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Siener2 (October 26, 2011, 07:38:52 AM):
Seem you have already caught on to my own ideas about all this. And here I tried to seem mysterious about what I think works. Yes eat less, exercise more it works the best!
I think though Patrick Holford is the worst of the worst. He perscribes vitamins & minerals for everything even fatloss.
Eat less, but more often. If you eat every (say) two hours, your body never goes into starvation mode and consistently keeps burning energy at a high rate.
As for exercise, strength training is better for getting trimmer than aerobic exercise (but your actual weight loss will initially be slightly slower, as muscle has a higher density than fat).
GCG (October 26, 2011, 08:24:04 AM):
i've never been overweight, so i cant really add my two cents. but i do believe that i remain skinny, because of the way i eat. i eat a decent lunch, then have like a smoothie for dinner.
i dont gym, but i work in the garden, walk three blocks to work from the busstop.
i agree with it all being in your head, too. if you are vibey and bouncy, i would imagine that translates into higher metabolism.
Superman (October 26, 2011, 09:28:34 AM):
@Siener2 Allow me to play devils advocate here, I don't think regular high meal frequency is necessary true. Meal frequency seems to be highly individual but smaller meals during the day doesn't seem to equate superior huger control. Latest research (that reflects real world circumstances) seems to indicate that fewer meals give better hunger control. See the study here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20339363

In this study three meals lead to greater fullness and appetite control when compared to six meals. ;D

@Faerie, what you are sayin' is very true. But how about suggesting ways to do this.

I have never really been overweight but did add some kilos the other day which I had to loose. New experience to me. 0:)
Faerie (October 26, 2011, 10:11:59 AM):
@@Faerie, what you are sayin' is very true. But how about suggesting ways to do this.

Who knows what motivates and inspire other people? Its up to the individual to find the motivation on an intellectual level and then to act on it. Its the same for giving up the fags, I still havent managed, even though I know I should, the head isnt in the right space.
Zulumoose (October 26, 2011, 11:45:00 AM):
What motivates and inspires everyone is consistent progress.

Different things work for different people, but success works for everyone, it is just a matter of persisting until you find something that can consistently work and then valuing the progress through discipline in applying it more than you value the temptation to slacken off on the discipline.

For me, I found that exercise alone did nothing for weight loss, and when I say exercise I mean up to 10 hours a week of running and mountain biking at a variety of intensities and for different periods from 30 min to 5 hours at a stretch.

So I looked at ways to control my diet that were quick and practical and easily assessed for progress.

1) I ate the same breakfast every day, nutritious and tasty, I always look forward to it but it is light:- 50g future life with 25g raisins for sweetness and taste and half a crumbled weetbix for texture and fibre, with 150ml hot milk. Yummy!

2) I split lunch into 2 and eat half at 10 and half at 2. 1 Raw carrot for fibre, 2 fruits, two sandwiches (4 slices bread).

3) I can't be bothered to calorie count, so I simply weigh my evening meal and limit it to 400g, usually half starch (potato,pasta,rice). Couldn't be simpler.

I have found that when I am very rigid in following the diet I do not feel hungry and really enjoy my food, much more so than with large quantities.

Result, I have lost 20kg in the last year, despite several periods of weeks to months when I have fallen off the wagon and stopped exercising and dieting. I am now fitter than I have ever been and look forward to possibly losing another 5-7kg to get to what should be ideal weight for me.

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