I have stayed out of this thread until now. Here are a few extracts from various posts which I think are useful for anyone contemplating a "diet". Forget diets - it is all about lifestyle.
Lifestyle not fads:
bear wrote: ↑
Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:22 am
… The second thing is diets don't work, they just screw up your metabolism. What's needed is a lifestyle change. If, you alter your food intake (diet) make sure it's one that you can follow forever. …
Andrew Fryer wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:08 pm
The real problem is not simply to shed weight, but to embrace a new lifestyle. Otherwise you'll put on again the weight you shed. ….., and a deeper lifestyle change is what really matters. ….
glassynails wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:26 pm
I'm basically just giving up sweets and Mcd's and losing weight …
Exercise must be part of the new lifestyle.
glassynails wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:37 pm
…. HUGE meals and then sitting all day. ….
khayes wrote: ↑
Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:41 am
… eating smaller portions with healthy snacks...and walking. ...
Les Montanjees wrote: ↑
Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:37 pm
There are so many ways to lose weight. The trick is to find a method that you enjoy,….. It comes down to balancing your food input with your energy output. …..., you may find that increasing your exercise and making it a daily discipline will have many benefits, quite apart from weight reduction. Start slow and build up etc. etc…...
Don't go into starvation mode: a couple of posters emphasized this.
Great way of getting exercise. Find a local gym. Walk there and back three or four times a week. No need to join up, pay up or enter the premises. Just walk there and back.
My only new comment.
Avoid artificial sweeteners especially soda drinks. You can read about their effects on our metabolism but it is simpler just to look around you: grossly overweigh (moving mountains of fat) people will invariable be drinking large quantities of sugar free soft drinks. The fattest person I know (400lbs-450lbs in the UK) drinks at least 5 litres of the stuff a day. Until he began drinking large amounts of soda, he was apparently normal weight and fit enough to play soccer seriously. If you have to drink soda - drink the real McCoy.