I have lots of fitness and nutritional experiences and loads of advice - some of it actually medically tested and approved! I may even throw a bit in here and there. But it's all about Input and Output. What and how much you eat combined with your exercise intensity/duration will factor in to your success. For example, if you are sedentary and eating too much, eliminating sodas and a couple sub sandwiches is gonna make a big difference initially. Or if you eat okay but are sedentary, you will see changes with a 30 minute walk.
One blogger (SkinnyMeg) I stalked yesterday uploads her MyFitnessPal food and exercise report to her blog. Her intake and output is out there for all to see - and she's lost 100 lbs. Tracking is a beautiful thing. MyFitnessPal is a fantastic tool. Being accountable is terrifyingly motivating.
But what if you eat well, exercise nearly daily and still can't lose those 10 lbs? I have no freaking idea! (Well I do, we all do don't we?) But wouldn't it be great if we were in our 20's again when we could skip a meal and lose 5 lbs???
Let's talk about food for a minute. I have tried just about every food "program" out there. Weight Watchers, South Beach, Atkins, Paleo, Glutein-Free, Carb Lovers, 1000 Calorie Cookie Diet (I made that one up once), I even tried a Two-Day Cleanse - it was the longest two hours of my life. I do really like the tracking tool MyFitnessPal and have used it for years. I try not to get too obsessive about it (translation: I'm excellent at tracking til about 4:00 aka happy hour and dinner). Huh - that's an "ah ha!" moment isn't it!
My point is (finally!) that I'm not going to get into the details of my food and exercise with you. You don't really care that I eat Ezekiel peanut butter toast every single god blessed morning or that I'm really getting into power walking and my new exercise app Sworkit! I am going to track my food more diligently and keep my exercise intensity between 60% and 80% for an hour every day. Just know that.
I'm also going to procrastinate and complain.