Some articles I read recommended 60 minutes of exercise per day, which seems like way too much for me. Others said that 30 minutes 5 times a week was sufficient. I'll go for that, for now at least. That much time I can imagine setting aside.
But this is the part I was searching the web for -- the research on maintaining one's weight. I can usually lose fifteen extra pounds without much trouble but the problem is that it swings back up. In a 6 month period I can hit the high and low. This can't be very good for me so my goal is that once I lose the weight, I keep it within 3 pounds either way of my target. The study says that those who have maintained their weight successfully generally:
- Exercise (90%)
- Eat breakfast (78%)
- Weigh themselves daily (75%)
- Watch less than 10 hours of television a week (68%) (I wonder if the internet counts as TV).
Over here you can find a calorie counter which I like because it gives you a sort of plan for maintaining or losing weight depending on your height, weight and exercise level, plus a rock bottom level below which it's not good to go.
I found a cool free site -- FitDay. It has a subscribe-for-pay option which lets you do even cooler things, but the free option still has lots of tools like a weight graph, journal capability, exercise graph, cumulative record of miles gone, and so on. It even breaks down your recorded food into protein/fat/carb proportions. I had a lot of fun making entries over there this afternoon. I tried SparkPeople a couple of years ago but found it too complex and overwhelming, though I know a lot of people like it.