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mumofgirls1 · 17/10/2018 19:25

I'm desperate, I'm miserable in the way I look and really need dieting tips to get me started. I lost the weight before but after pregnancies and miscarriages etc it's all creeped back on.

So if you found something that worked, what was is?

Thank you.

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SideOrderofChips · 17/10/2018 19:25

My husband told me he was leaving me

So far I’ve lost two stone due to stress.

mumofgirls1 · 17/10/2018 19:27

Side ohh bless you, that's horrid!!!

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Kattatty87 · 17/10/2018 19:29

Cut out all sugar. And its hard. Really hard BUT ive lost 2 stone in around 5 weeks.

So- no bread, lacto free milk and cheese etc no jam or spreads. You can have sourdough or spelt bread. I live on ryvita

No white potato, carrots or parsnip

No fruit except raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cooking apples

No juice/ squash. Limit tea and coffee.


But 2 stone!

Kattatty87 · 17/10/2018 19:29

Also Flowers for @side

Ta1kinpeace · 17/10/2018 19:30

No snacking
No alcohol 5 days a week
Smaller plates
No snacking
Stand up whenever possible
No snacking

mumofgirls1 · 17/10/2018 19:30

Oh wow kat that's brilliant, go you!
If you don't mind, what do you eat in a day? 2 stone in 5 weeks sounds like my kinda thing lol

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youwouldthink · 17/10/2018 19:30

I now go to a personal trainer 3 times a week and walk days that I don't go. Lost 35lbs in 9 weeks. She has a meal programme worked out and I stick to it religiously. Best thing I've ever done

ninemillionbicycles · 17/10/2018 19:30

Find a way to eat less......different for every person. Slimming world, weight watchers, low carb, 5:2, intermittent fasting, they all work the same way, you eat less than you would normally. There is no more science to it all than that.

It just comes down to what suits your lifestyle and what you have the willpower to stick to forever. Don't pick something you can't stick to permanently or the weight will just creep back on

Crunchymum · 17/10/2018 19:31

2 stone in five weeks?

Do you have massed to lose? That Is an insane amount in such a short period. What do you actually eat?

For me low GI works

MoMandaS · 17/10/2018 19:32

My husband lost 21lb in 4 weeks doing the Exante diet Man Plan, where you use their products 3 times a day plus 200 cal of real (v low carb) food. He never really felt hungry, just a bit low blood sugar ish the first 3 days. It's drastic, but he finds it easier to stay focused because of that.

knowledgeofnone · 17/10/2018 19:34

Become a postie and walk 12 miles a day, I've lost over 3 stone and to be honest I eat what I want, if I ate healthy I could prob lose a lot more.

Sarahlou63 · 17/10/2018 19:35

Smoothies! A huge one with 3 veg (e.g. carrot/spinach/beetroot/kale) and 2 fruits (apple/raspberries/banana/pomegranate/plum/peach) topped up with water and a dollop of plain yogurt in place of breakfast and lunch and then plain chicken or pork with lots of veg for dinner.

And NO snacks!

MoMandaS · 17/10/2018 19:35

His aim was to lose enough to make exercise a lot easier, which it is now, and stay on a restricted calorie, low carb (1200) diet most of the time for the next few weeks to drop another stone.

SideOrderofChips · 17/10/2018 19:35

Sorry I know mine wasn’t overly helpful

Drink plenty of water instead of snacking

jadfiewahnds · 17/10/2018 19:35

I've lost a stone since Oct 1st doing low carb/keto. It's fine, a bit boring but I've lost my appetite completely and it's quite liberating to not be thinking about food anymore. I struggle with low cal/low fat because I'm greedy and hate being hungry. I still have wine but am naturally cutting back because the hangovers are worse on keto.

It comes down to what you can live with tbh, it's hard to lose weight! Good luck Smile

Stonebake · 17/10/2018 19:36

I’ve just started ‘No S’;

No snacks
No sweets
No seconds

Except on days beginning with S, (Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Special Days). I only started today so I don’t know if it works, but I’m hopeful!

Previously I’ve lost weight through reducing calories - boring but true! I’ve also tried low carb but it isn’t for me; although I lost weight I felt like shit and I ended up buying a lot of meat and dairy, which even the non-hippies Wink are now telling us not to eat too much of for the sake of the planet.

I’ve had success with WW, (when it was basically calorie counting), and also Slimfast. Hated SW.

I’m a healthy weight again now after having dc2, but that’s mainly down to bfing. Hoping to maintain weight loss with No S.

pandarific · 17/10/2018 19:38

The 5:2 fast diet - only thing that's ever been sustainable for me. Helped reprogram me with food too - now I LOVE food, but the anxiety around it sort of just went away.

whyispeppainthenightgarden · 17/10/2018 19:38

Breastfeeding a toddler and baby .... well should be breastfeeding a toddler and toddler now Blush

jadfiewahnds · 17/10/2018 19:38

Knowledge, I walked 12 miles a day for 3 months over the summer - no car, work 3 miles walk away and doing split shifts so going twice a day. Didn't lose a pound but my fitness levels improved hugely! I would recommend it for the mental benefits alone, bit jealous of posties 😁

FrangipaniBlue · 17/10/2018 19:38

No refined sugar (no biscuits cakes or sweets)

Reduced carbs (less than 30% of my food in a day)

Brown rice/wholewheat pasta

No bread

No crisps

No cheese

No milk (black coffee/green tea)

No fizzy drinks or juice

No alcohol

Exercise 3/4 times a week (spinning, running 10k, swimming, weights sessions)

Walk everywhere

I lost 3.5stone

AllHallowsQueen · 17/10/2018 19:41

Tracking everything religiously on MyFitnessPal
Eating proper meals rather than grazing
Increase protein for satiety (ideally from plant and fish sources as that has been shown to be healthier)
Swap refined carbs for wholegrain carbs and don’t have too many, I try to keep mine under 100g/day.

Have lost 2 stone and maintained for a couple of years while still enjoying treats (but still another 2 stone to go)

littlepeas · 17/10/2018 19:43

For me it's been cutting down significantly on alcohol and doing lots of yoga. My diet was already pretty healthy - pescatarian with no sweet tooth - but I needed to watch portion size. Have a look at intuitive eating - I try to follow this approach and think it is far more sensible than any sort of restriction (which backfires more often than not).


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Darkstar4855 · 17/10/2018 19:43

Another vote for the 5:2 here - it’s the only diet that’s ever worked for me. I lost 2 stone over four months five years ago and have more or less maintained it. I usually do 6:1 for maintenance and then switch back to 5:2 if the weight is creeping back on.

The reason I like 5:2 is that I feel like I’m only on a diet two days a week. I can cope with 24 hours of restricted calories because I know I can treat myself to something nice the next day. I don’t calorie count on my non-fasting days but I do find when I am doing 5:2 my appetite naturally decreases and I don’t want big meals.

Good luck OP.

pandarific · 17/10/2018 19:44

See the problem for me with the keto type thing or the weight watchers or whatever was at some point - I would crack. I would be in a restaurant staring at the dessert menu, or mithering around by the toaster getting into a flap about whether I should or should not have a piece of toast with butter. Not that it doesn't work - but I could never keep it off forever, because I'm a greedy so and so. Blush

With 5:2, I could just have the nice food I liked with no guilt, and then stick to the fast days (you can do up to 3 a week if you like) and not get so wound up about it.

Shoobydooby09 · 17/10/2018 19:44

It's very easy for weight to creep back on, I've been there done that.

I'm currently trying to lose about a stone and a half and then to maintain my weight. I have lost one stone since June it doesn't sound great at all. But we had a lovely summer, lots of BBQs, alcohol, Ice cream etc and I still lost weight!! I've gone down at least 1 dress size, 2 sizes in some shops. I have been careful what I have eaten, everything in moderation and smaller portions, but haven't forbidden anything. If I've wanted a treat I've had it. I have also done some exercise just by watching you tube videos no expensive gym membership or anything, lots of walks and swimming with the kids.

What works for me is a slower level of loss and setting myself small manageable goals. I want to lose another 5- 7lbs by Christmas, then over Christmas I won't be as strict but in January I'll then set myself another target.

I understand this probably won't work for everyone and i only want to lose about 2 and a half stone but I've tried all the well known weight loss diets and ended up hungry and just giving up !!

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