But, what about people who would like to lose 20 or so pounds?
Those who don’t want/don’t need/can’t afford/aren’t candidates for
any kind of surgical intervention, not eligible for a stint on The
Biggest Loser and people who don’t have the time or means, desire
to go to an adult weight-loss ranch or camp for a period of several
weeks, yet want to get back to “the way they were,” to paraphrase
I’m in the latter group. I’m way past my baby-making days, but
was still carrying the six or so pounds I never lost from each of my
three children. So, an extra 18 pounds right there. Compound that
with a slower, aging metabolism, and I’ve been carrying around
an extra 25 pounds since my 40s (I’m 61). Until recently, I was
still eating like I did as a teenager/young adult; the good old days
when my metabolism was humming and I could eat/drink whatever
I wanted with impunity.
I have a background in Biology and a keen interest in health.
I knew in theory what I needed to do: control portion sizes (our
metabolism slows as we age, due to more fat and less muscle, and
our organs require fewer calories), keep moving and eat healthy.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But we all know it isn’t. It wasn’t until I
closely examined my own lifestyle and habits, and read a lot about
behavior, that I figured out how to change things in order to lose
that extra weight. Over the past six months, I’ve lost 16. 8 pounds
(my scale measures to the tenth of a pound), and it hasn’t been
too hard. But, I did have to change some long-term behaviors and
habits. The following hacks may not work for everyone, but here is
what worked for me:
7Lifestyle Hacks to Lose (almost) 17 Pounds
by Jan Cullinane
Jan Cullinane after losing almost 17 pounds.