weight loss tips

Weight loss tips from a meat loving beer drinking cigar smoker

Weight loss tips I have come up with in my journey to lose over 60 pounds

I have recently lost 60 pounds and thought I would share some of the weight loss tips I have found with anybody who is interested.

My story is pretty simple really. Over the years I had become quite overweight. I am 6 foot 2 inches tall and at my biggest, I weighed over 250 pounds. At that weight, I wore a size 38 pants and XXL shirts and jackets.

In the past year, I have managed to get my weight down to 187 lbs. Now I wear size 32 pants and a L shirt and jacket. In addition, I went from regular cut shirts to tailored and slim fit shirts.

So what practical weight loss tips do I have?

  1. Get the chips and cookies out of the house. I am a total snacker. I love chips, cookies, nuts and all of those salty, carb filled snacks. If they are in the house, I will eat them constantly. Get a small handful, then another, then another…
  2. Eat more salad. Laura and I will eat a large salad for dinner most nights during the week. Sometimes we cook a few shrimp or grill a chicken breast and add that to make it more satisfying and keep it from becoming monotonous.
  3. Eat more veggies. We love dinners that contain nothing but roasted veggies. Get your roasting pan out, then coarsely chop a bunch of root vegetables and give them a thin coating of olive or rapeseed oil. Add a little salt and pepper, along with any other spices you like to give them a kick. Then give it 30 to 45 minutes in the oven on medium heat and enjoy.
  4. Portion control. Pay attention to portion control. I got to where I would gorge myself with those comfort foods. Pizza, french fries, roast dinner and meals like that. I’m not talking all the time of course, but often enough to slowly gain weight over several years. Try to identify those situations where you are likely to gorge yourself and make a conscious effort to put less food on your plate than you otherwise would.
  5. Reduce the amount of processed food you eat. I think this is a big one. Just browse the nutrition panels of the processed and prepared meals, you will be amazed at the difference in calories and salt in them. Next, compare them with the calories in the individual ingredients if bought fresh. Mind Blown!

Final thoughts

I think I am fairly normal. As we get older, a lot of us tend to be less active which means we burn fewer calories. So even if we just over eat once or twice a week, we are adding a couple of pounds a month sometimes and not living the lifestyle needed to take it back off.

You don’t really notice a couple of pounds a month. After a year or two you need a size larger in your jeans. They way sizes go, you also buy a pair of shorts that are labeled the same size that you were wearing before so you don’t really notice you went up a size.

Then, a couple years later, the same thing happens. Finally, 15 years later, you wonder what happened to yourself.