I'm about 5'8 or 5'9
In late 2009 I was about...12 stone 6 or so.
My BMI was overweight I did very little exercise but I didn't eat terribly bad.
I had tried to go to the gym several times for months dedicated, even did high intensity training for months... several times a week with weight training.
My overall look though didn't change at all, still large and overweight looking.
So every time I would stop going to gym.
So firstly I stopped drinking anything unhealthy(mainly diluting juice/fruit juice and I never drank alcohol anyway nor coke etc... regularly). They have huge calories and other harmful chemicals like even the synthetic sweeteners. I cut aspartame out of my diet completely and my appetite lowered a lot actually. Also diet coke and actually are proven to make you feel hungry and your body expects calories when it tastes the diet coke and gets none and therefore it causes you to seek calories elsewhere.
I drink only water/tea or the occasional hot chocolate or coffee. Coke perhaps when at restaurant.
That made my weight drop...maybe to about 11 stone 10 pounds or so. Also got a job though it wasnt' very physical so that kind of helped.
So thats the first thing that improved my weight loss.
Next was the biggest thing. I done my research and decided to become vegetarian. Taking maybe 1 pill per day to get my vitamin B12/iron and other things that lack. (Vitamin b12 is big one..i felt so weak before I realised I needed this) but felt absolutely fine after I started taking it.
When I say vegetarian I mean no fish, poultry, seafood, meat or anything else with flesh.
I did this at the end of Jan of this year.
I'm now 9 stone and probably the thinnest person among family and friends lol. Its really weird. Not super skinny as I have quite a muscular build and if I wanted to put weight on I could but yeah.
I went from being BMI overweight to being 1 mark away from BMI underweight.
I still eat pizza, chinese food at weekends and even snack from time to time. I do practically no exercise (though i did for 3 weeks go to the gym and seen results even in that time now that my eating was sorted out).
My weight continues to drop and im pretty much maintaining my figure with no effort.
I know in the long run its best to do exercise and I will when I get gym discounts from university but as of right now. I'm content.
It makes logical sense to me that if you do little exercise you should eat very little in terms of fat and such which comes largely from meat. It's not just carbohydrates that are filled often with calories and fat but meat as well.
So if any of you guys are struggling with weight loss and want quite fast weight loss (12.6 - 9 stone in 9-10 months for me).
1) Drink water and cut out practically all fizzy drinks/high caloric fruit juices/high caloric diluting juices.
2) I also removed sugar from my tea and coffee. Though thats less important.
3) Stop eating meat of all kinds.
(this last point. I'd be willing to recommend oily and healthy fish perhaps 2 portions per week. I don't do this myself but it's probably more optimal than total removal of fish due to omega 3 and other nutrients).
4) If you want to ramp it up exercise at the same time..maybe only 3 times a week would do on a diet like this. Not that its required.
So yeah I'm not a professional. I know that there are downsides to vegetarianism if done wrongly such as lack of protein if not provided elsewhere (nuts/supplements) but personally my experience has been one of great improvements in terms of my image and health with relative ease.
I know it would be harder for some people to go off drinks and meat cold turkey but I did and to be honest I haven't missed it since and I don't plan on going back and it's been quite easy for me.
Another advantage of only drinking water and such is that I practically never get any headaches and I practically never get ill. Perhaps 2 headaches per year and 1 small cold I've had this year that lasted about a day or 2.
I am not as stupid to say this is all because of my diet, of course genetics and my immune system and environment play a part but I do believe that a good diet and drinking water plays a substantial role.
Hope this helps at least some people. Its not for everyone but one person who has the self-control to do this will reap the benefits. I also don't want this blog to turn into a debate over vegetarianism. I know the arguments, I've explained above there are downsides if done improperly. If your a weight lifter its probably not for you. If you just wanna be thin without much effort then this may be your thing.