thecreeper weight loss plan spanned about 11 months of 2001, during which time i went from 280 to 190 or so. after i began drinking more and ballooned in college, i went on another diet in april of this year and lost about 15-20 pounds to date (still trying to get rid of 10 more).
I need to lose weight. I'm tired of being fat. So I have decided that I'm going to start dieting and exercising. Building muscle isn't as important to me as losing weight. So what is a good activity for me to do? A lot of walking?
i think it's hard to simply tell someone else exactly what works and what doesn't but in general, i went out and got a gym membership (up yours boglin). you'd be surprised how much more it motivates you to go when you are dropping 30-50 bucks a month on a membership. second, if you don't know what to do, ASK. i made this mistake early on and hurt the fuck out of myself. if you want to just drop weight, not concerned about muscle, elliptical or stair climber is a pretty safe bet. i can burn 250-300 calories every ten mins on a stair climber. i also like to run at least a mile or two on the treadmills just to keep a good stamina. depending on your weight and wind though, it might be a good idea to start on the bikes. and whatever you do, it's important to sustain it. you really should get over 20 mins of cardio in during a workout. i also make a point to do 100 situps/50 pushups during my weight lifting phase as well. i think the most important thing is to do a workout that is sustainable and fun for yourself. try some things, and make sure you WANT to do the workout you make for yourself. i remember a teacher from college telling me that if you want to lose weight, 4-5 times a week at the gym is really the way to do it. 3 times or less will result in smaller weight loss or just maintaining your current status, depending on the intensity of the workout. when i was really losing a lot of weight, i would do a pushups/situps routine every night i didnt go to the gym, so that at least there was some activity for that day.
the best advice i can give for diet/foods is to start cutting out sugar. i started out by getting rid of non-diet sodas, anything dessert type thing, and sugary snacks. pretzels are a decent low fat alternative for a snack. lately i've been trying to get away from diet sodas as well, preferring to go with water or non-caffeinated beverages. i agree with what bogs said about meat, i try to only eat lean meats, like turkey, ham, chicken. i probably don't have the best habits, in that i eat a lot of pasta, but i prefer the energy i get from starches. i suppose i really should cut back there though. i've been still looking to drop some more weight, and sherv suggested i start calorie watching. I am going to shoot for 1500 calories/day or lower, and see how that works for me. i think that will help with my tendency to overeat at dinner too.