Weight loss: How to have my beer and drink it too

I think it’s time to lose some weight. Drinking and eating for this blog has catapulted my weight to the highest it’s ever been, 255 pounds. At a height of only 5′ 9″, I think it’s safe to say I am at an unhealthy weight.

How did I get to this point? To put it simply, I love food and beer. I am eating more calories than I can burn and my body can’t keep up.

I have been down this road before, this isn’t my first rodeo. During college, instead of the freshmen 15, I experienced the freshmen 50. March of 2005, I decided enough was enough and lost a staggering 80 pounds by August 2005. I accomplished this by Weight Watchers and a lot of willpower. It wasn’t easy in college, but at age 23, it did melt off quickly. 13 years later it’s a different story. My body’s metabolism has crawled to almost nothing and it is very easy for me to gain and hard for me to lose.

The Struggle of the Diet

This is the story of many Americans out there. Dieting is more popular than ever but the obesity rate continues to climb. How is that possible? The short answer, no one really knows. It really depends on who you ask. Some people say carbs are the devil. Some say it’s the fat. Some say everyone should eliminate gluten. Some say we need to eat like the cavemen did by eliminating all processed foods and stick to the fats.

This made me think, we must be the only animal to worry about what foods we should eat to stay healthy. Last time I checked I haven’t seen the birds outside weighing themselves on a scale and going on an all juice diet to lose a couple.

So where does that leave the modern human? We live in an age of frozen dinners and high in sugar meals. We unfortunately need to monitor what we eat and keep up the activity. I have tried this many times and have ended up losing weight but then just gaining it back. What am I doing wrong? How do I lose weight and keep it off?

This got me thinking again, like the saying goes, how can I have my cake and eat it too? I see plenty of people out there enjoying cheesesteaks and fries and drinking their imperial stout and they are skinny as they come. How do they do it? Can I really attribute my weight gain all to having a slow metabolism. Yes it’s true that some people eat what they want and are able to maintain their figure but maybe what they want is much less then what I want.

I’m done with “diets”, they aren’t working for me, and it seems like they aren’t for most Americans. How do I become like the bird and only eat what I need and find the harmony and balance with Earth? I have no idea, I’m not an expert, but I do know stressing and restricting my diet to almost nothing is not sustainable for me.

Weight loss is as simple as it comes, eat less calories than what you burn and you will lose weight. The problem is sustaining that weight loss and sticking to it.

Instead of me trying the same thing over and over again and getting the same results, I am going to try something different. I decided to take a step back and assess the problems in my diet. I am also going to write a weekly blog post to hold myself accountable and you the reader can see all the ups and downs, no matter how embarrassing this is going to be for me. Maybe this will help one person out there, if it does, it will be worth it.

Week One: Control Week

This week is the control week. I will eat as I normally do, no adjustments at all, and see how many calories I really do eat. I’m thinking it will be a lot. I believe this will give me a better picture of what I eat and what I can cut out to lose the weight I need. It will also get me started and used to tracking again.

My goal is to be able to eat what I want and still lose weight and then ultimately maintain forever. It will all be about moderation and keeping active. I’m hoping I can be like those skinny people that can still eat a nice big juicy burger with fries.

I will still keep posting the same recipes and will still be drinking those beautiful beers. The tools I will be using are an Apple Watch to keep up with my activity and a calorie tracker, specifically “Lose It!” For iOS. This will give me an estimate of how many calories I have eaten and burned. I stress the word estimate, its next to impossible to get a truly accurate burned and calories gained but this should be better than nothing.

See you again next week with hopefully a plan on how I should lose all this weight!

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4 thoughts on “Weight loss: How to have my beer and drink it too

  1. Check out the book “Vegan Before 6” by Mark Bittman. The basic idea is you eat healthy, whole foods (mostly veggies) for breakfast and lunch, and then for dinner you can eat whatever the hell you want. Seems like a more sustainable way of dieting and making sure you eat healthfully, without depriving you of the foods you love.

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