Joined May 2010
Weight History

Start Weight
253.0 lb
Lost so far: 26.0 lb

Current Weight
227.0 lb
Performance: losing 0.2 lb a week

Goal Weight
220.0 lb
Still to go: 7.0 lb

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  40lb drop during this summer boot camp!
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ended: 14 Aug 10
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RDI feels really off...
I think finding a good RDI is very important, the link above is best and especially if you get your bodyfat percentage (electronic scale or calipers), it's a great calculator to use. I tend to take the average of the two weight loss RDIs and use that. I lose about 1-4 pounds a week when my exercise is on and diet is totally clean and free of cheat days, etc.

While you may find that your personal caloric needs vary slightly from someone else with the same general weight/age/activity level, you need to start with some target number and then be diligent about recording everything you eat. I can't stress this enough, because it's critical to weight loss. This way if you are losing weight or aren't losing weight you can review your numbers and figure out what needs to change... too many/too few calories, too much sugar, too much fat, not enough protein, etc.

Even with good logging habits, it's still a bit of trial and error to figure out what affects your body. Stick with it, don't give up if the pounds aren't coming off as fast as you'd like. I know it's hard being patient and disciplined, but it's the right way to lose weight and to change your lifestyle for the better. Wink
posted 07 Sep 2012, 20:59
Obesity rates still rising in the US
Saralyn wrote:
What's up with Colorado?

I find it interesting when there is a singularity surrounded by other trends.

Colorado was my home until earlier this year when I moved to California. Colorado has a lot of outdoor activities to offer residents, and a lot of people even move there for that reason. It's generally not hit too hard by big economic downturns. Also, there is a very high ratio of degreed-professionals to non-degreed, so I guess you could make the assumption that intelligence/income plays a role there somewhere too.

Probably other reasons too, like the people living in the mountains generally being more active and the same with farmers and farm workers. Though I do have to point out that half the state is flat (Denver included), it's not all mountains and snow!

I'm proud of you, CO!
posted 06 Aug 2010, 11:06
The Dangers of Very Low Calorie Diets
I think the concern should be on nutrition. Although everyone wants to drop their weight as quickly as possible so that they can get back to “normal” life, there's really a lot to be learned by taking a LCD approach rather than a VLCD. What I mean is, if someone's been unhealthy for an extended period of time, would it not be easier to learn the good habit of proper diet from the very beginning, rather than jumping into a VLCD and then later having to figure out how to transition back to a maintenance diet?

It seems that in a VLCD the body first wants to become more efficient before burning all its stores. That means burning off some muscle, decreasing brain activity, and slowing metabolism. This latter function is what becomes counterproductive to weight loss. If your body just lowers the metabolism to match the very low number of calories that receives, then how is that productive?

With a VLCD people are more likely to yo-yo after having reached their target weight because they haven't learned the fundamentals of proper diet, and they've been deprived for far too long which can cause immediate overeating. I'm very much a fan of keeping one day per week free for rest and for reduced diet restriction. That way, you throw your metabolism for a loop so that it doesn't feel deprived all the time (keeping it out of famine mode) and therefore becoming too efficient by lowering energy consumption instead of burning it.

The thing I always keep in mind is that we’re essentially just walking bags of chemicals. To keep walking, we need to keep those chemicals in balance, meaning natural vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, antioxidants, etc. You can almost immediately tell the difference between someone with a balanced diet and an unhealthy diet, just from their outer appearance. What could it possibly be like on the inside?
posted 02 Jul 2010, 12:57
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