Hello, my name is Angus and I am overweight.
I was going pretty well through autumn and all set for summer but then Christmas got in the way and I fell back on the old excuse that I was in the correct weight range.
So my plan is to loose 5kgs in 10 weeks and get to a BMI of 23 - who wants to join me?
I am very aware that weight is an issue with many of this communities members and I don't want to embarrass anyone. It was around a year ago I posted an off the cuff discussion How much weight have you lost this summer? read it here, which saw 12 pages of responses - one of the biggest discussions (not about helmets) we've seen.
So my personal plan is nothing crazy. Smaller portions, calorie counting, no (OK, well very very little) beer, no sweets, more fruit, more water and exercise - not just go cycling (because I don't want to turn that into a task). I am in the lucky position to have a gym at my workplace but I need to use it!
So who wants to join me? If anyone is interested I would set up a private group for people to join and share their progress and motivate others. The only thing is I've been mullling this over all week and I've made a breakaway and I am already down 500g.
Who's up for it?
Postscript: Here is the group to join if you are keen. Please, only those who need to lose weight. Advice is welcome, please leave it as a comment here. I'm pulling in the comments into the group so they are not in vain.
Photo by ambib (flickr.com/ CC) --not me.
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Mark, if fruit made you fat, Id be obese. I averaged only 232km a week last year. On the fruit lifestyle long term, if you dont train you get too thin! lol!
The notion that fruit leads to obesity is silly. I mean look at me. Single digit body fat for the last 10 years. No coffee, stimulants, calorie restriction etc. Its not genetic either cos my bros are chubby and my Mum is obese.
People need to put down the bacon, eggs, oil and grease and stop blaming the fruit, steamed rice etc lol!
My Mum says that one. 'Harley, if I eat fruit, I gain weight so I dont eat it often!..' I say 'MUM!! HOW COME YOUR STILL OBESE THEN IF YOU LIMIT YOUR FRUIT CONSUMPTION!!??' Mums says 'oh Im just getting older...' (face palm)
lol! Its one excuse after another. People dont like the simple route. We humans like to make things more complex and mystified. Eat low fat, high carb plant foods? Nah! Too simple!
Ive got one friend from 10 years ago that used to knock my high carb low fat lifestyle. He was as lean as I was but now is over 130kg and its not muscle. He used the starvation/coffee technique. Never works longterm and totally unhealthy in the mean time.
Eat like chinese field workers if you want to be slim and trim and healthy for life. High carb, low fat, plant based. Its that easy. Its also a diet for performance as we see the worlds best athletes adopting this lifestyle more and more.
Video I did from yesterday just so people can see I do have single digit body fat year round regardless of how much Im training.
Which is all great advise if your already built like that. For some of us "larger" folk, carbs are not good , insulin resistance which is prevalent in many toffee apple build people essentially leads to fat storage from carbs, eventually leading to full blown type 2 diabetes.
Loose the weight , get your insulin function correctly again and you're probably right.
I hear you MJ. In fact I hear that every day lol! Its like at age 35 I just wake up with single digit body fat everyday of the year whilst working my 70hours a week sit down computer job due to my genetics. NOTHING to do with my dietary choices. ;)
People should see my family then! My bro's are fat, my Mum is obese.
This is the book for you MJ if your genuinely concerned about rice, potatoes and fruit causing diabetes.
PS: How on earth are people going to lose weight eating a diet based on fat and protein which does NOT support an active lifestyle. If rice made people fat, China would be obese..:)
I'm not sure you get what I'm saying, but its not like I woke up one day with a BMI of 35 ish either. Its through a consistent set of dietary and lifestyle choices which with hindsight I wish I had never made. But all the wishing in the world isn't going to make my BMI magically drop. Eating better , moving more is.
The issue is , for me anyway, I need to manage my weight down to a level where my insulin functions properly and I dont get high blood sugers from rice and fruit. I know I can do it, I was down to about 82Kg about 6 years ago, purely though a high protein diet. Put it back on because I reverted back to my old food choices.
Read the above book if your interested in reversing type 2 diabetes or prevention of. Its clinically researched vs a quack atkins style fad diet.
Look at Dr Atkins. Died obese at 258lbs and riddled with heart disease. His diet was meant to prevent heart disease and keep people trim easily.
Ive got a friend from Malaysia. Doesnt eat a lot but eats a lot of meat and oil. He is slim. Eats some rice but most of his calories are coming from fat. Also got type 2 diabetes since coming to Australia.
If anyone wants to learn the truth about diabetes rates in Asia, read the China Study. Its the worlds most comprehensive nutritional study ever done. As a results, its totally deficient in 'bro science'. ;)
All these books seem to focus on diet but what about exercise??? We exercise alot less than we used to...surely this is a significant factor in alot of modern age health problems?
think it was gus that mentioned it the other day but Michelle's (the biggest loser trainer) book "losing the last 5 kgs" is a good read. it balances out all your meals and gives a meal plan along with a suggested exercise routine. i have found it a very helpful tool to keep me pretty well one track.
for me it is more of a mental task thank anything.
Exercise is not as important factor as diet. Thats why can see overweight active people but never an over weight person eating a high carb, low fat, plant based diet.
You are guaranteed to be slim. Not that I advice a lifestyle with no aerobic conditioning but you dont need to be fit to be slim. You just need to eat right.
Why move the body then? Cos you MUST move to be healthy.
Durian, what's a typical days consumption for you so we have an idea? interested in what your diet plan is like, can you include noting when you ride , eg what time of day as interested in your pre exercise meal plan