I'm 5'9" and weigh from 165-167 lbs. (Thats 175 cm and 74-76 kg. for the rest of the world.) depending on what I had for lunch and what time of day it is. So I have a thin build. I'm not fat nor have I ever been overweight. (I'm not counting those months as an infant that my mother kept me as plump as the Michelin man. I have the crease marks on my arms to prove it.)
Although I haven't ever really been a fatso, I did have a round little Bart Simpson belly thing going for me. All those cheeseburgers and pizza's were finally catching up to me. Yes, Americans really DO eat like pigs. I would eat relatively small portions but it they would be unhealthy foods. Delicious, unhealthy foods.
I quit soda, caffeinated or not. Point blank. I greatly reduced the amount of junk food I was eating. Zero cheesebugers and Zero pizza. This of course could not be done without my wife's guidance and instruction.
I also started running. I would run in short bursts keeping my heart rate up. After all it had been years since I did any serious exercise, I didn't want to give myself a heart attack.
It's been about two months and I have lost about 20 pounds. I didn't think it was noticeable until a coworker pointed it out to me. I let my beard grow out which made my face look fuller and even then he noticed.
The point of this blog? It CAN be done. No magic pill or stomach stapling surgery required. A large portion of my family is overweight. (Like my double pun there?). So it runs in my family to be a mid-sized porker.
What is the answer?
Stop eating badly.
Stop eating when you are not hungry anymore. During you meal, take a break and make yourself aware of how your stomach feels. You don't have to feel full after every meal. Try aiming for "satisfied" instead of "stuffed."
If you are still eating and you're not hungry anymore, you're overeating.