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Newbie wanting to shift a good 6/7 stone

Historically2020 November

Howdie I’m Dave from Yorkshire

I’m 5ft 11 and 21stone

Want to drop a fair chunk of flab . Main parts are the moobs the belly the backside but the generally all over as well

Have under active thyroid which has been brought back upto a working standard with medication

Also have depression which is treated with medication

I’m a roof gutter cleaner and Installer so I’m up and down the ladders all day . Quite strong due to the job

My diet is pretty much around the 12/1300 calories a day . It’s quite varied I’ve knocked the sugar on the head in the brews

Weight just won’t drop off starting to do my head in

Any suggestions hints or tips pls



7 Replies

Hi and welcome, Historically :)

Firstly, I would advise you to join the Thyroid UK forum and post your latest blood test results. For full Thyroid evaluation you need TSH, FT4 and FT3 plus both TPO and TG thyroid antibodies tested. Also extremely important to test vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12. Most practices will not offer this and you'll probably need to get a private blood test done.

If you're not being optimally treated, depression is a common symptom, as is stubborn weight gain.

Sertraline also lists weight gain as a side-effect.

You are also not eating enough, which can be counter-intuitive. Too little input makes our bodies think they're experiencing a famine and they dial down their metabolic rate to match. You may find this interesting

All of the information you need about the forum can be found in Pinned Posts and I hope you'll be joining all the Events, Challenges and Clubs that we run, especially a weigh-in and the daily diary.

If you haven't already taken it, here's a tour of the forum

We've found active participation to be key to successful weight loss and, of course, it's a good way to get to know people, find inspiration and share support and encouragement.

Wishing you all the best :)

Wullie2009Restart Nov 2020

First of all, David welcome to the new you.

Just over twelve months ago my health demanded of me that I change. It was deteriorating and had been for several years. At that point in time, I was twenty and a half stone. Further, my weight was largely responsible for my poor state of health. Having suffered for some years with COPD, I also developed type 2 diabetes. With my seriously deteriorating condition, something had to change. It was my mindset that needed to change.

The standard and largely unsuccessful route and advised by the masses is "go on a diet". Personally, I was not interested in going down that route. The very thought of counting calories every day, making notes of what I ate and the common practices developed just put me off. I felt that there had to be a better way of getting healthy. And I was right.

I thought to myself that thousands upon thousands of people go on diets and the diets fail them. All I needed to do was just "change" So I studied, then agreed in my own mind that I would shed unnecessary weight, giving myself a target of ten stone. Next, I set about finding an effective way of going about it. After that, it was straightforward although I did have to get my wife to buy into it. Eva wasn't terribly keen initially.

Then in February of this year I was looking on the Internet trying to get some further insight when I came upon a very interesting websitegiving advice eating in a way to generate a healthy body almost naturally just by eating the right products. The method is called "WildFit". The website is

When I came across this new method, well new to me, I had already lost six and a half stone. On immersing myself into the detail I found I had actually been something very similar to what Eric Edmeades had himself started several years ago. What made it interesting is that it's not a diet he recommends, as I mentioned earlier, just a change of Diet. Frankly, It would have been helpful had I come across the website 12 months ago

So David I would recommend delving into Have a look on YouTube for WildFit or Eric Edmeades. You can also find WildFit by logging into although should you want to dig deeper and follow the programme, I believe the course through is the better. Both are really good and would change your life should you take the advice offered. There is a 14-Day Challenge which is great fun and an excellent way of finding out how good the advice is.

As mentioned at the start David this really is a mindset change and WildFit is a great way of going about it. I had been working what is called a Mediterranean-style diet and that is more or less what WildFit is all about and very very healthy. I have to date shed nine and a half stone and counting. There has been a major impact on my health, no longer any type 2 diabetes and my COPD, which have been making me seriously ill, has been turned around. Many people will say dieting is the only way. All I did was changed my mind and changed my diet and healthier now than I’ve been for 10 to 12-years. Maybe not anyone else's favoured way to go about it, I know it to be particularly healthy way to go.

There are a few practical books I could advise if you are interested. And I wish you every success whichever route you choose to go down David.

morelessAdministrator in reply to Wullie2009

Welcome back, Wullie2009 :)

It's a shame you didn't explore this forum more when you joined a year ago, as you would have found a lot of information about the LCHF way of eating and it wouldn't have cost you anything. HealthUnlocked also has a LCHF forum.

Well done for losing the weight, that way of eating was also very successful for me and many of our members.

As a reminder, all of the information you need about the forum can be found in Pinned Posts and I hope you'll be joining all the Events, Challenges and Clubs that we run, especially a weigh-in and the daily diary.

We've found active participation to be key to successful weight loss and, of course, it's a good way to get to know people, find inspiration and share support and encouragement.

Wishing you all the best :)

Wullie2009Restart Nov 2020 in reply to moreless

I fully respect those that take the time and wisely research the direction that their individual thoughts take them. My research was both deep and broad and took me on some interesting journeys reviewing also medical journals. I became so much wiser and ultimately brought me to a lifestyle that suited me. I am sure the LCHF forum will benefit many and so wish everyone well who embarks on a style that suits them, their thinking and their lifestyle. For me, I am a much healthier man and will continue to be so having adapted to a very healthy, practical lifestyle and mindset which gives great energy.

I myself Journal and actively participate in a forum with like-minded enthusiasts, it really makes a difference being able to share and contribute. my efforts and discussions have given others confidence too.

I thank you for your observations, fully respecting your hard efforts and contributions to the well being of many and please continue as it means a lot to so many people who are learning about their bodies and finding their effective ways of eating for health.

Aginghippy2020 August

Have you thought about low carb high fat diet, easier than calorie counting. At first I couldn't imagine no bread, pasta potatoes etc. But it is surprising how you get into it and the results start to show quite quickly. There are lots on here who know more than me but I've managed a 1-2 pounds loss every week.

Good luck which ever diet path you choose. You will get plenty of support on here.

Nicoleeeee1232020 November

Hey Dave if you are only eating 1200 1300 calories a day that is definitely not enough for a man your height

You will not loose any weight as your body will store all calories for energy.

Your best foods are proteins and carbs

Leafy greens and wholesome carbs such as pasta and potatoes

Make sure you have a big healthy breakfast in morning such as Eggs bacon with the fat off beans and mushrooms if frying use a low cal frying spray.

BridgeGirlAdministrator in reply to Nicoleeeee123

Hello and welcome, Nicoleeeee123 :)

I agree with you that Historically isn't eating enough for his height and weight but I wouldn't come up with the same suggestions as you, I've found that reducing carbohydrates and being relaxed about healthy fats works best.

You might find this interesting

You'll find everything you need to use the forum in Pinned Posts I recommend joining a weekly weigh in - why not weigh yourself in the morning and join the Monday Mass Movers? - and using the Daily Diary, where members share their meal plans. You will find a variety of approaches there.

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

All the best


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