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I got on very well with WeightWatchers - online only. I started because my partner did it, and just by eating the meals she was, still raiding the snack machine at work, still drinking like a fish at weekends, even I lost half a stone.
There are some cracking recipes on the site - we have about a seven week rotation of meals that we still eat even when not on the diet (Potato, Pea & Paneer Balti is a special favourite)
Considering your old moniker, fat_boy, it can't be that recent.
Opinion: Don't go zero carb, your body will go into starvation mode and start spewing out huge amounts of enzymes to use every gram of the food you eat. Plus it makes you hungrier. That's simply how we are made.
So go low and slow, but don't cut it completely.
To keep the worst parts of losing weight at bay, (hunger, mood swings, and weakness) you need to think of your blood sugar level.
When the blood sugar is high, the surplus is stored away as fat. So, keep your portions smaller and reduce the amount of carbs. Especially the fast carbs that spikes your blood sugar.
When your blood sugar is low, the body doesn't just react by making you hungry, it also creates extra much enzymes to turn the fat and proteins you eat into energy. So you need to snack in between your meals to keep your blood sugar from dropping to much.
Then again, all these diets, low GI, LCHF and whatever is the hype is today, are better designed to keep you from gaining weight. To lose weight you simply need to eat less than you use. There's no way around that.
Well, you cant go zero carb, plant fiber is a carb, so broccoli has a glycemic index of 40 or so, so in fact what it is a low GI diet, any carb lower than GI 50.
This stops blood sugar spiking up, triggering insulin and fat storage. Without the insulin the body starts to use its fat store instead of triggering hunger (because you dont go into a low blood sugar state).
One benefit of apple cider vinegar is helping to normalise blood sugar, so I am taking that too.
There isn't any point pretending, I am gross. So, time to do something about it
There's nothing gross about it, and 120 kg is enough to work as a bouncer. I'm underweight, so trying to do your opposite.
Also taking apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons before a meal, and at night. Unpasteurised. Apparently it has good bacteria in it.
Yes, because it is fermented. Stuff like sauerkraut (on bread with a wurst, or "hotdog"), kefir (fermented milk, yoghurt like), kombucha (fermented tea), and any pickles contain similar bacteria. If you pasteurize any of those (or heat it in general), then some of the good bacteria in it will die. The sauerkraut has the added benefit of providing lots of fibers.
Diet, basically zero carbs/low GI
So no more take-out Chinese or pizza? I do hope you have at least one cheat-day per month?
And I am allowing myself red wine, say three glasses or so a night.
I am 6 ft 4 (195 cm) and pretty hefty, I have a 120cm chest measurement for example, but also fat. A gut. And it disgusts me.
Yeah, kimchi too, any fermented stuff (except beer and wine) has good bacteria.
And yeah, no takeaway. I dont like takeaway anyway, I can cook way better at home, better than most restaurants, easilly. Thats part of the reason I got so big, I love food, I love cooking, and I love wine.
You're going to fail in the long term because you've bought into the fitness-industry-myths. No industry works to put itself out of business, if what the fitness industry told you about weight loss worked then they'd be doing just that, so everything they tell you is a lie. Lies you (and from the replies, every other person on this thread) believe, so you are, I'm afraid, doomed to fail.
Think about it...if losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight was such a complex balance of what you eat and chemical interactions then why aren't the intelligent nations healthy and the stupid nations fat? Why do you only get an obesity crisis in countries where manual labour is rare and food is in abundance?
"Fitness industry" meaning the "health and fitness industry" so not just exercise but diet too.
I am dropping half a kilo a day. It works.
Probably not for the reasons you think though, and I said you'd fail in the long-term. When your weight loss stops, and even returns, you'll turn to the same sources to get a different set of lies and you'll then think "ah, so *this* is the right way to do it", and when that ultimately fails you'll repeat the process. Why do you think so many "new" diets come out and why the advice changes on a weekly basis? To fool you into thinking something new or different has been discovered, to fool you into thinking the fault was the fault of the last process you followed but *this one* will be better. You will continue on that treadmill endlessly, always repeating your mistakes.
1) Eat less
2) Move more
"Hey look, I've stopped going to Dominos and Burger King and I've lost some weight...the only possible explanation for that is because I'm eating fewer carbs".
I'm not being negative, I'm being realistic. Your weight is a product of your lifestyle. If you can't maintain the way you eat now forever then only one thing can happen....you'll go back to your old lifestyle, so you'll also go back to your old weight. When the weight gains slow and possible even reverse what are you going to do then? Look for the next fad diet and start the process over.
The proper advice is out there, but you can't force people to follow it, the allure that losing weight and being healthy is some complex mystical science just seems more appealing to a lot of people for some reason.