For a long time I was very overweight and I had many health problems as the result, including type 2 diabetes. I was in my mid-40's and I was pushing the envelope. My cholesterol was very high as well. My doctor was egging me to lose the weight and change the way I was eating for a few years (which was alot of junk food - I even ate alot of junk when I was diabetic, thinking that if it had sweeteners in it and no sugar it was okay ... but it was not - white flour alone converts to sugar and creates fat in the body)). At one point he asked me to see a nutritionist who worked for him in his office and I finally agreed. When I did so, something inside me just turned. Immediately, I decided to change my ways. When I went home, I tossed out all my junk food and anything I had that had sugar and white flour in it. Immediately I started losing weight. I ate whole wheat foods (not too much of them), lean proteins, vegetables and fruits. I did not go on a diet, just a lifestyle change. I ate healthy foods only and I would stay away from white flour, starchy foods, too much sugar and too much fat as much as I could. I did not want to go to the gym so I started doing exercises from the comfort of my own home. Mostly I do aerobic dancing to music and sometimes I follow an aerobic video. I exercise about 5 times a week, between half an hour to an hour each time. I do not feel deprived ... I eat a row of dark semi-sweet chocolate (at least 70 percent cocoa with not too much sugar) every day ... it is good for you and has anti-oxidants. I also pay attention to nutrition facts on the packages of food I decide to buy. I stopped drinking sodas and diet sodas, too. I cooked only healthy foods and I had fun with the seasonings to make them taste great. I also started a love affair with water. I lost over 86 pounds in a year and a half. Overeating and eating the wrong foods is really bad, and you need to convince your mind that you don't want it because of that fact. That worked for me. Good luck, and have patience with yourself. The best way is to lose about 2 pounds a week so it does not come back too fast for any reason. And, don't go hungry, just eat the right foods but don't overeat that, either. By the way, my doctor has said my cholesterol is much better, and I have been off my diabetic medication for over a year now since I lost all that weight (it was determined from blood tests). I feel great, and you will too when you decide to eat healthy and follow proper portions. Exercise does not have to be in a gym, and you can make it alot of fun. Like I said, good luck and believe in yourself )View Thread
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