For the past 2 weeks I've been able to shed a little over 10 lbs. I figure that if I can do this, anybody can. Disclaimer, I'm no professional, check with a doctor before doing anything.
I'm 26, 5' 6" with starting weight at 184 and I'm now at 170.
My goal is 145 by the first of Summer.
Here's what I've been up to-
I've been really looking at calories, aiming for no more than 400 a meal with more at breakfast than for dinner. This means smaller portions and/or lighter choices.
Having a sandwich- Instead of eating both top and bottom buns, toss the top bun away before you begin. There goes 50-70 calories.
Calories and eating are a lot like earning and spending. If you spend more than you make, you go in debt. Likewise with eating, if you are taking in more calories than you are burning, you will gain weight. Simple, right?
A fun treat- put banana slices from a whole banana in the freezer until frozen, add these in blender with cup of fat free milk and teaspoon of cocoa powder for a healthier chocolate shake.
I have not been eating anything after 6 pm, no more late night snacks
. If I must eat something, I'll eat yogurt or a banana.
I'm a huge Mt. Dew fan. I used to drink up to 3 a day. I allow myself only 1 Mt. Dew a day at lunch.
Fast food places usually have low calorie options. Do some research and you can find some filling items that have only 200-300 calories.
I've only been taking a daily weight control multivitamin like Centrum. Nothing exotic or expensive.
I had bought the P90X workout DVDs a while back. While the program is great, I could not invest an hour and a half each day towards the workouts, plus, I am not too concerned with bulking up as I have a stocky frame as it is.
There are some good cardio DVDs in the P90X program such as Cardio X, KenPo X, Core Synergistics, and Ab RipperX. These are sometimes sold seperately on eBay.
I've been doing 30-40 minutes of cardio each day with the above videos.
I found a park nearby with a paved jogging path. I run two laps and time myself each time. I find it a bit addictive to try and beat your previous times. I've been doing this about 4-5 times a week right after work, taking only about 25 minutes.
That's it, when I hit my goal I will post before/after pictures.