In another thread, I mentioned selling clothing that no longer fits due to weight loss, Brian H asked "whats your w8 loss solution Dale?"
A year ago June I had a physical and the labs weren't stellar. I was basically pre-diabetic with higher serum glucose levels, verified by a poor A1C value, high triglycerides and my weight had gone up. I'm 60 years old, so this was serious stuff.
My GP prescribed Metformin for diabetes and I started right away. After taking it for about a week we went for an easy day hike and I felt like I was towing a lead weigh behind me. I wasn't short of breath or having any unusual pulse, but I just couldn't move. I really wanted to lie down on the side of the trail and take a nap.
I called my GP the next day and discontinued the Metformin and continued with a strict diet and regular exercise, walking outdoors as much as possible and doing the treadmill at the gym otherwise. My diet excluded as much sugar, starch and salt as possible, chicken and fish an no red meats, and eating whole unprocessed foods. I wasn't starving by any means, eating lots of salads, brown rice, quinoa, fish, almonds, oatmeal and fresh fruit.
I lost 30+ pounds, dropped my fasting blood sugar by 40 points, lowered my A1C by a full point, and lowered my blood pressure and resting pulse rate. Of course I feel better and I sleep better, and I hike faster with more stamina and faster recovery. I've had some foot issues that the weight loss and exercise have nearly eliminated.
This year we have taken up cycling and do regular trips on rail trails and I'm doing much of my urban travel on the bike, using it for grocery shopping and trips to the post office.
The only downside was that I had to replace a lot of clothing :)