A Few Words On Diet And Health

Just over 3 years ago I looked at the scale and realized I weighed almost 250 pounds. I finally decided it was time to do something about my health. I’m just over six feet tall, so I felt I was heavier than I should be. I wasn’t having weight related health problems, but I was slowly gaining weight. I estimated that I had gained 80 pounds over the previous 10 years.

I started on the South Beach Diet and eventually lost 31 pounds. Since then, I have gained 12 pounds. I’m starting over on the South Beach Diet, and I am going to start regular exercise. For me it’s not about losing weight so much as it is about making decisions to be a little healthier. I now weigh about 225 pounds, but if I hadn’t made some changes three years ago, I’d probably weigh about 275 pounds now, and eventually I’d probably start developing weight related health problems.

I realize the sooner I decide to eat sensibly and exercise regularly, I’m starting on a trip to a healthier, happier me. I’m not going to go to they gym, that’s just not my style. I’m going to start walking more, riding my bike more and generally taking better care of my body. The healthiest I’ve ever been was the summer I took drivers ed, because I had to ride my bicycle three miles each way. I have decided the time has come to regularly exercise. Not anything crazy, just walking or bicycling.

I’m choosing the South Beach Diet, for two reasons. First, I tried it, and it works for me. Two, of all the diets out there, it makes the most sense to me. While the diet experts are debating whether low carb or low saturated fat people are right, I’m plodding along down the middle of the road. If South Beach stops working for me, then I’ll try something else.

2 thoughts on “A Few Words On Diet And Health

  1. I’m working in the same direction myself, having fought this battle for many years.

    It is different for every single person. I lose weight like crazy if I eat strictly meat and whole fruit. Carbs kill me, and nothing will stop me craving them.

  2. I miss pizza and pasta more than any dessert. I can’t eat just one cookie, but I’m OK as long as I avoid the first one. I’ll eat half a box of Girl Scout Cookies if I eat one. I know I can have whole grain pasta and whole grain pizza crust, but have you ever tried finding either of those in a restaurant in a small Indiana town? I consider myself lucky to be able to find them in a grocery store. It would be nice to find a place that delivers South Beach Diet friendly foods to our house. None of the handful of Chinese places deliver. So it’s only pizza places none of which have ever heard of whole grain. I guess I’m going to have to figure out how to make pizza from scratch.

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