Monday, July 21, 2008

Dieting and Weight Loss

Weight Loss - Eating and Exercise Lifestyle Modification

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a doctor nor nutritionist. The author will not be offering advice for the reader to follow. Before starting any diet or exercise program be sure to consult with your medical practitioner. This blog was created for the express purpose of reporting the individual results of the author's weight loss and cholesterol lowering program.

Welcome to my dieting and weight loss blog. I have never really had much need for dieting until now. A recent doctor's visit revealed that my LDL cholesterol, the harmful one, was right at the pre-diabetes level, and it was recommended that I begin exercising and lose some weight.

This seems to be a common theme in modern America, so many news reports link soda and other foods to childhood obeisity, or other health problems occurring later in life.

An excellent article on two popular diets can be found here:

Certainly, if you follow a regimen of moderate exercise, and are selective when choosing foods with high sugar content and foods that are high in sodium or other ingredients you may experience exceptional health according to my health practitioner.

Check out this link: for some excellent dieting options and nutritional information.

From comes the following information on cholesterol, LDL and HDL.

"Cholesterol can’t dissolve in the blood. It has to be transported to and from the cells by carriers called lipoproteins. Low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, is known as “bad” cholesterol. High-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is known as “good” cholesterol. These two types of lipids, along with triglycerides and Lp(a) cholesterol, make up your total cholesterol count, which can be determined through a blood test".


My weight when I started this lifestyle change was 215 pounds, and I am a 5-foot, 10-inch tall 56 year old male.

In order to follow the doctor's orders, I immediately began my diet and exercise regimen.

The first week, I gave up eating ice cream and drinking beer entirely.To begin immediate lowering of my cholesterol, I also began eating 1/4-teaspoon of cinnamon, two times each day mixed into some cereal with milk. Some recent university studies revealed that cinnamon has reduced harmful cholesterol levels in subjects in clinical trials. Here is a link to an excellent diet program:

I also have substituted Cheerios and whole grain breads into my diet as well.

For exercise, I have a stationary exercise bicycle, with a small computer attached, which scans the following information as you pedal: Total pedal-cycles, Total-time pedaling, Speed in miles-per-hour, Distance traveled in miles, and Calories burned. I could substitute walking, starting with 10-minutes-per-day, and gradually increasing up to 1 hour per day which is approximately 3-miles-per-day. (See disclaimer above - consult your medical practitioner..).

This is a good level of exercise to begin seeing results according to my physician.

The Calories-burned data is encouraging, because I can see how many calories have been 'burned', and avoid eating this many calories for my first daily meal, and it has worked for me.

My results have been encouraging. I started riding the exercise bike for 10-minutes, twice per day for one week. After one week I increased this to 20 minutes in the morning only. Gradually with each passing week I added 10 minutes to my regimen.

Now I ride it Monday~Friday, for 40 minutes, travel a total distance of 15 miles per day, and burn approximately 1200 calories. My weight has dropped from 215 pounds to 204.5 pounds in approximately 2 months! Along with watching what I eat, (ok I do splurge on weekends at the occasional barbecue or meal out), my intent is to keep this regimen up forever.

My doctor stated that the most important thing to remember about exercising is to KEEP-DOING-IT! I will continue to report my weight loss and cholesterol-lowering results as they are revealed.

For an excellent website on diet and nutrition options please visit:

Please do comment on this blog, I want to build a community of others seeking weight-loss or exercise solutions.

Thank you! Nicholas


Nicholas said...

Please leave me a comment!

Thank you!


Jena Isle said...

This is an informative post. Losing weight is sometimes very difficult to do. It takes self-discipline to be able to achieve it.

Thanks for sharing.