Joined January 2010
Weight History

Start Weight
211.0 lb
Lost so far: 31.0 lb

Current Weight
180.0 lb
Performance: losing 0.4 lb a week

Goal Weight
185.0 lb
Still to go: 5.0 lb
Engineer/Engineering Manager/Chief Engineer, 53, 6ft 2in, married with an 8 year old daughter, and a 26 year old son.

Achieved 234 lbs => less than 185 lbs

Never ever had a problem with eating anything I like or with weight. However, as the years have passed my weight seems to jump incrementally 5-10 lbs every 5 years or so and then stay steady. Reaching 234 lbs in the last jump, the BMI calculator said I was obese. YEAH RIGHT! But I was having to search high and low for 18 1/2 collar shirts; having trouble bending down to pull on my socks; my photos show a pot belly! A colleague of mine (not much older than me) had a debilitating stroke. Hmmm... time to take action.

I stumbled across when searching for free apps on my iTouch. Being an engineer, I know you cannot control what you don't measure. Fatsecret is perfect for measuring diet and exercise.

I have a simple diet philosophy: don't go hungry; monitor calories in detail; cardio exercise to keep calories burned higher than calories in (500 cals diff. per day = 1 lbs lost per week) and get fit; minimize sugar intake; avoid junk food and eat healthy, non-processed foods as much as possible; adjust the foods to optimize protein, fat, carbs and fiber intake; eat healthy snacks between meals; weigh-in daily; enjoy the process of losing weight, getting fit and looking good.

There's no magic bullet for weight loss; not pills, not special foods - just simple calorie control, regular exercise and a healthy diet. [Though I do recommend daily Vitamin D and Omega-3 fish oil supplements.]

Oh, and never give up! Consistent results are achieved only through sheer determination. It's tough and you have to be tough - actually freakin' tough!

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Adr58's Cookbook

cals: 96kcal | fat: 7.15g | carbs: 7.62g | prot: 2.85g
Classic Mashed Cauliflower
A great substitute for mashed potatoes.
cals: 76kcal | fat: 2.33g | carbs: 4.21g | prot: 10.13g
Spinach Pie
An excellent, addictive spinach pie that's sure to please everyone.
cals: 130kcal | fat: 7.75g | carbs: 3.55g | prot: 11.85g
Broccoli and Cheese Quiche
Tasty quiche that you make the night before and microwave for breakfast.
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Doing everything right.. but i feel like i am gaining weight .,. is this normal??
"Are we basically saying the same thing? Because a low carb lifestyle surely has made a world of difference for me. And I see plenty of people that counting calories and getting the right balance w/ exercise makes a world of difference for them. So I am sure it can be done both ways...just saying."

What everyone needs to take away from this is what I stated previously...

- it's whatever works for you!

When I was losing an average of 0.55lbs per day consistently over 76 days, I was eating 1900 => 2000 cals per day (280g of carbs per day, but strict control of protein, fiber and fat intake and absolutely no sugar!) but exercising (primarily on an empty stomach) to give a daily deficit (out vs in) of 2600 cals. I found what worked for me almost immediately and kept to it literally 7 days a week for that period.

I didn't want to feel overly hungry, so didn't reduce the intake as much as I increased the burn. As you say, if you cut food calories too much, you will shut down your metabolic system and cannot burn fat. Much better to eat sensibly and burn it. I do recommend everyone reads "In fitness and in health" by Dr Phil Maffetone.

Now I'm in maintenance mode, I am at 2800cals intake (~400g of carbs per day, 88g fat, 131g protein and 40 => 50g of fiber) and tweaking the balance over time using FS to stay within my desired weight zone.

There are so many studies that contradict each other and I think it's because 1) it's a very, very complex issue and 2) everyone is different. However the fundamental law of human thermodynamics remains;
calories in = (calories out +/- fat gain) X [the individual's peculiarities] Smile
posted 19 Aug 2010, 21:47
Doing everything right.. but i feel like i am gaining weight .,. is this normal??
The medical condition of Carbohydrate Intolerance can mean that low carb diets (not necessarily 'dieting'Wink can make a world of difference.

However, there is one basic rule for all, which is that weight gain/loss is directly related to the balance of calories in and calories out.

The best routine is to increase your exercise and control your intake. This will not only result in weight loss/control, but a more healthy body - you can be slim and trim but not necessarily healthy.

Of course, each person has to be motivated. If s/he believes in a particular dietary regime, then go for it - it's whatever works for you!
posted 18 Aug 2010, 08:17
How Often Do you weigh yourself?
I always weigh in every day, after I get up and have performed all my toilet breaks (!). That way it is a repeatable weight under consistent conditions, or at least as consistent as you can get them

Daily weighing helps me to understand how my body reacts and I can see the weight variation that occurs naturally (0 to 4 lbs typically).

I am in weight maintenance mode and have set a goal but have gone just under it. That way I can see the variations, but they don't take me above the maximum I want to remain at.

Daily allows me to see trends quickly and react if necessary
posted 18 Aug 2010, 07:13
6 foods for a healthy skin...
posted 17 Aug 2010, 12:12
5 Fitness Myths You Need to Forget
Just google..

"walking versus running calories burned"

There's lots of information to be found, including...

"When you run a mile, you're burning mostly sugar, or
carbohydrates, which is how your body gives you fast energy in bursts.
When you walk a mile, it gives your metabolism time to switch from
burning carbohydrates to burning fat."


"At speeds of 5 MPH or faster, running will burn more calories per mile than walking. It is very difficult to estimate your exact level of calorie burn per mile without expensive laboratory analysis. In order to simplify things you will always get a fairly close estimate of your calorie burn by using the old accepted equation of 100 calories per mile. It will not be exact, but it will be close and easy."
posted 11 Aug 2010, 13:54
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