Originally Posted by caninelover
Agree with the others - exercise (including walking) is great for health but not enough to lose weight unless combined with changes in diet.
I am down 11 pounds in about 2 months of making the following changes to my diet:
1. Cut out all added sugar - mainly for me this is drinking black coffee in the mornings instead of adding half and half and sugar as I had done for years. I've also eliminated desserts (unless we're out celebrating an occasion - then I enjoy a few bites).
2. Drastically cut back on bread and pasta. We used to have a weekly pasta night that we replaced with lean meat and veggies. I try and eat salads for lunch instead of sandwiches, and I go bun-less for our grilled burgers and just plop the thing onto a bed of greens.
3. I actually added some full fat dairy back into my diet - specifically full fat cottage cheese vs the low fat variety. I scoop some onto my lunch salad and feel more full and satisfied.
4. I try to eat more eggs and avacados.
I also spin 4-5 times a week for exercise, and don't eat breakfast. I don't start eating anything until 11 am and stop eating everything at 7 pm.
The weight still seems to be drifting downwards with these simple changes and I hope to lose 5 more pounds.
This is my diet, except #2. I love to bake bread and eat it. So instead, I cut WAY back on alcohol. No more than 2 drinks a month. The intermittent fast reminds me that I actually need and am satisfied with fewer calories. So my portion sizes are reduced too. (I use a smaller plate at dinner time - that helps too.)