I thought there should be a thread to offer advice and support to people who are overweight. I am not overweight, but am glad to help anyone who wants to lose weight.
I am in the process of losing weight. I found MyFitnessPal app to be very useful. I want to lose 2 lbs/week and it sets my daily calorie goal maximum of 1700. I enter breakfast/lunch/dinner. For example, banana is 105 calories, 1 glass of milk (100 calories), 1 piece of bread (100 calories), etc.
It also tracks how many steps you walk per day. For the past week, I have walked about 3 miles (5,000 steps) daily--according to iPhone steps.
I definitely recommend downloading the app on your smart phone: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/
That's awesome. Do you notice any difference in how you feel? Things like sleeping better, moving better, etc?
Definitely I feel better; more clear/concise/logical thinking. More flexibility/moving better for sure.
I can read people better too. I stopped watching porn lol. Porn is extremely damaging in all aspects. Havent seen any since December 2019. It has improved my relationship with women.
I no longer drink alcohol/beer as well. I haven't had any since July 2019. I have never done drugs or smoke cigs in my life.
Sleeping better is a mixed bag. If I exercise (walk/run/workout) during the evening, it messes up my sleep pattern (I can't fall asleep till 11 pm to 2 am). I noticed I sleep better when I exercise during the early morning.
Overall 2020 has been the best year of my life so far. Coronavirus pandemic has actually helped me lol. January 2020 to present has been a golden time period for me.
At base it really is calories-in-calories-out. Things like spiking insulin are pennies on the dollar (as far as weight goes).
If you're fat you need to move more and, more importantly, eat less. Anything program that takes you in that direction is a good program.
There's nothing good about porn. When I stopped looking at it, I felt so much better. I realized there were times when I looked at porn because I was depressed or wanted to relieve stress. I always knew there was something wrong with porn, even when I first viewed it as a teenager. I thought, I wouldn't want any of the women in my life to do this, so why should I be supporting it?
I don't drink, and have never done drugs or smoked either. You're really better off avoiding them.
A book called Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, a neuroscientist, helped me sleep better. It explains many of the recent findings about sleep and is written for general audiences.
It's very important to go to bed at the same time, and wake up at the same time, each day, even on the weekend. The only exceptions I make are if I'm sick. I have tried using silicon ear plugs. I don't know if they can get stuck in your ears, but so far that hasn't happened to me after about a year of using them https://www.amazon.com/Macks-Pillow...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=1K5V4K848HAK16CTBZHW. I also bought an alarm clock with bird sounds instead of an annoying alarm. It's less jolting than normal alarms. There are sunrise lamps that slowly light up your room with light that mimics the colors of a sunrise. I've been thinking of trying one, but some are expensive.
I've read in multiple places it's best to not exercise in the evening if you can do it at other times. I like to do it after I get up in the morning. I'm so tired in the afternoon and evening.
With exercise, for me it's more important to do it regularly than to constantly push myself. I'd rather do good form and not do as many reps as I had planned. I don't think I'd feel good or sleep well without exercising regularly. I'd rather exercise regularly with caution than push myself and get injured and not be able to exercise for an extended period of time.
It can be hard though because I worry that I am making excuses. But I worry too much, and my body is OK. I have never been overweight, but I used to be so skinny that people would often comment on it. I changed my diet and starting lifting. I've been able to maintain my goal for years so I am happy. My goal isn't to be a body builder. I sometimes feel inadequate when I compare how I look to men on fitness sites, but this is stupid.. If you're losing weight, obviously there's a goal but there is a risk of not being satisfied and unless you're striving to be an elite athlete, it's not good.
When you say you can read people better, what do you mean?