Losing Weight When Short

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IceniSky Thu 25-Jul-19 18:48:01

I'm under 5 foot. I've always had a constant weight until last 2 years. I am 41. Have an office job which involves early mornings. Do a high intensity activity once a week and a jog once a week.

Planned to up jogging this week but I cant take the heat.

Really struggling to shift the half a stone to 10 pounds I want to loose. My TDEE is around 1450 I think but I struggle to not eat that let alone below.

I'm just verging on a BMI of 25 but that looks and feels very big on my frame. The extra few pounds show. I'm sure BMI is too generous for someone my size.

I am pescatarian looking to go veggie so low carb is hard.

Log everything via Myfitnesspal.

Eat around 7 portions of veg or fruit.

Rarely eat processed foods.

Drink lots of water. Dont drink fizzy drinks.

Yesterday I had

Two scrambled eggs with spinach and radish.


Can of tuna (did have salad cream) with bowel of red cabbage, carrot, cucumber, tomato, beetroot, pea shoots, spinach, salad sprouts, balsamic dressing.

4 walnut halves.

Roasted aubergine, sweet potato, courgette, tomatoes, a few olives, honey, lentils, small amount of cous cous, half a hallumi (a once a month treat).

It came in higher than my TDEE. Do I need to start cutting back olive oils etc? I was so hungry yesterday and find it all a bit depressing. I'd love a glass of wine tomorrow but 1200 only drops me 0.5 pounds a week.

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IceniSky Thu 25-Jul-19 19:12:30

I'm already over the 1200 today. I've had

- banana
- hummus, carrot, watercress, beetroot wholemeal sarnie.
- podded peas
- Salmon, green beans, peas, homemade potato salad (DH cooked)
- Ice lolly.

I don't feel cutting more out of the above is sustainable.

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gigi556 Mon 12-Aug-19 21:23:41

I'm 4'10" and feel your pain! I'm actually quite a bit bigger than you at around 140lbs. I'm quite muscular and curvy but also definitely overweight. I've always had trouble with calorie restricting as I'm always hungry. I've had success with low carb but find that also hard to stick to... I'm afraid I can't offer any advice!

Emmie412 Tue 13-Aug-19 08:43:15

Your diet sounds very healthy but it sounds like a lot of easily digestible carbs, which then make your blood sugar take a nose dive.

Could you maybe add more beans, chickpeas and lentils? They're low in calories, and have a lot of fibre and protein.

Could you change your wholemeal bread to heavy duty German wholegrain rye bread? Have a big bowl of natural, unsweetened yoghurt, e.g. Greek or Turkish with berries rather than fruit?


Add more every day exercise, e.g. walking stairs, cycling to work, aim to get to 10,000 steps a day etc? And try to avoid eating your exercise calories.

I also find that drinking a big cup of warm tea, herbal or black after meals and in between helps with the feeling of hunger/makes me feel more satisfied.

Emmie412 Tue 13-Aug-19 12:02:25

Forgot to add, but try this for a simple and filling lunch for 400 calories (depending on what you use as a cracker, mine was chia seed rice cakes)

150g drained tinned black beans, rinsed and heated up in microwave
dash of hot chilli sauce
half an avocado + sprinkle of salt

Mash it all up and apply on top of cracker/rice cake/finn crip or similar.

Looks gross, tastes lovely, is satisfying and filling and does not involve animal products. smile

ChocOrCheese Tue 13-Aug-19 13:19:42

Hummus is pretty calorific and not all that satiating (I find, anyway). Nuts are good, but I would not find much satisfaction in 4 walnut halves, given the calories they contain.
What about some more protein? Cottage cheese, skyr yogurt, prawns (I realise not if you do go veggie). I soak some oats and chia seeds in boiling water and then have them a few hours later mixed with skyr yogurt and a variety of fruit. It's very satisfying.

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