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#1 seanr1221

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 01:07 PM

So between the Obesity thread and the Fitness thread, I thought this might be a fun topic to start.

A lot of CAGs started using the 'Lose It!' app on their iPhones or Android devices. 'Lose It!' helps you set a goal weight, track your calories and exercise and contains a database full of foods from restaurants, grocery stores and pretty much any place you can think. You can also track nutrition and see how many grams of Fat, Carbs and Protein you're taking it.

If you create an account, you can become friends with people and track their progress too.

My account name is SeanR1221@Gmail.com

I figured we'd use this thread to motivate people, track each other's progress, give advice and post before and after pictures for the full effect.

I'll start off.

I'm 24, 5'8, 174 pounds. I'd like to cut down about 15-20 pounds. 'Lose It!' has me eating a little over 1800 calories a day to meet this goal by January.

Here is my before picture...

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My diet is pretty consistent throughout the week.

Breakfast is Egg Whites (3) and Turkey Bacon (3).

Lunch is 1TBS of natural Peanut Butter on Whole Wheat Bread and a 1/4 cup of Almonds.

Dinner is Skinless Chicken (8oz) and Broccoli (2cups).

I'll take a scoop of Whey Protein mixed with water before and after I work out.

I encourage other people to post their stories, their goals, their "Lose It!" usernames and their before pictures.

Good luck everyone! :bouncy:

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#2 lolwhat

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 03:17 PM

nice ill have to grab that app asap, right now i just type what i ate in a notepad file :lol:

anyways, i guess i'll be the guy that's looking to gain weight here.

age:21
height:5'5-5'6
current weight:118 lb

my goal is to reach a steady 125 lb by the end of December, just want to fill out a bit more. im not getting any taller and i don't want to look too stocky, but i'm really small guy right now and have weighed the same for the past 6 years -- so 125 lbs sounds just right to me.

before:
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right now im eating oatmeal with sliced banana every morning. for lunch I have some combination of eggs, turkey bacon or turkey breakfast links, and green pepper. dinner is usually white or brown rice with eggs, black beans, broccoli and turkey or fish. almonds or bananas with peanut butter for snacks in between, and i drink lots of milk. with one whey shake i can get around 115g of protein in a day, so im considering having two shakes on workout days to get me more in the green.

it's tough for me to eat food when i'm truly perfectly satisfied, and im on a pretty tight budget at college right now, so i'm still experimenting with what foods will take me the farthest at the lowest cost.

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#3 Lyricsborn

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 07:10 PM

I'm in. I'll put up my info later.

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#4 Predator Ranger

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 11:33 PM

I'll check out that app and get in on this. I've been using Noom lately, but not as religiously as I need to. I had lost a lot of weight when I was working a normal 9-5 job, but since I switched to a 3 day schedule, I've gained way too much [-( Ideally, I'd love to be back down to a spandex body by Power Morphicon next August, but I have realistic goals. I'd be happy to see 215 by the end of the year, and then take it from there.

My biggest problem (aside from being so lethargic) is diet -- I'm lactose intolerant and have some sort of IBS, so I'm never entirely sure what foods are going to set my stomach off. Even eating some carrots at work last week put me in the bathroom an hour later :cry:

Age: 29
Height: 6'3"
Current weight: 229.6 lbs
Goal weight: 215 lbs

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#5 Pookymeister

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 04:24 AM

^^ Plus black is pretty slimming =]

I'm 5'11 and 198 last time I checked. Wouldn't mind loosing about 20 lbs or so, along with building up some muscle. Currently, I do jack shit so would need to get off my ass first, heh.

I would like get Body fat % down from current of around 20% to low 10's.

Edited by Pookymeister, 12 September 2011 - 04:09 PM.



#6 darthbudge

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 05:20 AM

Ok, I'm down for this.

Age: 19
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 279lbs (That was about two weeks ago, so I am hoping it is less now.)
Goal: 200lbs

I would like to be near 200lbs by the time I turn 20 and be in some better physical shape. I currently try to bike 3 days a week (MWF) and I do PT with my class every T and TH morning which is a variety of strength and cardio training.

On class days, I have a cup of 1% milk with a scoop of Whey protein powder and a Builder's Bar after PT for my breakfast. I usually have a PBJ sandwich on wheat bread with a handful of baby carrots for lunch. Dinner is usually a grilled chicken breast with two different kinds of veggies depending on what I have available.

On days that I don't have class, I usually have 3 scrambled eggs with a piece of fruit for breakfast and I don't really have set lunch and dinner, but I try to have it similar to what I have on T and TH.

Lose It! suggests I need to eat 2,362 calories a day to reach my goal by June of 2012, which would mean losing 2lbs a week. I think this seems a bit high to me and I will probably try to go for 1,800 to 2,000 calories a day depending on my exercise level.

I'll put up a before picture when I can get a good one.

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#7 seanr1221

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 01:16 PM

Good luck on the first week, everyone.

#8 blindinglights

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 02:56 PM

I'm in, got the app and started today.

Age: 25
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 223.8 lbs as of this morning
Goal: 195 lbs by Christmas

I've already lost quite a bit of weight as it is, but I've slacked off on the diet after hitting a plateau a month and a half ago and I've just been stuck at the same weight since.

I'm really hoping to ramp up my workouts too since I'm not really reaching that level of intensity that I had been.

Will make an account for adding friends later since I don't want to subject my personal email to spam by posting it here.
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#9 dejeckt

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 03:57 PM

Age: 24
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 160 lbs (estimated body fat %: 22%)
Goal: cut down body fat to 10% ~ 12% by Christmas

I highlight body fat cause I'm not interested in losing weight, but cutting down on excess fat. How do you guys lose weight while retaining muscle mass?

#10 EDiTOR9

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 05:34 PM

Damn, I was using the Livestrong app which I paid for :cry:

Anyhow, this is a good idea, OP. Count me in.

I'm 6'2, 252 lbs, 29 going on 30 in a few mos.

I'd like to get to 220 or so.
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#11 Layd Dly

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 05:48 PM

Another good app is Libra for Android. It is free even though i donated. It helped me lose 75lbs in the last year.

Age: 27 (28 in a month)
Weight: 179.4 lbs (Started at 255 lbs last June)
Goal: Dont really have one now, i still eat well and i run about 25-30 miles a week. 180 was my official Goal weight. Im still dropping since i started to Run, but one goal is to actually get through a P90x Session


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#12 csidegamer

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 07:12 PM

Just downloaded the app.

Age: 45
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 250 ish (Will check at home.)
Ultimate Goal: 185 lbs.
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#13 sublime90

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 08:03 PM

im in. i let myself go, 3 years ago i was 250 got down to 185 was fairly muscular working out a lot but that all went downhill. i have bad habbits i really need to address. i binge way to much when im feeling down i eat and drink like theres no tomorrow. this will be a good way to be accountable. time to start working out again and eating less.

Age- 28
Height - 5'8
Weight - 230
Goal - 190-200
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#14 Habbler

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 09:41 PM

Now that some other people that weigh more than 200lbs are in I will join too.

Age: 26
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 296lbs
Goal: 250lbs(Ultimate goal is 200lbs, but I think this should be done in two intervals. First 50 is going to go a lot faster)

Lose It actually wants me to consume just under 2500 calories a day. That does sound high. I figured it would suggest 1800 because that's what I hear men need. Downloaded yesterday and plugged in all my meals and it only came up to 1400. I've been trying to not eat fast food during the workweek, but I usually do not pack my lunch when I go to work. Last week I cut out all soda and burgers from my diet so the numbers are much lower than my body was used to. I have not lost any weight yet.

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Username: caghabbler@gmail.com

Edited by Habbler, 13 September 2011 - 10:52 PM.
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#15 DestroVega

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 10:56 PM

^ it's telling you 2,500 because it tries to bring you down gradually, which is the way it's supposed to be.

If you tried to take in very little calories, your body would try to store the fat you already have, and it'll take longer to lose it.

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#16 blindinglights

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 12:06 AM

Lose It! is telling me I need to consume 2057 calories per day, but I didn't realize that it's actually subtracting my exercise from my net total for the day.

Should I consume the full allotment with exercise deducted or should I just eat around the total for the day despite the exercise?

Basically I've consumed my last meal for the day and my total calories from food are 2,118 which is just a bit above my daily budget. However, my twice a day workout added a -813 to the budget, so it's saying I have 751 calories left to eat for the day. Should I eat some more later or call it a day? In the past I've always set a number for the day and stuck to that number despite whatever exercise I do.
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#17 EDiTOR9

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 12:19 AM

Thanks to the CAGs who accepted my friend request :).

#18 Javery

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 12:30 AM

I need to get in on this.

Age- 36
Height - 6'0
Weight - 196
Goal - 185 (by Thanksgiving, I guess)

I'll give it a shot but these 10 lbs. are effing impossible. I eat healthy, I don't drink (often) and I exercise regularly. I'm signing up for a 5K and trying for a 24 minute time - hopefully that will put me over the top. I probably shouldn't eat the fish taco in front of me right now. Ugh.

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#19 dohdough

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 12:53 AM

I need to get in on this.

Age- 36
Height - 6'0
Weight - 196
Goal - 185 (by Thanksgiving, I guess)

I'll give it a shot but these 10 lbs. are effing impossible. I eat healthy, I don't drink (often) and I exercise regularly. I'm signing up for a 5K and trying for a 24 minute time - hopefully that will put me over the top. I probably shouldn't eat the fish taco in front of me right now. Ugh.


If you're already looking like panzerfaust and that extra 10lbs is going to make you shredded, then you'll need to eat SUPER healthy, spread those small meals into 5 sessions, and hit the weights a lot more.

#20 seanr1221

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 01:45 AM

Lose It! is telling me I need to consume 2057 calories per day, but I didn't realize that it's actually subtracting my exercise from my net total for the day.

Should I consume the full allotment with exercise deducted or should I just eat around the total for the day despite the exercise?

Basically I've consumed my last meal for the day and my total calories from food are 2,118 which is just a bit above my daily budget. However, my twice a day workout added a -813 to the budget, so it's saying I have 751 calories left to eat for the day. Should I eat some more later or call it a day? In the past I've always set a number for the day and stuck to that number despite whatever exercise I do.


I'd honestly just call it a day.

I never look at exercise as calorie burning. I view it as something to increase strength, endurance and cardiovascular health.

I mean it DOES burn calories, obviously, but the "I worked out, so I can eat X" is a dangerous trap to fall into.

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#21 blindinglights

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 03:09 PM

I'd honestly just call it a day.

I never look at exercise as calorie burning. I view it as something to increase strength, endurance and cardiovascular health.

I mean it DOES burn calories, obviously, but the "I worked out, so I can eat X" is a dangerous trap to fall into.



That's what I ended up doing. I've always just followed a calorie budget and not taken into account calories burned via exercise, so I just stuck with that.

The only thing that concerned me was wondering if my net is well below the daily budget due to the exercise, will my body go into preservation mode where it becomes more difficult to burn stored fat.
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#22 ceck3969

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 11:12 PM

Well I think I am the biggest so far at 6' 4" and 376 lbs. To the Op thanks for the thread maybe this will help with the motivation, I need to get this under control. Also I am 35, married, and a father of three who need me around so 250 ish hear I come.

#23 Predator Ranger

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 02:47 PM

Man -- I took two weeks off from jogging, and my lung capacity has gone to shit. I had to slow to a quick walk any time I got to a real incline. Guess that's what I get for getting lazy!
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#24 lolwhat

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 07:42 PM

ive been trying raw eggs out of sheer laziness, they go down easier than I thought :mrgreen:

#25 blindinglights

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 08:33 PM

ive been trying raw eggs out of sheer laziness, they go down easier than I thought :mrgreen:


If you don't cook the eggs, you don't get all the amino acids and your body wont be able to fully digest them like it would if they were cooked. Additionally, you risk exposing yourself to salmonella by consuming raw eggs.
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#26 lolwhat

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 09:34 PM

There's positives and negatives to it, but it's only an occasional habit nonetheless. I cook eggs everyday, it's just nice to grab something out the door.

#27 MusicNoteLess

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 01:45 AM

2 years and 80s lb later can make a hell of a difference. I can only blame myself.

Age: 25
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 236 lbs
Goal: 175

I'm hoping I can get back into shape by biking and running more. Maybe even weight lift. Add me: musicnoteless [at] gmail [dot] com

#28 blindinglights

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 02:43 PM

Weekly Weigh-In

Age: 25
Height: 6'4"
Starting Weight: 223.8

Last Week: 223.8 lbs.
This Week: 216.8 lbs.

Weight Loss: 7.0 pounds
Percentage of Body Weight: 3.13%

Last Week's Exercise Schedule:
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I'm surprised that I dropped that much in one week, but I'm concerned that I dropped a considerable amount of lean mass in there too. I do the weigh-in three times to make sure it's consistent, and the scale is calibrated and accurate. Weigh-in was the same time as last week (Monday, before breakfast). I think it has to do partially with water, but I am well hydrated (at least a gallon of water/day, more on workout days) and the drop still seems like a lot taking that in to consideration.

Lose It! says I was 2,356 calories under budget last week, but I was either within 50 calories of the daily budget or in some cases slightly over every day for food. However, the exercise subtracted quite a bit of calories and caused the large deficit.

Diet was high protein, moderate fat, low carbohydrates. Low sodium.

Maybe the weight loss will normalize down to a couple pounds after this first week.
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#29 metaphysicalstyles

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 03:17 PM

You might want to check out the Dukan diet. I lost 36 lbs in five weeks... no lie. Basically, it's no carbs, no fat, all-you-can-eat lean meats. I went from 216 lbs to 180 lbs.

Here's the accepted foods list:
http://www.mydukandi..._food_list.html
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#30 MusicNoteLess

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 04:07 PM

You might want to check out the Dukan diet. I lost 36 lbs in five weeks... no lie. Basically, it's no carbs, no fat, all-you-can-eat lean meats. I went from 216 lbs to 180 lbs.

Here's the accepted foods list:
http://www.mydukandi..._food_list.html



I essentially did something similar two years ago and lost around 50 lbs. Thing is, it's a lifestyle change. I couldn't keep that diet because I went to work and school full time, and I gained 80 lbs. This time around, I'm hoping slow and steady does the job.