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#1 KylieY

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:19 PM

Hi there

I have just come home from the doctors with my blood test results. I have low Vitamin D, even lower iron, slightly high cholesterol and a fatty liver. I do not drink, so the doctor told me it is most likely my diet.

I need to lose 20 kilos. I have tried to lose weight hundreds of times. And every time I fail.  sad.gif Every.single.time. Now with these health issues I really need to get serious. My sister is a personal trainer, so I can exercise with her and I have recently bought a bike, so the exercise part is covered.

I need to really look at my food. This is where I get into trouble. I love food. I love reading about it, cooking it, I love menu planning, I love all cooking shows.

But I have an overwhelming fear of failing yet again.  sad.gif  I don't know what program to follow so I thought I'd come in here for suggestions. I need a diet rich in fibre and high in protein and iron. Are there any great cookbooks out there that have recipes I can follow?

Any info, I'd be grateful.


#2 ~~HappyMummy~~

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:27 PM

Join weight watchers, attend their meetings and track what you eat.  It's a very sensible program and you'll get tonnes of support.

#3 I*Love*Christmas

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:34 PM

I would also suggest Weight Watchers. It will give you the skills and support to get yourself on track.

#4 9ferals

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:36 PM

Honestly, I wish I knew the answer.
I lost more than 20kg using My Fitness Pal (myfitnesspal.com) to track my food and exercise but over the last two years have found that it's creeping back on again.
There is no mystery as to why I'm putting on weight - the issue is that I'm eating too much junk and not exercising enough.  The problem I have is that I just find it so hard to make changes that I can keep up for the longterm.... like lots of people I've lost weight and put it back on again more times than I can count, purely because of my bad habits.

So, for me, the question is not "how can I lose weight" but "how can I change my eating habits and mindset around food so I don't spend the rest of my life yo-yo-ing".

I know this is not answering your questions, but I'd really encourage you not to just "go on a diet" but start thinking about the things that will have to change forever if you want to get to a healthier weight and stay there.

I have found a book by Gillian Riley to be quite helpful, called "Eating Less".  And MFP (myfitnesspal.com) is worth a look too, it's free, easy and can be effective if you "just want to lose weight".

#5 KylieY

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:46 PM

Thanks Happy Mummy - I have tried Weight Watchers before - I shall look into it again.

And thanks Rubybelle - I was nodding the entire time I was reading your post. I will download that app, thanks. That books sounds quite interesting. And I too am the same as you. I know it all comes down to my bad habits.

Thanks again.

#6 Feral-Lausii

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:52 PM

I can't recommend My Fitness Pal enough. It has changed my way of thinking about food. I have learnt so much, and have never lost this much weight ever in all my weight loss attempts. (see ticker) There's also a handy app for smart phones where you can scan barcodes for nutritional info. It works everything out for you.

Best of luck!

#7 emlis22

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:53 PM

Hi Kylie,

I have been using Michelle Bridges crunchtime cookbook. I exercise probably 3 or 4 nights a week and I've lost 5kg in 7 weeks (8.5% of my body weight) and it's SO EASY. The food is delicious, she has a 12 week meal plan so you can just follow that, or swap and change for recipes you like. There is also scope to try new flavours/variations and it doesn't feel like a "diet", but more a learning curve. I've had take away most Sunday nights, and still have the odd choccie and wine, so by no means am I being an angel, but the book teaches you about portions, what foods to eat etc so that my choices are wiser.

Oh, and I love cooking shows and meal planning too and I've found this great.

Edited by emlis22, 19 February 2013 - 03:55 PM.

#8 Escapin

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:59 PM

Dietician - on a care plan from your GP so should be free/close to it.

exercise (walking doesn't count) 4 times a week.

Use a entree plate instead of a dinner plate whenever you eat.

Try to always leave something on your plate. Even if it's the salad to start with!!!

Stop drinking anything cold besides water - no cordial/soft drink/diet anything. Sparking water with a squeeze of REAL lime/lemon juice is OK.

And get your husband/partner/best friend on board.

And lastly, stop bothering weighing yourself. Measure around your arms/thighs/waist/hips instead. This will reduce more quickly than your weight and give you some positive feedback to help keep you motivated.

#9 laridae

Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:10 PM

Combine MFP and the CSIRO diet.  
CSIRO diet has lots of meat, so high in protein & iron, and is low carb.
MPF helps you keep track of calories, so you know how much you can eat.

#10 Tammy Swanson

Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:10 PM

Hi KylieY,

Late last year I did the michelle Bridges 12week program and it was awesome! I lost 13 kgs in 12 weeks and this was weight I had been trying to shift for about 6 years! It was so successful I found myself knocked up at the end of it wink.gif but as soon as I have this baby I will be back on it.

You sign up for 12 weeks and she sends you all your meal plans and exercise for 7 days. then you get 2 videos weekly from her ( for the group) which she talks about your mindset. It was amazing as she made me think of why I was overweight and not just the food side. She has a forum also which was invaluable help but the great part was, there are facebook groups that you can join for your area and you can choose to meet up for group training to follow the program that Michelle sends you or you can do it alone. I am so not a 'group meeting strangers' person but I bit the bullet and did them and I am so glad I did as I have met some really nice people who have offered great support when I have needed it. Not I know it is not for everyone as it is pretty full on exercise wise and is a very low cal diet.

I have joined weight watchers before but I hated it as I felt they pushed way too much of 'fat free' treats and frozen meals (which is their income I know) and I do not think they encouraged you to exercise much beyond walking.Good luck biggrin.gif

#11 Phoenix Blue

Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:27 PM

I would also recommend Michelle Bridges 12wbt. I'm doing it currently and I think it is a fantastic program which works on changing your thinking as well as your habits.

#12 Buff Daddy

Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:35 PM

My wife and I followed the CSIRO diet.  It comes with a complete menu for 12 (? - I think it was 12) weeks of the diet, including recipes for all meals.

I lost 8 kilos and that was without exercising (due to cronic knee and back problems) and I was sometimes a bit lax with the diet.  

The downside was that some of the recipes we a bit involved and took a bit of preparation time.

Buff   biggrin.gif

#13 littlemen

Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:09 AM

I can not recommend the Michelle Bridges 12wbt enough. I lost 15kg on the program and have continued to lose weight. To date I have lost 20kgs. It is fantastic.

I managed to this with 3 children and did not find the program difficult to follow.


#14 qak

Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:17 AM

I need to lose weight too, and have been wondering about the MB plan.
What is the exercise in the Michelle Bridges 12wbt?

#15 Molondy

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:09 AM

I have to say it depends on how self motivated you are. From what I've seen Michelle Bridges WBT is fantastic but perhaps you need a really good personal trainer who knows exercise AND food (sensible food) who can keep you accountable.

WW can also be useful for this but I tend to agree the exercise component is a bit on the soft side. Exercise is particularly important in maintaining your weight.

I also second getting your husband on board.

#16 antsy

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:20 AM

I have recently lost 35kg with weight watchers. I love it because you can eat whatever you choose, and since you love cooking it would suit you perfectly. Many of the WW recipes are delicious and there are heaps on their website. Or you can just cook the same food as you always have and just enter it into their online tracker, it will tell you how many points it is and you can just limit your portion sizes. So you wont have to sacrifice your love of food or cooking.

I have never had success doing it on my own, I always end up giving up after a few days. But the weekly weigh in at WW is a huge motivator and keeps you on track. Oh and I didnt exercise at all and still lost it at a reasonable pace, so if you are going to work out with your sister you will have a lot of success.

#17 indigogirl

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:45 AM

Programs like Weight Watchers and Michelle Bridges are good to help get you motivated. Dont do anything that promises quick results (especially if it involves a milkshake replacement!). Focusing on living a healthy lifestyle rather than focusing on the numbers on the scale will be a more sustainable way of gaining long term goals.

I wanted to add though that you cant "fail" at losing weight. Every time you do something healthy for yourself you get better at it. Dont ever beat yourself up just start a new day

#18 Guest_Waiting ..._*

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:55 AM

If you can afford a "coach" (could be a dietician, GP, Personal Trainer ... even a trusted friend) that you have to "check in with" and can gain support from I believe that this makes all the difference. Most importantly you should keep your relationship with them until you have maintained the weight-loss for a goal period and instilled the new habits or it is all too easy to fall straight back off the bandwagon!

I believe that this provides the psychological support that is all too often forgotten about when we focus on what type of "diet" approach should be used and also makes you accountable to someone.

I love the Lorna Jane blog for really yummy "clean" recipes so have some fun researching new food types if this is what you enjoy! Pinterest is also great for new healthy recipes. There is no reason to stop reading, researching, cooking and loving food ... it will just be about discovering and experimenting with new choices and possibly revising serving sizes.  

Good on you for making this first step forward!

#19 ninaswalk

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:00 AM


Cut out preservatives, sugar, processed food.  There is a great blog called "Cut out the crap" with recipes etc.

#20 Maggie.S

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:08 AM

I cannot recommend the Michelle Bridges 12wbt enough! When I started I could hardly walk because of SPD after 3 babies, two rounds later I am 31.5 kg lighter and I can run! I've never been able to run!
I still have 15kg to go and I barely have to think about it anymore, my lifestyle has changed forever. Michelles mindset videos are amazing!
Good luck!

#21 avjg

Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:36 PM

If you love food and love cooking - go to www.paleoplan.com

I'm not overweight. In fact I weigh 57kgs. BUT, until I looked into paleo eating, I could never lose that last 2 kilograms that would make me feel comfortable (I was always 59 kilograms)

Paleo cooking uses all natural veg/fruit/meat/nuts/eggs etc - eat as much as you like (well I do).

The biggest thing for me was that I'm never hungry eating paleo style foods.

Its like a religion for me now - I tell everybody they have to eat this way.

i promise the weight will drop off you - HELL, I got rid of the last 2kilograms really easily.

If you have a heap of weight to lose, it will drop of you so easily.

#22 Canberra Chick

Posted 28 February 2013 - 06:51 PM

Rubybelle makes a lot of sense. You need to think of this as an eating and exercise plan for life. I have been using my fitness pal to track energy intake and output, basically reducing portion sizes and doing things like not putting butter under spreads on toast, only having a muffin at morning tea once a week etc.
I also allow myself a bit of a blowout at weekends, as this is for life, not a short term 'diet'.
I run twice a week, do weights twice a week and swim once a week. I also walk when I can and take the stairs.
Yes, it's dull, yes it has no fancy book or gimmicks and yes it has taken me eight months to lose eight kilos, but it's not creeping up and I feel that this is sustainable. I don't feel I am depriving myself.
Edited to over come iPad itis...

Edited by Canberra chick, 28 February 2013 - 07:25 PM.

#23 strawberry blondes

Posted 28 February 2013 - 06:55 PM

Please do not part with your money and join the likes of WW or lite n easy! Clean eating its the easiest thing you can do and you will get amazing results!

#24 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 07 March 2013 - 05:34 PM

I hated Michelle's 12wbt.  I personally found it to be ultra competitive, and totally focused on the numbers on the scales.  I found there were so many people doing it that the forums get flooded, your questions get moved to pages down and often go unanswered.  There wasn't the support there that I'd been hoping for.

I found her mindset video's hard to relate to.  She's never been overweight a day in her life.  She can try and be as empathetic as she likes, but she has no clue what it's like to be overweight, to try and change a lifetime of bad eating habits.

#25 FiveAus

Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:01 PM

I joined Weight Watchers online program a few weeks ago, and it suits me to a tee. I love cooking and love trying new recipes, and the tracker has a recipe builder you can add your recipes to, and works out the points value for you.
It makes you accountable for what goes into your mouth......I have a LOT of weight to lose and it's coming off slowly but surely. I am just eating my regular meals but have removed butter and oil from them, and have cut down on the amount of bread I eat considerably. The portions are smaller....a recipe for 4 now is 5 or 6 servings.
No junkfood, no high calorie treats, but I'm not missing out on anything because I've found replacements (Bulla 98% fat free ice cream etc) and fruit.

I don't go to meeting because I'm just not a meetings person, but I weigh myself weekly and record the weight on the tracker and it's on a gradual downward slope.

My exercise is walking for 30 minutes per night but I'll increase that as my fitness levels increase.

WW don't "push" anything, even on the community forums  have  never seen anyone recommend a WW branded product over something else. They have loads of recipes to try too.

My weight loss program isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle change and I'm in the headspace that this is forever. And I'm happy with that.

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