I've been reading about weight loss and fitness for several years now. I have been, like many people, looking for the secret, the magic bullet as it were of weight loss. I was seriously hoping there was some small change that would let the weight melt away while letting me eat what and as much as I want. Well, the is no such thing. So then I thought that maybe if I just exercised more, maybe that would do it. I then worked out that I don't have the 5 or 6 hours each day to make up for poor diet. So that means that I just need to eat right.
Now, the question is what does that mean, 'I just need to eat right'? What does eating right entail? Is it merely watching a total caloric intake number and making sure I stay within it? Does it mean I have to only eat certain foods? For me, it seems that it means to set a fairly aggressive calorie target fr each day and to follow, what amounts to, a sensible diet. Now for me, and I certainly can't speak for ANYONE else, that means I am targeting to eat 1800 calories per day. Those calories are coming from mostly natural foods like fruits and vegetables and meats with very little dairy and no refined grains or sugars.
I have also been taking an EGCG supplement and an enzyme supplement every morning. I don't know if these are making much, if any difference, since I started the clean eating of the paleo diet at the same time. What I do know if that over the last 2 weeks, since I started my latest round of weight loss, I have lost 15 lbs. I am astounded. This is working better than it ever has. The exciting thing is that I'm not really hungry and craving foods, like I have in the past when I've been on diets. I really haven't increased my daily activity, either. Sure I've gotten on my bike a few times, bu it's nothing consistent.
I am extremely happy with the progress I've made so far and I am excited that I will make my 80 lb. goal by August. I am well on my way, for sure.
One other thing I want to note is that I will be captaining my organizations team for the Biggest winner competition in the Corporate Challenge. The initial weigh in is on March second. We then have until May 9th to lose as much weight as we can. Last year I lost 28 lbs. As a team we lost 81 lbs. which got us the bronze medal. I am excited that we may actually have a chance at the gold.