Thank you all for your input so far. I do realize the individuality of all this, and I will consult and listen to my doctor, it’s just that I know I have access to a pretty good sized population of well educated people here, so I thought I would like to get some of these opinions too. Here’s a bit more about me.
I’m 6’0", about 210 lbs and I’ve never smoked. I certainly have fat I would like to lose (FWIW, my Tanita says I’m 18-20%), but I’m by no means obese (though of course the ‘extra’ is in my waiste/belly area, which I realize isn’t good either).
My diet: I typically start the day with 5 eggs, 5 pieces of bacon,… just kidding :o) Seriously, I have oatmeal (old fashioned, not quick oats) with mixed berries and a scoop of Metabolic Drive added.
I’ll also have 2 cups of coffee with a splash of 1% milk in it (and recently started adding fiber to this, too). I take Rez-V first thing when I wake up (as well as Zyrtec for allergies). With my oats I take 4 Flame Out and one buproprion 150mg [welbutrin]).
Mid morning I have a small amount of beef jerky and an apple as a snack. Lunch is where I may have a problem, since I go out to eat. Still, I do my best to make decent choices such as grilled chicken, gorgonzola salad; mushroom/swiss burger with steamed broccoli instead of fries; turkey, bacon, avocado, cream-cheese and sprouts sandwich on wheat bread; chicken coconut curry on brown rice.
After work I often go grab a beer with a co-worker (Dos-X amber), though I’m doing that less frequently these days.
Dinner - often we have grilled chicken, salad and brown rice, though we do prepare a fair amount of red meat too (my finacee’s family owns a steak house!) Other dinners we prepare include salmon, wheat spaghetti and meatballs, occaisonally pizza (also trying to minimize the frequncy of this).
We’ll usually have at least a salad with tomatos, or grilled veggies (bell peppers, mushrooms etc). We also often share a bottle of wine between the two of us (not always finishing it, but not unusual if we do, either).
Right now my exercise is 2 - 3 times/week of lifting (trying to stick to bigger, compund movements), but I would still consider myself a beginner lifter after so many years away from the gym (I was a competetive soccer player until about age 33, 6 years ago). I realize from reading Cy’s article “Bad Blood” that I should incorporate more cardio for my condition, so I’ll start trying to do that, too.
I’m thinking of starting HRE to help with the fat loss; any thoughts there? Oh, I do take ZMA at night, too.
That’s about as much additional info as I can think to add at the moment, but am happy to give more if it helps.
Thanks again for your ‘opinions’, and I promise not to hold anyone here accountable. ;o) I’ll still meet with and follow my doctor’s advice.