The Big Secret to losing weight? Eat Less, Move More.
Now, I’ve never believed in losing weight as a fad, or just to look god or to fit in a size smaller.
However, when I started to put weight on, particularly around the middle, which isn’t good for anyone, particularly guys, I decided to make an effort to do something about it.
No fad diets. The only weight you’ll lose with most of those is that of the dollar bills in your pocket.
Cut out the obvious stuff. Eat less junk food. Calories aren’t everything of course, but when you look at trying to lose a couple of lbs a week, and the recommendation is to limit yourself to say 1600 calories a day, and you have a half pounder and fries for lunch, with a large soda, and that comes in at 1400 calories, it’s easy to see why you should keep away from fast food as much as possible.
Avoid chips and dips. Eat fruit instead. Eat unsalted nuts. Quit soda, drink water, or iced tea, preferably unsweetened. Yes, cut back on sugar, and sugary snacks. For a sugar fix, eat some grapes. They cost no more than a family size bag of chips anyway.
Cut back on the booze, particularly beer, and particularly the heavier beers. Personally, I love those rich flavorsome craft beers, but some are 300 calories for a 12 ounce bottle. Now it’s easy to drink a six pack of some good stuff in an evening, and if you had that half pounder and fries and soda for lunch, you’ve had 3,200 calories today already, and that’s without taking breakfast and dinner into account.
Talking of breakfast, quit the donuts, and fancy coffee. Both your stomach and your wallet with thank you. Make a coffee at home before you leave. Get a thermal mug and take it with you in your car for your commute.
Cut out the creamy salad dressings. Make your own with olive oil, lime juice, a little sugar, and herbs.
Take a walk around once an hour if you’ve got a desk job. It helps circulate the blood around in any case.
You don’t need to join a gym, unless you want to body build. Of course, if you want to join one, go right ahead, but some regular walking will do fine. Use the stairs for 2-3 levels, instead of the elevator.
Above all, don’t try switching from a junk food diet, to a healthy smaller one overnight. You’ll last maybe two days, and quit. Just start to make changes one at a time. You’ll not notice the changes that way, but after a short time, you’ll wonder why you ate so much crap, or had so much salt or sugar.
Does all the above work?
Well three months ago, I was 235lbs. Now, today, as I write this, I’m 194. I’ve done what I’ve written about above, and that’s about it. In fact, I’ve done less than that, because I didn’t even drink soda, or take sugar in my drinks to start with.
Has it cost me any money?
Nope. It’s saved money on groceries – the food simply stays in the freezer and refrigerator longer. The beer bill is a lot less, and when I do get a six pack now, I really enjoy it more than I did, and I find I only want one or two in an evening, instead of guzzling all six.