I'm new to mn, but have been a lurker for ages, this is my first post.
I'm really frustrated by my weight - I used to be a healthy 10 stone (I'm 5'8) and a size 10 but now I've ballooned to 11 and a half stone over the past year or so. I'd like to lose a stone by April, can this be done?
I actually don't eat a lot and I use MFP to track what I'm eating, but I don't exercise at all so I know this is the problem. It sounds pathetic but I am not a sporty person and find it really hard to get motivated. I also have the implant which I think has triggered the weight gain.
Last week my sister (who is much slimmer than me) passed comment on my weight, this has made realise that other people are starting to notice my new size and I'd like to do something about it to feel more confident in myself.
I've now reached a tipping point and really need some inspiration, I have so many beautiful dresses hanging in my wardrobe that won't zip up!
How did you get into shape after gaining a bit of weight? I know everyone is different, I just want to feel confident again.
Thanks withaspongeandarustyspanner & Quiero. About 1700 give or take (sometimes I go into the MFP red at weekends). I never have bread in the fridge and I always have breakfast. My downfall is probably biscuits, but I do know when to stop.
You just need to eat less I'm afraid (boring as it is). I think for your height and weight 1700 calls a day will probably maintain your weight and the extras at weekends might be putting the weight on.
Obviously you should exercise for overall health but it's not strictly necessary for weight loss. To lose 1lb of weight you need to eat 3500 cals less than your body uses. Obviously by exercising your body will use more cals so in theory you could eat more.
If you cut down to 1200/1300 cals a day you could probably lose a stone in 7/8 weeks. If you want to eat more than that you will need to do some exercise.
I'd recommend getting a fitbit or something else like it. It makes me move loads more than I used to. And doesn't feel like exercise!