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    Lots to lose

    I have just found this site, and hope with encouragement from fellow dieters we can all get these excess pounds off. I am starting my diet (no junk foods) tomorrow. Lots to lose, but hopefully this time I will do it. Am going to try and stick to eating between 1000 - 1250 cals a day.

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    good luck! But fair warning you're gonna be pretty hungry at only 1000 calories. 1200 oughta be okay. Also, be sure to eat some protein at every meal. Your body burns a lot of calories trying to digest protein plus it keeps you full longer.
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    hi coffeecup
    welcome you will get plenty of support on here its like a little family kick your shoes of and join in x
    new one said its going to be easy but you will love the end result xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by hailey84
    good luck! But fair warning you're gonna be pretty hungry at only 1000 calories. 1200 oughta be okay. Also, be sure to eat some protein at every meal. Your body burns a lot of calories trying to digest protein plus it keeps you full longer.
    Absolutely - look to eat around 1,800 calories for starters with the amount you need to lose. Even 1,200 would be way too low to start on. Do take care. xx

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    Do you use MyFitnessPal? If you don't, you should. And if you do, you should aim to eat around the target calories it gives you.

    That said, it gives me around 2000 calories to lose 2lb a week, but I knocked an extra 500 calories off because I'm a stubborn and impatient brat.

    Personally, from everything I've read, 1000-1200 isn't really recommended because it's likely you will feel deprived and thus your chances of bingeing or giving up are higher. Yes, starvation mode is a real thing, but it takes prolonged periods of being on a very low calorie diet to really kick in, and it's only really damaging to people who are already at a healthy weight.

    Doctors will often but obese patients on VLCDs because the benefits of rapid weight loss for someone with a lot to lose are immense. But, yeah, if you're looking to lose weight and sustain it long term, I would bump your calories up a notch. Or, give yourself at least 1500-1600 calories a day so that if you are out and you go into Starbucks or you eat a couple of biscuits or whatever, you will have that extra wiggle room and you won't feel as guilty

    That said, if you make wise food choices, you can definitely eat well on 1200 calories. It's really up to you.

    Hah. I've just read this through before pressing send and I realised I suck at taking my own advice. I try to eat as few calories as possible because, psychologically, I feel like I'm doing better. Then again, I shoved two pieces of cake in my face hole today and brought my total calories up to around 2000 for the day, so... yeah. But hey, we all slip up. I've just got to make sure I don't do it every day. And I think that is the key - whatever diet you choose, slip ups are inevitable, but problems arise (and the number on the scales goes up) when we think, sod it! And make it a whole day, week or month of bad eating.

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    Another option is to eat 1000-1200 calories of carbs/protein/fat, but don't bother counting the calories in your fruits & veggies (except potatoes & sweet corn).

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    Thanks ellaye, tracygwill, hailey84 and chezz for your advice I will take everything on board. That's my first day done, I managed to use 1200 calories, but it is nice to know that if I do eat anything else tonight as it is another 2hours until my bedtime I will not feel guilty. Roll on tomorrow and hope this motivation stays with me.
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    hi coffecup
    well done you day 1 over now on to day 2 x
    new one said its going to be easy but you will love the end result xx

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    Day 2 and survived on 1400 calories. I am still motivated (long may it last). Have just downloaded my fitness pal and it says I should be eating 2050 calories. Think tomorrow I will up my foot intake a bit, but I do not want to eat lots of food just to use up calories and there is only so much fruit I can eat in a day. Finishing off my day with an options white hot chocolate. Roll on tomorrow.

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    Definitely try to up your calories, it's so very important for your long-term weight loss. xx

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    coffeecup 1 you need your calories love
    new one said its going to be easy but you will love the end result xx

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    Day 3 and not so good. Well meaning friends visited and brought lovely cakes with them. It would have been rude not to eat one, so I chose the biggest one and ate it. Today my cal total was 2000 calories. The cake was not worth it as now I can't eat anything until tomorrow. Still feeling positive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecup1 View Post
    Day 3 and not so good. Well meaning friends visited and brought lovely cakes with them. It would have been rude not to eat one, so I chose the biggest one and ate it. Today my cal total was 2000 calories. The cake was not worth it as now I can't eat anything until tomorrow. Still feeling positive.
    I'm glad to hear you are still feeling positive. Can I just ask, do these well meaning friends know that you've just started a long term journey healthwise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zippygeorgeandben View Post
    I'm glad to hear you are still feeling positive. Can I just ask, do these well meaning friends know that you've just started a long term journey healthwise?
    They did not but do now.

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    Don't feel bad about the cake. Just remind yourself that MFP recommends you eat around 2000 calories, so you haven't blown anything by eating that bit extra. Losing weight the healthy way rather than restrictive fad diets takes some getting used to. It's a whole new way of eating, so you have to learn how to manage those days when you eat a piece of cake or go out for dinner. Do a bit of browsing on the Tesco, ASDA & Waitrose websites and look at the nutritional info on things you like to eat, things you know you'll crave eventually, etc. and familiarise yourself with how many calories are in things so that you can make smarter choices next time. You'll probably be shocked at the calorie content of some things. I was planning my food for the next time I go shopping and I looked at breaded cod fillets on Tesco and they were something like 360 calories for one piece. Potato wedges & chips are higher than I realised too. So I decided not to bother with them, and settled on pasta with different sauces. I don't know how much variety in your diet you like (personally, I eat the same thing for a week and then switch to something else for a week and so on) but meal planning is definitely a good idea.

    Another thing you could do is log your food for tomorrow into MFP now, and then you'll know in advance what leftover calories you have, if any, and where you could trim back on lunch or dinner if you were to have another visit from friends with cake, or a glass of wine in the evening, or whatever.
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