Someone e-mailed me to ask if i have any advice on how to loose weight, as i've done it successfully in such a short time. I tought maybe there are others intrested in this too, so i decided to post my answer here too:
The most usual mistake people make, when trying to drop weight by exercise, is that they actually start to eat more. You get the best results if you both exercise and have a calorie intake that is less than you consume. If you want to have any chances to both drop your weight and build muscle, you have to make sure you eat a lot of protein.
My advice is that you leave out all the pasta-and-bread-stuff, eat lots of tofu, soy-products, seitan, beans etc., vegetables (raw or cooked) and make sure that you get all essential fats also, so use like a tablespoon of oil, like hemp oil (good proportion of omega 3, 6 and 9) and olive oil, for every meal. Oils are important for nutritions to get absorbed, so leaving out the fat from your diet is almost the same as not eating at all, lol. When i was dieting, my meals usually consisted of 1/3 protein and 2/3 vegetables, fried with oil. If you want to eat pasta-and-bread-stuff, make sure it's whole grain so you don't get any "empty" calories without nutrition. I always use stuff like quinoa (really high in protein), bulgur, whole wheat pasta or mixed root vegetables instead of white pasta or potatoes (they even taste better!).
My most common meals while dieting were: fried vegetables with tofu or textured soy and puree soups with vegetables + lentils/textured soy/beans. I think it's important to eat your daily meals, but everything else needs to be left out. So enough of real food with nutritients to get by. If you really really really want to eat treats, i suggest you to choose stuff with minimum calories, so there's no way to avoid sweeteners if you're going to eat candy... Alcohol is also totally a no-no as it is really high in calories, and at least i had problems with not eating everything i got my hands on when i was hung-over. Alcohol also has an effect on how good workouts you can do, and it had an huge impact on my spirit.
And for the exercise: aerobic exercise if by far the most effective. On my diet i used to have 2-3 aerobic exercises and 1-2 bodybuilding exercises per week. You also have to keep your heart rate low enough, the exercise doesn't burn as much fat if your heart rate goes over 160. First i used to walk briskly, excersize on the stepper, bicycle or, lol, hydro run
When i started to get into better condition, I mainly jogged/ran in intervals or exercised on the stepper. All in all i exercised four times a week for about one hour at a time.
You shouldn't look at your weight that much, body fat percentage is really much more important, as muscle weighs much more than fat. If you can't test your bfp somewhere, you can always measure your waist and look at that number rather than the weight. I've been the same weight for a couple of months now, but i can even see myself that my fat percentage is lower and my muscles bigger, so i've actually kept loosing weight even if the scale says i havn't!