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Husband wants to lose weight, advice/help needed please

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Danglyweed Sat 07-Nov-15 17:27:36

My husband has decided he would like to lose weight, all of which is centred around his upper half. We're not sure what weight he is , Id guess maybe 16/17 stone. Hes 6 foot 1. So prob at least a couple stone to lose!?!?

God I've no idea about any of this!!

So what diet is best/easiest to follow? He suggested a soup diet... I just cant see how that would be sustainable for more than a couple of days. I'll be making up a meal plan and I guess having to eat this stuff myself or else I prob wont make just myself dinner. I had a look at some SW recipes, looks easy enough... but is it?!

msrisotto Sat 07-Nov-15 17:32:10

I don't mean to be unhelpful here but ...why are you doing all the research? All the meal planning? Weight loss is 100% the responsibility of the person who wants to lose weight and it's not really fair to land it all on you.

Unescorted Sat 07-Nov-15 17:32:46

If you drink alcohol - stop. Other than that cut out snacks and eat a bit less of everything else.

I work on the principle that if there is a book or pay for eating plan the seller doesn't have me losing weight at the forefront of their mind.

msrisotto Sat 07-Nov-15 17:41:12

I realise that i'm saying this because my DH eats large portions of my healthy meals and is surprised when he doesn't lose weight. I won't cook plain chicken breasts and salad because that's miserable for me! And it's unnecessary IMO. Portion size is all and I can't do that for him - sore point!

ProfGrammaticus Sat 07-Nov-15 17:42:53

Yes. Cut out alcohol and sugary crap. Reduce carbs. Do a bit more exercise. That's it.

Danglyweed Sat 07-Nov-15 21:14:47

Msrisotto, I offered to help after he came up with the crap soup diet plan, its something he really wants and he would never stick to that! Hes shall we say, not the sharpest tool, bit clueless about calories etc. I think my dh prob is much the same as yours, we eat the same nightly meal, difference is mine is half the size of his!! He also has a slice of bread with everything!!

Unescorted, prof, thanks, ironically since we had our dts, theres been no straight up sugar on a plate puddings and alcohol is now very few and far between and hes gained.

He has an active tradesman job, has got an exercise bike to use. I was thinking he might be interested in a couple personal trainer sessions at the local gym to help give him a bit of confidence.

TalkinPeas Sat 07-Nov-15 22:33:34

Depressingly, 5:2 works an absolute treat for blokes.
The buggers lose weight better than women
and it goes from the torso where its the most needed gone

5:2 involves eating very little at all two days a week
and eating what your body needs the other 5 days a week

there is a whole board for it on here

and the nice thing with 5:2 is that its a good way to eat for those with no weight to lose - so is sustainable

ReadFox Sat 07-Nov-15 22:38:45

Tell him to start using fitness pal to get a feel for how many calories are in food. If he can't connect the two, ie, join up the dots, it's hard to know if what's going in is in excess of the TDEE

I couldn't handle the 5:2 so I do my own version of it. Monday, Wed & Friday (but it depends what I have on) I limit calorie intake to about 850

Stoneagemum Sat 07-Nov-15 22:54:20

I second the my fitness pal, or another calorie counting app, that way there are no different foods just smaller portions. A food scale is necessary and the weighing of all food can get tedious to begin with, but I lost 5 stone whilst still eating exactly the same as my family by dong this. Portion/calorie control is king imo

Danglyweed Sun 08-Nov-15 09:51:20

Thanks, some great suggestions. Have d/l fitness pal for a look, seems really good, think I could get into playing on it grin better get it deleted and onto his phone asap. Got a fitbit with my phone upgrade, might encourage him to use that along with it.

I had read about 5:2, wasn't sure how he would get on on the 'fasting' days. Could def be worth a try though, could make the 2 days on his days off so im here to support him. Also good to know that its good for maintaining weight as Id be worried about losing myself.

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