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Old January 2nd, 2014, 08:46 PM   #601
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All this weight loss has me inspired. I'm about 250 lbs right now and would like to get under 200 for my wedding in July. I threw out all the junk in the fridge last weekend, cut out soda, and am eating right. Excercise is what I need to focus on though. For those of you that have done it is P90X a viable alternative to the gym?
no first hand experience but my neighbor did the p90x...worked great for him but he was already quite active w indoor soccer (he did manage to lose about 30# on the program and made muscle outta flab)
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How are the rest of you doing?

I am down 180# since last December now.

Gone from Size 3XL and 4XL + 56" waist to M and Slim fit Large, and 36" pants.


Now i'm really just trying to tone and build muscle in places to push the rest of the fat out of hiding. I still have a spare tire (albeit more of a mostly deflated tube) around my middle that I think i can make go away.
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Holding at 230,.......haven't been able to lose since before the holidays. I feel great though.
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All this weight loss has me inspired. I'm about 250 lbs right now and would like to get under 200 for my wedding in July. I threw out all the junk in the fridge last weekend, cut out soda, and am eating right. Excercise is what I need to focus on though. For those of you that have done it is P90X a viable alternative to the gym?
Yes it is. 50 lbs by July 1 is an aggressive YET totally attainable goal IF you exercise consistently and eat correctly.

You can NOT outwork a shitty diet. You just can not do it. If you want to get to 200lbs by July 1st you will need to work hard, and work very hard at tracking your food intake and making sure it is up to snuff.

I'll check back in. Not sure what my weight got up to around the holidays but I put a few pounds of winter insulation on between turkey day and Santa day.

I weighed in this morning at 174lbs and I can faintly see my six pack again.
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Holding at 230,.......haven't been able to lose since before the holidays. I feel great though.
Increase workout intensity and frequency or decrease calories. You have it in you to be 200lbs
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Nov 7th I was 247 which was in between 245 & 252 for the past few years.
Currently bouncing between 223 & 224. My goal was to be 220 before Snofari but I think I'm going to be a couple pounds short.

So basically down 25 in 2 months & I'm comfortable with the pace.
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at my biggest i was 265lbs. im now under just 170lbs. the pounds fall off slowly now!!
if i could hit 150 i would be astounded!
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I'm down to 310...
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I'm at 280 at 6'2 1/2" I'd like to loose 20-30 lbs. just gotta do it lol
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Suppose I can check in here. I do a lot of cycling in the summer but have always ate terribly, and have hovered between 210-225 for 4-5 years. At one point I was pretty thin around 190 lbs. with a good amount of muscle. I'm 5'11" with a wide frame.

I did the C25k running program in the fall and didn't lose any weight but was in much better shape from all the running. Great program. But when I finished I got busy and it got cold so I stopped exercising all together (bad move).

As of thanksgiving I weighed 228 lbs.

Two days ago I weighed in at 215 lbs. I've changed my diet drastically in the last 3 weeks. no fast food or pop. I keep grocerys at work for lunch, and limit my calories to around 1700-1800 per day. Not the best diet but I eat mostly sandwiches, salads, fruit, yogurt, and rice. I exercise about 3 times a week, either a 2 mile run or a 10 ish mile bike ride (coooold). Sometimes I hit the gym for strength training but not too often. Usually just 30-40 push-ups and 20-30 sit-ups at home and I'm done

Goal weight is around 190, hoping for that before summer. Not struggling to maintain this diet and exercise schedule right now so I think its attainable. I don't miss the fast food at all.
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Two days ago I weighed in at 215 lbs. I've changed my diet drastically in the last 3 weeks. no fast food or pop. I keep grocerys at work for lunch, and limit my calories to around 1700-1800 per day. Not the best diet but I eat mostly sandwiches, salads, fruit, yogurt, and rice. I exercise about 3 times a week, either a 2 mile run or a 10 ish mile bike ride (coooold). Sometimes I hit the gym for strength training but not too often. Usually just 30-40 push-ups and 20-30 sit-ups at home and I'm done
Goal weight of 190 + zero exercise for a 35 yr old male is 1950 calories. You aren't eating enough. You're slowing down your own results.

Also between the sandwiches, salads, fruits, yogurt and rice I don't see any significant source of protein, nor do I see a good source of complex carbs.

Eat more protein, eat more veggies.

Keep up the hard work.
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Goal weight of 190 + zero exercise for a 35 yr old male is 1950 calories. You aren't eating enough. You're slowing down your own results.

Also between the sandwiches, salads, fruits, yogurt and rice I don't see any significant source of protein, nor do I see a good source of complex carbs.

Eat more protein, eat more veggies.

Keep up the hard work.
x2. Don't count calories, count nutrients. The calories will work themselves out.
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Goal weight of 190 + zero exercise for a 35 yr old male is 1950 calories. You aren't eating enough. You're slowing down your own results.

Also between the sandwiches, salads, fruits, yogurt and rice I don't see any significant source of protein, nor do I see a good source of complex carbs.

Eat more protein, eat more veggies.

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Thanks guys. I was thinking of replacing the lunch meat chicken that I eat with some shredded chicken that I'll make on Sundays and eat throughout the week. Maybe some spinach or kale or something on those sandwiches? I don't usually have time to cook dinner as I get home around 9:30pm on weeknights and am hungry way earlier, so I need to plan ahead and pack my lunches and dinners in.

I've also been looking for a good breakfast alternative to the little to no breakfast that I eat now and was thinking some hardboiled eggs would be good, and also help with the protein issue. Any thoughts on that?

Sounds like either way I should stop cutting calories so much, I had never thought or looked into eating too little but it seems that it really can slow you down. I've also read that eating one high calorie meal a week keeps you from plateauing, not sure how much truth there is to that though.
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Thanks guys. I was thinking of replacing the lunch meat chicken that I eat with some shredded chicken that I'll make on Sundays and eat throughout the week. Maybe some spinach or kale or something on those sandwiches? I don't usually have time to cook dinner as I get home around 9:30pm on weeknights and am hungry way earlier, so I need to plan ahead and pack my lunches and dinners in.

I've also been looking for a good breakfast alternative to the little to no breakfast that I eat now and was thinking some hardboiled eggs would be good, and also help with the protein issue. Any thoughts on that?

Sounds like either way I should stop cutting calories so much, I had never thought or looked into eating too little but it seems that it really can slow you down. I've also read that eating one high calorie meal a week keeps you from plateauing, not sure how much truth there is to that though.
shredded chicken breast > lunch meat (It's healthier) Good idea.
Kale and Spinach = good idea, tons of great nutrients.

Try this for a lunch Chicken, hardboiled eggs, some bacon, celery, avocado. Chop it all up and make it into a chicken salad. Easy to make. Add some lemon pepper and garlic for flavor. Smash the avocado almost into a guacamole consistency then add the other stuff.

Do you have access to a microwave at work? If yes, make yourself some egg muffins. Get a muffin pan, grease it up a bit. scramble up a dozen eggs, add meat, veggies.....scoop with a ladle into the muffin pan and bake @ 350 until the tops are golden brown. Take 2 of those to work for breakfast and warm them up. I like mine with broccoli, carrots, bacon, ham, onion, spinach, literally anything you want.

Hard boiled eggs are always a good snack idea.

I don't know about the one large meal a week thing, maybe that tricks the body or something into thinking each meal will be large so it burns more calories? Never heard of it.

Count your calories, but watch the scale. If you are losing weight, then stay at that calorie level.

Calculate your BMR for the weight you are now, and the weight you want to be. Include your activity levels. Work your way from what you need to maintain your current weight down to what you want to weigh.

example (i'mjust making up numbers to illustrate my point)

Say you weight 250 lbs and need 3500 calories per day at Zero exercise to maintain your weight. Start at 3000 calories (500 calories x 7 days = 3500 calories = 1 pound of weight loss per week)

Say you want to weigh 190 (as I posted earlier you'll need approximately 2000 calories with no exercise per day to maintain. Assuming you'll do some exercise to aid your weightloss and overall health let's say you'll burn on average 250 calories a day, so you'll target 2250 calories to weigh 190 at a mildly active lifestyle)

Don't deprive yourself, your body will go into survival mode. Start week one at 3000 calories (to start losing some weight and get used to being a bit hungry with out shocking the body) maybe stay at 3000 for week two just make sure you can stay consistent.

Week 3 rolls around its time to drop to 2900, the next week 2800, the next week 2700, etc. If you see your weightloss speed up or stay consistent keep dropping calories until you get to 2250. If you see your weightloss slow down or plateau, don't drop your calories for a week, then the following week start dropping again.

The amount you eat (calories) is important, but you don't want to change too fast or deprive your body of food because it will cause a lack of progress.

In your case you're already eating LESS than what your target is and you are losing weight, so I would suggest fine tuning what you are eating, add in healthier foods, more protein, essential healthy fats, and less junk carbs (breads, pastas, I didn't say eliminate) and more better carbs (veggies, sweet potatoes, etc.)
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shredded chicken breast > lunch meat (It's healthier) Good idea.
Kale and Spinach = good idea, tons of great nutrients.

Try this for a lunch Chicken, hardboiled eggs, some bacon, celery, avocado. Chop it all up and make it into a chicken salad. Easy to make. Add some lemon pepper and garlic for flavor. Smash the avocado almost into a guacamole consistency then add the other stuff.

Do you have access to a microwave at work? If yes, make yourself some egg muffins. Get a muffin pan, grease it up a bit. scramble up a dozen eggs, add meat, veggies.....scoop with a ladle into the muffin pan and bake @ 350 until the tops are golden brown. Take 2 of those to work for breakfast and warm them up. I like mine with broccoli, carrots, bacon, ham, onion, spinach, literally anything you want.

Hard boiled eggs are always a good snack idea.

I don't know about the one large meal a week thing, maybe that tricks the body or something into thinking each meal will be large so it burns more calories? Never heard of it.

Count your calories, but watch the scale. If you are losing weight, then stay at that calorie level.

Calculate your BMR for the weight you are now, and the weight you want to be. Include your activity levels. Work your way from what you need to maintain your current weight down to what you want to weigh.

example (i'mjust making up numbers to illustrate my point)

Say you weight 250 lbs and need 3500 calories per day at Zero exercise to maintain your weight. Start at 3000 calories (500 calories x 7 days = 3500 calories = 1 pound of weight loss per week)

Say you want to weigh 190 (as I posted earlier you'll need approximately 2000 calories with no exercise per day to maintain. Assuming you'll do some exercise to aid your weightloss and overall health let's say you'll burn on average 250 calories a day, so you'll target 2250 calories to weigh 190 at a mildly active lifestyle)

Don't deprive yourself, your body will go into survival mode. Start week one at 3000 calories (to start losing some weight and get used to being a bit hungry with out shocking the body) maybe stay at 3000 for week two just make sure you can stay consistent.

Week 3 rolls around its time to drop to 2900, the next week 2800, the next week 2700, etc. If you see your weightloss speed up or stay consistent keep dropping calories until you get to 2250. If you see your weightloss slow down or plateau, don't drop your calories for a week, then the following week start dropping again.

The amount you eat (calories) is important, but you don't want to change too fast or deprive your body of food because it will cause a lack of progress.

In your case you're already eating LESS than what your target is and you are losing weight, so I would suggest fine tuning what you are eating, add in healthier foods, more protein, essential healthy fats, and less junk carbs (breads, pastas, I didn't say eliminate) and more better carbs (veggies, sweet potatoes, etc.)
Great, thanks for all the info and ideas. Going grocery shopping for the week later today and will pick up some new stuff this time. I think i'll start bumping up the calories a bit, particularly on days that I exercise. There's no way I can possibly lower calories as I lose weight if I keep doing what I'm doing now, because I'm already eating so few so bumping up a little would probably do some good.

Weighed in at the gym today and was at 210, surprised to see that big of a drop in 1 week, especially because I had a pretty high calorie meal friday night. But, i'm not complaining.
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Great, thanks for all the info and ideas. Going grocery shopping for the week later today and will pick up some new stuff this time. I think i'll start bumping up the calories a bit, particularly on days that I exercise. There's no way I can possibly lower calories as I lose weight if I keep doing what I'm doing now, because I'm already eating so few so bumping up a little would probably do some good.

Weighed in at the gym today and was at 210, surprised to see that big of a drop in 1 week, especially because I had a pretty high calorie meal friday night. But, i'm not complaining.
you're eating below the level that you would need for your end weight goal.

Go here: https://www.google.com/

Type in BMR Calculator.

Enter in your specific data into 3 or 4 calculators, get an idea of how many calories you should eat now.

Get an idea of how many calories you should eat at your goal weight.

Work your way to that number of calories per day.
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Try the free app, My Fitness Pal.

You can search foods, scan food bar codes and it already knows the nutritional information of most foods already. Plug in your current body weight and height, your goal and if you want to lose 1 or 2 lbs per week, it calculates your caloric intake based on the exercise level you specify.

I've only been using it about a week and it's a real eye-opener as far as what you are consuming. At the end of the day, it even gives you a breakdown of your nutrition for the day.

It's pretty good, check it out.

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Well I fell off the wagon hard at SnoFari this weekend. Not looking forward to the scales this morning.
But, I'll be back on my regular scheduled routine today.
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Weighed in at 199# this AM at the gym, and am gaining muscle definition

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