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  1. okra63

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    I believe the best way to loose weight is to watch your intake, and make sure you burn up more than you take in. You must eat in moderation to get all of the vitamins you need. It is when you eat over the required amount to receive your vitamins and nutrition you gain the weight.


    What are some good ways to loose weight and keep it off? People have different ways. Lets talk about it.
     
  2. robcat

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    Losing weight is tougher the older you get. My metabolism changed at about age 30. Since then it has been a lot easier to gain weight than to lose it! I stay away from diet soft drinks because they taste terrible and seem like they are made of poison. The Atkins Diet isn't practical because it eliminates too many good foods. I'd like to lose about 10-20 pounds, but I've been saying that for a while now.
     
  3. white lightning

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    I can give you guys some good advice.I have talked with
    many trainers and you need a combination of diet and
    exercise.Diet alone works a little.Working out alone
    helps but the two combined brings incredible results.
    If you run on a treadmill,do sprints for 45 seconds to
    a minute in sets of 5 - 10.This will really help burn
    the stomach fat.It's even better if you can go to a
    track or football field.Sprinting sheds the pounds.Just
    make sure to stretch really good before & after.Also,
    only do it every other day.Good luck guys.
     
  4. JD074

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    The food that people eat today is so high calorie, high sugar/
    carbs, high trans fats... high in everything but nutrition. Cutting
    out refined foods like ice cream, soda, candy bars, french fries,
    pizza, etc, makes a world of difference. I know it's a no
    brainer, but the way to lose weight is to eat a natural, healthy
    amount of nutritious, good tasting foods, and not feeling
    deprived while doing it. If one's diet makes one feel bad, and/
    or the foods taste like crap, how can one stay on it? I could
    never stick with a diet that requires me to feel deprived, and I
    assume that the millions of the people who fail in their dietary
    efforts can't either. They try... and fail.

    When I was overweight, the more food I ate, the more I wanted
    to eat (maybe that was due to increased blood sugar or insulin
    levels, I'm not sure.) I would eat a huge meal, then 45 minutes
    after I finished I would be back in the kitchen, doing it all over
    again. Now that I've cut out refined foods, I eat a natural
    amount of food and don't feel deprived. I lost 60 pounds in the
    first 5 months. Of course, not all that was fat, but it's been
    great nonetheless. And I didn't even exercise that much. I
    walked 20-50 minutes a day. Not a very strenuous regimen, to
    say the least. (I exercise more now.)

    I got an idea that was inspired by the Warrior Diet by Ori
    Hofmekler. With that diet, you eat little during the day, and eat
    a big dinner. With my "version," I would cut out high carb foods
    during the day. All of the refined foods that caused me
    problems were high in carbs, plus I felt like I could eat rich fatty
    foods like meat, peanut butter, eggs, etc, during the day and
    not feel deprived. So I tried that. And for dinner I would allow
    myself whatever I wanted, including all of the taboo foods.

    I actually lost weight this way, believe it or not! As I started
    making progress, I automatically started eating healthier,
    without any effort. In other words, I didn't use "willpower" to
    force myself to lay off the junk food. After two or three
    weeks I was even eating better during dinner. I wanted to cut
    out all the junk food. Once you make progress you just want to
    keep it going for as long as possible.

    Eventually it evolved into a low carb diet. Now, I eat some fruit,
    very little grains, and almost no junk foods. I don't know
    exactly what impact the low carb diet has had on me. Maybe it
    was just the reduction in calories that did the trick. For me, I
    eat a lot less food, without feeling deprived. That works for me!
    But if someone else feels deprived, sick, lethargic, etc., while
    on the low carb diet, obviously it would be a bad strategy for
    them. "Calories in/ calories out" and eliminating refined foods
    are the foundation to a good diet, and then one goes from
    there.
    Edited by: JD074
     
  5. JD074

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    One more thing about the low carb diet: I've never done the
    Atkins diet, so this isn't based on personal experience. But
    from what I've read, the problem could be the "Induction
    Phase," which is the beginning phase where you cut out almost
    all of the carbs from your diet. If a person's body has been
    running on carbs for so many years, suddenly eliminating carbs
    completely seems like a bad idea. I gradually eased into a low
    carb diet over the course of several months. Perhaps that's
    why I never had any sense of lethargy, sickness, etc. I might
    have been a little dehydrated at one point, so I drank a lot of
    water. [​IMG] I never had any big problems with the way I felt.
     
  6. white lightning

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    Congrats JD074.That is really good news.Another method
    that works in addition to loads of water is to eat
    apples before every meal.Apples have 2 types of fiber
    and 1 is very hard to find in other foods.One apple
    before each meal will give you a sense of feeling full.
    It doesn't matter whether they are green or red apples.
    Apples also give you more energy than caffeine.This is
    true believe it or not.Good luck to you guys.
     
  7. okra63

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    What are the best foods to eat when on the road a whole lot during the week?
     
  8. KD52171

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    Common sense.


    Stay away from sodas. Eat less sweets. Limit white bread. Drink lotsa water. Eat alot of good fresh vegetables.


    Exercise if it only means walking every day around the neighborhood.


    Is it me or is this just too easy?


    Im 6' 2 and 230 lbs and could stand to lose a few inches but I believe I am in fairly decent shape.
     
  9. JD074

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    Is it me or is this just too easy?

    There are so many factors involved when it comes to diet, and
    I can understand why it isn't easy for so many millions of
    people. Hormonal, chemical, psychological, financial, age,
    gender, etc. There are a lot of factors that can affect someone
    trying to improve their diet. The word "addiction" is thrown
    around too much, but perhaps food is a low-level "addiction".
    Everyone knows that they shouldn't eat junk food, but when
    temptation rears it's ugly head, it can be very difficult to resist.

    Having said that, it was actually very easy for me to lose a lot of
    weight. It really surprised me. After years of eating badly, all
    of a sudden I had no problem making changes in my diet. The
    rapid weight loss has stopped, so I'll probably have to put in
    more effort to lose fat from here on out. I've focused on
    strength training over the last few months, and I may need to
    make more changes to my diet (perhaps fewer calories and
    fat), and I may need to do some cardio or other activities to
    burn more calories. So I may have to put in some actual effort
    to lose the last 20-25 pounds or so. But I never would've
    imagined that losing 60 pounds would've been literally
    effortless.
     
  10. okra63

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    JD074, sounds like you are doing great. Congratulations and keep up the good work!


    Someone tell me the best drinks to drink when trying to loose weight. My guess is water, and not gatorade.
     
  11. white lightning

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    Water is number one and green tea is a close second.Green
    Tea cleanses your body and will make you pee like no
    tommorow.It is worth it.If you don't like the taste of
    the tea,take green tea vitamins.Also stick to either
    diet colas or pepsi one in you drink coke.Good luck to
    both of you & congrats JD074!
     
  12. okra63

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    Thanks for the advice there white lightening.

    Losing weight is hard and difficult. I probably should loose atleast 20 pounds anyway. The main thing is I don't want to get any bigger. I am 5'11 250 on a large frame. I have lifted weights in the past and have some muscle built up. Anyway, the muscle is padded a little bit now.

    What are the best weight lifting techniques for me? I know I am going to have to have some cardio too to keep everything at bay or loose some weight. Give me some ideas on what to do if you can't afford a gym membership, which right now I do have at school, but this is for others besides myself.
     
  13. Colonel_Reb

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    I would say that the best way to lose weight is to eat right and drink right like you've already said, and then to walk, and then run. It burns calories and speeds up your metabolism. Just be careful not to eat much to satisfy the metabolism, cause you want it to burn the fat, not the next burger you eat. Watch your calories, but also remember that your body will eventually adjust itself to a lower calorie intake. This is where the exercise comes in. Most gym exercises build mass, so I would stay away from those, except a stair-climber, bike, or treadmill.
     
  14. okra63

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    I believe Col. Reb has a point on watching the calories. Someone please tell me about their favorite low calorie deserts.
     
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    Oh yeah, by the way, I forgot we were talking about weight loss. Remember if tastes good don't eat it![​IMG]
     
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    okra63, if you don't get serious about it, this thread won't help anyone. I am now walking every day, and will soon be jogging to get back into shape. My reason is just as much physical appearance as it is healthy. I could stand to lose about 20 pounds. when I move to Utah, I'm going to get into hiking and possible skiing, so I have to start now. I like being outdoors, so I'll use that to help me drop a few pants sizes and feel better in the process.
     
  17. okra63

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    Good luck Col. Reb in getting ready for Utah. I wouldn't mind getting into hiking.

    What is everyone's favorite low-calorie desert?
     
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    Isn't "low calorie desert" an oxymoron? [​IMG]
     
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    Okra63, as a youger man I had great results with high protein -l ow carb diets while working out with weights. Getting olderI found my body would not function properly eating mostly protein and fat. A man who has done it all in the area of exercise and nutritionis Clarence Bass. He was a powerlifter and bodybuilder who used aerobics and is a great diet technician.


    He champions a more balanced diet and has very good results. Check out his site and be sure to check out the pictures of his abs at the age of 60, very inspirational.


    http://www.cbass.com/Edited by: Bart
     
  20. JD074

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    It's not really a dessert in and of itself, but whipped cream isn't
    as bad as a lot of other stuff. It's only about a gram of sugar
    and 15 calories per 2 tablespoons. I'll have a few tablespoons
    here and there with some peanut butter or coconut cream
    concentrate. Nowadays I treat fruit like a dessert. Just a little
    at a time. I don't need anything sweeter than strawberries or
    grapes. There's nothing better than finally kicking the junk food
    habit.

    Bass does look great. A lot of the fitness guys look great
    despite being in their 50's and beyond. Gregory Ellis is very
    buff (he's a low carb guy, by the way,) Ori Hofmekler (creator
    of the controversial Warrior Diet) is extremely lean, so is
    Dragan Radovic, and Phil Campbell looks great, too. They're
    all in their 50's and most guys in their 20's would kill to look like
    these guys.
     
  21. KD52171

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    Lifting weights burns a ton of calories also.


    Walking and swimming are good if you want to take it easy on your joints.


    I hit a heavy bag for exercise.( not my mother in law fellas)


    It burns a ton of calories and it gives you a good sweat.
     
  22. Colonel_Reb

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    Thanks KD. Those are all good suggestions.
     
  23. okra63

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    Those are some good points KD. Thanks. Now what should a guy eat when he is on Spring Break?
     
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    Hey, man it feels good to say that. It has been a great day, even though it could be better. Col. Reb I got things straightened out. What is some good low cal NCAA Tournament food for watching the game, guys?
     
  25. Colonel_Reb

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    okra63, you need to get serious. Losing weight is no easy thing, getting into shape is even harder. Hard work and discipline are the only things that will help you lose that 30 or so that you say you need to lose. I'm working on losing 20 myself, so you can take me seriously.
     

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