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Motivation to get back to losing weight?

Runningforfun302019 October

I have been trying to lose weight on my own since last year and have gained 2 and a half stone, pretty gutted as i lost over 3 stone altogether with a slimming club, now looking for motivation to get back on this wagon... i absolutley love chocolate and its an issue, sometimes i can just eat and eat. Hoping to change things

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It is depressing to lose a load of weight and then gain it all back again, but it's inevitable when you "diet" and then go back to "eating normally". In fact there's no biological reason to believe that there would be any other outcome. Those people you see on WeightWatchers posters are the outliers: they represent about 3% of the population who just got lucky.

It's time to change what you eat, rather than how much. Think of it in terms of a healthy lifestyle rather than "losing weight". When you give your body proper food (and enough of it!) it stops craving things like supersize bars of chocolate and discards useless fat. If this isn't happening for you, it's because the content of your meals is fundamentally incorrect.

Once you get it right, weight loss is completely effortless, without much in the way of "motivation" or "willpower" required. I won't bombard you with details. Hang around and you'll get the idea.


Hi and welcome, Runningforfun30 :)

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Hi Runningforfun and welcome :)

That can be quite a knock back and I've done it myself.

Take your time to read and take in what TAT and moreless have written. There's a lot to read and maybe it's not for you but you'll probably find much of it as an eye opener.

Best of luck!


Hi runningforfun30. Would you like to join the tortoise and hare running club?

If you are doing c25k or similar you would be very welcome.

Runningforfun302019 October in reply to Hidden

Yes please

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Losing weight is such a mental challenge! To change our eating habits is tough but unfortunately it’s just the way it is. My weakness is crisps I can eat ridiculous amount so I have now chosen to avoid them as I cannot do just one packet. Don’t get me wrong I do slip and binge now and again as changing your lifestyle is hard!

But after time it does become ingrained and you slip up less or get back on track quicker.

Wish you all the best and hope you do reach your goal.

Hi, Runningforfun30, welcome.

Weight loss is not all about masochism and motivation - if you eat plenty of good food, including fat, at mealtime, you will not "need" to snack.

Many of us here find that what works is a combination of The Low Carbohydrate, High-Fat (LCHF) diet (see the forum here on Health Unlocked) and Not Snacking All Day AKA Intermittent Fasting (IF). See:

Runningforfun302019 October

Thanks for all your advice, do you calorie count as well as low carb high fat? Ive done something similar before years ago x

morelessAdministrator in reply to Runningforfun30

It's not necessary to calorie count when following a low carb way of eating. Why not pop over to the LCHF forum, as there's a lot of information there

Runningforfun302019 October in reply to moreless

Ive done low carb diet before and had really good results i will be restricted this time as i already cant have eggs dairy (milk, cream, cheese) or soya

morelessAdministrator in reply to Runningforfun30

Maybe this could help

Runningforfun302019 October

I find the nhs advice and other advice conflicting, and have been on so many diets, i end up reverting back to old habits

morelessAdministrator in reply to Runningforfun30

That's very true, Runningforfun30. We just have to do as much research as we can and then make our choices based on what we feel to be the best option for us, personally.

I don't think any 'diet' is ever going to work, though. Any changes we make have to be sustainable.

TheAwfulToadMaintainer in reply to Runningforfun30

The NHS has grown into such a big, floppy bureaucratic beast that it's a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. There are bits of the NHS which are up-to-date with the science and are giving people good, sensible advice on healthy eating and disease prevention. However these are the rebels and the radicals - people like Dr David Unwin - and it remains to be seen if the rest of the NHS pick up the ball and run with it.

There are big, hidebound parts of the NHS that don't want to give up the "eat less and move more" advice ... which simply doesn't work, and we all know from bitter experience that it doesn't work.

My suspicion is that this is happening because the NHS has handed over a great deal of political power to people who simply don't know what they're talking about - mentioning no names, I'm speaking of the organisations that claim exclusive understanding of dietary lore, and which have the ear of government. Doctors are now beholden to unqualified nobodies when handing out healthy-eating advice. Read up on the story of Dr Gary Fettke to get a flavour of this.

In the face of all this, a lot of people do exactly what you do : throw up their hands in despair and just carry on eating what they always ate. The facts are out there, though. It'll just take you some time to sift through the nonsense.

How do you know what's nonsense? If it doesn't actually work in practice, it's wrong. If it works as advertised (for everyone, not just a select few) then it's probably right.

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