Back To Basics
I've battled with weight for most of my adult life. I have tried several fad diets in the hope that I could somehow become slim and trim without much effort. The problem with fad diets is the quick weight loss realized is re-gained just as quickly when I go off the diet. That is because I always go back to my old eating habits and sedentary lifestyle.
What I have discovered is that nothing works like getting back to basics...diet and exercise. I'm 6' 1' and weighed in at 295 last Christmas. I stepped out of the shower, looked in the mirror and hated what I saw. At that moment, I decided to quit cheating myself and do something about it.
I stopped eating fast food...pizza, burgers, fries, etc...and started eating fresh fruits and vegatables. I cut way back on the carbs and increased my intake of protein. Next, I joined a gym. Now, I work out six to seven days per week for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours per day. I break up the workouts between cardio, weight training and attending various exercise classes to keep things interesting....kick boxing, spinning, toning, etc.
It's been three months and I now weigh 235. As a result, I have been able to quit taking my blood pressure medication. My 'at rest' heart rate used to be 70+...now, it is 50. I feel good and have a lot more energy. Most importantly, I'm liking what I see in the mirror.
Be advised. It has been a little expensive in the clothing department. I've dropped from a 42" waist to a 36" and my shirts have gone from a XXL to XL and in some cases a large. Since I have an ultimate weight loss goal of 200 pounds or less by July, I don't want to buy too many clothes at my current weight. In the meantime, I take the money I would have spent at the fast food joints and use it for new clothes. It's a nice problem to have.