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Hello peeps I'm lazyman,I joined this today because I would like some advice on how to lose weight,I know I need to watch what I eat and to be more active,but what do I eat.I work in construction and a typical breakfast for me is a Tesco's £3 meal deal

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BridgeGirl profile image

Hello and welcome, lazymancalledc :)

"Watching what I eat" is very vague, though I'm not saying it's wrong. I suggest you spend some time looking around the forum, particularly at the Daily Diary, and deciding what that will mean in practice.

As for Tesco's meal deals, I'm sure you know the saying, "If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got". Are you up for changing? Spending a bit more time in the kitchen? Making meals from fresh ingredients? Planning your meals? Because that's the way you're most likely to turn things round. Drastically cutting your intake and making yourself miserable is unlikely to work in the long run.

Have a look at this straightforward plan - just real food and no gimmicks.

You'll find everything you need to know about the forum in Pinned Posts

And, if you haven't already, you can take a tour of the forum here

Take your time exploring, ask questions, join in, encoruage others and it will all pay off for you :)

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lazymancalledc in reply to BridgeGirl

Thanks for the reply to my first post,I'm going to have a look around 👍

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BridgeGirlAdministrator in reply to lazymancalledc

Good for you :) The forum is set up for interaction and you won't need to do a lot of posting; just join in by Replying on existing posts.

Forgot to say: if you're using the HU app, you'll have problems so ditch it and always use the website

Tank_EG profile image

Hi lazymancalledc and welcome 😀

Have a look around and you will see many people using different plans plus lots of acronyms which may be confusing.

If I can give 1 tip to get you started it would be to get your carbs under control. Carbs are the main fuel for the body but as I discovered recently, can drive cravings. I would suggest cutting out refined carbs like pasta, rice and bread plus maybe starchy veg like potatoes. Perhaps start with your evening meal.

Wishing you all the best here and don't be afraid to ask for advice

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TheAwfulToadMaintainer in reply to Tank_EG

Don't forget to replace your carbs with fat, otherwise you're basically "running on fumes".

It's one of those persistent myths that "carbs are the main fuel for the body". It simply isn't true. Your body has a comprehensive set of conversion pathways to shove an assortment of random stuff into the Krebs cycle - ultimately, that means either pyruvate or acetyl-CoA. Carbohydrates are just one possible substrate.

Since we're not carnivores, human bodies can't use amino acids very effectively as an energy source. In other words, don't attempt to do low-carb, low-fat, high-protein : you'll feel terrible.

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StillConcernedMaintainer in reply to TheAwfulToad

TBF, I think some people thought that because carbs are digested before protein and fats they were the preferred substrate. Unfortunately this doesn't stand up to scrutiny of course as alcohol is digested even before carbohydrates, and we definitely are not designed to run on that!

It is actually a similar principle; left unchecked, the carbohydrate is a more 'active ingredient' than protein or fat, so it has to be dealt with to avoid potential toxicity.

At 65% of VO2 max, the body uses a fuel mix of about 50:50 carbohydrate to fat, and by 25% VO2 max the mix is 80% fat, 20% carbohydrate, so even for active people the carbohydrate recommendations have been well over-emphasised to the detriment of long term health.

Well done with your health education TheAwfulToad ; keep up the good work!

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StillConcernedMaintainer in reply to StillConcerned

Just to add to this, Cooper asserted that just 10 minutes at a heart rate of 150 beats per minute is necessary to stimulate a training effect, and this is about 60% of maximum working capacity, so you can see that the duration the body works at higher carb ratios is relatively short by necessity.

3 hours are necessary to stimulate an aerobic training effect at 110 bpm/20% maximum working capacity, so whilst this will actually use more carbohydrate in absolute terms, the vast majority of the additional kcal burned will be met by fat.

This holds for all mammals; they use majority fat, minority carbohydrate, minority protein. The variance includes that bigger animals require more protein for growth/maintenance, and our central nervous system uses proportionately more carbohydrate to fuel our huge brains (gross generalisation :-) ).

What does vary is the gut size, which determines what we need to eat to attain those necessary energy reserves. Humans for example only have 17% of their digestive system as hind gut, compared to a chimp at 57%. That translates that we just don't have the capacity for eating the high-proportion of fibrous carbohydrate that they do, which their bacteria then convert to fat. We are designed to eat the natural fat directly. Little wonder we aren't suited to following flawed, low-fat diet theories.

And again, the proposed sustainable diet for our planet might profit the USDA and similar affiliates, but at what cost to the human race?

springersrule profile image

Hi, i agree with Tank. I've tried different weight loss methods over the years and by far the most effective and easiest to follow has been reducing my carb intake. Its true the cravings, or munchies as i call them, go away so sticking to 3 meals a day with no snacking hasnt been a problem.

Also whilst exercise is good dont worry if you cant add in extra. I have a damaged knee (since mid July) so my mobility is a few minutes at a time on a rollator (wheeled frame with a seat) and my weight is still going down - now on week 13 of this change of life style eating.

Good luck xx

Tony_Singh profile image

Please do not take umbrage however I would like to share my post Covid-19 experience.

I am in my mid-years and was affected by this illness in March 2020. I was a carnivorous muncher of Pizza, Chicken Nuggets, Sausages, Burgers and all the other fast foods which contribute to obesity and place males at risk of Prostate Cancer. I also enjoyed a pint or two in addition to the odd tipple, I am sure you know how it is. Then I would pop into the beer garden for a quick smoke. So in all essence my behavior resembled that of the stereotypical dick head that was causing so much concern for the NHS and ultimately putting NHS funding and resources at risk.

In April when the medical experts made the like between diet, obesity and Covid-19, I had to make a choice... ... ...

Was I going to resemble a dick head or was I going to accept Boris Johnson"s call to arms and think of the country and the effect my behaviour was having and the risks I was placing on the NHS.

If Boris Johnson could take exercise to reduce his weight and BMI why could I not do the same. Smoking weakens the respiratory system so I decided to kick toking into the long grass, I always knew alcohol use was not good for the body so I decided to go teetotal. Now the final challenge to jack the pies, bangers, pizza's and other fat saturated fast foods, so I looked for the ultimate inspiration and for the country I think so much of I did not want to be a liability on its NHS balance sheet so I decided to adopt a plant and dairy based diet.

6 months later I am training for my first official half marathon, my body weight is between that of a welterweight and super welterweight, my BMI between 19.5 and 20.5.

If I am able to stop smoking, stop using alcohol, and adopting a responsible plant and dairy based diet I am sure that if you really feel empathy and want to show responsibility to the country and NHS you shall also follow suit.

Start your excersise slowly but stay focused gentle running 5 days a week and promise yourself not to be a dick head or hang around dick heads who only talk the talk but cannot walk the walk.

Make a choice and show some support and responsibility for the NHS.

I trust this advice helps and is of use, kind regards Tony.

in reply to Tony_Singh

Well done you🍂

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Tony_SinghVisitor in reply to

Thanks for the words of support.

The mantra and message is simple.

Marcus Rashford scored easy points by criticising Boris Johnson & Matt Hancock regarding free school meals. How much does this country waste on unnecessary weapons and armaments.

Parents should spend less on alcohol, smokes and fast food.

How often does one see Marcus Rashford bigging it up with a few pints, a few tabs and a quick greasy bucket of fried chicken or kebab.

Save the planet and create a sustainable future to defeat long Covid and reduce obesity by adopting a vegetarian diet supported by low fat dairy products 🙂.

in reply to Tony_Singh

I don’t agree with the obesity with vegetarian diet and low fat dairy products.

I’ve been obese all my life trying 100s of diets including all the low fat rubbish,

I came on this site by accident joined have had amazing support from so many people since May. I’ve lost 5 stone 4lb and it’s all thanks to LCHF low carbs high fats it’s the first eating plan I’ve ever been on that I got such results and I’ve come of insulin.

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Tony_SinghVisitor in reply to

Excellent effort.

Maintaining a healthy weight is imperative especially if we genuinely care about the NHS.

Exercise is also imperative to strengthen the bodies immune system against the long-term effects of Covid-19.

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Lytham3 stone

Welcome along, would you like to join us on our weigh in? Here's the link, I hope to see you there! :-) x

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