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The secrets to my weight loss

10 April 2008

What's this article doing here? I'm a technology commentator who usually writes about things like computers, internet protocols, bio-technology, and a raft of other pretty geeky stuff.

So why did you find yourself here when looking for a way to lose weight?

Well it's simple, a couple of years ago I also had a really bad weight problem and needed to do something about it.

Right through to my mid 40's, I was thin as a rake. I could eat anything I liked as often as I liked and never gain an ounce. The very thought of battling with a pot-belly and "love handles" was something I couldn't imagine.

But then, about ten years ago things changed.

I noticed that my trim lean frame was changing. Old clothes no longer fitted, when I ran, my hips actually started itching from the fat that was bouncing up and down.

It all happened very gradually -- an ounce here, an ounce there but, over a period of years, I gained quite a few pounds and was looking decidedly "middle aged".

Eventually it got so bad that my wife (who says she prefers me with a "few" extra pounds" was moved to comment "you're getting fat."

Whoa - that was a shot I knew was coming but still caused me to stop and take a close look at myself.

If I kept on gaining weight at the rate I had been, I'd definitely be in the obese category within a few years and that didn't appeal one little bit.

So how was I going to change things? Should I go on a diet?

Now, as someone who tends to think very logically and analytically (you have to in my job), I decided against simply buying an armful of diet books and slavishly following someone else's rigid menus.

Not only did I not relish the thought of being on a calorie-constrained diet but I also figured that surely I could come up with something better than many of those snake-oil merchants who promise to make you thin and trim again if you buy their "wonder diet book for just $39.95."

So I did some research and closely analyzed my own eating habits and patterns.

Within a few weeks I had identified the main causes of my weight gain and come up with what I figured would be some sensible ways to address them.

Some of those ideas worked wonderfully, some were no good at all.

Now it's at this point that most of the weight-loss web-pages you've read will have told you to get your credit-card out and hand over a fist-full of money for access to those magic weight-loss secrets.

Well not here... I don't want to exploit the misfortunes and problems of other folks just to make a quick buck. My goal is to provide you with the benefits of what my research and own practical experience revealed. No charge, no obligation, no catches.

Not all of these ideas will work for you but I'm betting that more than a few will.

Let's face it, we're all different and respond differently to changes in our diets and lifestyles so I'm making no promises.

If you're still interested read on...


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