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If you are fatter than you want to be for appearance, functionality, energy, joint health, or fitness, you can fix it. However, it can be as challenging as quitting smoking or quitting excess booze. Deprivation of greedy impulses takes character strength, the building of which is good and a wholesome exercise in itself.
Exercise is great for vigor, strength, and general fitness for life, but it is no good for fat loss unless you are hiking the Appalachian trail 7 hrs/day for a month or two.
If serious about it, you should aim to lose 2 lbs/week. More than that is unrealistic and too painful. Here's the easy way: Eat less food and drink water instead of other stuff. Set a limit to beer and cocktails. Less food? Cut your normal food portions in half. Quit almost all carbs. If you exercise hard especially with weights, try 4 small meals/day with 20 gm of protein in each and vegetable carbs. Remember, excess protein, like excess carbs, go to fat. Volume control!
Remember: If even 5# overweight, your hunger is mainly false hunger. You have plenty of fuel on board to keep you going for days or weeks. Some people, months.
When you arrive at your target, you should be able to figure out a good maintenance plan. It's not rocket science.
Nah, you don't have to cut out all carbs, especially if you're working out regularly. Increase protein and fiber, but decrease overall calories by about 400 a day. It's about the beer, the pizza, the glam coffees, the restaurants. Skip that junk and the weight will slowly go.
BTW, 2 lbs a week is way too much for a female. She should aim for about 1/2 lb per week reduction. That is, if she wants it to be more than a temporary loss, and not involve excessive fatigue and weakness.
Agreed that unless someone needs to lose upwards of 80 pounds, two pounds a week is too much. When long-term weight loss is your goal, your body needs to re-design itself and that takes energy and time. Think about the difference between decluttering your house or doing a full-scale remodeling - that’s the difference between short term and long term weight loss.
Also, put a time frame on all this. The first should be 6 weeks with a realistic goal - say 8 pounds. This discourages giving up after a week. Then go for another 6-8 pounds after another 6 weeks. The second block of time is easier as you are already in the swing and will be more adapted to the new conditions.
Good to acknowledge that it takes more than a smidgeon of self control. Sounds like a good plan, one that can work without a lot of expensive food deliveries. I concur that 1/2 food is a good place to start, and does not leave you feeling underfed.