Joined January 2011
Weight History

Start Weight
191.0 lb
Lost so far: 15.0 lb

Current Weight
206.0 lb
Performance: gaining 0.2 lb a week

Goal Weight
165.0 lb
Still to go: 41.0 lb
From Pittsburgh, PA - Go Steelers!

The highest weight ever: 255 lbs.

I was 237 lbs. when I started my serious lifestyle change back in August of 2009. At that point, I had been overweight for over fifteen years.

Back in 1994 (when I graduated high school), I weighed ~160 lbs. When I went to college, my "freshman fifteen" was more like a "freshman thirty." I hit my worst weight in 2001 (255 lbs.). I managed to get myself back down into the low 200's in 2002, but it climbed back up in the recent years.

In August 2009, I took a photo my best friend from high school. I didn't recognize the guy standing in the photo. It's amazing how one self-visualizes themselves in the mirror, but the photo didn't lie. That was the point I knew I had to get back to the young man in the 1994 photo (or close enough).

My current goal weight is 175 lbs. I think that's a very healthy weight for who I am today, and I plan to be in the best shape of my life by exercise and eating healthy. For example, I never ran in my life prior to last year. Now, I can run 5K's. It feels great to know I can change myself into anything I want with enough fortitude and determination. Today, that perspective carries into every area of my life.

(Wow, this bio wasn't very metal. LOL)

metaldave's Weight History


last weighin: gaining 3.7 lb a week Up
last weighin: losing 70.0 lb a week Down
last weighin: losing 0.5 lb a week Down
last weighin: gaining 1.9 lb a week Up

metaldave's Latest Posts

Fast Weight Loss
Diablo360x wrote:

"To their surprise, the researchers found that none of the groups, including the athletes, experienced “afterburn.” They did not use additional body fat on the day when they exercised. In fact, most of the subjects burned slightly less fat over the 24-hour study period when they exercised than when they did not."

That is just one source there plenty out there. Search for them.

Thanks, Diablo. I'll look into it further. Kinesiology continuously evolves, but it's taken leaps and bounds over the last couple of decades. That's science, for you; Always trying to challenge the "rules."

Diablo360x wrote:

This may be true for certain exercises that are difficult to perform at first due to inexperience but everyone that can walk has done so all of their lives. Your body may burn less calories from the same distance of walking but that is because total bodyweight was reduced over time. This would allow a person to walk faster and longer to get the same calorie burn.

I guess that I'm looking at this from a muscle confusion perspective whereas you're looking, strictly, at a calorie in/out tact (less weight means less resistance thus less calorie burn). Regardless of weight loss, there is a point where your body will plateau and the same routine will not be as effective.

Granted, you could compensate proportionately as you suggested, but I wouldn't consider that an equivalent workout. In other words, if you have to walk for three hours to have the same calorie burn that forty-five minutes did at a heavier weight, I'd say that's not exactly the same. Alternatively, you could just add a weight pack to your back, etc. to add the resistance again.

Once again, one would probably want to change the routine to do something more efficient from a time/performance perspective. Whether the belief in the plateau is correct or not, the advice to change the routine would be sound.
posted 22 Aug 2011, 11:18
Fast Weight Loss
Diablo360x wrote:

Wrong. The amount of calories burned after an exercise is very minimal. You burn 99% of your calories DURING the exercise.

With respect, I'd love to know where you learned that. Your body doesn't simply stop burning calories if you're not performing some type of exercise. Seriously, please share.

For your reference: Shape Magazine; April 2002

Diablo360x wrote:

Why would anyone have to do more than walking to keep progressing? In which way? You can lose fat with no cardio at all. If a person does not do more exercise they would simply have to reduce calories a bit more to reach their goals or not at all if they just want to maintain.

If you stick with the same routine without mixing it up, you will not see as much progress as you had initially. To put it simply, your body begins to tolerate the routine. Performing a wide variety of exercises is the best, but, if you're just starting out, you might not be able to handle various types of exercise. That's what I meant by recommending a walking routine that expands into other (perhaps more rigorous) exercises as you progress.
posted 18 Aug 2011, 16:47
Fast Weight Loss
Metabolism. When we get older, we get set in our ways and, literally, sit more. That's the biggest difference from when we are younger (on the move all the time, staying active).

As a starter, one of the easiest methods to boost the metabolism is walk twice a day. Do two miles in the morning, two miles at night, and watch what you eat in-between. Twenty minutes of cardio exercise (even "just" walking) will keep the metabolism burning calories at a higher rate for the next 8-12 hours.

Effectively, this is just working out twice a day. As you advance (get healthier, lose more), you'll need to do more than just walking to keep progress. Vary it up by doing a workout (lifting, video, class, etc.) in the morning and walking/running/cycling in the evening.

It will take about a month for your body to get the idea (it didn't slow down the metabolism overnight), but, once it does, you'll see the difference.

posted 16 Aug 2011, 11:15
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