I am morbidly obese. As of 31 November 2013 I have a calculated BMI of 45.2. I weigh 352.8 pounds. I have a fat apron that is approximately 4 inches thick at the largest point.
That's unhealthy, and it's effecting my lifestyle. Remarkably I do not suffer diabetes or joint problems. The only health issue that I can straight-line cause/effect to my obesity is frequent GERD. I also get winded easily from going up stairs. The latter is expected, and I'm effectively carrying another person around with me.
Time to fix it.
I previously lost a large amount of weight (62 pounds) using the Slim-Fast plan. The weight melted off and I loved the results. The best part was when I got to play with my kids at the Y, and they asked me to slow down because they were tired. Unfortunately I gained the weight back afterwards when I started eating real food again. From this I learned that whatever diet I choose must have a significant focus on re-learning how to eat at the end. More specifically, I must be retrained Mentally and Physically to reduce portion sizes.
Additionally, I've discovered that I significantly overeat as a response to stress or boredom. The plan must include development of a new coping mechanism.
I need flexibility in my plan as I travel semi-regularly for work and I don't want to fall off the wagon.
I need daily measurable results, as I will forget about my diet without it.
I must include some form of exercise in the plan. I've never exercised regularly and this is much to my detriment. The best case scenario is that I retain all of my existing muscle post-diet.
I will likely require some form of plastic surgery post-loss to remove skin and adipose tissue.
I will have to buy new clothes repeatedly.
Planning to lose half your body weight is hard.