Weight loss Help

Hello. I am 20 years old, And I weigh roughly about 16 stone. I have recently being diagnosed with Under active thyroid and Poly-cystic ovary syndrome and been told by my Dr to lose weight. I have tried in the past with my own diet plan but always ended up giving up after a while and I never really got the support I needed. But I want a family so this is a good reason to stick to it and to lose weight but I still a bit of support and motivation to kick start the dieting and exercising. Any suggestions or advice would be deeply helpful and appreciated. Thanks Hannah


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  • Welcome and good luck to you on your journey!!

  • Hello xcookiemonsterx , and welcome to the forum. My daughter has PCOS and she has been told to lose weight too, as it can help.

    Most of us on here start by looking up our BMI on the bus calculator and it tells you the calorie range that you need to eat to lose weight. A lot of people here follow the twelve week NHS healthy eating plan.

    Good luck with your weight loss efforts!

  • Welcome

    This is an amazing forum to be part of. Many of people on here have different areas of concern but we are all trying to get to, or maintain, our desired weight. As you get to know us, and share experiences with us, you will find what a super supportive bunch we are, and that we don't pass judgements.

    Here are a few suggestions about how to get the most out of the forum.

    The first place to look is at the Pinned Posts section to the right of your screen (bottom if you're using a mobile), read the Welcome Newbie thread first and 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 topics for ease of access and we ask that you also 'file' your own threads, so that others won't miss your important news; and you will have important news to share with us.

    Have a look at the NHS 12-week plan; many people have had success with it. Also use the BMI checker to find your target calories, it's important to eat enough. This can be a major turning point, realising you can eat anything as long as the calories are accounted for and are within your personal limit.

    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; that happens to me quite regularly!

    The forum also has group weigh-ins every day, just choose which day you wish to weigh, join the post for that day and weigh in once per week. The Daily Diary is a very useful thread where we post our planned menu for the day, including calories if you count them, any exercise you have planned and any tips that you can share. The posts can always be found in the Events section on the 'home' page.

    If you just want to chat, to say hello, or share any news or struggles then look out for the What's Happening Today thread. There are many other challenges to get involved with, just choose to do what you are comfortable with and feel free to join as many, or as few as you wish.

    The grey box next to people's names are achievement badges, and as a new member of the community you have a 'Newbie' badge. We've found that to get the best out of this community, you 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.

    If you are using the new HU App on your mobile phone (helpful for when you are out and about), many of features mentioned are not available; use the full website version to maximise your experience.

    If you have any questions please just ask. The more you join in and connect with people the more you get out of the forum.

    I wish you well as you get started with a new lifestyle.


  • I am a couple of years older than you but was in a very similar situation - a year ago age 22 and weighing between 15/16st I was diagnosed with PCOS and told by a very unsympathetic doctor that I had to lose weight if I wanted any chance of being able to have children at some point. It was hard to hear but was the kick I needed - I started off with counting calories/the NHS 12 week plan and starting C25K and have gradually moved away into finding my own food and exercise patterns that work for me but if you're just starting out it can be really helpful to have those existing structures to guide you. A year on I'm still on a journey to a healthier, happier self but I'm 3st lighter, my periods are much more regular and my general wellbeing is also much improved.

    Well done on getting to this forum and reaching out for support - that's such a great start! :)

  • Hi and welcome, cookiemonster :)

    If you'd like to have a look at this, particularly the chapter starting on page 13 :)


  • Informative article moreless. Thanks for sharing!

  • Page 22 summaries the healthy lifestyle so clearly!

  • It's much easier for a doctor to tell people to lose weight because there is an association with PCOS, than to say don't eat high-glycaemic foods such as Weetabix, Shredded Wheat, potatoes, rice, cous cous, or anomalies such as reduced-fat dairy and baked beans (that exacerbate insulin-resistance) that authorities have been telling us are healthy for the past forty years.

    At least most agree that flour and sugar ain't good.

  • Hi Hannah! Welcome to the group! :) I've also got an under active thyroid, and it can be a struggle sometimes... I've just got here myself and am looking for accountability partners and support. Please count me in to help you with anything. :)


  • Hi Hannah,

    Don't worry your not on your own, I only joined the forum and also NHS Choices on Friday, I started by downloading the the twelve day plan, I also left a message on this forum and had numerous replies of encouragement and advise which made it easier to comes to terms with my goals, and allay my fears.

    Having read through the "Lose weight" section it's not as daunting as I first expected, it's just a case of eating sensibly and not over indulging (which is what I have been doing for years) and just adding more vegetables and high fibre to your meals and also portion sizes, and increasing (gently) your physical activity. Don't get me wrong I don't want to turn into a Rabbit but I get the point. Today I have started the plan and hope to stick to it, have a look at the meal recipes, although I haven't gone as far as trying one out I'm sure I will sooner rather than later.

    Good Luck, and don't give up.


  • Hi Hannah, I have joined for exactly the same reason as you and at first I wasn't losing weight because I wasn't eating enough calories. Check how many you should be having on the NHS bmi calculator as this gives personal amounts to be able to lose weight for each person whereas the other sites that give amounts tend to just give average amounts. Because of not eating enough calories 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 you from losing weight and sometimes puts weight on instead. Please don't make this same mistake as I am so pleased I found this out on here not long after I joined as I had made this mistake for years and was the who,e reason I was overweight in the first place. I only ate around 1000cals a day instead of the 2000 women are meant to eat. To lose weight you still get a fairly high amount on the calculator and it is higher than most people think it will be. Good luck with your journey.

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