Our expert says:
I think it's wonderful that you are making this change. HOWEVER, I must give a word of caution - I am concerned that your sudden drastic change is not sustainable. I have seen many big efforts at lifestyle change fail because the change is so drastic and sudden that it can't be sustained. In otherwords, I worry that changing everything all at once is too much to handle. I would say go with the exercise and don't obsess too much about the diet for now. Obviously, eat sensibly, or you'll be wasting the early mornings, but I would not worry too much about a little bit of sugar in my tea, or cutting out all sugars. Once you conquer the gym machines, then you can shift your attention to diet more.
Getting onto the possible progress you can expect, you should certainly see results. Even the diet changes will produce some change, and exercise is bound to help. Eight days is not long enough though. If anything, you will gain weight in the first 3 to 4 weeks, because your muscle mass will increase. So you may well have lost 1 kg of fat already, but you could just as easily have gained 1 kg of muscle. That is why I always suggest to people that they should focus on how fit they are, how they are feeling and perhaps how they are looking, rather than on the scale. Aim for centimeters not kilograms, and you immediately change your focus from weight to fitness and toning. Also, you will be doing certain sessions more than once a week - for example, you will be jogging 3 km, or cycling 20 minutes. If you monitor whether those training sessions are getting easier over the weeks, then you are looking at the right thing. Let me put it to you this way - if you look at the people who are running in 10 km races, or riding the ARgus etc. most are pretty lean and fit-looking. Their performance determines their appearance, and that's the best goal - get fitter, get stronger, and you'll start looking better too!
Keep up the good work, remember that it takes time, but have faith that you are on the right track! And thanks for the colourful description in your email, it made me smile!
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