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S: 11st2.4lb C: 11st2lb G: 9st10lb BMI: 23 Loss: 0st0.4lb(0.26%)
Hello all RC Members,

I just wanted to say hi, introduce my self and ask a few questions.

My name is Claire and I've recently had a baby. Over my pregnancy I gained 3 stone, so I want to lose the baby weight and additional stone. Since my little girls birth in April I have lost 2 stone and for the last 1/2 stone I followed RC's 1989 Metabolism Booster diet. I decided that I wanted to follow RC's upto date diet, so since mid August I have been following RC GI Hip & Thigh Diet.

I have been mixing WW points system with RC's diet cos the points system is easier to calculate than calories but decided that ideally I wanted to keep to one plan.

I have now thrown myself into RC properly and see that my Cals allowance is 1770. I wanted to ask :- How do other members spend their additional calories after 1500? I really dont want to have extra treats and find RC's suggested meals are very filling so Im at bit at a loss on what to use the extra calories on?

How do you get on with Calorie counting? Do you own any calorie counting books to help you and if so which books have you bought?

I havent got a local RC class, and with a baby there are times when I would miss her classes, so it is easier for me to follow the plan at home, however it does mean I dont get an opportunity to ask a Leader questions

Sorry for the long thread and good luck to you all

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S: 17st1lb C: 9st9lb G: 9st11lb BMI: 23.9 Loss: 7st6lb(43.51%)
Ouch thats a lot of calories; do you mind me asking your weight?? I would have thought if you have so little to lose that is quite a lot and more of a maintenance calorie intake. My allowance is 1500 and everyone I speak to is usually around that. (give or take).

I don't mind counting calories, its part of my life now.

Last week i bought a great calorie book by Collins gem called Calorie Counter' (surprisingly). Its full of information too on how calories are burned off, how many too eat (including a calculation to work out how many calories to eat to maintain your current weight based on your lifestyle and current weight), how many calories various activities burn, finding your ideal weight, frame size, ideal body weight, BMI, proteins carbohydrates, fats and loads more.

The price of the book (which i keep in my handbag) was £3.99.

Just searched on Amazon for it and it's prices at £2.99

Calorie Counter (Collins GEM): Amazon.co.uk: Collins UK: Books

The girls on the RC forum are very supportive and will help and advise wherever they can.

Good luck with your diet.

S: 11st2.4lb C: 11st2lb G: 9st10lb BMI: 23 Loss: 0st0.4lb(0.26%)

I currently weigh at 13stone 7pounds and I am 28 years old. I am also 5ft 10in so have always found that I end up with a high allowance

Looking at the back of the book it shows on the BMR page....Ages 18-29 weight 13.5 equals 1760.

The calories feel like loads and I just about get to 1500 lol. Thats why I started points counting cos I knew that 22points for my current weight is correct but I dont want to mix the two, so I am working on the calories.

I guess it makes sense cos I do know that if your high in weight you get a higher amount of calorie allowances.

Thanks for the book suggestion, I actually bought that very same books years ago, so least I know it was a good choice x

S: 16st9lb C: 14st8lb G: 10st7lb BMI: 33.9 Loss: 2st1lb(12.45%)
you could go for some higher calorie low fat snacks such as dried fruit or extra fruit (a nectarine or apple is around 50 cals so a couple of those extra a day is an extra 100 cals). Or maybe add in a glass of orange juice in.

Or, alternatively, if you're feeling full then don't worry about the extra calories. Although you're in the 20-29 age range, you're at the top end of that range so I wouldn't worry too much about a slight reduction in calories in your diet.
S: 11st2.4lb C: 11st2lb G: 9st10lb BMI: 23 Loss: 0st0.4lb(0.26%)
Thanks for the advice. I hadnt considered that very soon I will be in the next range and I would be on a lower calories, so that fact that I am eating the suggested amount already will not be too much of a problem.

I was also going to ask....how do you cope with eating out? All the meals always seem to be so high in fat and calories.


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S: 17st1lb C: 9st9lb G: 9st11lb BMI: 23.9 Loss: 7st6lb(43.51%)

I always ask for a jacket potato instead of chips or mash if boiled potatoes are not an option; I've never been refused yet. Or I go for a a rice dish always trying to take an option that would be lower in fat if possible. Something that is not fried or rich in sauce.

However its not always possible (as I found yesterday) so this morning i've been working off the calories!

S: 16st9lb C: 14st8lb G: 10st7lb BMI: 33.9 Loss: 2st1lb(12.45%)
Or just have a night off and go back to it the next day. The occasional meal out here and there is not going to put stones back on. If you think that each pound requires 3500 calories, I'm sure a high calorie meal now and then will be fine. Everything in moderation and all that ;)

But, as Sarah said, do what you can to reduce the calories/fat, remember that extra veg/salad will help reduce the overall fat percentage, and just exercise a bit extra that week to make up for it.

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