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Jumbo2000 Wed 03-Apr-19 11:10:32

I’m having a toss up between going back to counting calories (I know this works even though it’s slow and very tedious) or going low carb.
I’ve never done low carb. It seems very restrictive.

My midsection is my problem area, I seem to store an awful lot of weight there and I know this can cause health problems.

Help a dumpy sister out here...

Bobbycat121 Wed 03-Apr-19 11:12:00

Calorie counting for me. 2 and a half months and ive lost 2 and a half stone.

OrangeDuck Wed 03-Apr-19 11:13:09

16:8 diet worked well for me. Was careful with what I ate but didn’t massively restrict diet so felt sustainable and weight quickly fell off (and it was the last 5lbs I’d been struggling to shift)

littlepeas Wed 03-Apr-19 11:15:53

Find a form of exercise you enjoy and do it regularly. Intuitive eating - have a look at Laura Thomas Phd on Instagram. All diets are crap.

Beetlewing Wed 03-Apr-19 11:16:25

Low carb. It's not a faff once you get into it. Or what REALLY worked for me was the Whole30 diet. It's very restrictive but forces you to really look at what you eat. I liked it

RatherBeRiding Wed 03-Apr-19 11:18:21

Calorie counting is the only thing that works for me. That way i can still get my carb fix. If I try to eliminate anything from my diet (carbs, fats, chocolate) I just end up craving it!

Sensible calorie counting, filling up with stuff like beans on a jacket potato, not denying myself treats. It's tough, and tedious, but it works.

Bunnylady53 Wed 03-Apr-19 11:18:28

Neither for me - it was quitting booze initially but also I have lost loads since working on a checkout where I stand up for 4 hours. I was 13 stone at my heaviest & got down to 9. I started drinking again ( not my best move) & have put on a stone but am determined not to go back to how I was. I’m short so nearly hit a size 20. Booze is doubly bad because it bloats me but it also makes me eat more rubbish!

Reddragonqueen Wed 03-Apr-19 11:20:06

5:2 worked for me in the past

And finding a sport I enjoy. I hate the gym but love a team game

Breastfeeding was the best for me but I get that that's probably not an option

WoahThereMama Wed 03-Apr-19 11:20:07

I combined both and did low carb calorie counting - the Fast 800 diet.

Thatsnotmyotter Wed 03-Apr-19 11:21:20

Lower carb calorie counting worked for me. I used Myfitnesspal and tried to keep my macros (protein/fat/carb ratio) in thirds. I was also weight training and doing a small amount of cardio. Once I'd lost a couple of stone I found it fairly easy to eat intuitively and maintain my weight. I do a lot more endurance sport now and eat pretty much whatever I like so I can also recommend Ironman training as a weightless tool grin

ivykaty44 Wed 03-Apr-19 11:21:36

I’ve decided to calorie count and up my fibre, so feel full on less calories - so far so good as two weeks in lost 5ilb

EssentialHummus Wed 03-Apr-19 11:22:48

5:2 here. I'm down 10kg over 6ish months. I have about 24 hours' willpower max, it turns out.

UpOnDown Wed 03-Apr-19 11:23:19

Calorie counting for me, lost 9'lb in 4 weeks.

Junkmail Wed 03-Apr-19 11:23:38

Low carb—the biggest benefit (aside from weight loss) I’ve found is that it reduces cravings drastically. So yes—it can appear restrictive but actually is pretty easy to stick to because of the appetite reduction. I really like eating this way and as a bonus my energy levels and skin have improve massively.

mistermagpie Wed 03-Apr-19 11:24:58

Calorie counting and running (about three times a week).

I lost nearly three stone initially, have since had two babies and am back to the weight I was pre children. It works for me every time.

snurfflepots Wed 03-Apr-19 11:27:07

Another advocate for the Whole 30 as a great kick starter; it's really hard at first getting your head round the restrictions but 2 weeks and it becomes second nature. It's shocking how much sugar is hidden in food but its opened my eyes to what I was actually eating!
I then moved onto the 16:8, its helped me reduce my calories without really having to think about it so I could focus on what I was actually putting in my body. 22lbs down this year and feeling so much better smile

lastqueenofscotland Wed 03-Apr-19 11:29:10

Counted calories and run a lot
Boring but it works

Jumbo2000 Wed 03-Apr-19 11:30:35

@Bobbycat121 that’s an amazing loss in just 2 months! What’s your daily calories? Do you have a lot to lose? Well done, bet you’re feeling great!

Thanks for all the recommendations so far... it’s such a minefield for me, there’s so much conflicting advice out there.

I’d be tempted to try low carb. I love eggs and green veg and wotnot but it cuts out so many foods! Like fruit! Hmm... maybe it’s not for me.
Perhaps I’ll fire up MFP again... 😩

Pinkcar21 Wed 03-Apr-19 11:31:48

Another whole30 recommendation 👌🏻 It’s great for changing the way you look at food and nutrition, plus the weight loss is fairly rapid and lasts.

Pinkcar21 Wed 03-Apr-19 11:32:33

I lost 9lb in 30 days and it stayed off even when eating normally

Stereomum Wed 03-Apr-19 11:32:48

Calorie counting and Exercise. I've lost 2 and a half stone in 3 months.

isabellerossignol Wed 03-Apr-19 11:33:41

My Fitness Pal is the only thing that has ever worked for me. Really makes me think about what I'm eating, although I think it would be easy to become too obsessed, because all the little bits of analysis can be quite addictive

TheShiteRunner Wed 03-Apr-19 11:33:50

Low carb. As a pp said, it reduces your appetite and for me, the carb bloat in my stomach went down within about three days, making a massive difference. I am now trying low carb AND low sugar- we'll see how that goes!

PutyourtoponTrevor Wed 03-Apr-19 11:34:38

8 stone and counting on WW since end 2017, and without using any WW products

AProphecyForAFantasy Wed 03-Apr-19 11:35:08

I count calories and also go to WW. You're supposed to count Smart Points at WW but the plan involves a whole raft of 'zero point foods', which aren't really zero; nothing's free if you consume enough of it shock

So, I tweak the plan and go to the classes.

I lost six stones, am at my target weight and am maintaining it fine.

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