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#31 metaphysicalstyles

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 05:48 PM

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.


I agree 100%. It is a lifestyle change... and not an easy one. By week three, I would have killed my best friend for a slice of plain white bread. However, the quick results kept me motivated. I've been off the diet for two weeks now, and have gained approximately three pounds back. I fell ill with Epstein Barr two weeks ago... so I threw the diet out the door. Bad enough having constant fatigue and weakness from a virus... let alone the slight fatigue you experience from not ingesting any carbs/sugars. It's also possible that the diet impacted my immune system, thus resulting in the increased probability of catching EBV (I wasn't supplimenting with vitamins). Regardless, I'm thinner than I've been in over ten years, but I feel like absolute Fuck due to this illness.
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#32 Clak

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 07:07 PM

I really liked that little program until I realized it's useless without knowing how many calories are in something.
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#33 Pookymeister

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 07:08 PM

I really liked that little program until I realized it's useless without knowing how many calories are in something.


Exactly the reason I never got anything worthwhile out of similar apps. It's useful for some things, but not as a total intake/burned platform for me.


#34 Clak

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 07:11 PM

Exactly the reason I never got anything worthwhile out of similar apps. It's useful for some things, but not as a total intake/burned platform for me.

Yeah, since if I eat out somewhere that doesn't provide the info, it's basically impossible to estimate.
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#35 MusicNoteLess

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 07:44 PM

I weighed myself today and I'm at 228 lbs. I must've misweighed myself at the beginning since that's a difference of 8 lbs in a matter of 6 days. If not, cutting soda and junk food makes a helluva difference. :D

#36 MorPhiend

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 09:41 PM

I'm in. I started dieting at the beginning of July. I have been down as much as 31 lbs. but have also taken a month off in the middle, plus a weekend or two off as well. So I have fluctuated between being down 15-31 lbs. Right now I am down about 20lbs. from my 01July weight. I finally got myself a gym membership about 1.5 weeks ago. I have started off weight lifting (30-45 minutes) three times a week and doing cardio (30-150 minutes) 5 days a week. I was glad I did this the first week because my muscle groups were on fire for at least 48 hours each and it gave me plenty of time to recover. I have had sore legs before, but my legs were inflamed this weekend. Honestly, I have never weight lifted before and I put up 580lbs. on the hack squat (my upper body sucks though). I had a week trial membership once before back when I biked 4+hours everyday and I put up 740 back then during that week. Would love to get back to at least that. Being that I have never trained before, I'm sure that will be no problem.

Anyway, from my starting weight I would like to try and lose 100-120lbs. That would make me 26lbs. lighter than I have ever weighed in my adult life and even though it would barely get me into the "normal" BMI range, I'm pretty sure I would have little body fat on me.

I guess I've already started what I need to do to get there. I'm working out daily and last week during the weekdays I ate nothing more than chicken breast eggs and cottage cheese (and tons of water). I just need a little advice on the weights. Like I said, I started out with 3 weightlifting sessions and 5 cardio a week. But yesterday I went to fail on all of my sets and I was sore, but basically feel good now. So I am wanting to take things further after only just a week and a couple of days. But what would be better:

1) Making my weightlifting days 4 days a week with more isolated muscle groups? (Plus 5+days of intense cardio)
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2) Keeping the 3 day plan, but doing it twice a week? (along with 6 days of cardio)

Obviously the latter is going to be more work, thus you would think more benefit. But will that leave my muscle groups plenty of re-coup time?

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?


Eat lots of protein before and after your workout, if you want to go super ripped you need to cut out pretty much all carbs and go lean protein only, make sure any workout you do is aerobic and doesn't go anaerobic. Marathon runners exercise all day long. Why aren't they stacked? Going into anaerobic exercise starts using muscle as fuel.

So eats lots of lean protein, work out like a beast, but keep your heart rate down around 65% of your max heart rate. Oh, also try to isolate muscle groups on different days. You want to allow time for the tearing down to repair itself.

#37 Rig

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 06:55 PM

Age: 26
Height: 5'10.5"
Weight: 167 pounds
Goal: Well...I dunno. Maybe drop some fat *and* gain muscle? I don't have a weight goal. I guess I'll say 155 or something. *shrugs*

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#38 seanr1221

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 07:58 PM

The flu knocked me on my ass but I'm back to loggin my food today :)

#39 Javery

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 09:08 PM

I'm down about 0.8 lbs. so far in about a week. Pretty good, IMO. I haven't been counting the calories though- it's just too much with everything I've got going on. I have cut out a few things from my diet (no more small bag of Sun Chips at lunch) and I've been running even more. I'm definitely fighting father time instead of myself though. I'll get there eventually.

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#40 Habbler

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 09:46 PM

I used the app to decide what I want for lunch when I am working and between the calorie tracking and Subway I have been doing okay. I have always heard about losing 10lbs cutting soda out of your diet and while not quite there it is helping.

Start: 300.5 lb
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#41 sotc1988

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 10:31 PM

If you guys want to check out some supplemental communities to aid you in your nutritional/weight loss knowledge you might want to look into reddit.com. If you're unfamiliar of how the site works, it's basically run by user generated postings and links but they also offer really comprehensive and easy to follow faqs on the basics of excercise and weight loss. reddit.com/r/fitness
I've been working out and dieting since June and have lost about 1.5-2.0 lbs a week. If you're overweight, I would definitely recommend adding weight lifting to your routines beyond the cardio because it aids your weight loss while building muscle at the same time.

And while you're there, why not go to their fashion advice page and be an even better looking man? http://www.reddit.co...efashionadvice/

#42 dtcarson

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 10:41 PM

I love lose it, both the site and the community. I've lost almost 30 pounds in about three months, I'm supposed to hit my goal next weekend, which is doable. Slow and steady, and the lifestyle changes I'm making are sustainable (no broccoli soup and water 'diets' for me).
I've also had four people, who didn't know I was doing anything, proactively say "Have you lost weight?" which is a very good sign. Measuring/monitoring makes a huge difference. I've also started running, I'm on week 7 of C25K, but I had to take a week off with a cold.
Other tricks: measure more than just your weight. Body fat if you, and your inches (waist, arms, leg, thigh, etc) for a bigger (pun not intended) picture. If I stay the same weight, but lose inches from my waist or somewhere else, I'm fine with that.

#43 Kylearan

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 11:14 PM

I'll check out Lose It - not for calorie counting, as calories are a little misleading; what you ingest is not the same as what gets absorbed into your bloodstream, but for intake tracking, as I've been keeping my own personal log since I started dieting on July 11th, of all my breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinner, along with daily weigh-ins.

Got married a few years back and, like most married men, gradually gained weight. Was a lean 175 in 2008, I'd like to get back to it.

Starting weight: 198.0 lbs (July 11, 2011)
Present weight: 179.2 lbs (September 22, 2011)

Just started exercising again - my goal was to hit 180 lbs before resuming training, which I did yesterday (179.6). Started with a Bosu Ball for abs and hard Kettleball Swings. Going to add free-weights tonight.

Diet has been pretty strict to 4HB (4-Hour Body), otherwise known as a kind of Slow Carb Diet. Typical eating looks like this:

Breakfast - 5 forkfuls sauerkraut, 3 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1.5 oz chicken breast, 2 tablespoons salsa (no sugar or preservatives), 65g Black Beans, 85g spinach, 1 cup coffee (black)
Lunch - 1 can tuna in water (drained), 65g lentils, 2 teaspoons all-natural mustard, 85g broccoli (steamed - plain), 1 cup coffee (black) or tea (no sugar)
Dinner - 5oz chicken, steak, pork or fish, 65g Kidney Beans, 120g cauliflower (boiled and mashed, with garlic salt, to something resembling mashed potatoes), 50g spinach

Snacks, if any, are usually nuts - almonds, peanuts, mixed nuts, brazil nuts (30-40g) - or celery with almond butter (trader joes)

Before bedtime, perhaps a glass or two of red wine - usually cabernet or merlot.

Aside from cauliflower and sauerkraut, nothing "white" and nothing that could be "white" (like rice) is allowed. No sugar is allowed. No preservatives, chlorine, yellow-dye #5s, maltodextrin, etc., are allowed. No fruit is allowed, with the exception of tomatoes, to be ingested moderately.

Do this for 6 days out of the week. The 7th day, after my standard breakfast, is anything-and-everything-goes - a CHEAT day, with cake, milk and bread, beer, pizza, chips and pasta, ice cream and chocolate and every other delicious thing I avoid during the week. Throws the body into absolute overdrive. I gain about 2lbs that one day, then go back to the 4HB diet and burn off the cheat day in 2-3 days and, having put my body into overdrive on cheat day, burn another couple pounds the rest of the week.

Wife was completely skeptical at the start of the diet, as it eliminates all fruit and dairy, (almost) all 'white' foods, potatoes, rice, etc., and doesn't require monitoring of slow-carb consumption. Frankly, she thought it was crap and a total pain in the ass. But 10 weeks, 18.8 lbs, and a thinner husband later, well, she believes and finally respects the diet...along with the fact that I travel with a digital scale. (Yep, it's true)

#44 starmask2k3

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 12:49 AM

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Weight before-245lbs now 198lbs
goal Weight 175-155

#45 seanr1221

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 12:50 AM

I dunno man, sounds way too complex.

I originally dropped 50 pounds by just cutting down portion sizes, eating more fruits and vegetables and limiting my fatty foods.

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#46 gbpackers94

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 12:59 AM

Age: 17
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 198 pounds
Goal: 175
Plan: I'll try to eat healthier, and maybe do some pushups and crunches daily. I'll walk on the treadmill when I can.
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#47 Lyricsborn

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 01:24 AM

Down to 182 my goal is 180. Loseit says I would lose the weight Oct 9 so I'm thinking it may be a bit flawed.

#48 CAG 79

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 01:37 AM

Count me in as well. I'm determined to lose weight now more than ever. I've been lucky not to have diabetes or cancer as of yet since it runs in my family. On my last doctor's visit, she told me that my blood pressure was a bit high and to avoid eating salty foods. While I've cut back a bit on the salty stuff, I feel like I haven't done enough to actually lose weight.

Age: 32
Height: 5'8"
Current weight: 326 lbs
Goal weight: 300 lbs

300 is my short term goal. I eventually want to lose close to 150 lbs. but I know that it will take some time. I signed up for the Lose It app. My email is 798100@gmail.com. Let's motivate each other, we can do this!

#49 gbpackers94

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 02:17 AM

On Lose It! do we take our weights in the morning or at night?
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#50 starmask2k3

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 02:26 AM

On Lose It! do we take our weights in the morning or at night?


Morning time once you wake up

#51 gbpackers94

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 02:37 AM

Morning time once you wake up


Okay, thanks.

#52 Kylearan

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 03:00 AM

I dunno man, sounds way too complex.

I originally dropped 50 pounds by just cutting down portion sizes, eating more fruits and vegetables and limiting my fatty foods.


It takes a little learning, but once you 'get it', it's pretty easy. Was toughest in the first two weeks, weighing every little thing, eating promptly every 4-hour mark.

Never been a huge eater, but the snacks certainly killed me. A little here, a little there. No problem, right? Totally wrong. (Which sucks!)

I'm not a fan of portion-size control, especially on things that are low calorie anyway, and especially not on slow-absorbption carbs like broccoli, spinach, beans and cauliflower, to name a few. You could eat those to fill any hunger 'gaps' with little, if any effect on total weight.

All that said, there's one very easy tip that will help the body burn calories naturally throughout the day, and that happens at breakfast - eat at least 30g of protein within 30 minutes of waking. Also, best to make sure protein consists of at least 60% of your entire breakfast caloric intake. Should help with fat-burning throughout the day.

#53 lolwhat

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 03:16 AM

bought a bag of tootsie rolls and finished it in 2 nights (180g of sugar). and that will be my monthly cheat moment.

#54 VipFREAK

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 03:40 AM

Age: 33
Height: 5'8"
Current weight: 170 lbs
Goal weight: 150 lbs
Time frame: One of these days.

I have the app, but kinda lost interest. I basically need more exercise and less food portions. I generally eat decent food so that's not the issue.

Also, if it helps for you guys there are free apps for situps, pushups, and pullups from Rittr Labs. May help ya guys too.

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#55 sublime90

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 12:46 AM

so today marked the end of week 1, tomorrow is my rest day. im working out mon-sat rest on sunday and trying my very best not to go over 1700 cals a day. a few days i went over but it was all on good food. i havent cheated at all with food. nothing but water, some OJ here and there, a little bit of soy milk here and there and mainly fruits, veggies and skinless chicken breast and a protein shake. im going to weigh myself after week 3.
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#56 gbpackers94

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 01:57 AM

Done with my third day. First day I went over but the last two days I've been under. I've been eating terrible food, but hey I've already lost 1.4 pounds.

#57 dohdough

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 02:03 AM

Also, if it helps for you guys there are free apps for situps, pushups, and pullups from Rittr Labs. May help ya guys too.

I've been doing the 100 push-up challenge for the last 4 months. I started off being able to do 35 and now I'm able to do 75. I'm not really losing any weight, but gaining more muscle is just as good. :D

If I had a pull-up bar that didn't leave marks, I'd do the 25 pull-up challange too.

#58 Survivalism

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 02:39 AM

As someone who lost 100 pounds over two summers (because with the holidays comes pie), I'd like to offer you what, in my humble, 190-pound opinion is the ultimate piece of advice that anyone trying to sell you a diet won't ever tell you; it doesn't matter what you eat, it's how much. I eat absolute shit but still can lose weight. Obviously, 200 calories of salad is better for you than 200 calorie of ice cream but, in terms of losing weight, it doesn't make a difference. I think if more people knew this, they might have better luck sticking with it.

Here's exactly how I did it:

1. Go here. Find your BMR. That's how many calories you need in a day to maintain your current weight.

2. Eat less calories than that. Once a week, forget the calories and just eat stuff you like.

3. That's it.

The greatest tool there is for weight loss is a food scale. I firmly believe if you're paying for anything else, except maybe a gym membership, you're doing it wrong, and the easiest way to fail a diet is to over-complicate it, then get frustrated when it doesn't work. It's calorie control and nothing else.

I'm not an expert, but I did this and it worked, and it'll work for anybody if you just stick with it. There's no such thing as someone who "just can't lose weight."

#59 VipFREAK

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 03:03 AM

I've been doing the 100 push-up challenge for the last 4 months. I started off being able to do 35 and now I'm able to do 75. I'm not really losing any weight, but gaining more muscle is just as good. :D

If I had a pull-up bar that didn't leave marks, I'd do the 25 pull-up challange too.


Nice. :tup:

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#60 b3b0p

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:56 AM

As someone who lost 100 pounds over two summers (because with the holidays comes pie), I'd like to offer you what, in my humble, 190-pound opinion is the ultimate piece of advice that anyone trying to sell you a diet won't ever tell you; it doesn't matter what you eat, it's how much. I eat absolute shit but still can lose weight. Obviously, 200 calories of salad is better for you than 200 calorie of ice cream but, in terms of losing weight, it doesn't make a difference. I think if more people knew this, they might have better luck sticking with it.

Here's exactly how I did it:

1. Go here. Find your BMR. That's how many calories you need in a day to maintain your current weight.

2. Eat less calories than that. Once a week, forget the calories and just eat stuff you like.

3. That's it.

The greatest tool there is for weight loss is a food scale. I firmly believe if you're paying for anything else, except maybe a gym membership, you're doing it wrong, and the easiest way to fail a diet is to over-complicate it, then get frustrated when it doesn't work. It's calorie control and nothing else.

I'm not an expert, but I did this and it worked, and it'll work for anybody if you just stick with it. There's no such thing as someone who "just can't lose weight."


God thank you! Finally, someone who gets it. How do I up vote this comment?

Anyway, yes, it does not matter what the Fuck you eat as long as you hit your macros / calories.

As long as you burn more than you consume you will lose weight.

If you consume more than you burn you will gain weight.

Period. If you argue this, i will put you on my ignore list.

There is no theory or myth, no low carb is better, low fat, etc and so forth.

No food is crap, pop tarts, Frosted Flakes, and Twinkies are perfectly valid foods, but they make it extremely easy to over consume more calories than you burn since they are denser in calories and less filling.

However, you can make better choices for goals.

For example, protein is the most filling macronutrient and has the highest thermogenic affect. Followed by carb, then fat. That's getting nitty gritty details though.

Also, eating 6 times a day is bull shit. You can eat once a day or 12 times a day. It does not matter.