I was there too man. at 6'1" and over 300 pounds you can imagine I was quite the lady killer, literally... ;-) I'm nicely slimmed down at 209 Lbs.
Weight loss doesn't, as so many people say, come down to the old fashioned calorie in/calorie out formula. Before this is shot down, let me tell you why. Laboratory test that measure calories burn the test subject to obtain a caloric value.
While this may give a net sum of the energy that is in a piece of food, your body treats this food quite differently. Firstly, your body doesn't burn the food. Secondly, caloric intake is directly determined by how much your intestines absorb. Thirdly, related to absorption, the amount of food you absorb depends on how well you chew your food.
Case and point, swallow a handful of almonds without chewing them. Careful, don't choke! Now in your upcoming trip to the toilet for a #2, you will notice a lot of whole almonds heading on down the pike there. It is plainly obvious you've obtained very few calories from those almonds.
Now with that said, if you were to drink a bottle of honey, there is a good chance that most of that will be absorbed and "counted" as calories. So again, the concept I'm developing here is that not all "calories" are created equal.
In losing weight, there are a few key things that you have to look at in your diet. Number 1 in the list is SUGAR. It is evil, it is poison. "He's crazy!" you're thinking. Wait a moment, let me explain. When I say sugar, I mean processed, refined, SUGAR. Corn Syrups, white cane sugars, and yes, even honey.
Sugar triggers the fat storage. It's great for quick fuel if you're a high energy burning athlete, but if you're overweight, there is a good chance that is not your category...
Remove all white bread and pasta from your diet, and start looking for whole grain anything. Lots of fiber.
If you need to sweeten, avoid all sugar substitutes, NO DIET COLAS, and drink plenty of water. There is a great natural alternative to sweeten your foods and drinks. One is stevia. I tried stevia, but for some reason it had no sweetening effect to me. The second natural, low glycemic sweetening agent that I highly recommend is Agave Nectar.
Agave nectar tastes like a good honey, but has a very low glycemic index (how fast you body absorbs the sugars). Here is a good link where I buy agave nectar by the gallon:
Anyhow, with your sugar intake corrected, the next thing, and most important is to watch your portion size, and meal frequency. I have found that the north american lifestyle really plugs your body up with too much food. All the time, eating and snacking. And when you're not eating and snacking, you're thinking about eating and snacking.
In losing over 100 Lbs. the two most important factors in losing weight were portion size, and getting rid of all sugar drinks. I moved over to unsweetened green/black tea blend or just water.
Now diet is only part of the picture. Exercise is also important. In my case, I lost my first 60 Lbs. with diet change alone, but there will come a point where you will begin to slow down on the weight loss. This is when exercise begins to play a more important role.
One very important thing, don't go for aerobic exercise. I don't care what anyone tells you. Focus on weight training/muscle building. The amount of muscle you have is a large factor in how much calories you burn just sitting still. Yes, biking and stair climbing have their place in endurance training, but don't think biking alone will help you maintain weight loss. Pick up muscle weight and you're assured to keep off the pounds.
The school of hard knocks...
· 1 decade ago