Someone has made the decision to start losing weight today. The person should choose a diet program and a sport maybe.
- How to choose the best diet program for ourselves?
- Are there other things one should consider?
I decided to loose weight about 3 months ago as I had put on about 8 kgs over the past three years. In that period, I started working from home and was very time poor and highly stressed, the results of which was that I started snacking a lot and doing no exercise.
My strategy was simply:
I chose running as an exercise as I am still very time poor and it seems to offer the best bang for buck. I can now do a 12K run in about 1:15 and burn about 1100 calories.
I started with short runs (6Ks) and have built up to longer runs. I now try to run between 30 and 40 Ks a week, usually three 12K runs though sometimes a mix in shorter or longer runs to build speed or endurance.
Before each run, I record my weight in an Excel spreadsheet so that I can track my progress. In the past two months, I have dropped 4 kgs at a fairly consistent rate.
My wife also started trying to lose weight at the same time. She uses a similar strategy but also tracks her calorie intake, attempting to limit herself to 1200 calories a day. If she does the same run as me at the same speed, she burns about 60% of the calories so she has to compensate by running further. She uses a Ipod+Nike thing to track her progress.
I could not be bothered counting calories but I do take notice of which foods seem unusably high. Croissants, for example, are way high in calories so I tend to avoid them now.
We did not really change our diet much, but I think we had a fairly healthy diet anyway.
At this rate, I should be able to attain my weight loss gains by the end of summer, then drop down the runs over winter to maintain the same weight.
You'd need two things more than others:
Here's a list of latest diets: The latest diets and diet plan reviews
That's it. The thing is, you need to make the decision. And keep in mind:
With my full heart I recommend the "Tao of balanced diet, secrets of a thin and healthy body" by Dr. Stephen T. Chang.
This book not only shows you how to prepare simple and yet well balanced, nutritious and tasty dishes (treats, actually) but it revelas an entirely new look on nutritionism.
There are also exercises in the book that are not usual weight-loss exercises. Rather, they strengthen the body's function to balance itself (being fat is one way of being imbalanced). These exercises are deceptively easy, and yet so effective.
I've lost 7.3kg in 3 weeks. I don't know how. I never lacked good food or had a drop of sweat fall :)
This is my top recommendation! :)
you can check it out on thegreattao.com, and also read some interesting articles.