I need to lose weight

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  • Due to a change in circumstances, laziness and comfort food I have piled on the pounds over the last few years and I really do need to get down to an acceptable (acceptable for me) weight.


    I am 51 years old 175cm (5,9) high and weigh a little under 95kg (15 stone, 210lbs) so I need to lose about 20kg which is a fith of my body weight.


    This was not a problem -more an annoyance- until I had a letter from the doctor asking me to come in to have my blood pressure checked using their automatic BP machine in the lobby of the surgery. I them got another letter telling me I had high blood pressure and needed to be fitted with a 24hr BP monitor. This is happening on Monday. I don't know what my BP is at the moment as I didn;t take much notice of the results because for one, I didn;t really understand them. And for two, I though Hypertension was something that happened to other people. I keep forgetting that I am in my fifties now. I honestly believe I am still in my twenties.


    The other thing that happened was I was researching the symptoms of Stroke for a mug I am designing and I realised if I didn't do something right now I was setting myself up for problems in the future.


    So, what are your tips and tricks for shedding the pounds and lowering blood pressure.


    I have cut out carbs from my diet and have started cycling to and from work again (24 hilly kilometers)


    Paul

  • Walk more. I lost a lot of weight when simple little things like going to the bathroom is a five minute walk!! :)
    I eat like a horse, but haven't put the weight on.
    That said, I am nobody's idea of thin!
    Also, I only sit down to drive. Everything else, I stand. There was a journalist that tried this for a month. She did nothing else like alter her diet or take more exercise.
    She lost three pounds in one month.

  • The cycling will do it for you. I,m 55 and lost 12 kilos in past year now 82 kilos and same height as you. Cycling will create muscle which weighs more so your 20 kilos target is not necessarily so important. I now like cycling so much I do it for fun.

  • The cycling will do it for you. I,m 55 and lost 12 kilos in past year now 82 kilos and same height as you. Cycling will create muscle which weighs more so your 20 kilos target is not necessarily so important. I now like cycling so much I do it for fun.


    Thanks.
    I do love cycling although I sometimes don't like the thought of cycling in the winter rain I always love it once I am on the road. I have just signed up for (and got roped into helping organise) a 24 hour road race. Should be fun. I like having a scary goal to work towards.


    Paul

  • Soup! :D


    I find that drinking lots of soup has helped me to keep my weight down - I don't want to be juicing or making smoothies all the time, so I'm quite happy to buy a carton of decent soup that's already been made for me. (Glorious are a great brand).


    Not exactly living off the land, but I do like a little convenience. :)


    Apart from that, avoiding white carbs (or carbs that can be turned white) - so bread, pasta, potatoes, rice etc.


    Also, ditch dairy. Regardless of my ethical stance, dairy contains estrogen, and it's my belief that filling your body with the female hormones of another species is asking for trouble. An ex of mine cut out dairy and noticed an awesome change to her body - she lost weight and got better definition and all without any effort or any other changes.


    Exercise is important, but not as important as diet.

  • If you want fast effective weight loss you should look into a ketogenic diet. Its very easy to stick to after the first couple of days with no sugar cravings or hunger pangs. Dietdoctor is a good place to start researching. Its a good diet plan for people with hormonal or thyroid problems that just cant shift the weight any other way.

  • If you want fast effective weight loss you should look into a ketogenic diet. Its very easy to stick to after the first couple of days with no sugar cravings or hunger pangs. Dietdoctor is a good place to start researching. Its a good diet plan for people with hormonal or thyroid problems that just cant shift the weight any other way.


    That looks very similar to the Palio diet I currently try to stick to.


    This picture taken from the diet doctor website pretty much resembles what I eat during the week



    I eat a little different at the weekend as I do have a couple of beers and maybe a packet of crisps.


    I feel good on the palio


    Paul

  • Thanks Paul


    Avoiding all of the above except a little bit of milk and butter in my scrambled eggs in the morning. I might try it without whilst I am trying to loose weight but I do like milk and butter with my eggs


    Paul


    Vitalite margarine has quite a buttery taste but is plant based so is less fattening..

  • That's quite a daily ride. I don't want to sabotage you but unless it's really difficult to get there another way I wouldn't rely on keeping to that unless you're already used to a lot of riding, or are a super committed person.
    On the other hand if you stick with that without just increasing calorie intake to compensate then it should be enough to shape up without drastic dieting I would have thought. If you're eating healthily already then it'll just be reducing some fat/carbon/stray calory intake somewhere.

  • I do love cycling and Iam used to cycling longer distances. I used to commute 25 miles in and 25 miles out in the past so 9 miles is not too bad. It is just that I have been a bit lax of late.


    I am not finding the ride too taxing now. The first couple of days were a bit of a shock to the system but now I am into it it is not too bad. I just have to resist the temptation to race people half my age who are probably only going a couple of miles and have no clue that they are in a race.


    Anyway, I am not commuting now, I am training for a 24 hour road race


    I have promised my wife that I will look like this by next summer



    Paul

  • Fasting is the only thing that worked for me. I tried all diets: low calories diets, intermittent fasting, 16/8, 5/2, ketogenic. I failed all of them. But now I have a period of 4-6 days every two months of complete water fasting. The only thing I take is an electrolyte supplement with water and a bit of salt.

  • Fasting is the only thing that worked for me. I tried all diets: low calories diets, intermittent fasting, 16/8, 5/2, ketogenic. I failed all of them. But now I have a period of 4-6 days every two months of complete water fasting. The only thing I take is an electrolyte supplement with water and a bit of salt.


    I would like to find out a bit more about that. Would I have to abstain from strenuous exercise whilst fasting

  • I think the key to losing weight is regular exercise and a balanced diet, obviously check with your GP if you have any health issues, to get some professional advice before starting anything. Losing weight takes time, i'm trying to lose some myself, been going to the gym for the past couple of months, one of the key things I think is maintaining the motivation to do stuff, it is very easy to get in the habit of leaving things for another day. :hippy:

  • If you dont want to cycle in winter (who does really) but want as good a workout (actually its much better) get yourself an erg rowing machine or go to the gym and use theirs.I had a Concept2 until someone stole it from my garage and theyre about the best.Most gyms use a concept 2 but theyre expensive.V Fit do a similar type i got mine I have now for 40 quid off gumtree.


    2km at 35 strokes a min twice or three times a day.You may have to start around 25 for a few days and work up.
    Rowing exercises every part of you particularly the large muscle groups that burn fat.Buttocks thighs calves back abdominals shoulders biceps triceps pectorals..Youll look like Mr Poldark in no time.....but you need to eat properly too and drink 2ltrs water a day at least or youll get tired very quickly.
    Cornwall is known for its sea rowing so you should easily find an indoor rowing club(if you wanted-if youve an indoor space and your own erg you wouldnt need to)
    There are no shortcuts to weight loss that work long term except the right amount of food and the right amount of exercise.

  • The cycling if maintained will be enough and should allow you to eat pretty much anything you like.


    The physiological impact of cycling can be improved by utilising the intermittent sprint/ coast technique (I forget the proper term)......go hard for a burst then soft for a burst.


    A mate swears by fasting two days per week on top of exercise.....I'd rather time my nutrient intake to benefit muscle tissue post exercise....


    Easy for me to say.....tis a long time since I've bothered.


    Take comfort in the fact that if you do die prematurely it might free a little (much needed) space for the next generation.:reddevil:


    High blood pressure in the UK is something of a norm.....


    Curiously so.....:cry::wall:


    I wonder why?

  • Have you tried putting coconut oil in you breakfast and lunch? Don't have it at night time though. What about cutting out non-green vegetables?


    No I haven't tried coconut in my eggs. Is it to replace the butter? I am not too worried about the butter to be honest. Why not coconut at night time?



    If you dont want to cycle in winter (who does really) but want as good a workout (actually its much better) get yourself an erg rowing machine or go to the gym and use theirs.I had a Concept2 until someone stole it from my garage and theyre about the best.Most gyms use a concept 2 but theyre expensive.V Fit do a similar type i got mine I have now for 40 quid off gumtree.


    2km at 35 strokes a min twice or three times a day.You may have to start around 25 for a few days and work up.
    Rowing exercises every part of you particularly the large muscle groups that burn fat.Buttocks thighs calves back abdominals shoulders biceps triceps pectorals..Youll look like Mr Poldark in no time.....but you need to eat properly too and drink 2ltrs water a day at least or youll get tired very quickly.
    Cornwall is known for its sea rowing so you should easily find an indoor rowing club(if you wanted-if youve an indoor space and your own erg you wouldnt need to)
    There are no shortcuts to weight loss that work long term except the right amount of food and the right amount of exercise.


    I do love rowing but I just don't have the time for it at the moment. I wish I had room for a rowing machine.


    This is me competing in the two castles race off falmouth a few years ago



    Paul


  • Because it contains medium chain triglycerides (MCT) that can only be burned as energy and cannot be stored. I found it keeps me awake when I want to go to sleep.


  • I have so many hills on my commute that I think I do that naturally. Slog up the hills and coast down. The hills are a lot easier now I have gears.
    I got my results from my 24hr blood pressure monitor and the average was in the normal range. I did have some massive spikes but I suppose that will be down to the stress of work and bouts on the bike. I am expecting a call from the doctor any minute to discusss the results and my diet/training etc


    Paul


  • It takes up to 5 mins to do 2k and most machines fold up.Mine is in my awning......but the cycling is next best thing as youre using most of the large muscle mass fatburning muscle.
    If you couple that to minimum carbs,higher protein and veg/salad/fruit youll force your body to utilise stored fat by converting it to glucose instead of using whats in your sugary carb food.
    Being properly hydrated is important though.I know that from years of road racing and sculls rowing.If youre not properly hydrated you soon feel wiped out and it doesnt matter how much energy food youve eaten.

  • It takes up to 5 mins to do 2k and most machines fold up.Mine is in my awning......but the cycling is next best thing as youre using most of the large muscle mass fatburning muscle.
    If you couple that to minimum carbs,higher protein and veg/salad/fruit youll force your body to utilise stored fat by converting it to glucose instead of using whats in your sugary carb food.
    Being properly hydrated is important though.I know that from years of road racing and sculls rowing.If youre not properly hydrated you soon feel wiped out and it doesnt matter how much energy food youve eaten.


    My diet consists of mainly eggs for breakfast, eggs and fish for lunch and meat with carrots, sweed, broccoli, calliflower etc


    I don't eat bread, potatoes, rice, pasta and have really cut back on beers and coffee and I drink mainly water. No fruit drinks etc


    I do have the occasional piece of fruit and Itend to have two or three dried dates to give me a little energy on my cycle home as it is a bit of a bitch.


    I am happy on this diet and it is sustainable


    I don't add salt to anything so my salt intake is probably too low


    Paul

  • Sounds like a good balance.
    Ive never had colesterol or protein issues but my doctor was always wittering on about my diet and avoiding colesterol and protein so just as an experiment and a bet I had all my bloods etc done then for 3 months ate only egg meat fish butter fruit veg no carb foods but drank my usual water milk and gazillion cups of coffee.I did my normal routine of biking rowing etc as before.I wasnt overweight at all but I lost 8 pounds overall but increased my muscle definition and mass and virtually no pinchable fat layer and my blood/urine tests were more or less exactly the same bar colesterol which was lower.The weight loss was put down to mostly internal stored fats.
    Oddly i went back on my normal diet with some carbs but didnt put weight on right up until I injured my back and immobile for 2 years.
    Ive never been convinced about Colesterol being the enemy in health ussues.I firmly believe the bigger issue is glycerides and triglycerides and those are products of the high sugar diets most people eat.I think if you tackle that youll make progress quite rapidly and the only real way is not eating bread pastry pasta potatoes etc or drinking highly refined juices or cold drinks.


    Some friends of mine in France are both overweight and done the 2 out of 7 day fast every week 2 days drinking water only.They both feel better and have better blood results but neither has lost an ounce of weight in 2 years on the regime.Both grumble about not losing weight but neither will stop eating bread or pastry or rice or potatoes.


    Not everyone is the same and not everyone responds the same way to dieting but the majority of people who complain about weight simply consume far too much sugary carb foods like bread pastry and potatoes and sugar laden tinned foods and sugary drinks.


    Bread Rice Pasta Pastry Potatoes are all peasant diets....all very high carb foods that sustained peasant populations (and still do)when there was/is little else of nutritional value.When youve access to better quality food theres no absolute need for them except if youre using massive amounts of calories a day.