My Life My Diet

This Is My Life My Diet By Robert Bridgen
Preface
First and foremost, I would like to make it perfectly clear that I am not a weight loss expert, and or a dietitian . This is a book from a guy who went to the Doctors office for a routine check up and found I had a heart problem. My own doctor was so concerned that a visit to the heart specialist was arranged. The results not so good I had to lose over 70lb or die. To keep it short I had to lose weight to save my life. The diet I am on is the same diet for most overweight people.
That being said, I would encourage you to check out anything and everything with your doctor, (I think I have to say that, but it’s true.) You may have conditions that cannot support what I am telling you here, so please make sure before you start this, (or any other diet program,) that it is safe for your particular body. There is nothing in here to my knowledge that would harm anyone, but by all means, let’s be safe. I think I also need to include that results may not be typical. Our bodies are all different, so my results may not be your results.
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Table of Contents
In The Beginning……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….3 Dieting and Exercise………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….4 Drinking………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….6 The Plan…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..7 The Food………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..12
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In The Beginning
(Mindset is Everything)
To start off, just to let you know I am no spring chicken any more. At 63, Like most people of my age we do slow down. It is a natural thing, but it doesn’t have to be that way….or at least to the extent that we have taught our bodies to react as we grow older. For many of us, it is an excuse. Laziness and inactivity creeps into our lives, so we must do something to combat that very thing.
Please keep in mind, that ANY weight loss begins with you…and ONLY you. If you don’t decide right now to change your habits…then you are doomed to fail. You must take action. ACTION being the key word here. Only you can do this . You must decide that you are going to change your eating habits. You must decide no one else it is up to you. To take action.
IwastoldifIdonotdietNOW!Iwilldie.Itwaseasyforme. Youhavetostartwitha positive mindset, and knowing that your are doing something that is life changing. I have to tell you…being free from my blood pressure medication was a HUGE thing for me. . All of this has given me a new outlook on life, and yes, a new beginning.
Do not sell yourself short. You CAN do this! Believe in yourself, and have faith! You are choosing to do the right thing for your body. I am not going to go any further into it, because you have probably already heard it all before. You have probably already beat yourself up enough about it as well. I don’t have to tell you about the benefits of losing weight…right? And I don’t have to tell you what diseases are prevalent with people who are obese. These are all common knowledge, unless you’ve been living under a rock.
Your choice is clear…and your minds are in a new place. Thinking thin is not going to be enough, but it is half the battle. Knowing you are taking the steps to improve your life is priceless.
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Dieting and Exercise
(Two Words I Hate)
Many, if not all of the weight loss expert’s Also my Diet Nutritionist told me will that exercise and diet must go together. There are many reasons for this, but the main reason is that muscle will burn the fat faster than fat burns fat. This just make sense? Many people, like myself, really do not have the time, nor the energy (until you lose the pounds,) nor even the inclination to exercise, but because it helps by leaps and bounds to keep your muscles toned, and burn fat, I started doing easy exercises walking even purchased a bike and enjoy do my cycling round the park. But you have other exercises you can do. Jumping rope skipping, I even purchased from the local store some elastic rope cost $17 if I purchase the elastic keep fit rope it would be over $50. I just hold both ends of the rope and stand in the middle of the rope and pull my arms up So easy to do and it works. If I want to make it harder I just open my legs and stand on more rope.
Even doing Isometric exercising you can get a lot from the internet all free. An isometric exercise, in a nutshell, is to tighten your muscles and hold the position for about 10 to 15 seconds, and then let off. It is what is called a “static” exercise, which was all the rage in the 60’s when I was growing up. You choose a group of muscles, let’s take for example your stomach muscles, or abs. You can sit at your desk, and tighten those muscles for 15 to 20 seconds, and then relax them for 30 seconds. Do this 3 or 4 times…what we call a “set.” You want to make sure you are sitting up in your chair, but the biggest thing to remember is to breathe. A lot of people tend to hold their breath as they are doing the exercises, which can do you more harm than good. Your muscles need the oxygen especially through the exercising stage, so please remember to breathe.
As I said you can get a lot of information on Isometric exercising just do a search on yahoo. Even Youtube is a great please to find out more information
Start some walking, or if you have a bike short rides, or some other cardio exercises. Believe me, It is great just give it a try.
I am going to repeat this because it bears repeating. We do these exercises to help us burn fat. It will speed your process by leaps and bounds. Honestly, Ask your doctor what exercising is best for you. Walking and bike riding is a safe bet but be on the safe side ask your doctor.
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I had gained an incredible amount of weight, for me anyway…and I had to do something about it. It was getting difficult for me to breathe, I had absolutely no energy, plus the fact that I was getting tired of laying on the bed to fasten my pants. Does any of this sound familiar to you? It was time for a change of some sort, and so just doing what my Doctor and diet team said changed my life.
Just small changes. I replaced my morning coffee with green tea. I immediately started feeling better. I didn’t get my usual morning jitters from too much caffeine, and I seemed to have a bit more energy. I said wow just a small change and things are getting better Perhaps my team know a few things I do not.
The following pages will describe exactly what I did to lose this weight, and have been able to keep it off, which has been a huge struggle for many people.
Aside from drinking green tea, my eating habits changed as well, but only for the first 14 days. This may be the time that you may have problems also. I usually didn’t eat breakfast because I felt I didn’t have time. I started to make time to fix myself a little breakfast, which normally consisted of oatmealwith berries to sweeten (NO SUGAR), which filled me up perfectly until lunch. If it wasn’t oatmeal, it was a bowl of raisin bran or shredded wheat again NO SUGAR. I enjoy all 3, and was happy to have a change of scene once in awhile. Eating the same thing day in and day out gets monotonous, and I really wanted to get those pounds off, so the variety was welcomed. The key here is to not let yourself get bored with what you eat. Eggs or even better egg whites once or twice a week isn’t a bad thing either, at least it wasn’t in my case. The importance of breakfast should not be overlooked. You need to EAT to lose weight, believe it or not. If I got hungry between lunch and dinner, I would grab an apple or a orange. I was not willing to clog myself up with any other kinds of things for a snack. To keep it easy eat something every four hours even a apple something. If you do not then your body builds fat. The trick here is to NOT let yourself get hungry. You MUST eat to keep up your metabolism. The diets where you starve yourself can do real damage to your body. Your body will actually cannibalize itself, by stealing essential nutrients from your organs and muscles, to satisfy its requirements in less important areas. You may lose weight, but most times you will gain it back in a very short period…AND it is bad for the rest of your body, especially your organs like the heart and brain.
Snacks between meals are important, as long as it’s the right things to eat. Like I said, fresh fruit, (not canned,) and fresh vegetables are the best. I don’t think I have to say this, but cookies, candy, and the like will only slow your progress.
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60+ pounds and 4 inches off my waist. I am not pushing any one specific brand of anything here. I buy the cheap stuff…whatever it is. Brand name’s are fine, if you can afford them and it makes you feel better thinking you are buying a better product, but I have found that the store brands work just as well as the brand names. The only exception to this is that I take the One vitamin pill with Calcium each day, and the reasoning behind this is that they have come out with an age specific supplement that is blended to meet the requirements of us older folks. Your Doctor can help you on this one if you need it.
Common Sense is the other factor NO fast food. NO diet has any chance at all if you continue to stop by McDonalds or Burger King for a “snack”. If you are serious about losing weight, fast food joints should go away from your life. If I want a snack I go to the sandwich bar and have a salad or salmon sandwich.
Drinking
I used to be a hard core tea drinker. Nobody could have possibly loved their tea more than I. (I also loved alcohol, but that’s another story.) I always thought that if I were to give up anything in my life, it would be anything but my tea . Therefore, it was the law of the land…or in my house anyway. I wanted to put it in the Bill of Rights, or maybe even the 11th commandment…thou shalt not let me run out of tea. I was not a big coffee drinker but enjoyed a cup of coffee now and again But in Canada When you are outside it is so easy to get a cup of coffee its sold on every streeet corner.
I had no idea that coffee was actually not good for my weight loss goals. Coffee plays havoc with your blood sugar. .
The average cup of coffee can have anywhere from 80-175 mg of caffeine, depending on the method of preparation. By comparison, the average cup of green tea has about 25- 30mg of caffeine.
I am not asking you to give in your coffee or tea just cut down How I do it is simple
In the morning I have a cup of normal tea No Milk No Sugar. I also Drink green or black tea during the day. Even lemon slices in boiling water. Yes I have 1 cup of coffee now and again. I also have a glass of water at each meal The thing here is common sense. Get your body used to eating healthy.
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There is some controversy about women drinking green tea while pregnant, or wanting
to become pregnant. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR before you go off and do
this on your own. Having a healthy baby is, by far, more important than any diet. There
is time to lose the pounds after the baby is born!
Okay…here we go! I am now going to explain exactly what my daily routine consists of
to lose 60 + pounds and 4 inches off of my waistline !
The Plan
For the first 1 or 2 weeks, this may be difficult for you. We are essentially shrinking our
stomachs, and replacing bad habits with good habits. Do not skip breakfast! Remember,
our body needs the fuel to carry on through the day.
I wake up every morning at around 6 am. This is not necessary for you to do, it’s just
what my body clock is used to. When I get up, my I have my cup of tea . I use no sugar
or milk , but if you want to sweeten it, use a sugar substitute. I really dislike the
chemicals used for the sugar substitute, so I avoid them…again, personal preference.
I then go for a bike ride Just a easy ride for 3 miles Not going fast just to get some
exercise. I stop in the park enjoy the view
When I get home its time for breakfast. As I explained before, a bowl of oatmeal, (heart healthy,) which the wife cooks with berries to sweeten . YUM! I top it off with 1 slice of toast whole grain. Any kind of whole grain is great! If you can’t handle the thought of oatmeal, you can substitute cold cereal…but nothing with sugar.I even have Eggs with 1 slice of toast on other days The point here is to start off your day right, and have some kind of breakfast. If not, your body is in starvation mode, and therefore starts to store fat because it thinks you are trying to starve it. The body is wonderful that way. It is self-
preservation at its best.
One thing I would like to add to this. I use real butter only. Only a scrapping on the
bread for taste Remember Common Sense
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I know that you may think it crazy that I am supporting dairy and bread for our
purposes, but this works. The trick is not to go overboard. One slice of bread per meal is
not going to hurt a thing.
2 to 3 hours after breakfast, grab yourself an apple, banana, a carrot, whatever you have
that is fresh and wholesome. This is to satisfy any craving you may have at this point. It
is not lunch…so don’t worry.
For lunch, I make myself a vegatable soup, a big pot of fresh vegatables willlast a couple
of days, or a salmon sandwich with a nice salad. I either have turkey, or chicken, (white meat). I want to be honest with you whole wheat bread is the best for any diet it
fills you up so you eat less. Don’t get stuck giving yourself something that you can’t tolerate. If you prefer white bread, go for it. As I said I prefer the whole grain breads. I sometimes treat myself with a peanut butter sandwich, but not often. There’s a lot of
sugar in peanut butter, but hey, again it is half a sandwich. Just don’t go overboard and
put half an inch of peanut butter on your bread. It defeats the whole purpose. Again Common Sense If I get hungry again a couple of hours later, you guessed it, another
piece of fruit. A glass of green tea, hot or cold, is also in order.
Dinner time for my family is at about 6pm. I have another cup of green tea about a half hour before mealtime. This helps raise my metabolic rate to where I am not as hungry as I had been in the past. (This is according to my research. I was curious to learn why I was dropping so much weight.) For the first 2 weeks I ate very little pasta, and no fried foods or poataoes or red meat at all. Just for the record no junk food or any food outside my home not even a cup of coffee Those are the only things I gave up over the 2 week period. Instead, I would eat sensibly. I started off with a small salad on its own you can put just a small amount of dressing if you like, (just enough to flavor it slightly,) and a
meat of some kind, like baked chicken turkey. It was satisfying for my taste buds, and I
felt full. I no longer heaped my plate with mashed potatoes and gravy, or whatever the starch was that night. I just held off, and realized that it didn’t need that much food to
feel satisfied.
After 2 weeks of eating this way, I was feeling better than I had in years. I had lost about
10 pounds during this first 2 weeks, and I was wanted to lose more. I didn’t want to be
fat any more, and knew that I had stumbled upon the solution to get me back into shape.
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I was amazed at how simple it actually was. I was losing weight, and not suffering. I was
eating pretty much what I had been before, only in smaller amounts, and I was happy. I decided to take my “experiment” to the next level. My stomach either shrunk, or my
metabolism changed, or something…but I no longer needed, nor wanted, vast amounts of
food. I like the feeling of comfortable instead of GORGED!
Since all of this was making sense to me now, I continued down that same path. I had to keep to my diet to lose a lot of weight and I did not do muchoutside my diet ordoctors orders. I do understand if you are missing pasta or pizza…so have some as well. (do not eat a whole pizza in one sitting) I am very comfortable eating 1 slice, and saving the other for my lunch the next day. I am full…and that is what my body wants. My stomach doesn’t want any more food, so why would I continue to stuff it? It would only make me feel miserable. In a very shot time my body has got used to eating half of what I have been eating before Instead of a plate mounded with food, I chose to eat half that amount. Again, because of the combination of green tea before dinner, and my smaller stomach, I didn’t need any more than what I had dished up for myself. Many times I didn’t even finish what I had in front of me. THAT is another problem. We are taught from an early age to finish what is on our plates. If we follow that logic, we need to put less food on there in the first place. Don’t let your taste buds tell you that you have to
have more, when your stomach is telling you otherwise. It is not healthy, and you will
eventually get back into the trap of forcing your stomach to grow again. Little by little, we will keep expanding our stomach to its former size…and we don’t want that to
happen…right?
That is the only thing I did in my weight loss strategy, and I am continuing to lose
weight as we speak. Continuing with my green tea, eating healthier without becoming
fanatical about it, and at this point, eating what I want…only in smaller portions.
You may have noticed that I have not said anything about calories so far, so let’s chat
about that for a bit.
A calorie is a unit of energy. To keep it simple Human beings need energy to survive —
to breathe, move, pump blood — and they acquire this energy from food. The number of
calories in a food is a measure of how much potential energy that food possesses. A
gram of carbohydrates has 4 calories, a gram of protein has 4 calories and a gram of fat has 9 calories. Foods are a compilation of these three building blocks. So if you know how many carbohydrates, fats and proteins are in any given food, you know how many
calories, or how much energy, that food contains.
It seems that every food in the grocery store has the amount of calories on the label. It
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seems that the normal intake of calories they figure for a person is about 2,000 calories per day. This varies from person to person, however. A lot depends on how active your
lifestyle is. A person like me, (relatively inactive because I spend most days planted in
front of a computer) needs less calories than an active person who slings heavy boxes all
day long.
The chart below will give you a rough idea of how many calories you use in a day, according to your lifestyle. You can get this chart and more information from the
internet.
Its simple maths lets say you need
2,000 calories a day If you lose over 2,000 calories
with exercise your weight will come down. If you only lose 1,000 calories your weight
will go up.
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The key here is, to take in less calories than we need in a given day, and use up the calories stored as fat on our bodies. With the green tea, this magnifies because our metabolism is higher, so we will burn it more quickly.
Now…let’s get down and dirty and see what we are supposed to weigh, according to the healthy heart people.
From the chart my ideal weight is 164 to 188 My team want me to be 180 to 185.
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The Food
Again any diet is common sense Cut out the junk food. Eat breakfast and snack on healthy foods Your body will get used to your change of eating in no time. You will start to enjoy a better life. I want to be honest I am not asking you to not have a big steak. I am asking to you keep to a realistic diet. It works.
Go to the supermarket look at all the vegatables The more different colours the better.
Bread if you can change to Whole Wheat or Whole Grain. Yes it costs a bit more then that white sliced bread But you eat a lot less and your body is satisfied so in the long run you spend less on bread. Just because you eat less. Makes a lot of sense. Just by changing to more vegatables and fruits with white meat and fish more often (red meat now and again) Cutting out the junk food you will lose the weight.
Oats with berries to sweeten Cerial no sugar
Eggs 1 per day or whites of a egg
Whole Wheat or Whole Grain Bread
White Meat
Fish
Fish In Tins Salmon / Sardine/ to be honest any in tins Mixed Vegetables in soup as much as you want Mixed Salad
The foods to keep it simple again No need to purchase any special foods.
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Fresh Fruit
Yogurt Natural add your own fruit
Snacks This is a good one Fruits But you can have pop corn No butter Do not stop red meat just cut it down.
Salt no to salt that is a killer
I was given a big diet sheet with meals for every day but I decided to take the information and make my own meals within the diet its self. I found I was more interested in the diet and the diet works Remember to see your Doctor before you decide to do any diet this is a must. I have given you the guide lines As you can see it is very simple and easy to use. Its based on common sense.
I could have made this guide much longer, but it was not necessary. My methods worked for me, and I believe they will work for you. I have made it short, and affordable so that everyone can buy it.
Losing weight is common sense , although the weight loss guru’s may make you think it is. That is their way of doing it so they can hike the price up. I do not purchase any fancy foods I eat more fruit and vegatables and white meat and fish. I do exercise every day and drink a variety of teas. I have given you all the information you need to lose weight…and to lose it quickly. I am now at 193 pounds, so that is 62 pounds in less than 4 months, and I feel healthier and more energetic than I have in years.
If an inactive guy like me can lose that much weight, sitting in front of my computer screen, just think how much you could lose by following the methods outlined, and are a bit more active than I am.
To Your Success! Robert Bridgen
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This Is My Life My Diet
By Robert Bridgen Preface
Table of Contents Part 2
Great Foods To Help You Lose Weight…………………………………………………………………………………………2 Water ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………2 Green Tea ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..2
Apples ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………2 Oranges ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….2 Oatmeal …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..2 Other important foods are:…………………………………………………………………………………………………………3 Do not sell yourself short……………………………………………………………………………………………………………3
Great Foods To Help You Lose Weight
Here we have the best foods to have in your diet. If you have these foods in your diet you are This Is My Life My Diet 2 1

guaranteed To lose weight.
Water
This is the best drink you can have. Water is also a natural appetite suppressant and also helps in flushing out toxins from the body. Staying hydrated will help you feel more energetic and active. All this helps in losing weight
Green Tea
Is any other food or drink reported to have as many health benefits as green tea? The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. In her book Green Tea: The Natural Secret for a Healthier Life, Nadine Taylor states that green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at least 4,000 years.
Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.
To sum up, These are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful
Apples
People who eat 1 or 2 apples a day may lose more weight than those who don’t add this fruit to their diet. The reason for weight loss is due to the fact that eating apples before meals helps fill up your stomach faster. Apples are low in calories and have high pectin content. Its a great snack between meals. The only thing with apples is the sugar content Just do a little bit extra exercise.
Oranges
Citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C. It helps in reducing insulin levels, boosts metabolism and promotes healthy weight loss.
Oatmeal
Oatmeal gives us our share of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that our bodies need each day to function properly. Oatmeal is also a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates and iron. Another health benefit to eating oatmeal is that the nutrients and fiber it contains can help you lose weight and fight off certain types of cancer.
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Other important foods are:
• broccoli,
• low fat yogurt,
• pears,
• soup,
• lean turkey, Chicken
• hot peppers,
• almonds,
• beans,
• spinach,
• eggs,
• chicken breast,
• oliveoil,
• berries,
• oily fish like salmon and tuna , white fish
• dark chocolate (that’s right – but make sure it includes little or no sugar)
• green leafy vegetables the more the better,
• whole grains,
• watermelon,
• kiwi fruit,
• baked potato
• UseExtraVirginOliveOil
• Mega3 Eggs
• BreadWholeWheat
• Cerial with no sugar
• Common Sense
• Use a smaller plate / You must eat every 3 or 4 hours.
• Do not eat after 8pm
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Do not sell yourself short.
You CAN do this! Believe in yourself, and have faith! You are choosing to do the right thing for your body.
Please keep in mind, that ANY weight loss begins with you…and ONLY you. If you don’t decide right now to change your habits…then you are doomed to fail. You must take action. ACTION being the key word here. Only you can do this . You must decide
that you are going to change your eating habits. You must decide no one else it is up to you. To take action.
Do not sell yourself short. You CAN do this! Believe in yourself, and have faith! You are choosing to do the right thing for your body.
To Your Success! Robert Bridgen
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