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post #16 of 26
Excellent advice so far. Just a few random pieces that I don't think have been mentioned:
  • Try not to eat after 7/8pm. Eating before sleeping can quickly add to your waistline.
  • Oftentimes dehydration feels like hunger; before you go to the pantry for a snack, have a glass or two of water.
  • To stay motivated, leave sticky notes on your mirror (and other places you look on a daily basis) reminding you to stay on track. If you want, you can put a pic of your "goal" as well. It sounds corny, but I'm doing it right now to remind me to eat well/exercise/not bite fingernails, and it works. Passive reminders seem to keep your goals on top of your mind without being worrisome.
  • Trader Joe's has really excellent frozen fruit and veggies. Best snack in the world is their berry blends; straight out of the bag or in a smoothie, doesn't matter.

Best of luck to you!
post #17 of 26
no sugar no caffeine nothing fried no fast food no processed foods no dairy drink a lot of water (in fact, you should drink only water) once a week, eat/drink whatever you want. (pizza, chocolate, beer, drugs... anything) you'll find that after a while you'll start eating healthier even on that day you've set aside to eat whatever you want. you'll stop craving what's bad for you. it's easier to care about what you eat if you exercise. exercising in the morning will naturally help you eat healthier throughout the day. if you have trouble motivating yourself to exercise, at least get involved in a sport which you enjoy. it can be as simple as walking down to the park and finding a pick up game of soccer, basketball, or something else.
post #18 of 26
Let me also add, that at your current weight if you start making some basic changes you'll start dropping weight without too much difficulty. Limit yourself to one cola per day rather than three, substituting for water. Have only one bowl of cereal in the morning (add some fruit to your cereal). Eat an apple every day. Walk one mile. As you see results you'll be encouraged to further modify your diet and exercise.
post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by AlanC
Let me also add, that at your current weight if you start making some basic changes you'll start dropping weight without too much difficulty. Limit yourself to one cola per day rather than three, substituting for water. Have only one bowl of cereal in the morning (add some fruit to your cereal). Eat an apple every day. Walk one mile. As you see results you'll be encouraged to further modify your diet and exercise.

Do people actually drink three cans of cola everyday?
post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by Fuuma
Do people actually drink three cans of cola everyday?
Well--and no offense to Techno-Elf--you have to do something to get to 260 lbs. Perhaps cola isn't his problem, but he's of the age and weight that I suspect it a contributing factor. I was primarily using it as an illustration, however.
post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by Fuuma
Do people actually drink three cans of cola everyday?

oh man, i have some friends that i try to propaganda into working out, or at least making an attempt to not soooooooooo disgusting. im 6' 165 by the way. one of them drinks about 5 sodas daily. not diet. one only drinks diet soda, but by the bucket full, and eats total crap otherwise, only twice a day, and often very late at night, and im talking eating dinner at 11PM.
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by AlanC
Let me also add, that at your current weight if you start making some basic changes you'll start dropping weight without too much difficulty. Limit yourself to one cola per day rather than three, substituting for water. Have only one bowl of cereal in the morning (add some fruit to your cereal). Eat an apple every day. Walk one mile. As you see results you'll be encouraged to further modify your diet and exercise.


Do people actually drink three cans of cola everyday?


mmhmmm i used to, i also lost 30 lbs from Feb-June


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Real Cardinal Rule= If you make yourself beleive you cant do it, you wont be able to
post #23 of 26
About 10 years ago, I was about 40 pounds overweight. I joined a gym and, this is important, I did what I was capable of doing in the gym. In other words, I didn't try to keep up with the guys my age (late 20's at the time) who were benching 300+ and doing the heavy workouts. I spent at least 30 minutes per day on cardio and did lighter weights as I slowly built up.

I don't know if this is what the "experts" recommend, but as far as a diet, I cut back considerably, but still ate 3-4 meals per day and then once per week, I had a "cheat meal" where on Friday night I ate whatever I wanted and as much as I could eat (large pizza, all you can eat buffet). I found myself, in due time, not as much looking forward to my "cheat meal", but really getting into picking and choosing my other meals with an eye towards weight loss.

The combination of seeing real progress in the gym both cardio and weight-wise and getting into eating tasty healty meals became a near obsession and in a couple of months, not only had I lost the weight I needed to, but I got to the point I was adding muscle weight.
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by bobbyd
About 10 years ago, I was about 40 pounds overweight. I joined a gym and, this is important, I did what I was capable of doing in the gym. In other words, I didn't try to keep up with the guys my age (late 20's at the time) who were benching 300+ and doing the heavy workouts. I spent at least 30 minutes per day on cardio and did lighter weights as I slowly built up.

I don't know if this is what the "experts" recommend, but as far as a diet, I cut back considerably, but still ate 3-4 meals per day and then once per week, I had a "cheat meal" where on Friday night I ate whatever I wanted and as much as I could eat (large pizza, all you can eat buffet). I found myself, in due time, not as much looking forward to my "cheat meal", but really getting into picking and choosing my other meals with an eye towards weight loss.

The combination of seeing real progress in the gym both cardio and weight-wise and getting into eating tasty healty meals became a near obsession and in a couple of months, not only had I lost the weight I needed to, but I got to the point I was adding muscle weight.

great story.

i'm editing my first post to add 'no dairy'. i forgot that one.
post #25 of 26
Is it possible to cut fat/weight and build tone/muscle at the same time? I am only slightly overweight but want to lose some flab, not to be skinny but to add definition and tone. If I hit the weight room twice a week and spend another three days a week doing cario or swimming, would this work? Also dietary advice would be appreciated for both weight loss & building muscle. I am also a bit curious whether creatine or any supplements would help me. Thanks, I appreciate any advice you can give.
post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by sloaney
Is it possible to cut fat/weight and build tone/muscle at the same time? I am only slightly overweight but want to lose some flab, not to be skinny but to add definition and tone. If I hit the weight room twice a week and spend another three days a week doing cario or swimming, would this work? Also dietary advice would be appreciated for both weight loss & building muscle. I am also a bit curious whether creatine or any supplements would help me. Thanks, I appreciate any advice you can give.


You shouldn't have any problem toning muscle while losing fat if you lift and lower your caloric intake slightly. It is doubtful you will add muscle mass and lose fat at the same time since adding mass generally requires a caloric surplus and losing fat generally requires a caloric deficit. For some people creatine gives an increase in strength and a fuller look to the muscles. It has no direct effect on fat loss.
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