I don't anticipate my diet changing much, if at all. I have been eating the same way for two years now. I have upped my exercise regimen a bit with the warm weather. Mashed potatoes and rice are two of my mainstay sides, along with lots of fruit and vegetables. Again, I don't see that changing any. Sodas will never return to my diet, nor will red meats or snack crap.Diets are not long term effective - any of the plans (Medifast, etc.) require significant dietary changes at the end of the plan when ya reach your target weight - for a lot of people, that's very tough - especially if you're older with established eating habits and negative lifestyle patterns. What helped me (70 years old, 6', was 245, now at 205) was 1) a significant and drastic reduction (but not elimination) of anything with carbs - dinner's are now salad and meat \ fish of some kind, without any rice or pasta or potatoes - 2) absolutely no sodas with corn syrup - 3) no sugar \ artificial sweetener in coffee - 4) exercise - I ride a bike, strenuously, for an hour each day and walk when I can - if I could still job, I'd do that
At this point, I don't really have a target weight. It has become more a matter of physical conditioning. At age 64, my level of overall health and fitness is the best it has been since around 1993, when I decided cigarettes and an alcoholic lifestyle were the way to go. Since that time, I have eliminated the cigarettes and the alcohol, as well as the weight I put on when I joined the trucking industry in 1999, when I weighed what I weigh now. I've been averaging about twenty miles per day on the bicycle, and about four miles per day of walking.