(Original post by nPuppy)
Buddy, PLEASE read this, okay?
99% of your weight is caused by your diet, unless you have odd genes. In this I mean if you reduce the amount you eat you don't even need to do exercise and
the weight will fly off. I managed to lose 1 stone in a month (from 12 9 to 11 10) simply by not eating chocolate, crisps and cake - not snacking between meals - and replacing everything with healthier alternatives.
Completely cut out the processed food. I don't care what the label says about kcal or carbs, it's ALL bad for you (as far as we care right now). Processed food contains SUGAR to bolster it up, this is a big cause of the obesity issues society now faces. Personally I never ate many processed meals as my parents cook everything from fresh, but the snacks I ate were processed and cutting them out did a lot.
There is a biological 'thing' known as sugar addiction, and it exists. We are meant to want, crave, love sugar because it's difficult to obtain naturally. Well now we can farm cain it is no longer difficult, yet out bodies still desire it as a result of X-million years of evolutions. Cain / processed sugar contains no nutrients, it's known as 'empty calories' because it is just that! It is simply energy in sugar form, spiking your insulin and causing weight gain (to do with the insulin response). Your body needs to use up nutrients it has stored from other foods to process and metabolise it - THIS SHOULDN'T NEED TO HAPPEN. Cut out all processed foods/sugars and eat fruits instead, much healthier and providing nutrition too, for less calories.
To sum up, the easiest way to lose weight is to change your diet. It will be HARD for the first week or two but after that, not eating sugar will make you feel REFRESHED and HAPPY. I've been there.
- Fresh veg (as much as possible, frozen is okay but NO processed junk - I don't known about pre-prepped)
- Fresh meat from the counter if you can afford it. Anything not processed too much. To extrapolate - steak, chicken, lamb, pork, FISH - LOTS OF FISH. Living on an island I often forget but fish is a good part of the diet and the months eating it feel better than those not. You can buy a WHOLE chicken for not much, £4 over here so many £2-£3 in the UK and then learn to gut and prep it. Saved you a wad of cash and feels rewarding for making your own foods.
That horrible list of what not to eat, well you can make your own judgement but I often think of it like this: "If I wouldn't feed it to the dog (ie it's bad for dogs) then I won't eat it myself" (Doesn't apply the other way.... don't go eating dead rabbits!)
- No crisps, No chocolate
- Cut processed foods - eg NO RUSTLERS eww eww no!
- No chippies, no chinese, etc. *NO MACCY Ds or any other of those chains you have* Anything you want, make it yourself. Use olive oil for cooking and you can re-use it after some dishes (eg for chips strain and re-use).
- Cut back on the beer and alch if you drink. Beer is like liquid bread
- Also even if they're from the meat counter, avoid burgers for now. The condiments with them and the bread cause weight gain
Thats it for now, I can't think of anything immediately.
If, after cooking all this food you have time, hit the gym for the weights and go cycling in fresh air, feels great. However as I said most of my weight loss was due to my diet change. After a while it slowed down, Christmas caused a slight spike but nothing major - I then went from 11 6 down to 10 10 which was ridiculous. This over the course of 2 or 3 months but still.. At this time I was occasionally eating chocolate but still no crisps or processed/takeaways/etc. Recently I think I've started gaining because we had a load of home-made cakes with all the fruit lying around, and also burgers because BBQ. So cutting out this (oh and I was eating more choc, nervous.. exams) makes a huge difference.
You won't get a super quick fix, but the dietary change will affect you within a couple of weeks and you'll feel amazing. Feel free to PM me or whatever if you need advice or motivation - and also check out reddit.com/r/keto and reddit.com/r/paleo and reddit.com/r/fitness - the last one is good if you intend to build lean and they're supportive subs.
To finish- change diet, hit gym, get regular sleep schedule.
OH AND I FORGOT - NO SOFT DRINKS - Only water if you can. If you must, perhaps a cordial or fruit juice (pure - not smoothies unless home made from fruit only)