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And so it begins...


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Hi there everybody, this is my first post on this forum.

I came across this website a few weeks ago and today I finally decided to join up. I like the idea of having an online dieting journal and interacting with people who are going through (or have been through) a similar experience. I think/hope this may motivate me to finally shed my unwanted weight.

I've been trying to lose weight for quite some time but I always fail to maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise. I usually start off well and then fall back into my negative habits. At the age of 21 I know this has to end.

I am going to start my journey tomorrow but I wanted to begin my diary today.

At the moment I am roughly 6 feet tall and weight 14 stone I am male and 21 years of age. I like to think that I am not massively overweight but I desperately want to reduce the fat on my body as it really bugs me and makes me a less confident person.

My main source of cardio exercise is jogging. There is a nice, quiet road near my house and I try to run up and down this road 3-4 times a week. The road is 4 miles long (there and back) so I believe this is a fairly good source of cardio.
Over the past 2 weeks I have ran a total of 30 miles, which I hope to increase.

I also own some free weights and am beginning to use them more often than I used to. I try to do several hundred reps a day when I get the motivation to actually use them:D

In terms of eating I am a vegetarian (have been for about 2 years) and a lot of my diet consists of Quorn which I really like. I try to keep my meals at roughly 400 calories in total.

I think my main downfall is that I have a habit of snacking on junk food which piles on hundreds of unneccesary calories. Chocolate, cake, crisps etc often find their way into my diet even though I don't want them there.

Anyway, I am hoping that this diary and forum will finally give me the push that I need to shed my unwanted weight. Hopefully I shall report back tomorrow with my progress.

Any feedback in terms of what I am doing wrong or things that I should be doing would be massively appreciated as I am not an expert on health and dieting so I may be making mistakes.

Thank you so much for reading.

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S: 16st2lb C: 14st13.7lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 42.3 Loss: 1st2.3lb(7.21%)
Hi CCT, Well done in being determined to do something about those extra pounds.
Must say that at 400 cals per meal that works out to app 1200 a day for you and even adding a few more for those nibbles that you enjoy, that is still quite low for a man, especially with all that exercise as well.
I am no expert but it would be a good idea to look into that a bit further otherwise you will risk making yourself unwell at the least.

Take care and all the very best to you....:)


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Thank you for the feedback.

I generally tend to have 4 meals on weekdays since I am up rather early for university. So that would bring me up to about 1600kcal and then I think snacks on top would push me to near 2000kcal or even higher.
On food labels the Guideline Daily Amount for men is 2,500 calories but even if I am eating less than that amount I don't seem to be losing the weight.
My general idea is to try and keep below the 1,500 calories line. Do you think that is too little to consume?


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Day 1


1 Banana, 1 Small Glass of Milk

Cheese and Celery Sandwich - 250 Calories
Packet of Seedless Grapes - 80 Calories

Evening Meal
7 Quorn Chicken Nuggets - 220 Calories
3 Scrambled Eggs - 240 Calories
Lettuce - ? Calories (shouldn't be very high)
1 Pint of Water

1 Bowl of Cheerios with Semi-Skimmed Milk
1 Cup of Tea (no Sugar)


3 Miles Jogging
1 Mile Walking

I'm quite happy with my first day but feedback is much appreciated since (as I say in my opening post) there are people on here who know much more about health and diet than I do.

Hopefully will jog again tomorrow and do some weights as well.


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Day 2



1 Tin of Tomato Soup - 240 Calories
1 Slice of White Bread - 100 Calories
1 Pint of Water

1 Cup of Tea (No Sugar)

Evening Meal

8 Quorn Chicken Nuggets - 240 Calories
1 Slice of White Bread - 100 Calories
Bed of Lettuce - ? Calories
1 Pint of Water

Had a FlapJack afterward (whoops)


1 Bowl of Cheerios
Cup of Tea (No Sugar)


200 Weight Reps (Chest exercises I don't know the name for). Using 9KG weights.
Was going to go running but had an ache in my lower leg so decided to let it rest for a day.
Looks like some good stuff, and a very positive start, but have you thought of lower calorie, higher-volume foods. In the morning a bowl of oatmeal prepared with water and a glass of skim milk is around 200 calories, and it will stave off hunger for a solid 3 to 4 hours. Just a suggestion, I like the way it's looking though.

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