in with all of the activities that cracker10 has suggested, as they will all help you on your journey.

    Wishing you all the best :)

  • thank you!

  • I have been a chocolate and sugar addict too. What's worked for me is eliminating sugary stuff in my diet and eating healthy satiating meals. I also aim to have some protein with each meal.This helps in reducing cravings and comfort eating. I wish you all the best!

  • I will try increasing my protein intake and do try to cook healthy meals at home. The comfort eating is the difficult part. Thank you!

  • A touch of tough love here- please please change your name to something positive. Negative self talk, no matter how jokey, does have a tangible negative effect.

    Look to positive psychology. Look at what's right with you and build on that.

    You might find the happiness log on this site useful. Give it a whirl, what you got to lose? Except weight.

  • It's called The Happiness Challenge on this site. A great positivity training tool.

  • Good luck! You came to the right place!!

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