You can cut your food intake is much as you want, but you are not going to effectively lose weight unless you exercise. “Oh my God,” is probably what you are thinking. Well, there are a lot of ways to exercise. One of the things I really like about the Lose It! application is that it assigns calorie burning levels to almost every normal daily activity. Walking, housecleaning, gardening, all of these count; and are necessary for losing weight. My goal was to average a minimum of 300 exercise calories per day. That’s 5,000 steps, five miles on a bicycle, or two hours of weeding.
In reality, I happened to do a lot more because my two pound a week target is a pretty high safe weight loss goal. I started weightlifting, 45 to 60 minutes a day, three days a week. I started riding my bicycle, a lot. Two to three days per week I was riding 12 to 15 miles, or one steady hour…about 600 calories. What I discovered was that dedicating 4 to 5 hours per week to exercise combined, with daily activities, started totaling up to a large number of calories burned. In addition, my cardio and body strength improved markedly.
That’s all, folks. Cutting portions and being active. It took me from February 1 to May 25 to drop my weight from 210 to 185 pounds. My waist shrunk from 39 to 35. In fact, today I wore a pair of pants with a 34 inch waist. No pills. No weird food intake. Just cutting portions, tracking what I ate, and moderate exercise: that is the miracle weight loss diet that provably works.
Total cost, $31 for the food scale. Period. The gain, my end of diet blood test showed significantly lowering in cholesterol and triglycerides, to the extent that I no longer have to take Tricor or Lipitor. My blood pressure medicine dosage has been cut in half. My good cholesterol is the highest it’s ever been. More importantly, I feel better than I have in more years than I can remember.
You can do it! If you need a cheerleader, email me or leave comments here. I’ll be your cheerleader, but I look really silly and those pleated skirts and fuzzy sweaters.