Bit of a lengthy post, apologies. Okay, I heard about this site from a co-worker and thought I would check it out. All of the questions I have do not fit in a single topic, but weight loss being the most pressing I thought I would start here.
I am 38, 6' 1", and right now 306lbs. I could write a million excuses why I let it get this bad, but what matters is I did. Hopefully, I will get something more than fat jokes here.
I have never been skinny or at my "ideal" weight. I used to lift regularly up through my early 20's (3-4 times per week). Then I began running in my mid 20's to early 30's (3-4 miles, 3-4 times per week) and maintained my weight in the mid 230's, certainly not light, but was comfortable for me. However, the last 5 years or so, I really slacked off and it shows. I am now at a point in my life where I feel I need to get this under control or major health problems and being miserable in mid and later life may be around the corner. I refuse to become one of those people in Walmart who has to have the scooter!
My goals would be first to shed pounds, in as quick and healthy a way as possible. If I could get back to around 230-235 would be my first goal. From there, if I could hit 215-220 I think would be a really good weight for my build and would actually be where I was at my senior year of high school.
I have recently started back at the gym. Mainly have been doing cardio, just trying to get back into things. I would like to start lifting again. So far I have dropped about 5lbs in 2 weeks, seems a healthy pace. My general health is fine. Blood pressure is fine, cholesterol is fine. No major health concerns/complaints except being too damn fat.
So a few questions.
1. Supplementation - What would be a good supplement to start with that is primarily for weight loss? Trying to find good information on supplements seems impossible. Seems like 95% of the "reviews" on the internet are just ads from the supplement manufacturers made to look like reviews. Also, a lot of the info I read seems to talk about stacking multiple supplements in certain intervals, etc. Honestly, it is overwhelming. Any suggestions on some solid weight loss supps that don't cost a ton and are easy to use dosing-wise?
2. Work outs - Suggestions on good general workouts to get back into it after not lifting for a while? Would seem to me I need to concentrate on large muscle groups and basic exercises (bench, squat, deadlift, etc.). I never understood why the few times I worked with a trainer they had me doing what seemed like very isolated exercises. I really could care less about perfect symmetry. I understand the need for muscle balance, but I am not worried if my biceps are not in perfect proportion to my triceps or whatever. I would basically like to gain muscle mass (since more lean muscle increases metabolism) and get healthier.
3. Diet - I really have not made any major changes to what I eat except eating less of it. I also have been cutting out soda and junk food. Other than that, I am certainly open to suggestions on things to try. I am honest with myself in that I am not a person who is going to measure out to the gram and calorie exactly what I eat, just won't do it, I know me. I can however, stick to a general plan of what types of things and when I eat pretty well.
Thanks in advance for any advice folks throw my way.