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Useless dieter !


Hi I have just joined this group. I have yo yo dieted most of my life & each time I stopped I got heavier, so I decided when I was 50 never to diet again, I have reached a weight of 14 st 10 - which is way to heavy for me, but it has not gone up for 5 years, just stayed the same, I decided to try to diet again when I turned 60 - but I seem to have to starve to lose any weight, I have a slight thyroid problem which my doctor will not help with. I hate most salad and veg, I am also not a big fruit eater. So any advice would be helpful.

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Hi and welcome, redark :)

Please don't think you've done anything worse than the majority of the rest of us have done, as many of us are ex yoyo dieters, myself included! I think you've done brilliantly to have maintained for 5 years! :)

Take a look at the Pinned posts section to the right of your screen (bottom if you're using a mobile), or in the drop down on the 'Posts' page (it says 'arrange by'). Read the Welcome Newbie thread, then move through to the challenges, where we hope you'll find at least one that will appeal to you.

Move down to the Topics, to find a variety of threads, collated into specific topics for ease of access and we ask that you also 'file' your own threads, so that others won't miss your important news.

Take a look at the NHS 12 week plan, as a lot of people have been successful with it, making sure to enter your details into the NHS BMI calculator, to get a calorie allowance tailored to your personal requirements. Don't forget to take your starting measurements and a 'before' picture, as they can be very motivating on days that the scales refuse to co-operate.

To the right of the HOME page (bottom on a mobile), you'll find Events. In there, you'll find links to our daily Weigh-in's (you will choose just one day per week), our Daily Diary, where we post our menu and exercise plans, for accountability, advice and support and our “What's happening today” thread, where we pop in for a chat.

Be aware, that the HU app doesn't give you access to all of our important features, so we advise that you use the full website page.

We've found that to get the best out of this community, we need to be active on the forum, as it's where we exchange information, get motivation and inspiration and make friends. We hope that you'll join us here, regularly, too.

It's only left for me to wish you well on your journey :)


Hi I would advise you to leave the 'diet' out of your vocabulary and replace it with 'healthy eating'. What you find is when you don't eat enough it sends your body into starvation mode and lowers your metablism as a result. This makes it even harder to lose weight and then when you go back to eating normally this is the reason why you end up weighing even more. It's the very definition of yo-yo dieting.

If you follow Moreless advice you will find that healthy eating (and enough of it) will actually help you lose the pounds and it is sustainable for life. I know it sounds crazy saying eat more to lose weight but that's how our bodies work.

I am sure you will succeed this time and keep the weight off too.

Hi Hidden welcome to the forum, I fully agree with Hidden about the eating enough. Check out your weight on the NHS bmi calculator and look at how many calories you should be having to lose weight. You get more than you think to lose weight and I would go by the top amount it gives you as you get room to move about with if problems occur. I never used to eat enough calories and always struggled. When I found this out about starvation I ate enough calories and have now lost 2st and am looking at this as a new way of life. Well done for maintaining over the last few years, that is great.

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