How to focus on losing weight
I can answer this one.
Now there are certain people who are definitely predisposed to weight gain, but with the majority it's portion size, what they eat, when they eat and the amount of exercise they get. Couple that with age - the older you get, the more difficult it can be to lose weight and you have a recipe for disaster.
My other half, Penny, is one of those predisposed to weight gain. Several failed attempts to lose weight and keep it off have brought us to this point. Now the good thing (ironically) is that I too have a slight weight issue. True it's not as pronounced as hers, but I have had to lose some too.
So we're both in this dieting thing together.
I do the cooking, but then I've been chief cook and bottle-washer for some time and due to my analytical nature, have seen the need to weigh ingredients as fun, rather than a chore.
At first, the portions seemed stupidly small, but after the first meal, I realised that no, there really was enough there.
Admittedly, for the first few weeks, I had to have stern words with myself not to snack, but now it's not nearly so difficult.
Now years ago, I could eat whatever, whenever and in whatever quantities I chose, downing vast quantities of sweets and savouries on a daily basis with vast quantities of alcohol to boot, but now it's a different story.
My tastes have changes, preferring savouries, but I have even had to cut them out.
My changing metabolic rate as I have got older has meant that I don't process the food like I used to and I suspect it's the same for you too.
Step one would be to recognise that and stop or at least cut down--substantially.
You have to want to do this or it's not going to work. If it does, the likelihood is that it will all go back on again.
You have to admit to yourself that you need to watch what you eat, when you eat and in what quantities otherwise you're going to find yourself with some serious medical issues that in some cases can be very costly indeed.
Not only that, but it's a matter of self-respect. As you age, things change and one of those is how your body deals with what you put in it and you need to recognise that fact.
Losing weight is as much a state of mind as it is counting calories, checking the fat contents of foods and keeping your intake of foods and certain drinks to appropriate levels and times.
Losing your favourites
If you're anything like us, you have your favourites; those foods you just can't say no to, but you have to learn.
One of my friends said, "everything in moderation--including moderation" and never has something so simple been so true in our case.
Just because you're on a diet, doesn't mean you can't have. It just means that if you do, you have to remember that you're going to have to pay for it afterwards.
You can eat whatever you want, but you have to bear in mind, ice cream is almost all fat and sugar. That's going to pile on the calories and the fat. The steak, chips and pile of fried onions isn't going to fare any better.
Your chocolate is pretty much all fat too--with a few flavourings of course, but try just having one or two and I don't mean boxes.
By removing all your favourites not only makes what you're doing harder, but affects the head. Being able to have a blow-out every once in a while can salve your desire, make you feel better and doesn't have to be as damaging as you think. It means that all the time you know you can, if you're sensible, you can have, just not in the quantities or with the regularity you have been used to.
However, you have to remember, it's once in a while, not all the time.
This means something that gets the heart rate up and burns off those excess calories.
I can't say what weight, fat index or anything you are, so you may need to consult a professional before diving in to an exercise regimen. You have to know that what yo're doing isn't going to have detrimental effects on you, so be careful with this.
You need to do something about three or four times a week for about half an hour a time.
This will need to rise as the weight comes off, but there's a little bit of entropy here. The more it works, the more you want it to work and that's the key.
Walking is a good way to start, but Pen swims four times a week. Walking isn't so strenuous as trying to jog, which is high-impact and can if your weight is too high, cause damage to joints and put a lot of strain on your heart. This is a bad thing.
Swimming if you can do it is excellent as it's low impact and I have been told, uses every muscle in the body, so is a good workout.
Just don't overdo it.
Eat the best options
This isn't the most expensive, but rather than tinned or frozen foods, try fresh vegetables, fresh fruit. They contain more vitamins than the canned or frozen variety and are way better for you as they not only go in better, but come out better too.
Don't eat fast food like burgers, fried chicken--at least not on a regular basis. It's probably better to steer clear of fried foods in general as these are high in fats and calories.
Eating healthy can help you lose weight, cut down on your cholesterol and help your body fat reduce.
Keeping the head into what you're doing
This isn't likely to be easy however, you're doing it for the right reasons.
Your body is the only one you're going to have, so look after it.
Keep in mind that by doing this and getting yourself back into shape, you are not only being good to your body, but to your mind too.
Fat people do tend to be discriminated against. They are often ridiculed, which can only be bad for anyone's self-esteem. By losing those extra pounds, you will lose the comments, look better, feel better and be greatly reducing the possibilities of heart problems, joint problems and anything else that is fat-related.
Try to focus on the positives and know that this is not a ten-minute fixer. This is probably something that you're going to have to keep up with, but believe me, it gets easier.
So go on. What are you waiting for?