There's no point beating around the bush, sugar coating it, being "pc" about it. A lot of people, and definitely me, are grossly overweight.
No one likes being fat but how do you turn things around? The web is full of quick fixes but do they work.
My, continuing, journey below, perhaps others will weigh in ( pun intended),
On 16.4.2014 I joined a gym. My goretex motorbike trousers no longer fitted and I was on the way to buy a new pair, costing around €400, when I had a mini epiphany. I turned the bike around and joined the local gym.
I was 132 kilos when I started. I was too heavy to walk further than a mile without getting shin splints. I couldn't run, couldn't climb stairs without feeling like I was going to have a heart attack.
I was heading for an early grave, without exaggeration.
I started swimming 5 days a week, doing about 40 lengths of a 25m pool. I lost 10 kilos quite quickly but, after that, I had to work hard to maintain the weight loss and to keep losing weight.
My GP is a good sports doctor. His advice was to make an hours exercise, 5 days a week, a lifestyle choice. Don't change my diet, don't try to cut out carbs / fats, just exercise and the weight will gradually fall off you. Doing this means you will lose weigth very slowly but, what you lose, will stay off.
Crash diets can mean very quick weight loss but it's impossible to maintain that sudden loss.
I had two good years, got down to 112 kilos but 2017 was a bad year.
I had a back tooth extracted and the dentist ripped a hole in the sinus floor. My sinus was now pushing into my mouth and I was on antibiotics for about 5 months until the hole in the sinus floor healed.
I was also on 2 long periods of steroids in preperation for having my broken nose / polyps fixed.
The net result was a weigh in of 118 kilos in September after my nose op and finishing all meds.
I'm back to 4-5 days a week in the gym, I do light weights and about an hours cardio, split between a cross trainer and bicycle. When the weather is reasonably warm, I go outdoors and cycle for about two hours and love it.
I'm on shift work so have to fight the tendancy to give in to being tired after a night shift and get off my fat arse and do some exercise.
I have cut back on sugar intake, recent theories suggest sugar is the real enemy, fats / carbs are ok.
I eat smaller portions of food, measure how much pasta i cook, try to eat a lot more chicken, but... my personal theory is that the only way to lose a lot of weight is through exercise. I don't particularly enjoy being on a cross trainer for an hour but when I see the belt moving in a notch, it's worth it.
The doctor's advice to make regular exercise part of my lifestyle is what I have followed. I do eat junk food / takeaways but limit them to once or twice a week.
For me, the hardest part of regular exercise is walking out the door. I can find so many excuses to stay at home, watch one more episode on netflix, go for a nap, etc.... Once I'm at the gym I'm fine.
Would be interested to hear others thoughts, stories?