« on: November 27, 2010, 02:56 PM »
I'm not really worried about losing weight. I've been between 205-215 for about 8 years and I'm pretty happy with it. I wouldn't mind getting my weight down to 195 or so though. However, I'm a lifter and have been going on 14 years now, so for the most part the weight is fine with me provided it's good weight. I got up to a very chunky 220 or so when I was in college and got tired of feeling lazy and not feeling good about myself. So I had a change in my eating habits.
I'll be happy to offer advice to people who might want it. I'll offer words of wisdom I've gained over the years in the gym and watching others struggle with weight if anyone wants it. I would never, ever suggest any kind of fad diet at all. Once you are "off" of it, people usually go back to the way they used to be. Think of weight loss as a change in lifestyle. My biggest suggestion is to eat in moderation. Don't go overboard and from time to time enjoy the "good stuff." It won't kill you. However, be mindful of what you are putting in. If you are person who eats fast food and that's just the way it is, let me help you with some common sense stuff. Have your meal dry or with mustard. Cut the mayo, cut the cheese, and any other dressings that are offered. Get grilled food whenever possible, especially chicken. If you have to have fries, go small, or try to substitute fruit or something else. Or just go with the entree and skip the sides completely. Drink water when possible. If you don't like the non-taste of water, then get some kind of powder you can pour into your water and flavor it.
I try to stick with this kind of common sense plan. I do fall of the wagon from time to time though. However, I make up for some of it because I run anywhere from 10-20 miles a week and lift moderate to heavy weights 3-5 times a week.
Common sense, moderation, motivation, and will power are your best friends in the weight loss battle.