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Ticktock40 · 11/04/2021 16:52

I know why I’m overweight, and I know a quick fix isn’t usually the answer but I’ve just found out I’m eligible for IVF on the NHS. The only downside is I have to lose 2 stone to bring my BMI below 30.

I’m in shock as I’d got my head around the fact we’d have to use savings/ get a loan and when you pay privately, your BMI is less of an issue.

Apparently there’s no waiting list either so the sooner I lose the weight, the sooner we can crack on. Time isn’t on our side, I’m nearing 40 and have been recommended starting ASAP.

I’ve done meal replacement diets in the past and the weight loss was quick but I couldn’t exercise. To be honest, I’ve done every diet ever. Sad
Any advice would be gratefully received.

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Belladonna12 · 12/04/2021 18:23

I would just calorie count. You don't want to do any kind of extreme or weird diet as that could interfere with your fertility. 1200 a day seems quite reasonable although it depends on what you currently eat each day.

Piglet89 · 12/04/2021 18:24
  • Read “why we eat too much” by Andrew Jenkinson;

Practise intermittent fasting (5:2 or 16:8);
Cut sugar, refined carbs and processed foods;
Grocery-wise, Don’t buy anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food.

Good luck!
Belladonna12 · 12/04/2021 18:27


Calorie deficit is really good
Basically is your weight in pounds
And x it by 10,11, or 12 gives you amount of calories in a day you can eat.
Eg 12 stone 168 pounds
You can eat 1680, or 1848, or 2016 depending on how quick you want to go.
That way you can eat anything you like no wrong or right foods ( obviously is better to go for healthy options!)
Combine with some exercise -
Couch to 5kg is really easy to follow.
Just seen pp saying eat 1200 a day don’t do that that is recommended daily calories for a toddler! All that will happen is that your body will store fat out of panic it’s not getting fed!

1200 sounds fine to me. That used to be recommended if on a diet in the 80s and people were a lot slimmer then.
HaveringWavering · 12/04/2021 18:28


Do not consume less that 1200 calories this is dangerous and can effect your health.

Well Dr Michael Moseley says it’s generally safe (with the usual caveat check with your GP first for any issue specific to you) and there was a three episode Channel 4 documentary all about doing 800 cals a day that went out last Summer. I think that they would have been in legal trouble if recommending something dangerous. What is your medical evidence for this statement?

OP I think you might get something out of watching the documentary if you haven’t seen it. It’s on All 4. Weight loss between 1 stone and 1 stone 10 in 3 weeks.
Neverseenherbivore · 12/04/2021 18:35

VLCD is your fastest option imo. LighterLife, Cambridge etc they are all pretty much the same. Previously lost 8 stone in 7 months, and most recently lost 1.5 stone in 3 weeks. Good luck with the loss - you can do it - but more importantly good luck with IVF! 💐

wildchild554 · 12/04/2021 18:40

@HaveringWavering Info from my GP and my physio

Looneytune253 · 12/04/2021 18:44

Keto is good for losing weight fast. It slows down after a few weeks tho but some people will drop half a stone fast and then keep losing week on week.

chaosmaker · 12/04/2021 18:45


Dry fasting - when done correctly, people are horrified by it but that’s because they aren’t educated.

I dropped 14lbs in 4 days.

That's because it's a stupid thing to do. There aren't any calories in water and you need to stay hydrated. Fasting is fine but dry fasting? NO
Toomuchtrouble4me · 12/04/2021 18:45

Go on a milk only diet.
3.5 pints a day
plus 2.5 pints of water, tea, coffee, sugar free squash or Crusha for milkshake
You can also have sugar free jelly.
That’s it.
Amazingly you won’t get hungry, every time you feel peckish have some milk.
Yes people will say it’s not healthy etc and it’s not if you do it forever but if you do this short term it’s fine and you will loose 7- 9lb a week.
It is a diet recommended to me by a very highly experienced and respected surgeon to lose some weight pre-op. I did 3 weeks and lost 26lbs.

user1471442488 · 12/04/2021 18:47


I am a state registered dietitian and overall I agree with murbblurb. I think in part showing them you are serious and have lost weight might be enough even if it isn’t the 2 stone. VLCDs might work in the short term but they mess up your metabolism as your body goes into starve mode, metabolism slows down and anything you eat beyond the VLCD when you inevitably come off it, will be stored as fat. I think 5:2 is just about ok ( eating moderate amounts eg 1500-1800 5 days a week and 800 kcal 2 days a week. I’d advise against anything more intense. I do believe that controlling carbs can help control appetite so avoid toast, biscuits, crisps etc between meals. A good protein intake at breakfast can help control appetite later in the day eg scrambled eggs/ kippers and poached eggs. Good luck!

Lol, there’s no way you’re a “state registered dietitian”

“starve mode”, come on!
roxanne119 · 12/04/2021 18:51

Put a picture of a baby on the fridge and the food cupboard door . Start walking every day . Chuck out rubbish food from your cupboard start to cook clean and healthy meals . Fix your goal . You need to loose weight but you need to do it in a careful way so you body can carry the baby afterwards . Good luck .

GameSetMatch · 12/04/2021 18:54

Eat less calories and swim as much as you can. I got down to a size 8 from a 14 from swimming just 1 mile a day and eating around 1800 calories.

ExpatAl · 12/04/2021 18:55

Fast 800. Do it exclusively for 10 days and you’ll lose a stone, then move on to twice a week, being sensible in between. Get the book - healthy and effective recipes. Best of luck!
I went through IVF successfully twice and researched the hell out of it. Include pork, capers, olives, good fish, quality protein. I hope this works out for you.

Gandalfsthong · 12/04/2021 18:59

Human being diet, I lost a stone in the first 3 weeks. It has worked for me because I don’t miss the sugar/carbs and like the kind of food I’m eating, also realise I was eating way too much before. You must have a treat meal once a week and that works for me. You can purchase the book from Amazon. Good luck!

ChiefBabySniffer · 12/04/2021 19:01

I lost 20lb doing high fat low carb and going to the gym 3-5 days a week. If you combined that with liraglutide injections (regulate blood level by hormones and suppress appetite) then you could possibly increase it.

ChiefBabySniffer · 12/04/2021 19:02

That should be I lost it in 5 weeks!

Thisisnotreallymyname · 12/04/2021 19:02

Fast 800 is brilliant. You do it for a maximum of 12 weeks only. Easily lose 2-3 stone on that time x I’ve never felt so well, pain free and slept like a baby ! First week is a bit hard, but after that it’s a breeze! Drink lots of water !
Read the Dr Michael Moseley book. The cookbooks are great too.

ign0re · 12/04/2021 19:02

My fitness pal to track calories, try and stick to 1200 a day or more if you’re exercising (whatever is above 1200 you need to make sure you’re burning off). You should lose 2lbs a week minimum but to begin with probably more like 3-5 lbs... I wouldn’t imagine crash dieting would be that great for your body so this would be my recommendation! Good luck!

Latinorapida · 12/04/2021 19:06

Strict Keto will make you lose weight QUICK especially if you add exercise on top of that.

Keto is tough - absolutely no carbs or sugar.

I bloody love sugar so found it really tough but if you just persevere for the first couple of days by day 3 you won’t miss sugar!

Eggs/cheese/meat/greens! If you just have that the weight will literally fall off!

Bertiebiscuit · 12/04/2021 19:33

The faster you lose weight the faster it goes back on - so think very carefully before you go on some crazy regime

MadMadaMim · 12/04/2021 19:34

Calorie count with MyFitnessPal

Easier if you have a week long healthy diet plan and just do that every week. Don't go below 1200 calories as this wouldn't be great to get you ready for invasive ongoing medical procedures.

Good luck x

blondiepigtails · 12/04/2021 19:37

Michael Mosley Fast 800 diet is amazing. Read the book and follow all the advice. You’ll feel fantastic after a couple of weeks. Hard to start with. So worth it

SummerWillow · 12/04/2021 19:40

Silly answer - E. coli - lost a stone in a week 😫

mumof2exhausted · 12/04/2021 19:42

My sister did Cambridge diet to lose weight for IVF. It’s hard but works. She lost 3 stone in 3 months.

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