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Time to do something...

Typing this at the local fish and chip shop ☹️

I went to the doctors a few weeks back with a waterworks issue (or so I thought).

After all my blood tests all is ok except for my cholesterol which is high.

I have been recommended to go on a low carb diet (cutting down on potatoes rice pasta and bread).

I’m 17st 9 this morning, 40w.

I think for my health I ought to aim for 14st 34w which is where I was on my wedding day 6.5 years ago.

I’m finding low carb quite difficult to find online unless I look at Atkins but I assume it’s out there.

Also planning to do the couch to 5K. I’ve done half marathons before so I know it’s possible.

Any pointers gratefully received.


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You are not alone mine is 8.5 back on medication.i need to lose weight and excercise.

Good luck ,great support on here.



Ian I have just joined up today and there is a lot of support and encouragement has come my way already. Good luck with the couch to 5k... I fancy giving it a go too!!


Hello seafrontbloke and welcome to the forum 😊

Good advice from your GP. The other half of low carb is high fat - the two go together. A lot of us follow this approach and, though it is a big change to the standard UK diet, it is very satisfying and filling. I suggest you join the LCHF forum and ask for guidance on getting started healthunlocked.com/lchf-diet

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Hi there seafrontbloke - you may find the Diet Doctors website is a useful resource:


I found that avoiding the processed carbs (bread, pasta, rice) had a dramatic effect on my weight loss. Things I used instead are savoy cabbage (stir-fried in place of pasta/rice - delicious!), butternut squash (roasted), cubed celeriac - either steamed and mashed or cubed and roasted with olive oil.

Love all of the Diet Doctor cabbage recipes:


The processed carbs don't have the effect of keeping you full for very long. Don't be afraid of fat - in small/measured amounts, it can be your friend! Things like nuts (brazils and almonds) - just a few are all you need.

Try and stay away from take-aways and fast food - they will be causing the most damage to your health (and weight!) :-)

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Gonna have to check this keto diet out... sounds interesting.


Some good sources of information here already. I'd like to add the ICS-NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme Low-Carb approach:

5 to 10 portions of natural fat per day (favouring monounsaturates)

5 plus portions of fruit and veg (mainly berries and/or non-starchy vegetables)

2 to 3 portions of protein (don't cut the fat off)

2 to 3 portions of full-fat dairy

0 to 4 portions of low Gi carbohydrates (this includes pulses such as beans (from dry), peas and lentils).

All the best, and enjoy!


Ooh the dresded carbs !! Ive just switched to brown pasta and rice and its not that bad ?


You will get there. All the best wishes for you.


Hi, seafrontbloke

I am aiming for about 22% body-fat, sixteen stone, 40w, by the end of March.

I was about 30% body-fat, 19.5 stone and 48w in June.

I am 6' 3".


Well done on your 2 stone loss!

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