I just finished up a "weight loss challenge" with my brother, his wife and a friend of ours.
I lost 30 lbs. in 10 weeks and that was 95% due to drastically improving my diet. I didn't work out that much, but I do play hockey on Sundays for two hours and volleyball one night during the week. That's really about it.
If you work out a few times a week, you'll probably get even better results than I got.
10 weeks ago I weighed in at 221...now I weigh 191. I'd like to get to around 180. That would be ideal I think.
My brother also lost 30 pounds. We were the top two losers in the contest.
And the two girls that did this with us lost less than 10 each, but they didn't have much to lose in the first place.
Our team won the contest with just over 10% body fat loss as a whole. (I lost 13% and my brother lost 15%) and we each won $150. It's not much money...but combine that with losing 30 lbs...and it's pretty cool overall deal.
The most important part of the contest was that we were encouraged to eat 6 small and healthy meals a day instead of 3 large meals. And believe me, that shit works. That increases your metabolism and allows for natural fat burning throughout the day.
Over the course of the contest, I ate lots of chicken, fish, brown rice, fruits & vegetables, eggs, whole wheat grains, steel cut oatmeal, etc...and lots of water. It was a diet heavy on protein.
- No soda. I used to drink about a bottle of soda a day, and it is one of the worst things you can put into your body.
- No candy.
- No alchohol. (ugh)
- No artificial sugars or sweeteners.
- Drink lots and lots of water. Up to two gallons a day.
- If you want to add butter, use real butter...not margarine. Neither is good for you, but butter is natural, margarine is not. Your body processes butter much better than margarine.
- Use sea salt instead of table salt if you have to use salt. It's better for you and it tastes better.
- Use raw sugar instead of processed sugar if you have to use sugar.
- Stay away from things that use enriched white flour...and try to buy bread and pasta made with whole wheat flour if you have to have pasta. But go easy on the bread and pasta.
- Try and eat natural foods and less pre-packaged stuff.
- Don't drink your calories.
I spent a lot of time reading labels in the supermarket. It was educational...and in a weird way, fun.
I really notice the difference when playing hockey now. I have a lot more energy and I am not sucking wind on the bench...and my play has improved quite a bit. And of course, none of my clothes fit anymore.
I'm not as strict with the diet now that the contest is over, but I still maintain most aspects of it.
Anyone looking to lose a few pounds should try this...it works.