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    Heavenly Creature Editor aman's Avatar
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    I need to lose weight

    Due to a change in circumstances, laziness and comfort food I have piled on the pounds over the last few years and I really do need to get down to an acceptable (acceptable for me) weight.

    I am 51 years old 175cm (5,9) high and weigh a little under 95kg (15 stone, 210lbs) so I need to lose about 20kg which is a fith of my body weight.

    This was not a problem -more an annoyance- until I had a letter from the doctor asking me to come in to have my blood pressure checked using their automatic BP machine in the lobby of the surgery. I them got another letter telling me I had high blood pressure and needed to be fitted with a 24hr BP monitor. This is happening on Monday. I don't know what my BP is at the moment as I didn;t take much notice of the results because for one, I didn;t really understand them. And for two, I though Hypertension was something that happened to other people. I keep forgetting that I am in my fifties now. I honestly believe I am still in my twenties.

    The other thing that happened was I was researching the symptoms of Stroke for a mug I am designing and I realised if I didn't do something right now I was setting myself up for problems in the future.

    So, what are your tips and tricks for shedding the pounds and lowering blood pressure.

    I have cut out carbs from my diet and have started cycling to and from work again (24 hilly kilometers)

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    Walk more. I lost a lot of weight when simple little things like going to the bathroom is a five minute walk!!
    I eat like a horse, but haven't put the weight on.
    That said, I am nobody's idea of thin!
    Also, I only sit down to drive. Everything else, I stand. There was a journalist that tried this for a month. She did nothing else like alter her diet or take more exercise.
    She lost three pounds in one month.
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    Have you cut out fizzy drinks and fruit juice?
    We all lead different lives.

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    I have never been one for fizzy drinks or fruit juice. I do drink a lot of coffee which I know is not goo for my BP but I am reducing that.

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    That's another thing. Last time I was tested my BP was spot on, despite my eating anything and everything and my cup of coffee being made with two tablespoons of instant.
    I put it down to walking.
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    What sort of walking do you do? Is it power walking with weights?

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    The cycling will do it for you. I,m 55 and lost 12 kilos in past year now 82 kilos and same height as you. Cycling will create muscle which weighs more so your 20 kilos target is not necessarily so important. I now like cycling so much I do it for fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by losingbaggage View Post
    The cycling will do it for you. I,m 55 and lost 12 kilos in past year now 82 kilos and same height as you. Cycling will create muscle which weighs more so your 20 kilos target is not necessarily so important. I now like cycling so much I do it for fun.
    Thanks.
    I do love cycling although I sometimes don't like the thought of cycling in the winter rain I always love it once I am on the road. I have just signed up for (and got roped into helping organise) a 24 hour road race. Should be fun. I like having a scary goal to work towards.

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    I just walk! Normal brisk walking. From the van to a shop, out with the dogs. Doing a bit of wombling!
    It's an unusual day for me to do less than 10,000 steps. Yesterday was 16,000+.
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    Soup!

    I find that drinking lots of soup has helped me to keep my weight down - I don't want to be juicing or making smoothies all the time, so I'm quite happy to buy a carton of decent soup that's already been made for me. (Glorious are a great brand).

    Not exactly living off the land, but I do like a little convenience.

    Apart from that, avoiding white carbs (or carbs that can be turned white) - so bread, pasta, potatoes, rice etc.

    Also, ditch dairy. Regardless of my ethical stance, dairy contains estrogen, and it's my belief that filling your body with the female hormones of another species is asking for trouble. An ex of mine cut out dairy and noticed an awesome change to her body - she lost weight and got better definition and all without any effort or any other changes.

    Exercise is important, but not as important as diet.
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    Thanks Paul

    Avoiding all of the above except a little bit of milk and butter in my scrambled eggs in the morning. I might try it without whilst I am trying to loose weight but I do like milk and butter with my eggs

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    If you want fast effective weight loss you should look into a ketogenic diet. Its very easy to stick to after the first couple of days with no sugar cravings or hunger pangs. Dietdoctor is a good place to start researching. Its a good diet plan for people with hormonal or thyroid problems that just cant shift the weight any other way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elvis loved burg View Post
    If you want fast effective weight loss you should look into a ketogenic diet. Its very easy to stick to after the first couple of days with no sugar cravings or hunger pangs. Dietdoctor is a good place to start researching. Its a good diet plan for people with hormonal or thyroid problems that just cant shift the weight any other way.
    That looks very similar to the Palio diet I currently try to stick to.

    This picture taken from the diet doctor website pretty much resembles what I eat during the week



    I eat a little different at the weekend as I do have a couple of beers and maybe a packet of crisps.

    I feel good on the palio

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    Quote Originally Posted by aman View Post
    Thanks Paul

    Avoiding all of the above except a little bit of milk and butter in my scrambled eggs in the morning. I might try it without whilst I am trying to loose weight but I do like milk and butter with my eggs

    Paul
    Vitalite margarine has quite a buttery taste but is plant based so is less fattening..

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    That's quite a daily ride. I don't want to sabotage you but unless it's really difficult to get there another way I wouldn't rely on keeping to that unless you're already used to a lot of riding, or are a super committed person.
    On the other hand if you stick with that without just increasing calorie intake to compensate then it should be enough to shape up without drastic dieting I would have thought. If you're eating healthily already then it'll just be reducing some fat/carbon/stray calory intake somewhere.
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    I do love cycling and Iam used to cycling longer distances. I used to commute 25 miles in and 25 miles out in the past so 9 miles is not too bad. It is just that I have been a bit lax of late.

    I am not finding the ride too taxing now. The first couple of days were a bit of a shock to the system but now I am into it it is not too bad. I just have to resist the temptation to race people half my age who are probably only going a couple of miles and have no clue that they are in a race.

    Anyway, I am not commuting now, I am training for a 24 hour road race

    I have promised my wife that I will look like this by next summer



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