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Keeping it Off - life after weight loss
My advice, from earlier this year before I decided to try to get to 175 lbs, is to keep counting calories. Honestly, it is such a habit at this point you won't be messing with your routine. You'll have absolute control over what you eat and how much, and if you do start to see a change in your weight you'll have a record to review exactly what might be causing it. Also, it will help to keep from backsliding into the bad habits that led to weight gain in the first place. To be absolutely frank, I plan on counting calories for the rest of my life, and teaching my kid(s) to do the same. Looking back I wish my parents had gotten me to do something like that, I'd have realized so much earlier what I should and should not be eating!
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
Calories and weight lifting
This is actually a rather tricky question. I'll tell you what works for me but ultimately you'll have to engage in a little trial and error to see what works best for you. Usually I try to keep my simple carbohydrates low (sugars, refined wheat products) and keep protein high. This means a lot of lean meat and very little in the way of sugary products (though I've been slipping recently on that, as my wife is pregnant and has been craving sweets so they've once again gained a foothold in the house). However, right after a workout is the time to eat carbs! When you engage in any exercise that strains your muscles you will be using up glycogen reserves. Glycogen is effectively sugar and water stored in the muscles for quick energy. To replenish that you'll need carbohydrates, preferably complex carbohydrates, to satisfy your glycogen needs. Depending on your gender and muscles mass you'll need somewhere between 150 and 250 grams of carbohydrates to replenish your glycogen but how much you actually need depends on the severity of your workout. I generally just plan 250 for the day and make sure I eat about 100 grams after a workout. So that works for me. I keep my calorie intake steady, 2200 kcals/day, but my exercise level varies throughout the week. My biggest exercise days are about 3800 kcals burned, while my off day(s) I burn barely over my BMR (~2000 kcals). What you shouldn't do, and I harped on this earlier, is eat any really sugary items. My calories have not changed but since we've had some recent changes in my household I've been eating more sugars. I can entirely attribute 5 pounds of weight gain to that dietary change. Starting tomorrow I'll be reducing my sugar intake to 20 grams or less per day. I expect to see a drop. It was an interesting experiment but not one I'd like to repeat any time soon. :)
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
Which type of excercise WON'T you do at the gym?
[quote=Divided By Zero]Squats I don't know why, but I can't keep my balance. I'm going to have to get over it soon though because I'm almost working out on the leg press' max setting. :doubt: [/quote] You should. Squats are the best complex lower body exercise you can do. Seriously, they are that good. For me, the exercise at the gym I will never do is any circuit training. Not as effective as free weights for the time invested.
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
Why you should never call a woman fat
Well, I'd have said don't do it since it is generally rude and uncouth, but I suppose the threat of having your ear torn off would also be a detractor...
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
I don't like to exercise
Heya Sooki, I hear what you're saying. I have always needed a motivator to go and work out just for the sake of working out. What used to get me into the gym was football and wrestling. I wanted to be stronger and faster with better endurance for my sport. Since I can't join a high school team anymore, I've changed sports. These days I am training in traditional martial arts and that is my motivator to hit the gym, run, and practice cardio kick boxing for plyometrics and endurance. If I weren't trying to improve my performance in martial arts I'd be pretty hard pressed to do any of that. Now, to actually answer your question: 1) Dancing. Fun and burns a lot of calories 2) Frisbee. You need a friend but you'd be surprised how much fun adults can have playing Frisbee. 3) Belly dance. Not for me, but my wife is trying to learn this. You can take lessons or you can learn from DVDs. 4) Jog the dog. Walk him for a 5 minutes, jog with him for one minute. Repeat until the end of the walk. The dog will be thrilled and you'll get more exercise. You get the idea. To actually burn calories you need to move around, get the heart rate going, the blood pumping, the muscles engaged. However, to lose weight the best thing you can do is reduce your calorie intake to about 500 kcals to 1000 kcals below your base metabolic rate. Good luck!
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
Article on Life after you lose the weight
Interesting article, thank you for posting it. :) For myself, I have noticed a big turn around in my personal life. I'm staying more active and I have a lot more energy than I used to. While my self image used to be pretty bad I might have a slightly inflated sense of self-worth now (hey, at least I'm humble enough to recognize it! ;)) Really, the self-image is the thing that has taken the longest to improve. However, my wife has helped with that, providing honest assessment of what she thinks of my current appearance and I do the same for her (which isn't hard, she is frankly gorgeous!). That might help the self-image quite a bit. :)
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
The Role of Exercise in Weight Loss (Probably Not What You Expect)
[quote=Divided By Zero]Interesting article. Normally I'm not very hungry after a normal workout, but after a really long run I'm ready to destroy an entire buffet. The theory I tend to go with is that diet determines whether or not you gain/lose weight, and exercise determines how that weight is gained/lost. Meaning you could eat fewer calories, not exercise at all, and end up as what some people call 'skinnyfat' (low weight but high fat %). Or eat more than your RDI of calories, lift weights, and gain muscle instead of fat. [/quote] I'm the same way, but don't forget, the metabolic controls work different for men according to the article. Personally, I attribute hunger after a long cardio workout to my not eating before the workout (I don't like feeling sick when running or kick boxing). If I ate within an hour of starting the workout I doubt I'd hungry after.
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
Eat before or after exercising?
I eat after. If I eat too soon before intense exercise I end up feeling very ill if not worse.
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
Anyone doing the HCG Diet?
[quote=Divided By Zero] Random aside... how come we haven't heard from a long term (at least one year) HCG maintainer yet?[/quote] Hey, I did just notice that the Android application for this site is running an hcg ad. Maybe there is some astroturfing going on here since there are a LOT of posts and messages about hcg dieting suddenly when compared to the site a year, or even a few months, ago.
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
Anyone doing the HCG Diet?
[quote=Tressatnt]:lol to above!! Great! How much does this cost anyway...? I'm interested in knowing.[/quote] While I don't know that this is definitive, here is a discussion on it:
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
Anyone doing the HCG Diet?
[quote=Divided By Zero][quote=Rnbwgrl]This is the first time I have seen [u]any[/u] medical professional stating this diet is acceptable and safe. [/quote] Probably not. There is a (incredibly high) possibility that she's lying. Welcome to the internet. Enjoy your stay.[/quote] I thought we'd talked about these classic blunders? ;) I know why you're passionate about it, I hate to see people hurt themselves as well (or waste money), but XKCD put it best: [img]
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
Anyone doing the HCG Diet?
Homeopathic? The most common benefit from homeopathy is the placebo effect. Seriously, you're losing weight because your calories per day have tanked. It can cause metabolic problems (I know, I did the same thing, eating 1800 kcals/day and burning in excess of 4000. I couldn't figure out why I wasn't losing weight. Then I started eating 2500 kcals per day, mostly protein and complex carbohydrates, and I did lose weight), but you'll lose weight really quickly initially. For more on homeopathy, check out [url=
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
How to deal with critics
[quote=Chicholicious]I want to know if anyone goes thru this at some point. Me on the other hand is constantly. I have people at work friends and family. Who think just because they are thin it gives them the right to lecture me about my weight. Just a few minutes ago I pass down the hall and see a coworker of mine who stops me mid way and says "have you consider joining herbal life?". I told her I'm already in a diet and she says good you should, be serious about how your weight is affecting your health. Dah! Einstein. [/quote] Best advice I can offer is to smile, nod, and let them know that while you appreciate their concern and advice, you have already begun a program aimed at improving your physical health. Anything they try to add at this point is very likely to be detrimental to your successfully finishing your program. Alternatively, start going into excruciating detail. Every weigh-in, every calorie, all the sacrifices. Everything. Hopefully they'll just drop it right there for fear of being roped in again. ;) [quote=twpietz37]Grow thicker skin (figuratively of course) and do your best to not let them get to you. Before you know it, they'll have nothing left to criticize you about and you'll be in the best shape of your life. EDIT: One more thing. Of course nothing excuses this type of behavior, but if you allow it to get to you, you are letting them achieve their desired effect. It never feels good when someone tries to tear you down but it's up to YOU to make sure that you don't let it affect you. It may sound cliche, but only losers feel sorry for themselves.[/quote] You put that very well. Ultimately, this is all anyone can do. Remember, they're free to say what they will (so long as it isn't slander or libel) no matter what. So, if you have people around you who feel that making jackasses of themselves is appropriate, well, growing a thicker skin is the only course available. [quote=Phoenixrayne]Seriously.... Nobody has the right to tell you what to do with your body. .... Pot - meet Kettle [/quote] Really? Cross-thread drama? Impressive. I read that thread, and I'll say this; at no point were you told to stop the diet, just that there are concerns from a lot of people about it. It is up to you, of course, on whether you feel you know enough about the diet and its possible side effects. You weren't attacked, there was no personal remark made, but it appears that criticism of a potentially unsafe diet has affected you at a deep emotional level. Consider separating your diet plan from your self-image. It is a much more emotionally healthy way to live life.
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
Down 25 lbs in 30 days so far
[quote=Divided By Zero]You're so vain, you probably think this post is about you. I wasn't talking about you. It's not an absolute, just something to watch for. The original post in this thread, for instance, looks like spam to me. Especially because all they left was a link, and never followed up. It's pretty obvious you're not a spammer, because a spammer wouldn't have spent so much damn time on this topic. They would have posted and vanished... like the OP. I don't know if it's a guilty conscience or you're on edge from defending your diet, but you really need to calm down. [/quote] [i]*Manical Laughter*[/i] You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never argue against a diet or religion when death is on the line"! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha... Sorry, sorry. Couldn't be helped.
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
Some ways to boost your metabolism = Greater daily burn
Those are all generally really good ideas. I have incorporated many of them into my daily routine for the last year or so. However, there is a consistency problem: [quote] Make sure you eat breakfast. If you don't eat breakfast, you slow down your metabolism and send the body into "hoard mode," thinking it's starving because you're going a long period of time frequently 8 to 10 hours or more, without food. Eat the majority of your food earlier in the day. Dinner should be your lightest meal, and some experts recommend you don't anything after 8 p.m., or any later than 3 to 4 hours before bedtime... [/quote] Assuming I am also getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night (which is another well known corollary for weight loss) the timing just doesn't work out. If a individual gets up at 6 AM every day, he/she will have to cease eating the evening before between 6 PM and 7 PM. For just about everyone in the US this simply isn't possible. From personal experience, allow me to say sleep is more important than the late night eating. Just don't eat anything 60 minutes before bed. Also, in regards to green tea: has a pretty good explanation describing why green tea does not contribute significantly to weight loss. Please drink it, as it is far healthier than soda, but don't expect it to really help "burn fat". Mate tea is in the same boat, as is coffee. The same link also discusses the "no food after 8 PM" myth.
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
DANGER!! Don't believe everything you read, even if it SOUNDS like science.
[url= Health Dangers of Bariatric Surgery[/url] Actually, both sides of this one are well represented. Clinical and medical trials have produced mortality and morbidity rates and the dangers of the surgery are known, as are the dangers of obesity. The patient can make an informed decision about the procedure. Weight loss surgery is a legitimate, if extreme, decision for people who have given up all other options. However, a doctor shouldn't be recommending it until diet and exercise have been tried. Oh, and if the surgery is being advertised on a billboard, it should probably be avoided... ;)
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
The classy side of weight loss.
No... I can't say that I've ever done that. I have weighed myself before and after a workout but I've never really been tempted to know exactly how much waste material I'm putting out. Hey, if it works for you who am I to judge? :)
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
I'm new ... how do you???
On the subject of recipes, some of the user submitted ones are really very good. If you're out of meal ideas take a gander at the shared recipes and try one out. I haven't been let down yet, though I've come to the conclusion that most members here don't like food quite as spicy as I do. :) Oh, and Rhonda, welcome to the site!
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
Am I the ONLY person annoyed by Nutri-System commercials???
No, you're not alone. Nutri-system, in my opinion, has to be one of the worst "pay to play" systems I've come across. Mind you, I've never tried them but if they don't teach lifestyle changes I can't imagine them being much good. [quote=leahl]I hear ya girl! Have you seen the commercial for the diet pill that Kim Kardashian is endorsing? Every time I see it I want to vomit. [/quote] Those commercials and the commercial deluge I'm getting for the lap band make me want to take up vigilante justice. Seriously, I dislike being lied to but these go beyond the pale. [quote=k8yk]You know, years ago I thought about joining a gym and so I checked out Bally Fitness. They gave me such a ridiculous hard sell. I mean come on! They asked me what my goal was and I said "lose weight and look good in a bathing suit". (I weighed about 220 at the time) and the guy said, no lie, "You'll be there in 30 days." [/quote] Yeah, Bally's is one sleazy outfit. When I canceled my membership they kept sending me past due notices. Every time I called they told me that my account was closed, but that the letter was just an invitation to sign up again. I told them to remove me from their mailing list after that. I mean, the letter had "PAST DUE" written above an invoice. The USPS and BBB both have outstanding complaints with the company regarding this, but given Bally's financial troubles I think we're only likely to see more of this kind of thing.
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
Mmmm. Baconated coke.
by wintersmith (submitted 8 years ago)
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