...is actually such an interesting topic and each person has their own ideas on how to do this.
Today I had the pleasant surprise of running into an ex girlfriend of my younger son. I was trying to find a nail polish I liked which in the end she chose for me with a lipstick to match.....and then kindly produced a R20 ($3) gift voucher for that shop and gave it to me. In the end my purchase cost me less than R5 ($.5) whoopee. But as is typical of the young I ended up with a "new and different" albeit interesting shade of nail varnish which I will get used to. I don't mind the color, just never would have bought it myself without her excitement that went with the purchase. I also matches a brand new top I bought last week so that works out rather well too.
With the purchase done, we went and had coffee together and we got chatting about diets. Neither she or I looks much thinner than when we last met, not because we hadn't lost the weight, rather, we had both lost and regained our weight.
After chatting for almost an hour, we were joined by my two sons who were popping in (unexpectedly) for a cup of coffee at the same coffee shop. Not too hard to do since we only have one mall and it has only 4 coffee shops/restaurants and I only have 1 favorite.
That's when the conversation got really interesting because both my sons, have lost their weight successfully and my younger son has kept it off for 6 months already. Both have used totally different methods that work for them. Us ladies agreed that it was too stringent for us, but admired their ability to do what they did.
My younger son chose to fast for 3 days, eating only 1 apple a day to detox and give his colon a rest. After that, he gave some thought to how eating may originally have occurred. He figured that Adam did loads of exercise via walking, bending, stretching while naming the animals. Then when Adam got hungry, he no doubt walked up to a tree and picked a juicy, palm sized fruit and ate that. He possibly finished his "meal" with a drink from a fresh water stream. His next meal only happened when he was next hungry, which he probably wandered over to a gooseberry bush and plucked a handful of gooseberries and ate that etc etc etc. So that is what Cole did. For breakfast he would eat a fruit that fitted into the palm of his hand and then got out his bicycle and cycled into the mountains. He drank water from the mountain streams and ate what berries he found along the way. At night he ate 2 boiled eggs because they fitted into the palm of his hand.
Cole had no breakfast, lunch, dinner routine. He ate when he was hungry and it fitted into his palm. One of his favorites was a palm sized potato hot from the microwave and a teaspoon of olive oil drizzled onto it. He shrank within months. He had loads and loads of energy and looked bright and clear eyed and I watched muscles forming where layers of fat had been from the cycling and boxing/kicking an exercise bag.
He was unemployed when he tackled that diet. He now works on the rig and has set mealtimes. Still he eats minimally for a 6 ft 2 man who works physically ie at breakfast he will have 1C of muesli with yogurt for breakfast....both fit into 1C. Lunch he has a sandwich with salad and dinner usually is protein and hot veggies. He looks superb.
My elder son cant stand eating breakfast....he never has, even as a child, it makes him nauseous to eat early. He prefers to eat one BIG meal a day. So that's what he does. He eats for the first time round 4pm and then its a dinner plate full of all food groups. He also goes into the mountains and forests but his exercise of choice is walking. He likes the slower pace but walks 15-20 kms (9-12 miles) at a time. He is also a djembe drummer which takes loads of energy output. He too has lost most his weight in 3.5 months. Still has a few kilograms to go, but his weight loss is very visible. All his pants no longer fit. He has had to reinvest in pants. His shirts button well with room to spare whereas they used to strain over his stomach before.
So now its Jessica and my turn to find what works for us and get it off. I love figures so calorie counting works for me....but I would probably do better if I stopped counting calories and ate off a smaller plate as I did before and lost 20kgs (44 pounds). Mine is not the losing of the weight, its keeping it off. So my challenge is to find a way to KEEP it off once I've lost it.
Another year.....another try.