I had a visit with my GP yesterday and he confirmed what I suspected
I told him I was now on a 1500 to 1800 a day calorie eating program and he said and I quote ” Wow you will lose a shit load of weight on that ! ”
He also said don’t go below 1000 calories a day which was not really relevant as I am doing 1500 to 1800 each day but worth noting for reference. Do not go below 1000 calories a day
I can tell you this from experience diets don’t work because the word ‘diet’ means for a short period of time, or for a period of time. Diets work for a short period of time, but then once you start eating again, you start gaining weight like crazy.
In my opinion, and I know it sounds like an old cliche The only way to go is to change your eating Lifestyle !
The first problem ( for me ) is that my mum was a good cook and I grew to love Steak and kidney Pie, Suet Dumplings and Fish and Chips and I still salivate at the thought of them.
The second problem is that I have had periods in my life of extreme physical activity and I put much of my weight gain down to continuing to eat very large portions when now having an almost sedentary life style.
I am not a person who enjoys going to the Gym but for example when I was a diving Instructor on the Great Barrier Reef I enjoyed the huge physical effort that went with the job.
So my conclusion is that I must change my eating habits, by restricting the number of calories I eat. Eat Less but Eat well !
All weight loss programs tell you to see your doctor before embarking on any weight loss scheme. This is “CYA” ( cover your arse ) in case some illness develops which you can attribute to losing weight or changing your eating habits and sue them.
I saw my Doctor and he told me i was “OBESE” and that I should lose some weight. He did not have any fantastic ways to do this on offer In fact his advice or suggestions came down to 3 options
- Lap Band Surgery
- Taking drugs to supress appetite
- Eat Less
I have chosen to eat less!
Whilst I do think checking with your Doctor is a good idea if You are significantly overweight as I am then Losing weight will have a positive effect on your overall health.