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Hello!! I’m new here. After years of yo-yo dieting and my weight being totally out of control in particular this last year... i have had the biggest scare of all this week.... a suspected stroke at the age of 52.

It turns out that all is ok.... but the mere fact that my doctor panicked and sent me for a full body scan same day has been enough to kick me up the arse!!!

So I’m here.... and will need all the support I can get from you lovely folk! Just hoping i can do it this time... I have at least 5 stone to lose!!

Any success stories out there? And any tips ?

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Hi love your name, thank goodness it was a false alarm ! :-) x

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Thanks.... it’s the nickname for my dog Ruby! And yes... pretty scary week and so glad it was false alarm... now to the hard work!!! 😬

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Im 52 too, I expect it was a bit of a wake up call? At least youre getting chance to do something about it ! What is your action plan ? :-) x

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Good question! My doctor gave me a real telling off and told me to stop eating .... and that I wouldn’t die if I went without food for a day or two ?! Not helpful really, but it has brought me to this site and I have downloaded the 12 week plan as a starting point.

Whereabouts are you on your journey?

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If only it was that easy?? But you'll probably end up thanking him in the long term!

Since joining this site ive discovered Low Carb High Fat and its amazing, wish I had known about it years ago! :-) x

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Ooohhhh I’ll have a look at that one! Sounds interesting

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If you go on the Diet Doctor website it explains all about it and they have some fab recipes, the food is lush and get this, first time in my life I havent been hungry! :-) x

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That wasn't a very helpful thing to say from your doctor. Hope you feel better now though. You have come to the right place here, a bit like weight watchers and like like, only free and open 24/7, lovely people here too. The low carb high fat diet is really good, it's just a case really of ge used to not eating bread as far as I'm conserved and today I did fall off the wagon, my own fault for getting drunk last night!

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😂😂 I’ve had a read and it looks quite complicated... I guess I need to just sit down and take time to understand it 😊

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I thought exactly the same, until I started. I took one meal at a time. I haven't been on it long but so far I've lost 6lb. I have cut all obvious carbs (apart from today! 🙄) Breakfast I have found so far, the best thing to have is 3 egg omelette or scrambled egg with cheese, no bread or toast. Then I find I'm just not hungry and forget about lunch. There are lots of good recipes and ideas about. I'm veggie so I have a little less variety. But if you eat meat there are plenty of choices.

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poundforpounddiet.co.uk/foo...

I just found this site that may be of help to you and others.

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Thanks I’ll take a look 😊

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There's an introduction here dietdoctor.com/low-carb Just take your time and find out all you can and ask questions - there are always people willing to help here and on the LCHF forum healthunlocked.com/lchf-diet

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Thank you 😊

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:)

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Hi Rubydooby! Don’t worry, it’s not complicated. It’s the first time ever in my adult life I’m not hungry, and have no cravings for any snacks at all. It’s been a life saver for me- I hope it can be for you too! I took a couple of weeks to read everything and get my head around it- and at the same time just eating healthier in general. There’s so much support on here, and the LCHF forum. Just wonderful. I

Good luck!

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Is this Keto diet your talking about

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Well low carb/keto. Not really aiming for ketosis aiming for a way of life. That is I don't eat so many carbs.

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Hello and welcome, Rubydooby1 :)

You're not the first person who has come here because of a health scare and, as you look around, you'll see people's weight loss badges beside their names - and plenty of big numbers! With what you say about yoyo dieting and your age, I'll give you something that's worth reading before you get going on yet another diet.

healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

You will have had a welcome message which gave various links to help you find your way around so read those and shout out if you need any help. I would recommend joining a weekly weigh-in on the day of your choice: the team support is brilliant. Also, you might like to try the Daily Diary where we log our meal plans for the following day: it's very chatty, you can pick up ideas and you will get helpful feedback on your own plans.

Wishing you success in reaching your goals :)

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Thank you 😊

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You're welcome :) Do a bit of exploring and chatting and you'll soon be underway. The link I've given you works well with the way of eating that Lytham has mentioned

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Hi Rubydooby and welcome.

Very scary and I'm glad that things turned out much brighter than it appeared :)

Good luck! :)

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Thank you 😊 I

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Hi, Rubydooby1, Welcome.

Here is my "success story":

healthunlocked.com/fasting-...

healthunlocked.com/fasting-...

Like some members here, I lost weight by Intermittent Fasting (IF) and a Low-Carbohydrate, High-Fat Diet.

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That’s amazing. Well done and thank you for sharing

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Wow Rubydooby1 that must have been a shock!! I certainly makes you focus on your health!

Good luck on your journey. 😊

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Thank you! Love this community already 😊

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Hi Rubydooby and welcome. My tip to you would be to start with the 12 week plan. Lots of people lose weight this way. Don’t try and do fasting and/or LCHF until you have got to grips with the plan for a week or two. It can be confusing to try too many different ways of doing something all at once! And you can tie yourself up in knots by trying to do too much. Make gradual changes. Read about LCHF and fasting and see if it’s for you when you feel confident that things are already starting to change. Make sure you know how many calories you should be eating, and my recommendation is to cook everything from scratch. Ditch ready meals of any kind. Treat yourself to a good cook book - Hairy Dieters range are my favourites - tasty meals, everyday recipes, all calorie counted for you.

And most important, keep coming back to the forum for advice, support and to tell us about your success eventually. 😊

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Thanks. That’s great advice. I have been very confused with the amount of diets out there... and have tried most and end up swapping about without success... surprise! Surprise! Thanks again... a good reminder of what I need to do 😊

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Just stopping by to say hello and welcome Rubydooby1 :)

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Lovely thank you 😊

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Hi,am new to this too and have struggled all my adult life. I found that slimming world done it for we me a few years ago,lost 3 stone but after going back to normal although healthy eating, my weight has gone up again but not put my 3 stone back on. I think its a good kick start though. Joining the gym helped me and this also gave me confidence. Good luck

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Hello, Beckisquad123, and welcome to the forum :)

I think we all aim to lose weight and to keep it lost, so it may be worth trying a different approach this time. A diet always has an end date and it's inevitable that, once you go back to eating "normally", the weight piles back on. I hope you can use your time on the forum to find a new "normal" that you can enjoy for life.

You will have received a welcome message with all the links to help you find your way around. I recommend joining a weekly weigh-in and using the Daily Diary to log your meal plans.

Take your time exploring and shout out with any questions :)

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Thank you... that’s really helpful 😊

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You're welcome :)

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Hi, I’m new too. Similarly had a health scare 3 years ago - had a stroke! Prior to stroke I had lost 3 stone and since I have lost another 2 stone. Am here because I started to yo-yo by half stone and have at least 2 more stone to loose. It’s been a life style change. I have had some bad days, but aim for more good days than bad. Have all but given up alcohol, and drastically reduced portion sizes! Good luck on your journey. Oh and just as an aside on your health - after my stroke I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a heart condition that many are unaware of and can make you prone to a blood clot. May be worth a discussion with your Dr.

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Welcome to the forum, jonty_1 :)

Well done on your fantastic weight loss to date. So impressive!

You will have received a welcome message with all the links to help you find your way around. I recommend joining a weekly weigh-in and using the Daily Diary to log your meal plans.

You could pick up some new ideas on the Daily Diary and you'll get useful feedback on your own plans.

Take your time exploring and shout out with any questions :)

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Thank you for that. It is a life style change that’s needed and I need to stay strong. I’ll speak to my doctor. Thanks again!!

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Well done for wanting to make a positive change for your health ♥️

Myself and my lovely mumma have both joined SlimmingWorld and it has made a huge difference in just one month. I was extremely sceptical but after seeing some of my close friends success stories I thought let’s try as it’s nothing to lose. Best decision I have ever made.

I had also started the couch to 5k, i’m Now on week 6. Since these two changes I have come off of all my medication and feel so much better physically & mentally

Surround yourself with as much support as possible & totally believe in yourself. You’ve got this

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Welcome to the forum, LouLa_Blue :)

You're sounding very positive and those good results spur us all on. Wishing you and your mum continued good progress.

You will have received a welcome message with all the links to help you find your way around. I recommend joining a weekly weigh-in and using the Daily Diary to log your meal plans.

Take your time exploring and shout out with any questions :)

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Thank you and well done to you !!! I did slimming world a while back and it worked initially but then I just couldn’t get into the swing of it. So I’m hoping I can follow this plan and just get healthy!! I’ve ditched alcohol already and am sticking to plan at mo. Good luck with your journey too 😁

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I am also newbie, not at all expert. But if you think of it as just a couple of pounds to lose and not the whole amount it will not seem a mountain to climb. I find once I have lost just a few pounds I feel so successful I'm away! then the next couple and you're already getting there. Good luck!

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Hello and welcome to the forum, pahama :)

I do agree, each little success spurs you on to the next. For me, having the support of this forum, and particularly a weekly weigh-in team, has kept me going when the results weren't going my way so I hope you'll get involved and take advantage of all the support, encouragement and information available here.

You will have received a welcome message with all the links to help you find your way around. I recommend joining a weekly weigh-in and using the Daily Diary to log your meal plans.

Take your time exploring and shout out with any questions :)

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Thank you and good luck to you too 😊

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Hi, I have spent years yo-yo dieting. Finally at 56 I have discovered the only thing that has worked for me is Low Carb. I have lost 4 stone, without feeling hungry or tired, by restricting my carbs. I still eat plenty of lean protein & tons of veg. I just make sure they are mainly leafy green & veg grown above ground. Also found free/zero noodles a lifesaver. Good Luck.

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Sounds like you've found an approach that works longterm :)

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Welcome Rudydooby1 - I am with you on this weight loss journey. I have 3 stone to lose. I am restricting my food intake two days a week to just 500 calories and not going overboard on the other 5. I am making my own exercise goals each week too gradually increasing energy output. This is my project and I am determined to succeed! Daily positive self-talk affirmations help too. I am in my 2nd week now - all the best to you on your journey to better health.

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Have you seen the Happiness Celebration? It's posted daily. I thought I'd mention it as you mentioned your self-talks. You'll find it in Pinned Posts. This will help you find the way healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

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I’m also doing the restricted calorie intake as my GP urged me to get weight off fast and follow an 800 calorie diet 3 times a week. Let’s it hope it works !! Good luck to you on your journey 😊

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You are lucky if you have a Dr who is recommending the 800 calorie diet. Many still recommend low fat high carb which does no good. You might like to read Michael Mosley Fast 800 book. It lots of information about low carb and IF way of eating and there is a recipe book which goes with it. You can chose from several variations including fast 800, 5:2 and Mediterranean diets depending eat suits you and your lifestyle.

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Thanks I’ll have a look at that. My GP had actually just done the 800 calorie diet herself but she said she didn’t really care how I lost weight as long as I lost it fast! So different to the normal advice !

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When Ancel Keys experimented he established people on 1600kcal diets lost weight at first, then plateaued. They obsessed about food, lacked energy, and when allowed to go free rein regained the weight and more.

What that showed us is that semi-starvation is a short-term solution, and equally as important is to learn to maintain at a new weight periodically. You don't want to drift into a plateau at 800kcal per day, do you?

Another thing to consider is that if you eat RNI of protein, that's about 200 kcal. Even if the remaining 600 kcal came from pure carbohydrate with no fat, the maximum would be 150g carbohydrate per day. Surprise; this very low calorie diet is masking a low carbohydrate approach. When seen like this, it is evident that some people/organisations would rather we starve than admit that low-carb is effective for weight loss. The point is, going from a high carb diet to a very low calorie diet just isn't realistic for some because their hormones will be crying out to eat. If you do decide to do a very low calorie diet, transitioning to a reduced carb way of eating beforehand and when maintaining, will alleviate much of the suffering.

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