Need a good kick up the backside! - Weight Loss NHS

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Need a good kick up the backside!


Hi I'm 14.7 stone and would love to get down to 10 stone. I would really like to lose a stone by Christmas which is 5 weeks away.

I'm lazy and overeat and wish I could overcome both these problems. I enjoy going for a walks. I've got 2 jack Russell's so they always enjoy good walks. We have great beaches and forests where I live but sometimes the motivation is just not there although when I do, I feel great after it.

There is no magic wand and it's down to willpower, attitude, resolve and motivation...someone please send me all these things in abundance!

I want to be a happier me 😊

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Hi and welcome sharon-murray sorry I can't send you willpower, attitude, resolve and motivation, however we can support you on your journey :)

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 November 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:

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


Your laziness may be 'fuelled' by what you eat.

Most intensively farmed animals are fattened by feeding them grains, yet we are told that because gram for gram carbohydrate has less calories than fat, we should eat more grains.

Don't get me wrong, it is possible to eat too much fat. However, because fat doesn't affect our hormone levels to anywhere near the extent of protein or carbohydrate, it is easier to control our appetite by getting most of our calories from natural fat (in a ratio of about 1.5:1, monounsaturated to saturated, the same as our body fat).

Our body uses carbohydrate for intense activities, so it makes sense to replenish any glycogen we use, most of which should come from vegetables that provide fibre to aid transit through the gut too. However, less than 130g of low Gi carbohydrates per day is enough for most people.

Similarly, excess protein is easily turned to carbohydrate, necessitating we don't eat much more than the RNI of between 45 and 56g per day.

We don't have to be too exact; get used to the portion sizes that provide these daily amounts, eat real foods that provide the micro-nutrients we need, and enjoy what you eat.

A week or two each month increase the portions of natural fat to maintain your new weight, preventing your body thinking it's starving (to which our body would respond by conserving energy, causing a plateau).

Weight loss can be resumed more easily after each maintenance break, by suitable reduction of portion sizes.

Thank you, I definitely do think that my food choices are where my lethargy comes from. I know that when I lower my carbs I do lose weight and feel less bloated and cravings go but I struggle to keep it going for any period of time, and before I know it I've gained all weight I lost. I wish I didn't give in so easy and could be stronger at sticking to something. I think i need to really try my hardest to stick to what works for me and try and occupy my spare time better as I think that's when I start comfort eating or eating out of boredom or just eating for the sake of eating. Sitting down watching tv or being on the couch with the laptop for hours are my weakest points. I really need to force myself if I'm to succeed.

ConcernedAmbassador in reply to sharon-murray

Enjoy what you eat, don't punish yourself; you aren't going to punish yourself for the rest of your life are you?

Remember to have sufficient low Gi carbs and natural fat; that will stop you giving in so easy; you'll want to stick with it.

Occupying your spare time is a great strategy; we can go hours between eating when our main source of energy is fat.

Good luck!

Chandelia4 stone

Hi there, I'm sure you can get to a healthy and happy weight - I'd echo what the lovely admin said and have a look at the info available on this site. It's important to make sure that you are eating enough as that way you are forming new healthy habits - and it's not too grim either once you get into it! Don't worry too much about when the weight will come off, slow and sure is better long term anyway, I don't have massive will power but early losses convinced me that I was on the right track and I made sure I built in some (non food) rewards for hitting significant targets. The only exercise I've done is to up my walking and cycling, and the walking has been the key for me as I fit it in to my normal day. Anyway, I take it day by day and now, just over a year since I began paying attention to this site, I'm happy maintaining a weight that's almost 5 stone less than when I started. I'm sure you can do it too. Good luck!

13ValerieHealthy BMI in reply to Chandelia

Hey Chandelia wow and well done to you. It's stories like yours that inspire me😊

Wow that’s fantastic. Well done and thanks for your advice x

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