How I lost six stone, Tips and Hints to a healthy gym and social lifestlye. Recipes and methods which will co-incide with your gym practice and quest to loose weight.

Monday, December 11, 2006


Firstly please accept my deepest apologies to everybody who’s messaged me and not received a reply yet, sheer laziness and this new beta-blog format has meant things have been slightly slow within the Metro Male camp.

I’ve spoken a little on why I decided to loose weight, what could be said- my catalyst behind the big step. And that’s what I feel is the first thing to loosing weight- that big step. Now the step isn’t something you use to go upstairs, (crap joke) it’s the process you make in your lifestyle to help the long term process of loosing weight.
The first thing and perhaps the most obvious is your diet. At one point I was consuming more than 150 grams of fat per day. The recommended daily allowance for a grown male is 90, bearing in mind I was doing this from around the age of 14 to 19 so it’s any wonder I was overweight. A major problem I had to get tackle was the fact I had a really big appetite. Big breakfasts, morning snacks, lunch, afternoon snacks, evening meal and late night meals, mainly all consisted of high fat, pastry, takeaways and fried goods. Fantastic taste bud teasers and somehow deeply satisfying whilst eating as we all well know but not your best friend if it’s all day everyday. Now the list of meals and snack times I’ve got down on here pretty much hasn’t changed. I still have a large breakfast, smaller if I’m rushing out the door of course! Mid morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, evening meal and even a late night snack if I’m still hungry. There’s absolutely nothing wrong what so ever with planning your day around these meal times. (If anything, it’s what keeps me going!) You just have to take a step back and look at what your eating and make a sound judgement on whether it’s the right thing to do or not.

People have a preconception that eating healthily cost a lot of money, yeah I quite agree certain products aimed towards the healthier option ESPECIALLY ORGANIC, can be slightly more in price than the easy full fat option. What you need to do is think full. What can you buy lots of that you know you won’t mind eating 2- 3 times a week if not more as well be able to create different things with. Ok sometimes your shopping bill is going to be more than the previous weeks especially if your needing to buy things that last a while, olive oil, condiments, pasta, rice, juice etc. But once you’ve got the stock in your set to go. I’m a firm believer of olive oil; almost everyday now I will use it even if it’s to lightly garnish a chicken breast I’m cooking in the oven, I adore the stuff. Everyone knows by now that the Mediterranean has the best health and longest life expectancy. Most experts put this down to their diet of olive oil and not the fact they have nice non depressing weather down there, I’ll leave you to decide!

It takes time finding the foods you feel most comfortable with once you decide to change your diet. Its taken me 3 years of university and cooking for myself for probably eight years now to come to some sort of organised eat and routine, yeah at times I’m bored and I will get a pizza, Chinese and depending on how many pints of desil I’ve drunk a dirty kebab at the end of the night. It’s what you do and eat the other 6 days of the week which matter.
This week I be mostly eating- Actimel, fruit n fibre, wholemeal bread, skimmed milk, fruit, wholemeal pasta, white rice, chicken breast, turkey slices, natural yoghurt, baby sweet corn, baby carrots, fresh green beans, lower in fat cheese, pita breads, tuna fish in brine, low fat mayonnaise and spread, peppers and jars of low in fat sauces.

I’ve got a presentation to prepare for Friday but hopefully I’ll get enough time to do another post before then, I’m going to try and cover what’s good to cook and what condiments and helpful tips can aid you in your weight loss.
Lunch time, finally!


Blogger thephonebook said...

You sound like the man from Bertolli, but you got a fair point though.

1:34 AM

Blogger Charlie said...

OMG! Yr just a walking, talking, healthy eating guide! See my down fall is I can't be bothered to cook when I'm at uni. I got home last Thursday and my boyf broke up with me like two hours after I got bk so I didn't really eat anything for the first few day! Finally stomached my first full meal on Monday. Yay! I've had some pretty nice and health meals, my mum is practically a chef! You will have to cook for me sometime when I get back ;-). Have a good Christmas x

9:19 AM

Blogger Erin said...

Hi Matt, seeing your photos has really motivated me! I only need to loose about a stone or so and I really struggle but you have managed to do so well. I also find it is expensive to buy healthy all the time, the healthy option isn’t always the cheapest and I find fresh food goes off before I can cook it. Do you know if there is an economy guide to dieting? Or perhaps you could suggest some recipes on your blog? The festive season is now upon us and I will be trying my best not to eat unnecessarily, but I know I will! Merry Christmas Erin x

1:28 PM


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