My expanding girth must be reduced
At my recent physical my physician chastised me for my failure to make some appreciable improvements in my weight. I am currently at 228 pounds, with an ideal weight somewhere between 190 and 200 on my 6'5" frame. I set a goal to lose twenty pounds this year, and to date in 2007 I have managed to see a mere two pounds melt away. Even worse, my triglycerides level (420/mg/dl) was through the roof, and there are fatty deposits in my liver from the excess lipids floating around my bloodstream.
Thus, I am now taking seriously the need to lose weight and improve my physical fitness.
For the past three days I have averaged about 1600 calories, and have integrated some walking, weightlifting, and other exercise into my routine. I have read that 10,000 steps per day is ideal to maintain weight, and 12,000 to 15,000 steps a day will help reduce weight more quickly.
Bananas and apples are my snacks of choice, while I am making a concerted effort to replace fatty foods with healthier fare. I am also focused on eating smaller portions and eating more slowly, as opposed to my typical gorge-like-the-food-is-running-out style.
I am also interested in hearing the success stories of other dieters. For years I was a person with a high metabolism who seemed to be able to eat anything in sight without worrying about weight gain, but in the last seven years I have put on 25 pounds that need to go.
So feel free to weigh in (pun fully intended) on other weight loss tips you might recommend.