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hi, I'm new. I've gradually put on 1 1/2 stone over the last 10 years due to overeating. I'm now 11st 2lb and would like to be 9 1/2. I'm 49, have tried many times to lose weight but never managed to lose anything. I can just about get away with looking a bit chunky, but really I know I should be thinner and I'm not happy with how I look. My downfall is snacking when I'm stressed at work or when I'm tired after work. I'm now seriously menopausal and worried that my metabolism will change and make it even harder, so that unless I start eating less I'll just get bigger and bigger. I get loads of exercise, recently did couch to 5k, so run 3 times a week, also play tennis and walk the dog. None of that has made me lose any weight at all, quite the opposite. Hoping to give it another go and stick to 1400 calories per day

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  • Hi and welcome

    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 “What'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 weight loss journey

  • Enjoy the forum rutheliza, the more you log in the more you will get out of it.

    Cheering you on to reach your goals 🎉🎉🎉

  • thank you

  • You can do it!!!

  • It might be about the amount of calories you are actually eating. I always thought I was eating too much and it turned out I was never eating enough. I only seemed to be eating around 1000 Cals a day and this was why I could never lose weight and also why I was putting weight on. This was because my body thought I was starving it and turned everything I did eat into body fat and this weighs more than eating the extra calories does so it stops me from losing weight and sometimes puts weight on instead. I found this out on here by someone who has now left so I try and let as many people know that I believe need this info because I am so pleased I found this out as never heard this with any other diets in the past and have since managed to lose 2 1/2st. Good luck with your journey 😀

  • thank you, that is helpful to know. I will try and count my calories more carefully so I know what I am actually eating.

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