Since the age of 25 (I'm 40) I had always been overweight – not obese, mind you, but about ten pounds above the ideal range for my height on the Body Mass Index. Unlike most people in that situation, I actually do have a big frame and heavy bones. A lot of people who know me did not realize that I was unhealthily overweight and were surprised if they found out that I weighed in at a hefty 205 pounds.
Today I am at 188 and have been at that weight steadily for three months now. This has not involved any special effort on my part, just circumstances. What happened? I became unemployed and got a crash course in the "Broke Diet Plan." As it turns out, when you do not have money you can end up doing a lot of things that make you healthy.
The changes for me:
- I ride my bike and walk now due to the fact that I no longer need nor can afford a car.
- I skip meals to save money.
- I can no longer afford to drink beer or wine. In fact, I seldom drink anything but water.
- Since I do not have health insurance, I find myself eating for nourishment instead of pleasure – this means I think long and hard. If the choice is bananas or donuts, I'm a lot more likely than I used to be to choose the former.
The good news, I guess, is that if you're not broke, you can still adhere to the above four principles and you'll probably end up attaining a healthy weight. Every cloud really does have a silver lining. For you, if you're not broke, you will want to do the following:
- Exercise more frequently, and sit and drive less.
- Skip a meal every now and again; it will not kill you.
- Stop drinking alcohol.
- Eat for nourishment, not pleasure. Make your food choices consciously.
Best of luck to you in your drive to lose weight. It really is worth it. I have not felt this energetic since I was 25!