Losing a lot of weight is something that more and more Americans are facing everyday. As time goes on the population in our wonderful country is getting heavier and heavier. Some people say this is due to our diet while others say it is due to our lack of exercise. It reminds me of that great taste versus less filling commercial. I don’t mean to make light of the topic because those of us who need to lose 100 pounds or more are what is called morbidly obese. The name says it all.
In order to lose that kind of weight we need to avoid the temptation to try to lose the weight too fast. There are a few reasons to avoid this temptation. First you need to realize that the longer it takes to lose the weight the firmer your new habits have developed. Secondly, it can be downright dangerous to lose weight too quickly due to loss of the minerals and vitamins which are needed to run the body.
Make sure you track your eating habits including what you eat and track the exercise you are getting on a daily basis. Your lower calorie intake should not exceed 500 less per day for the first 2 weeks of the new diet. Then every 2 weeks you can lower your calorie count until you are at about 1800 calories for men and about 1500 calories for women,
Don’t exercise too much in the beginning, You are not the young pup you used to be. In your mind you are the great athlete you were in high school or college, however, in real life you are decades older than “back in the day”. Try walking since it is a great exercise our bodies were designed for. Start out at 5-10 minutes 6 days out of 7. Move slowly up to 30 minutes 6 out of 7 days per week.