I originally posted this as a response to "How do I cook on an egg and lose weight, too. I decided I wanted to make it a starting point for my participation on this forum instead of burying it as just a reply.
So, here it is again:I have been on a campaign to BURN FAT as a method to lose weight. If you do it wrong you can lose weight by losing lean muscle. The easiest way to do this is if you only restrict calories. Ideally you want to build muscle first by exercise, a combination of cardio and strength training. These used to be swear words in my vocabulary but after some heart issues involving Atrial fibrillation I decided I needed to make serious lifestyle changes. You need to be aware of your nutrition needs as well. Multiply your current weight by 18 and you know how many calories per day it takes to maintain your weight. Multiply by 16 to find out how many you need to "lose weight" The difference is your calorie deficit and can be added to with exercise. The Internet has been how I found out what to do to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, fire up my metabolism, burn fat and build muscle. Google is your friend.
I am 61 years old and used to emote with food. If I was happy, sad, depressed, angry, fill in the blank-- I ate. Now I know exactly what I am eating, be it protein carbohydrate or fat. I know what it is going to do to me or for me. I know how much is a portion and I stick to it but I don't obsess. Food is fuel, not an emotional response. This is new territory for me.
Someone just gave me an BGE. I haven't seen it yet I am suppose to pick it up this week. Instead of fixing just any old food that sounds good I will fix balanced meals with a mix of protein, vegetables and some fat. I will limit my starch and eat fresh fruit. The best tasting food in the world is prepared on an egg.
I am ecstatic to find this branch of the BGE
forum. I look forward to encouraging each of you.
If you decide to build muscle as away to burn fat you can put away your scale and watch your healthy body materialize before you in a mirror. Measure inches on a tape not pounds on a scale.
I understand this flies in the face of a lot of conventional "wisdom" but after two months it is working for me. I found www.stronglifts.com and joined a gym.