I don't do it either. To me it would be an added activity and more clutter, while I am trying to simplify my life and remove unnecessary, time-consuming, non-essential actions, so that I will have more time to do what I really like to do, or what needs to be done.
Besides, it focuses my mind on food, which is what I'm trying to steer away from while trying to lose weight. Of course one has to plan what to eat, but I don't want to dwell on food longer than I need to, not at this stage at least.
By the end of the day I know what I've eaten that day, and whether it was too much or not, without writing it down. Or the scale will tell me every week too!View Thread
Maybe something to drink instead of eating if you don't feel the need for eating - something like V8 vegetable juice, or a protein shake (you can use only half the dose/scoop instead of full if you are worried about exceeding your chosen level of calories). Or even some yogurt, in case you are not getting a lot of dairy (men need lots of calcium too).View Thread
Well, if you eat below a certain calorie level, you are bound to lose weight eventually. For your calorie needs you can look on an online calorie calculator. Otherwise, if you are female, 1200 cal should lead you to weight loss, and if you are male, 1800 cal will do it.
If you are not into calorie counting, 3 smallish meals and one or two healthy snacks daily should also see the weight drop, if you base the meals and snacks on vegetables, lean protein (like fish, chicken breast, lean red meat, egg-whites), fruit and low-fat dairy in moderation, some healthy fats (like olives, avocado, olive oil) and legumes/nuts also in moderation.
The recommended pace of losing weight is 1/2 to 1 kg (maximum) per week. I think you will just have to accept that it will take some time to get rid of the weight.
You can start going on a healthy, reduced-calorie diet immediately, though, and continue once you get home. If you lose it slowly, like 1/2 kg a week, it will be easier to do, and the weight loss is more likely to be permanent.
Maybe you can just do some walking for the last weeks there, which will be excellent. For strength it will be good (essential, actually) if you could do some exercises at home, but it is unlikely to make you lose weight.
I know that panicky feeling, and wanting to get rid of the weight as soon as possible, but believe me, the body doesn't like shocks (like drastic diets) and will resist your efforts! Only eating less, but in a sensible way, like sticking to a realistic calorie level and eating small meals very regularly, will be a solution, and that will not allow for 3kg weight loss in 20 days. It is probably possible on a very low calorie level, but it will be hard and you will feel hungry, weak, moody, headachy, lethargic, and your blood sugar will be low.View Thread
Sounds good to me - the type of things I love too. I add some red wine vinegar/lemon juice and either soy sauce, fish sauce or salt and black pepper to my salads though. Plus some Alfalfa sprouts and fresh parsley or cilantro.
What have you been having as the rest of the dinner?View Thread
I hope you recovered well after your long walk, and that you are giving your body a break at least one day a week.
That's where I find running so convenien t- one can cover a lot of distance in a much shorter time than walking, but of course walking is 2nd best! And a lot of people can't run because of health issues.
Still, if you could jog here and there it would cut your walking time considerably. I run 9 miles, for example, in about 76 or 77 minutes (I'm not the fastest runner), so instead of walking for 3 hours, I have to persevere only for just more than an hour. While I cool down (and wait to stop sweating) I then do some abs exercises, push-ups, back extensions and stretches.View Thread