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Help to eat the right amount of Calories for successful weight loss, once and for all?

Jesscaca profile image

Hi Guys,

I'm new here in terms of I have had an account for quite some time but not used it at all since I joined. I would like to change that and actively engage as I really need to sort myself out and I can see the community support and network is so encouraging and invaluable here. My question please is... I currently weight 18 Stone 5 pounds (Height 5ft 8inc) and I'm desperate to lose this weight and get my life back. I am a constant dieter/binge yo-yo addict and its a vicious cycle. The NHS BMI Calculator has worked my calories out at 2066 - 2656 kcal however various other calculators (so many different diet clubs, online weight loss programmes and TDEE/BMR Calculators) give me a daily count of between 1200-1900. I know overly restricting is counterintuitive and also dangerous to your health but I am also scared of sticking to a recommended 2066 calories (albeit healthy food) all week and not seeing a loss to stay motivated (as I am that stereotypical 'needs to see results' dieter. Would you mind letting me know which is best in your experiences of success? Thanks so much for reading.

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TheTabbyCat profile image

Hello Jesscaca and welcome to the weight loss forum. Please have a good read of the Pinned Post “Welcome Newbies”.

This is a very large community with lots going on. May I suggest you use the webpage as opposed to the app at least until you know your way around. Take your time and follow every thread so that you know exactly what’s going on.

Here’s the link for a “Tour” of the forum ,if you haven’t already taken it.

You seem incredibly confused by all the information you have read about calories. I don't count calories I just try to eat healthily lots of veggies and healthy fats. I don't, however, eat white carbs, bread pasta,potatoes and things made with flour. I'm not obsessed about not eating them I just try to avoid them as much as possible. At the moment I'm managing to lose weight without being hungry. I have lost 8 Kg in the last 9 months.

Here are a couple of links to get you started.

The Daily Diary and the Weekly Weigh ins are very good places to begin. You will find the DD and WI in the Pinned Posts & under “Events”

I find the Daily Diary a very good place to share my plans and get inspiration from other members, too. Once the day’s food is written down I’m far more likely to stay on track.

Here's the link to tomorrows Daily Diary so that you can start right away chatting, planning your day's food and reading other peoples ideas.

The key to success is participation, we are all on the same journey.

If you can’t find something just shout, there’s usually someone around.

I hope to “see” you around, Good Luck.🍀😉

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Jesscaca in reply to TheTabbyCat

Thank you ever so much TheTabbyCat. That's an amazing response and much appreciated. I'll make sure to acquaint myself with those links and explore the Web pages.

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TheTabbyCatAdministrator in reply to Jesscaca

You're very welcome.

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TheTabbyCatAdministrator in reply to Jesscaca

Here's a plan which I forgot to mention.

Hi Jesscaca I have always had this problem and restrict too much and end up bingeing. Eating well and having a good relationship with food is key I think. I eat properly but always revert to bingeing so am working on it. Good luck x

BridgeGirl profile image
BridgeGirlAdministrator in reply to

Hi jg, has anyone ever shown you this plan? It's all about eating real food, eating well, eating to appetite (which cracks the restrict/binge pattern). Have a look and see what you think.

in reply to BridgeGirl

Ah thanks

Will have a look x I can never understand how I can get over it and then keep going backwards

Peachy40 profile image


As mentioned, lots of people on here are losing weight by following different plans. Give the links a good read.

Personally, I've done it by calorie counting AND following the NHS BMI calculation in terms of calorie range. Don't be concerned that the number seems high...losing the weight gradually means you're developing better and healthier eating habits along the way which will hopefully mean the weight does not return.

I aimed to lose on average 1lb per week. Of course each week won't be perfect, sometimes it's more, sometimes less. I was able to lose 2 stones in approx 25wks. As your weight drops, so does your calorie range.

Participation in the Daily Diaries and Weekly Weigh-ins would help keep you motivated to carry on...especially on the weeks / days where you are feeling down.

Hope to see you around and all the best with whatever plan you decide to try; and if the first plan isn't working for you, try something else. 🙃

Hi Jessica I’m just starting out and can totally relate to you. I’d confused myself so much. There’s so much conflicting information out there isn’t there. Especially if you’re like me and research every diet You’re doing! I’m just really going to try the nhs12 week plan and see if it helps me regain some calm and success! I’m also a binge eater which I really need to try and stop. Good luck and see you about the group xx

Tank_EG profile image

Hi Jesscaca and welcome 😀

Part of the problem is we are all different, our lifestyles are different, our bodies are different so it may take a bit of trial and error.

I would suggest:

1) Be honest about how active you are, a lot of people under estimate the calories they eat and over estimate the calories they burn through exercise. If you're not doing much exercise start with he lower figure from the NHS calculator

2) Look at your carbohydrate intake. If you need them, have them earlier in the day, i.e. breakfast and lunch and then restrict them for dinner

3) Try to cut as much refined carbs as you can, i.e. sugar, bread, pasta, rice, starchy veg

4) Start with some form of exercise, maybe the active 10 app.

5) Join the daily diaries and become active here

6) See how this goes for a week or 2 then tweak your calories if you're not losing any weight

All the best with your weight loss journey

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