Thursday, 3 July 2014

Going below 70kgs

I never managed to reach the sub 70 kg mark. I was close, but no cigar. Down to 72-73 kgs went smooth and for a short period, after reducing my calorie intake by mainly eating fruit after breakfast until dinner, dipped at about 70.5 kg. But maintaining 70-71 kg proved difficult. 73-74 has been my stable base.

Due to a few "growing old" pains and aches I haven't been as consistent with exercise as I need to be in order to maintain a constant calorie deficit. Combine this with bad weather and colds, the last 4-5 weeks have been bad. I've been eating a bit unhealthy as well.

But at least I'm aware of it and the reasons. So now it's just to go back to basics and devise a plan to reach 71-72 kgs by December. Only 3 or so kgs to loose, so not a big deal. The principal is the same as always. Eat and drink less calories than you consume. I'm convinced most ways work, you don't need to focus on a particular diet. Just eat fibre rich food that provides low calories while keeping you feeling full for longer. Examples are:

  • Hummus
  • Oatmeal
  • Avocado
  • Lentils
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Raspberries
  • Apples, Pears
  • Barley
  • Chia Seeds
  • Carrots
  • Artichokes
  • Almonds

Here are links to great books by Tom Venuto containing common sense approaches to a healthier life (I have them myself, they are the only books on the subject I currently refer to).