After reading this article I am convinced that calorie restriction will at least improve the quality of my life, but it may also extend it. New evidence is showing that adding 'some' exercise to your life, and reducing calorie intake will reduce your chance for cancer, and or heart disease by more than 50%.
While living in Wisconsin, I used to eat till I was full, and it was leaving me to not feel healthy. This spring I decided to start changing my behavior. I bought a bike, and started biking. At first it was just to and from the beach, or Mitsuwa ( http://www.mitsuwa.com ). Later I moved on to up along the beach towards Topanga Canyon, and before long a 5 mile ride was achievable. The next leap I made, was to start biking to work, an 8 mile ride there, and an 8 mile ride back. The 1st time I did this on a weekend, and I went there and back, the full 16 miles. It took me 2 hours 15 min. I felt tired, and sore, but I felt great. All the while I started having just yogurt for breakfast and bring in Apples and Bananas to work to snack on, and although I was feeling better, I was not loosing weight. I think this was because for lunch and dinner I was still eating out.
Come June, I was laid off at work, and my income drastically changed. It was a good excuse for me to start changing my habits. Once nice thing about consulting is how it allows for more time to exercise.
I started dining in, eating when hungry, and watching what I ate.
2 weeks ago, I was able to see that I am making progress. I am now down to 202 / 4 where as in mid summer I was between 215 / 218.
Now, I try to eat a reasonable amount and try to ride 13 miles a day on my bike in Griffith Park ( but it's probably more like 4 times a week ). Out here in California eating till full just was not going to work, 1st, eating that much food causes you to sweat in this weather, so eating less means I have a lower body temp, so I can cope with the weather better. It's also the reason I am loosing weight.
It's not a lot but it's at a healthy rate. By the new year I hope to be well into 190. In college I was at 174, and I felt really good. I was able to run 5 miles a day, and lift weights for 1 hour a day. Right now I am getting good at biking 13 miles a day, and I may up the load again. I may add a 1 or 2 mile run 3 days a week. I put this out there so that you can spread the word to the people you care about. Eating well, and exercising is more than looking fit, its about quality of life.
;and I feel so much better now.