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Im 48 yrs old woman. few yrs ago i was diagnosed with ciatica in lower back with spasm n cramps. Medication made me sleepy . I started putting on weight not that eati g habits changed except some days eccentric eating due to tiredness rather the times i ate than what i was eating 4 yrs on im 18 stone n thats alot for a 5ft 2 person . So without being to exercise as i once did .. how on earth or where do i begin to start to slimming down .. ive now been diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure spiking upto 200 need urgent support as battleing with this weight daily is not exhausting me but literally killing me .

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Cut out junk food, sugar, alcohol and sodas. Eat clean healthy foods and enough of it to burn fat. Stay consistent and you will be successful. Exercise doesn't hurt but I haven't done that yet. I wish you luck.


Hi Moonchold the first thing is to work out your BMI then you get your calorie range so you know the amount you can eat the count may be quite high to start with but reduces as the weight comes off. Write down all u eat or use my fitness pal app plus the calories and you are off! I think most people find using a smaller plate helpful. You could try the 8 week blood sugar diet by dr Mosley but u need to read the book quite a few people on the forum seem to be trying it as it has a positive effect on reducing blood sugar reversing the effects of type2 diabetes, lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and fatty liver problems. Good luck however you decide to lose the weight hope to hear about your journey


Hi and welcome Moonchold, here's a link to the high blood pressure forum which you may be interested in too ;)


I would like to invite you to join our Newbie Club, which we hope will be a good place for you to connect with members, who are also just starting out, or re-starting.

If you just post a few words on the October Newbie Club thread to introduce yourself and respond to others there you will soon feel part of the club.

Follow this link to the Newbie club: healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

Please read all the information carefully, it is very useful and can be referred to whenever you want to check something.

It just remains for me to wish you well on your journey :)


Good evening Moonchild, sorry to hear that you are struggling with a medical condition. It must be very frustrating when your weight start to spiral out of control. I am thinking your medication slows down your metabolism, making it that bit hard for you. The good think is that you want to change and great motivation facts. I am wondering whether you should be referred to a dietician, as a starting point to give you personal eating plan could ask your GP for a referal.

Sure lots of people will be able to offer more advise here. Wishing you all the best on your weight lose journey x


Dear Moonchold

I would suggest you take drastic action which is something I do when I was told I was pre diabetic . I had suffered from high blood pressure for years and was on 4 tabs for it but the pre diabetic diagnosis was the last straw.

I researched and found Orof Taylor of Newcastle University had discovered you can reverse blood sugar levels and Type 2 diabetes by losing weight . I bought a copy of the 8 week blood sugar diet by Dr Michael Moseley and found it made a lot of sense. I had not realised that simple carbs eg bread, pasta, rice all turn to sugar in your blood immediately and disrupt insulin and make you insulin resistant. Then you lay down internal fat which does you internal organs no good at all. Basically you need to change the way you eat and only eat low GI foods and got 8 weeks eat only 800 cals a day. I highly recommend the book. Dr Moseley followed this diet and reversed his type 2 diabetes.

Losing weight also lowers blood pressure

I have lowered my blood sugar levels to normal and dropped the strongest of my hypertension tablets. I have more energy and have lost 18 kg by doing this over 4 months. I am now in healthy BMI

As you lose weight you will find your body will thank you as it is no longer carrying an intolerable load. Aches and pains disappear and you will become more and more active

Try it and see

Best wishes


I alleviated my sciatica with weight training.

Keep your carbohydrate intake to less than 130g per day, eating low Gi carbs, and get most energy from natural fat. Reduce your portion sizes to lose 2lb per week. One or two weeks each month, increase your natural fat intake to maintain at your new weight, preventing your metabolism slowing to conserve energy. After each maintenance break, reduce portion sizes again to enable further weight loss.

Exercise is vital to keep the body fit and healthy, but has little value for weight loss.

Oh, and don't forget to enjoy yourself! :-)


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