'Rules' for losing 16lbs in 8 weeks?

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TheUnsullied Wed 27-Jul-16 12:34:16

I'm a binge eater and currently weigh 17st 1 3/4 lbs. This is the biggest I've been without a pregnancy blush I've piled on weight quitting smoking and my appetite has gone through the roof since starting taking a steroid inhaler, though I was under the impression that the dose was too low to affect appetite.

I'd like to get down to 16st in 8 weeks to kick start another change for the better, then lose slowly but steadily after. Traditional dieting doesn't seem to work for me...I get to preoccupied with it and so miserable that I convince myself I'm actually happier just accepting how heavy I am. Which is quite easy for me because I carry the weight a lot better than others who are this heavy. I have a fairly slim face, a size 18 on the bottom, fairly muscular legs and am very booby. I've lost weight before and got down to 13st. I wouldn't like to go much lower than that because my boobs barely shrink and I'd have looked comical if I got much slimmer.

So, rather than dieting, what new rules could I implement that will encourage weight loss? I've already decided I'll eat more protein and try to go easy on the carbs. I'm also going to try not to spend my evenings watching TV...my hands not being busy isn't helping the binging. What else though? What's worked for others?

LondonHuffyPuffy Wed 27-Jul-16 16:36:13

I could have written your post 16 months ago, apart from the giving up smoking and steroid inhaler bit! Those two things are not going to help.

I do sympathise. It's so, so hard to break the cycle.

In March 2015 I weighted 111kg, at 172cm tall. Which is about 17st 6lb at 5' 7" I think. I was a solid size 18 - but pushing a 20 on top. I got down to 76kg at my lightest, still battling with it and am aiming for 70kg (which is about 11st 4lb). Am currently 80kg.

The ONLY thing that has worked for me was lots and lots and lots of walking. And - you're not going to like this - calorie counting.

In March last year I bought a FitBit. I realised that I was doing around 3,000 steps a day or less, when the recommended amount is 10,000 steps just to be healthy. for weight loss you need to try to achieve 15,000 a day. It meant a complete radical change to my lifestyle - making time for walks in the evening after work and at weekends (I don't have kids so easier for me, I guess).

I combined this with using My Fitness Pal to try to get to grips with what I was eating and how many calories I was taking on board. I lost over a stone in the first month - some of which was probably water weight.

You need to burn roughly 3,500 more calories than you consume to lose 1lb. So if you want to lose 16lb in 8 weeks - which is very achievable - you need to have a calorie deficit of 7,000 per week.

Work out your basal metabolic rate - the amount of calories you burn just by existing. There are loads of online tools to check.

Set yourself an exercise goal, monitor your food intake. Eat loads of salad, fruit, lean protein. Don't "diet" as such, change your diet.

I'm currently walking around 16,500 steps a day and aiming for between 1000 and 1300kcal a day. Weight is coming off at around 1kg/ 2lb a week (only been back on this for 3 weeks, holiday to Greece looming in September)

I'm typing this in a hurry as I am at work but hope some of that was useful. Good luck x

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