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Hi All,

I'm hoping to lose 3 stone and need some support from like minded people who understand how hard it can be.

I am 56, working and sit at a desk so not very active either. Just hubby and I at home now so it's time for me now to finally tackle my weight.

I have an interactive thyroid as well which doesn't help matters!

Any help/advice much appreciated from you fellow dieters

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Decide on a plan for your diet. There is one on this site ( if you can find it) which is for 12 weeks or look at The fast diet book by dr Michael Moseley or the 5:2 diet,

I bought an exercise bike and use it when watching tv

Buy a fit bit to record your activities and calories. Be honest in recording everything you eat and drink so you can see calories in and calories out. Stating the obvious you need to consume less calories than you expend

Set a timer and stand up at your desk every 30 mins and if you can walk 250 steps an hour. If you get a fit bit it will prompt you to move, a fit bit keeps you motivated and is fun

Give up bread potatoes pasta sugar white rice artificial sweeteners low fat yogourt any diet processed food fizzy drinks of any kind and eat a Mediterranean diet. All the science of this is explained in the book I suggested

Try to work up to walking 10000 steps a day

During adverts on the TVs get up and walk around and upstairs if you can

Limit how many cups of tea with milk and coffee with milk you drink to one a day

Drink coffee black and green tea without milk

Well that is a long list so I hope you will give some of the ideas a try

They work for me so they should for you

Best wishes



Thank you for your reply. I have a jawbone which is similar to Fitbit. My brother lost his 2stone logging everything he ate and drank on it and logged at least the 10,000 recommended steps each day.

I think my problem is that I tend to jump from 1 plan to another and end up following none!

Son getting married next August so if that's not motivation I don't know what is!!

Right,I'm off to start, wish me luck.


Hello Crayon1 and welcome to the Weight Loss Forum

I am also 56 and in some ways it's easier to eat healthily as I'm not catering for children. The thyroid issue doesn't help but weight loss is still possible 😊

Here are a few suggestions on how to get the most out of the forum. Please note if you are using the new HU App many of these features are not available so I suggest you use the full website version.

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 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 checker 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

The forum also have group weigh-ins every day, as well as a new Daily Diary, if you wish to take part. The posts can always be found in the Events section on the 'home' page. And if you just want to chat, to say hello or share any news or struggles then look out for What's Happening Today thread.

You'll notice a grey box next to people's names, these are achievement badges, and as a new member you have a 'Newbie' badge. 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. If you have any questions please just ask

Best wishes



Welcome Crayon1 to this awesome forum. The tips shared by the members below are great to start with. All the very best!


Thanks mater's, I guess I've a lot of reading to do, and I MUST stick to one plan and not keep switching!

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