One other thing I have learned during this extended weight loss routine. Alcohol consumption immediately adds 2 to 3 pounds to my weight within 2 days of consumption. The weight also disappears within 2 to 3 days when abstaining from alcohol. My theory is that alcohol is a natural inflammatory to my body causing retention of fluids when consuming alcohol.View Thread
I am not bulked up with muscle but my body is toned fairly well for a 70 year old. I am 5 ft 11 in and yes I do exercise more than most men my age. I am still in the process of trying to reach 175 so do more than I would once my goal is reached.
Of course the other issue I have is maintaining a reasonable weight on extended travel. I recognize that I will likely gain a few pounds, but the goal is to gain no more than 5 while away and to immediately go back on the weight loss program when home.
I eat fruit as part of my diet but not in excess. I don't eat a lot of red meat, but go heavy on chicken, fish, and lean pork with a lot of vegetables.View Thread
Exercise is a habit of mine. I started walking a mile a day in 1986 and over the years have upped that amount. Over the last two years I have increased my walks to an hour to hour and a half per day walking 3 1/2 to 5 miles a day. In addition to walking I lift weights 3 days a week and do calesthenics 3 days a week. Because I have a habit of exercising, I find I don't lose weight like others might from exercising. I have to actually do more exercise to accelerate weight loss along with my diet. I have stuck to a routine of exercise and a calorie regimen of 1400-1600 calories per day. While at home I keep a daily food and exercise log using myfitnesspal.com. This is the first time in my life I can say I will maintain my weight. The habits I have developed allow me to stray from the diet when away from home on travel. We cruise frequently and I don't worry about what I eat or drink, but do walk and exercise while cruising much as I do at home. Once back home I weigh in and go immediately into weight reduction mode until back at my desired weight. I have decided 180 pounds is a good weight not to go above so I am still working to reach 175 pounds as the minimum weight for me. I want to stay within a 5 pound range, so that when I take trips I can enjoy my food and drink without gaining more than 5 pounds while away. Since I have been on this long term diet, I have focused on healthy foods and eat a lot of chicken, fish, and lean pork along with healthy vegetables and fruit. I stay away from fried foods, hamburgers, and pizzas. Once in awhile I will have a grilled steak, but find my tastes have changed and the steak doesn't taste as good as it used to. I recently returned home from an 11 day trip which included a cruise and a visit to a casino. I gained 3 1/2 pounds during those 11 days and weighed 183.5 lbs on March 8. Today, March 22, I weighed in at 180 pounds. I'm not far from reaching the 175 target, but will leave on a long trip April 9. We will be gone for 6 weeks cruising from Hong Kong to Vancouver, so it will be interesting to see how the next 2 months play out. I do know that whatever I gain will be lost once I return home and I will definitely be doing my daily exercises while on the cruise.View Thread
I am just short of 70 and exercise 7 days a week. I walk daily for 60-70 minutes at a 3 1/2 mph pace. I do calesthenics 3 days a week including jumping jacks, pushups with feet elevated on a chair, stomach crunches, deep knee bends, leg lifts, and a few others. 3 days a week I lift weights. Have been following this routine for several years and don't plan to give it up. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer almost 2 years ago and have been following watchful waiting ever since. The cancer diagnosis prompted me to lose weight and after 15 months of dieting have lost 42 pounds. I feel great and so far the cancer has proven to be very slow growing.View Thread