some advice if you are a New Year's weight loss resolutioner

  • Jerebear

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    Jan 02, 2011 1:39 AM GMT
    This post probably doesnt apply to real jocks, however I figure that there may be a few lifelong fatties who stop by this site at this time of year so I figured I should put some advice out there.

    Last year at this time I was resolving to transform myself. At the time I was 334 lbs. and at the age of 35 looking forward to health problems and an early death. I planned out a 4 year process and the first year involved losing between 1 and 2 pounds a week while maintaining as much lean body mass as I could.

    Today I'm 257 lbs. (which is a loss of 77 lbs.), my FFM+15% B.F. (which is my target) is 200 lbs. which leaves 57 lbs. of unwanted fat.

    My plan for this coming year is another 40 lbs. while absolutely holding the line on lean body mass. The year after will be a year of building. Anyway here's some advice, take it or leave it:

    1. Dont revolutionize. The more you try to change the harder homeostasis will fight you. Change one or two things, let those changes affect your weight until they dont, and then change one or two more things, and so on.

    2. Keep the changes within the confines of who you really are. For example, I'm not into cooking, so any attempt (and I've made them in the past) to get into nutrition and cooking at home will fail ultimately. I make nutrition as convenient as possible and I still eat fast food and prepared frozen food, and I make no apologies for any of that. I'm also not into cardio, I only do strength training because thats what I enjoy. There are better and worse ways to transform your body through exercise but, really, if you do what you enjoy, you will be more consistent and your routine will become routine.

    3. If you like the deflated bag look, lose weight as rapidly as possible. There is a zero percent chance you will maintain your lean tissue if you lose weight quickly. Think back to the last time your body went through a complete transformation, for most us that would be puberty, and that process took 3 to 4 years. I've been the proverbial tortoise and there were plenty of proverbial hares that started with me last year. None are still with me now.

    4. Calories in/calories out affects your weight. It does not affect your fat tissue necessarily. I NEVER look at calories, I look at grams of the macronutrients (carbs/protein/fat) and play around with those. Your genetics will determine what the best ratios are for you so you will have to do trial and error to figure it out.

    Hope that helps someone out there who might be where I was last year, and good luck to all New Year's resolutioners.
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    Jan 02, 2011 2:26 AM GMT
    Good luck to you!
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    Jan 02, 2011 7:24 AM GMT
    I wish you much luck in the upcoming year. While I don't agree 100% with what you've listed it's best to enjoy not stress it.

    Good Luck