I was 15st 6 when I began this journey 4 years ago. The first 2 stone came off relatively quickly even without that much exercise. Its the last stone and as has been said thats the hardest. fat area seems to be around the waist and extra chin.
I think my perception of 1700 calories is probably in reality closer to 2000 so not convinced I am not eating enough. I really did think knocking sugary stuff on the head would work wonders, maybe it has but not in the way I expected. Some say it doesnt matter and its just about meeting the numbers but surely eating sugary calorie dense stuff is worse than eating more quantity of lower calorie food.
if I eat more calories, I gain weight. Simple as that. There is an awful lot to digest in these replies (pardon the pun) but I have to sift through conflicting posts and try and weigh things up from all the advice given.
On the stuff I use, it says serving size 45gm and gives a calorific value, On the MFP site I log 100gms and also include 125ml of semi skimmed which adds up to about 360 cals. sometimes a bit of natural yoghurt and fruit but I add the relevant values for that. More difficult to accurately log things like buffet meals and parties etc but I always try and include everything and try to be under the 1700 goal. BMR is calculated as 1660.
My big weakness was sweet things like cakes biscuits sweets and chocs. about 6 weeks ago I decided to treat sugar like an addictive drug (which it is) and decided not to eat anything in that category, (I know I can't avoid it completely as its in so much other food) I thought that kicking the sugar would have made a big difference in terms of weight loss.
I met a friend whom I hadn't seen in years. He is a couple inches taller than me and had always been on the porky side. I hardly recognised his lanky frame. 10st to be honest that was too much. I would look ill at that weight.
Interesting variety of replies which I appreciate.... 20 -25 miles being nothing and hardly registering is a bit of a disappointment... cant see me doing 3 hrs a day as well as working... I think there is a bit of something in all your answers. The calorie counting is done with a degree of pedantism. I try to be honest but there is also a degree of guesswork. I mean who really really has a 45gm serving of muesli for breakfast? more like 120gms!
on the size issue, that makes sense, I wore a pair of size 32 waist jeans yesterday that would have been impossible not so long ago.
He won't be building muscle if he's really eating a huge calorie deficit (which I doubt).
shouldnt that be not eating a huge calorie deficit? there wouldnt be a deficit if I ate it.... confused now
I don't want to appear to be someone who expects big results by magic with no effort. I do work hard at it and take my food intake and exerciser egime very seriously (ask my wife! - she thinks I'm obsessed and constantly trying to get me to eat cakes!)
Anyway, friendly banter, advice and support all very much appreciated. I'll let you know how things develop.