Hi. I'm new here, so I'll just briefly say that I'm a 49 YO male. I've keep on looking in the mirror and see this belly which would have not existed several years ago, putting on belt and am now at last belt hole, etc.
I'm currently seperated from wife (three years plus now) and I cook for myself. Which consists basically fried chicken (which I love) fish sticks, buffalo wings, potato chips, etc. I try to make my portions smaller now, and throwing in peas or corn (I'm not nor ever be a vegatable eater).
I keep looking at what I eat and no exercise and then look at my belly and weight (I'm 5'2, very short but now weighing in at 150). I'm starting to get low fat dinners and getting out or walking/doing steps. I've tried the low-fat chips and icecream for dessert but just cannot take to them. I get hungry late at night prior bed so I have a piece of pie or a couple of cookies/milk. Maybe that's my downfall (I keep trying low fat milk, but always end up back on whole milk).
Anyway I've tried starting getting serious about taking off some pounds, but always falling back on my main favorite foods.
I'm thinking about letting my friends/family know I'm finally serious about this. Maybe if I put it out there to those who know me I'll be more accountable to myself.
Anyway I hope other middle-aged men will post for some advise/ideas/suggestions. Sure could use it!
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I think it's a great idea to tell your friends and family that you're serious about losing weight. That way, hopefully, they won't put temptation in your way when you visit with them. There's nothing worse than having someone put pie and ice cream in front of you when you don't need it and don't want it.
You might "love" fried chicken but fried chicken doesn't love you; it's killing your weight-loss efforts. So you need to retrain yourself to love boiled chicken breast. Buy boneless skinless chicken breasts. Rinse them (3 or 4 should last a few days) under the faucet and put them in a 4 quart pan. Cover with water and bring it to a rolling boil. Then put it on simmer for about 40 minutes or until tender. You'll know when it's tender if you can easilly stick a fork in it. You can use a little olive oil and vinegar as a dressing but don't overdo it.
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Things like buffalo wings, fish sticks, potato chips, pie and ice cream are really poor choices. And if you've decided that you will never be a vegetable eater, then you might as well decide that you will never reach your full potential for health and fitness. There are no shortcut ways around it, you have to be willing to retrain your (spoiled) taste buds and teach them to like normal healthy whole foods. Of course it won't be easy but most things that are worthwhile require effort.
If you're getting some exercise that's great but exercise alone won't do it.
Also, think about your future health. Do you realize that you're at much greater risk for degenerative diseases as you age? I think you're about 6 times more likely to get Alzheimer's when you get older if you have a big waistline at middle age. You're at higher risk for certain cancers like prostate and colon. And you're at higher risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Is that what you want to look forward to in your older years?