Right, and mixed with activity. 15 minutes of steady walking, twice a day at least.I've talked to a couple people who exercise excessively and both are ex alcoholics. It's basically an endorphin addiction with some people and they have no idea that's what's going on. It's certainly healthier than booze. But I see people running and biking in pouring rain and wind and extreme heat or cold. I think if you feel like you can't miss a day of exercise for any reason and you were once tangled up with substance, you may have swapped one for another.
For most people losing weight is about diet. You can't outrun or bike faster than a lousy diet that includes processed food, late night snacks and craft beer. I lost 30lbs in 9 months 2 years ago and the only changes I made were not eating after 5pm (dinner at 4:30); no snacking - none at all - and zero processed food. That includes bread, box cereals, crackers, sweets etc. And of course no fast food. I bike maybe 75 miles a week at 14mph in an area with rolling terrain and some hills. That and drumming. I'm 6' 165 and 63 yo.
This is 100% the truth. Too much focus is on the weight loss, not looking at yourself and the way you think about food. I've experienced this first hand, and continue to struggle with it. But I would start with what was written above and then get some professional advice from a registered dietitian or trainer.Not to be a downer here, but anybody can lose 40 pounds. Or a 100, or 200... it's not about losing the weight, it's about making the kinds of changes to your life that you can sustain. And not just for a few months, but permanently. Going hungry, going on specialty diets, or starting a program that requires you to do things you can't possibly sustain over the very long haul is a sure fire recipe for losing all that weight.... and then gaining it right back once you start eating again, or go off the diet, or stop the program.
The ONLY way to lose weight and keep it off, permanently, is to make small, incremental changes that become an integral part of your life and lifestyle, things that you enjoy doing so much that they replace the habits you might be blaming for your weight gain, changes that stay with you. Set realistic target goals --- for example, if you weigh 220 now, pick 215 as your target weight, then make changes to your diet and exercise that take off those 5 pounds, changes that become a permanent part of your life. Then set your next target at 210... repeat the process by making more of those kinds of changes... and so on.
Best wishes in your efforts...
I will closely monitor this thread, Lol!!I don't know why I didn't think I needed to lose 30lbs or 20lbs back when that was what I needed to lose, but here I am. I saw some recent pictures and I was shocked. I just don't see it in the mirror like I do in pics. I've stopped drinking which I think will result in 10lbs pretty rapidly. Then the hard work comes for the last 30. I weighed 220lbs the last time I checked, and my target is 180. I should probably be 170, but I've maintained quite a bit of muscle from heavy lifting, so I won't look bad at 180. I looked OK at 200 while lifting regularly. But muscle or not, I need to weigh a lot less to feel better. Wish me luck, I don't like being hungry.
It's actually not that simple. Pretty much everything we've been told since around the late 70s has been incorrect.Calories in, calories out. It's that simple and it's that difficult.
Obviously that's not counting carbs and processed foods which I mentioned as a culprit. Eat fresh foods and it's still mostly true.It's actually not that simple. Pretty much everything we've been told since around the late 70s has been incorrect.
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