Originally Answered: diet plans and exercise ideas?
You already have one of the key elements of success in order: a partner to workout with. By not going it alone, you've already aimed yourselves in the right direction because of the accountability to each other. The hardest thing to overcome at the onset of a "diet" or "workout plan" is consistency in altering the way you eat and resolving to actually stick to a scheduled plan when working out. One of the most successful and easy ways to eat is called the Mediterranean Food Pyramid. The daily portion is as follows: This "diet" consists of a base of Breads, Pastas, Rices, Potatoes, and any other whole grain you enjoy. The next group consists of Fruits, Beans, Legumes, and Nuts. This is paired with Vegetables. Above this is consumption of Olive Oil and a daily glass of red wine. Next is Cheese, Yogurt, and lean Fish. To top the Pyramid (consumption a few times a week) are Poultry/Eggs and sweets. The Pinnacle (a few times a month) consists of lean Red Meat. Hopefully this diet helps...although it is indeed hard to depict without a graphic. Cardiovascular activity is any activity that you sustain for a period of 25-30 minutes. Do what you enjoy and you will have better luck sticking with it. Mix up the activities. Swim one day, jog the next, bike, walk, etc. The key is to do what you enjoy. Your resolve will be heavily strengthened by that. That being said, it is also important to alter your lifestyle eating habits to better yourself. Crash diets have low success rates for lasting results. Change the way you eat for the long run. Start out by eliminating or really limiting the things that are terrible for you: Fast Food, Soft Drinks, Beer, Sweets, etc. These foods have very little or no nutritional value at all. Replace the use of these foods with something else...Fresh Fruit, Water, Juices (without added sugars), Raw Veggies. Don't feel bad about snacking on anything that comes from the ground. Lessen animal protein intake and supplement with Nuts, Beans, or Fish. Go easy on the Nuts, they are high in fat (but the good fat). Look online for "Super Foods." Incorporate those into your diet.
Lastly, make sure you include light weight training in the workout...this will help kickstart your metabolism and burn fat. Eat at the same times every day. Take in 25-30% of all daily foods at breakfast.