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    Welcome to the Healthshare Weight Management Community for people and health professionals with an interest in Weight Management.

    This is your community and we want to get to know you so please reply to this message to introduce yourself. Tell us what you hope to get out of your community experience.

    We're looking forward to hearing from you. Happy healthsharing!
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  • Patrice Smith

    HealthShare Member

    Hi there



    My name is Patrice and I have joined this site with an interest in health and fitness and weight management. I saw the link on Joanna McMillans facebook page.



    I am after some advise. I am 32 and had three kids in three years. My weight has mainly been stable and in the healthy weight range for my height. My diet has always been poor but my exercise levels high. This year I have gained close to 10 kgs! Nothing in my life has changed, besides age lol! So anyway this past 2 weeks I have uped my exercise and have been eating sooo healthy. I mean I have dropped coke (lots of it!) chocy, bickies, maccas etc from my diet but I have gained 1-2 kilos! I realyl would have thought that even without changing my exercies with a masive diet over haul that Iwould have seen the kilos coming off. What advise do you have? Is this normal? Maybe I need to see a doctor? I did have my thryod checed about 4 months ago and all was fine but maybe I should have that done again.



    I am at a loss! I would love to see a dietition and have a personal trainer but just cant afford at at the moment.



    I am mainly following low GI and eating really healthy, cut lots of suger from my diet, lots of grains, lean meats, legumes, water, yoghurt, fruit, salads, veg ect. I still drink alchol but could that be such an issue? What else can I do?



    Thanks in advance for your advice. Am really bumed about not seeing even the slightest results and need some encouragement to keep it up!



    Cheers



    Patrice

  • Nicky @team healthshare

    HealthShare Member

    Hi Patrice,



    Welcome to Healthshare and the community. Please post your question in the “Weight Management” community by clicking on create (on the top navigation) and ‘starting a discussion’ or ‘asking a question’- put in there exactly your question in the reply above and I am sure one of our expert dietitians (one of whom is Joanna) will respond. You are not alone, I am sure there are many others in the same situation as you so thank you for sharing. I would also recommend you join the community as there is an expert panel of personal trainers and other experts who may be able to help you re your exercise regime as both diet and exercise and weight management are interlinked. 



    Good luck and thanks for sharing!



    Cheers,



    Nicky

  • Leading Melbourne Accredited Practising Dietitian -Mark Surdut APD AN. Mark runs a practise in North Caulfield with expertise in Medical Nutrition Therapy. Mark has a … View Profile

    Hi Patrice,

    Lets keep things really simple here. I have a strategy. I am surprised at the weight you have gained having reduced cakes and the like, unless you have compensated for that calorie deficit by increasing your intake of starches or other foods?? Anyway, do be a favour and cut alcohol from your diet completely for 3 weeks along with maintaining your HEALTHY eating habits and lets see how you go. Keep us posted



    Mark Surdut APD

    www.thenutritionist.com.au

  • Patrice Smith

    HealthShare Member

    Thanks Mark - thats exactly what I thought! I thought that just by cutting coke and choclate out that I would see a dif but I went further and cut pretty much all refined sugers and am eating much more salads, veg, nuts, etc. I have been mindful not to increase starchy carbs too. OK its a deal I will not touch a drop for 3 weeks and see if that helps! I will also go have some blood tests just to check. Thanks for taking the time to reply.



    Cheers

  • Simone Sparkes

    HealthShare Member

    Hi I am Simone, I have 4 busy boys ages are 18, 10, 9 and 6. I have pcos and  type 2 diabetes due to hubby away for work for the last 8 weeks (I have only seen him for 14 days approx out of the last 8 weeks) I have gone off the rails and not exercised and not eating well. I also know that its not good with the type 2 diabetes. I only make the biscuits, pancakes, cakes for the boys for their lunches at school so as tempting as they are I only limit myself to one or two, sometimes more. I don't buy chips, biscuits or cakes or softdrink.



    My downfall is the coffee intake which I am not suppossed to drink due to the intolerance to caffein but it's the only thing that I can slightly relax with.



    I can only eat certain fruits and veges due to allergies and it can be depressing food wise. I do my complete best but I am stressed and not coping when he is away, he returns this Friday and I can't wait as he will be home for good with the occaisonal disappearance for work.



    Simone

  • Nicky @team healthshare

    HealthShare Member

    Hi Simone,


    Welcome to the Weight Mangement community and thanks for introducing yourself. Having just read your introduction you may also be interested in the and communities. Both of these communities have an expert panel. The Weight Management community has expert panellists who are constantly giving information and tips on diet and weightloss. These can be found in the ‘content’ tab of the community. Please feel free to ask specific questions to the community and engage in discussions. 



    We hope you benefit from being a Healthshare member.



    Please let me know if you need any help getting started.



    Cheers,



    Nicky

  • Simone Sparkes

    HealthShare Member

    Hi Nicky



    Thanks for the welcome, I did go into the Diabetes and Fitness communities.

    And thanks for the support that you do.



    Simone

  • Nicky @team healthshare

    HealthShare Member

    My pleasure. Healthshare is a place where you can gain support from others, ask questions and share your experiences. Please feel free to start discussions and ask questions in any of the communities to ensure you and the community benefit. Please let me know if you need any help navigating around Healthshare. Have a great day

  • Mary Plum

    HealthShare Member

    Hello Nicky,

    My name is Mary and I am 60 years of age. I joined this site to obtain information on a range of topics that interest me healthwise.



    At the moment I'm struggling to maintain my weight at a healthy level for me .I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and attend meetings each week to try and stay in control of my eating.

    I need all the advice and new ideas I can get from other members, as lately I have been going back to old bad eating habits. I eat a healthy range of foods 90% of the time, but at the weekends, I get lax and have gained 2 kgs more than my personal goal.

    Over the last 12 months I lost 12 kgs but am struggling to keep it maintained.



    I would be interested to hear how other members cope with the weekends when their usual routine is changed. 



    I have kept good heatlh up to date with no major health problems and want to continue this for as long as I can.



    Any advice would be gratefully accepted,



    Thanks in advance,

    Mary

  • Nicky @team healthshare

    HealthShare Member

    Hi Mary



    Welcome to the community and thank you for sharing.



    It would be great if you could please post this message as a seperate message/ discussion by clicking on ‘create’ at the top, this way the community and experts can respond to you!



    Congratulations on your weight loss, and yes the key to successful weight loss is how to maintain it and keep it off. I often find that on holidays and weekends I tend to fall off the healthy wagon and get out of routine. I find on weekends its more so due to eating out, more snacking and indulging. I try to make healthier eating out choices like Japanese and stay away from fried foods and things like Pizza, and if we are eating somewhere like Italian for example, its best to get a side salad as an entree and a entree sized pasta as a main (without the creamy sauces). It's about choices and portions i find. Its also important not to restrict yourself and also ‘live a little’ but in moderation and balance it with physical activity- so if you have that gelato, make sure you balance it with a walk the next day or some type of physical activity! I find that indulging in a glass of wine or two not only increases your calorie intake but also reduces your will power and I then tend to have more indulgent foods….



    I would be interested to know what others think and their tips so please repost your ‘how to stay on track on the weekend’ question as I am sure everyone here has a similar issue!



    All the best,



    Nicky

  • Milena Katz

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Milena is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and holds an Advanced Science and teaching degrees. She has worked in clinical nutrition in many Sydney hospitals and … View Profile

    Hi Mary

    Weekends tend to be the problem for many people. Often we are faced with parties and restaurants and alcohol.

    It is important to think about what you are about to eat before you eat it.

    Also it may be a good idea to only eat 1 hot meal per day - that is to have a salad or sandwich for one of the meals and cereal for breakfast to reduce calories. Looking for healthy options at restaurants is a good idea.

    If you have already lost 12 kgs perhaps your body is hitting a plateau and you may need to make sure you are actually getting enough calories for your activity level. Eating well 90% of the time should be good enough.

    You may want to look at your exercise routine and increase the amount that you do on the weekends to compensate for meals eaten out/alcohol.

    Best wishes

    Milena

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