It's been awhile since I updated this page and I have learned A LOT about loosing weight. I lost 36 pounds in 4 months, and have kept it off now for almost a year. I was so excited about my weight loss, that I wanted to let others know how I lost the weight. Here is what I have learned:

  • You don't need a lot of equipment. Most anything will do. You just need something to keep you busy and get your heart rate up. Jumping jacks, running in place, skipping rope, etc. I love the bike, so a static bike (or just the pedals) are great or of course riding around on the bike works too. (But you have to go fast and/or far.) Take the dog for a walk every night. If you don't have a dog, go to the pound or humane center and adopt one. Now you have a buddy to remind you to take your walk. He or she will love you no matter what size you are! :-)

  • The type of diet you eat is critial. The problem is most American's eat a very acidic diet. Our pH is wacked out! I originally bought pH strips and tested daily. I bought some of the supplements that are supposed to lower your pH, and while they do work, they are EXPENSIVE. I found a better way: Eat yogart! More on this on my diet page.

  • Get at least 6 hours of sleep a night. Here is what happens: During the night, your body actually burns fat naturally. You don't need any pills for this to work. The problem is our diet is too acidic. In order to keep the bloods pH correct, our body stores the excess acid in fat cells! That's why it's so hard to lose weight. So, what you do is eat at least 6 oz of yogart before you go to bed. That will help take the pH to a more neutral condition and your body will then release the acid trapped in the fat and burn the fat. It will do this all while you are sleeping.

    Click here for my exercise routine.

    Click here for my eating routine.

    Click here for my killer smoothy receipt.

    Click here to see why I think these are the best excercise machines.

    Click here to understand the relationship between body fat and body weight.

    Isn't fitness equipment expensive? No! I bought everything you see in the center panel of this this page and didn't even spend $900. But you don't have to buy the equipment all at once. Just pick one that appeals to you, buy it, and then use it! You'll be back for more, I'm sure.

  • Understanding the Relationship Between Body Weight and Body Fat

    As you exercise, you will see your weight improve, while your body fat remains fixed. Then they will swap. For example, your body weight might drop several pounds, but your body fat will remain the same. Then the following week, your body weight will be "stuck" but you'll see your body fat drop a percentage or two. The next week, it'll change back again. This is normal and a healthy weight loss!

    This occurs because in order to burn the fat, you have to build the muscle. Muscle is what burns fat. But muscle weighs more than fat, so your weight might increase as your fat decreases because you are adding muscle to your body. So the net effect is your weight does not go down, but your body fat does. This is what you want.

    So the next week, you'll see your weight go down, but your body fat stay the same. This is normal because now you have enough fat burning muscle to "consume" more fat (by weight) than your increase in muscle. Don't worry if you don't understand it. Just if you see it in your dairy (calendar) that's a good thing. :-)

    DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor. I am not giving medical advice. I'm only telling you of my experiences. You should always consult a medical professional before attempting any weight loss program.

    My 7 Rules for losing weight

    1. No eating after 6pm. Drink water, eat your yogart and/or a banana (1) if you must.

    2. Buy a Tanita® Body Fat Monitor. (New! Lowest price I've ever seen!)

    2. Keep a diary. Just use a regular calendar, mark your body weight and body fat every day.

    3. Weight yourself at the same time each day.

    4. Keep your diet out of the acidic range. You can monitor your foods if you like, or just eat yogart for a snack and around bedtime.

    5. Eat slower, prepare portions about half what you are used to.

    6. NO JUNKFOOD! NO FASTFOOD! Instead eat soup, fruit, salad or yogart.

    7. Do your exercise every day. Even if it's just for 5 minutes, do it everyday. Make a schedule like I did and stick to it! It does not take alot, just consistancy and keeping your heart rate up and your pH neutral or slightly basic.