Just come across this thread, only out of curiosity having done the weight loss thing already.
A couple of years ago I went from just shy of 21st to 16st 7lbs in 4 months - primarily to preserve my ability to walk and to reduce the risk of diabetes.
The actual advice from my doc, who I had gone to see with a bad back, was to look at my gut and say “lose that if you want to be walking in 10 years” - as it happens, I popped my L4/L5 disc anyway but boy, is the back better now or what?
Anyroad, this is the easy Nerd diet if you want to try it. Likely goes against everything you read elsewhere, but I assure you, this truly worked for me!
* Mad sod breakfast… 500ml warm water, then another 1l cold water before lunch (temp is irrelevant btw, it’s just how I had it)
* 2 mile fast walk before lunch - I would take around 35 mins or so - hurt like a bitch to start with but burns up 200 or so cals
* Rabbit food Lunch… 1" of cucumber diced, 1 tomato, 2 mushrooms, some sliced black olives, low-cal dressing if you need it, bottle of diet fizz for some sweetness - equates to around 125 cals - so, in effect, diet-wise, you get a free lunch. And the cucumber, tomato and mushroom looked at lot - fooled the brain you see.
* More water through the afternoon - flushing your kidneys also helps concentration too
* Normal tea with family - this was usually around the 800-1000 cals so quite a good feed
* 2 cups of tea, each with 2 sugars during the evening with 2 squares of 75% chocolate as a treat
* NO alcohol
* total for the day around 1200 cals or so, gives a reduction of ~8500 calories over the ‘recommended dose’ per week in food intake plus some well needed excercise
As I say, I lost around 4 stone, 4 inches off my waist but only about 2 off my chest - downside is cost me a fortune in new clothes.
If you approach this stoically, in otherwords, don’t moan, just do it, it works. The good bit is you still enjoy family evening meals with the same food. Luckily, I felt no hunger pains which helped. And the weight loss you will see, will astound you.
I’m still at 105kg (ish) now and follow a similar calorie regime that gets temporarily setback each weekend by the addition of 1000 or so alco-calories.
Oh yes, a good website I used - MyFatFriend.co.uk - seriously - you can record you daily calorie intake and track your weight loss - very useful.