I simply cook for myself.. that way I know what is going into the recipe..I stopped going out to eat about a year ago.. but the problem was that I didn't know what the heck i was doing in the dang kitchen.. then a friend of mine bought me this hilarious beginners cookbook.. it's a bit politically incorrect so I can't tell you the name of it, but if you google "whipped and beaten culinary works" you can find it.. but seriously, don't go unless you can take a good joke or if you don't get offeneded easily.
09/27/2010 - 8:53am
I also did a blog and took pictures of every single thing i ate, i didnt go to the weight watchers meetings, i just followed the plan but the daily accountability of the blog helped me to lose 50 pounds. Turning 50 really got me to be serious about being over weight
09/27/2010 - 8:45am
I have always had a good diet and have always exercised vigorously; bicycle racing for 40 years now. After the age of 55 I found that I would gain weight faster and loose it slower than in my younger years. So when I put some weight on in the off season, at Christmas I weighed 240 lbs. So thought just eating just like I had always done, I ate smaller portions, rarely came back for seconds, and eliminated regular deserts. In a 6 month period spanning into when my spring training began, I was able to loose 35 lbs without a "traditional diet" as they call them. It's all about moderation, because I don't believe there is any magical diet. I find it interesting that the two top categories of books are, cook books and diet books.
09/27/2010 - 8:27am
I lost 35 pounds by cutting out soda (and other sugars) and watching my fat intake.
09/27/2010 - 8:10am
Mine was easy, I chucked the western diet and went just about 100% Chinese because 4 years ago I moved from the USA to China. BUT!! Not all Chinese food is healthy. And the Chinese food that we get in the west is a western version made for western tastes. In order to get real Chinese food you need to go to a Chinese community where the locals dine.
I also do most of my cooking at home with my girlfriend, who is Chinese and helped me chuck the western diet. But I do love a Big Mac once a month and a few slices of decent pizza which is difficult to find here.
I also no longer own a car but instead depend on my feet and public transportation.
I'm 59 years old and feel healthier then I have in the last 20 years.
09/27/2010 - 3:57am
Yes I have lost 30 pounds since February. Walking 3 to 4 miles 5 days a week and limiting my calories to 1500 per day. Keeping a total calorie count each day and weighing my food on a kitchen scale. Wearing a pedometer keeps me motivated to walk as often as possible.
09/27/2010 - 12:56am
apple cider vinegar - 3x a day. It curbs appetite too
09/27/2010 - 12:05am
lots of exercise
low fat, low calorie foods, less food but healthy
I generally don't like food. I am a picky eater and what I like, though healthy, is much less than what I dislike.
My motto is "Eat to live, not live to eat.
09/26/2010 - 7:37pm
The only way I ever lose weight is to count every calorie and tally up how many calories I burn with exercise. I used to use thedailyplate.com (now at livestrong.com). Calorie counting is a pain, but it works, and the site helps me to figure out how much I can eat and how much I need to exercise every day. If I start to slip, I go back to entering my exercise minutes and calories, and it always helps. I just naturally eat healthier meals when I do this because I can eat MORE of low-calorie, healthful foods.
09/26/2010 - 5:18pm
I had gastric bypass surgery in 2002, going from 250 to 106. I kept it off for close to 4 years. In 2005, one of our sons drowned and I started comfort eating and was sedentary. In May of 2009 I weighed 203. I took a very busy job in a restaurant and started eating right again and in 16 months, I've gone back down to 120. My motivation was having kept my nice small clothes, and I'm having a blast wearing them again. It was harder and slower the second time around, but I was determined to get healthy and happy again.