Okay, so I have been lurking around here for quite a long time, but I have some concerns about my health. First of all, I am 26 years old, 6'1" and 200lbs and nearly all of the weight is in my spare tire (Currently 41 inches around the fattest area of my stomach).
From my sophomore year in HS, until my freshman year in college, I literally ate fast food 2-3 times a day. Since then, I go on and off. I have always been very skinny (160lbs starting 10th grade). My biggest weight was up to 225. I then got back down to 190 doing P90X and mostly eating Healthy Choice microwave meals. Obviously, as any nutritionist will tell you, when you diet, you almost always "fall back" because you aren't enjoying the food.
I fell back hard. I gorge on fast food, and eat basically two meals when I do. I crave it. I live a busy life style and work odd hours. Sometimes working 9am to 9pm (leaving little time to work out) and other times 11am to 9pm. Fast food is...fast....easy...addicting...expensive.
I don't know how to cook, although a couple of times I have made a really good white chicken chili (probably bad for me as well). Even if I do feel like cooking, I don't get home until 10pm most nights and by then I just want to relax. I am not a morning person and most nights I stay up until 2-3am, sitting on my computer or catching up on my shows, laying in bed (this could be better utilized working out, but I can't afford a home gym set-up). Okay enough background...
1. How do I break the cycle of constant fast food cravings?
2. What options are out there that are easy/satisfying/healthy?
---A couple workout questions thrown in, sorry---
3. 200 lbs isn't a bad weight for someone my height (6'1), but I'm 20% body fat. Should I basically just find a gym and start lifting heavy? Obviously, better nutrition is needed, but would it be better for me to lift? Or to lean out first?
4. Can someone explain creatin to me in lehman's terms? Everytime I try to read about it, it feels like I'm reading Chinese
Thanks everyone. I'm sorry for the long post, but I really want to be healthy, look good and feel good. So far, I'm none of the above!