great insight... thanks.... i'll post my results in the next couple of weeks.This is what i did.
I was 5'8" 202 the beginning of January
I was never fat growing up, I was the opposite very skinny with no muscle. So I naturally have a fast working metabolism even though it did slow down a hair around my 27th birthday so I think having that did help me lose my weight a little faster. I was about 28 1/2 when I started this diet/exercise.
I immediately cut my daily calorie intake down to 1300 or less. This was hard and it took me about a week to do so. I was able to make changes to what I eat for example: instead of whole milk I switched to 0% it still has all the protein just no fat a low calories, fat free cream cheese and others fat free items.
We don't make much money so it was a little tricky for me because health food can get really expensive so if you want to spend extra go for it. It will help you faster.
I get up at 4:30 and eat my bagel with fat free cream cheese at 5:00
Then at 7:30 I would eat my cheerios or multi grain cheerios with fat free milk.
I would eat my lunch at 10:30 so if you get hungry before then eat a banana or roasted almonds is a good one.
For lunch I would either take left overs from dinner or make a sandwich with low fat mayo fat free cheese if you could afford it and chicken/tuna/turkey with whole wheat bread. You can do what ever you want for lunch just as long as you meet your calorie goal. I would also take 3 sticks of celery half a cucumber and you ranch light to dip it in. With the ranch light I would mix it 50-50 with water to lessen the amount of intake. Then take a cup or two of fruit. So after that's all done I would take my lunch and split it in half, eat half at 10:30 and the other half at 1:45 ish.
Then I would go to the gym at 3:30 and do at least 40 minutes of cardio then abs every other day
Eat dinner around 5:30
Chicken/fish with green beans or any kind of dark green veggie
That was my basic diet plan that stayed the same throughout the 5-6 weeks. what I did change was my workout routine.
After two weeks of cardio I did
15 minutes cardio then I did the weight circuit 1x then back to cardio for another 30 minutes I did that for one week.
The next week was the same only I did the circuit 2x. The reasoning for doing the circuit was because I knew I was going to get back in the weight room so I wanted to slowly train my muscles again.
The following week I did the same only instead of circuit I got into the weight room and went light I did that for about one month. After all that I have been 100% weight room.
I know that routine is probably not the best way or the easiest way but it worked for me.
I was in your position hearing all these crazy things I have to do to lose my weight so what I did was I took a little bit from everyone's ideas threw them together and came out with that plan.