Need help with weight loss

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    May 07, 2011 2:12 PM GMT
    Joined a gym in Dec 2010, have been going regularly, doing cardio for 30 minutes 5 times a week and weights for 30 minutes 3 times a week. Started off at 325Lbs and now 300LBS, I JUST WANT THIS FAT OFF ME. Any advice as to what I should be doing to have it come off faster would be appreciated. Have made changes to what I eat, but it seems to be happening so slow.
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    May 07, 2011 3:02 PM GMT
    Never been fat.

    Try this http://whole9life.com/2010/10/whole-30-v3/ - works for a number of people in my gym. Also reduced the fat I had and fueled some muscle. Approx. same weight tho.

    Any kind of special diet is way better when you are allowed to eat as much as you want.
    Just remember that bacon is not a protein - it is as we say in my country "The pig's own spice" (the amount of salt you get if you do use it as a protein destroys your gut flora and salt also interferes with satiety) and that grapes are not a fruit. They are pretty much just sugar. The salt thing also goes for other stuff, nuts are great but salted nuts are not.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    May 07, 2011 3:11 PM GMT
    Kinda know that feeling dude

    Im eating circa 1800 calories a day. High protein.low carb diet.

    Three days a week 60 mins of free weights followed by 20 mins of HIIT

    in the intervening days, active rest days, so core work out and more cardio. One LSD and one set of intervals.

    Depiste doing this my body fat % has shot up from 16% to 21%.

    what the fuck?
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    May 07, 2011 6:21 PM GMT
    You're losing 5 lbs a month which is very healthy weight loss AND will significantly reduce the amount of excess skin you'll have as it will give your skin some time to contract. You didn't gain the weight in one day so keep that in mind. You're doing great so far. Keep at it with a goal of 1-2lbs weight loss per week and you'll be in even better shape by Christmas. Congrats!
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    May 07, 2011 7:08 PM GMT
    Also, I lost about 50 lbs 2 years back and kept it off. I had the most success with eating a big bowl of soup (you can make your own in a crock pot) for lunch or for dinner each day. It helped with the cravings big time. Salads help but the dressings are mostly vinegar based which is highly acidic and tends to keeps you feeling hunger/burning stomach.

    The other thing is to increase your cardio amount from 30min to 45/60. If you do 5 days of cardio, you could start off by just increasing one episode per week until you get your endurance up. It doesn't have to be intense, it could be walking for an hour.
  • UncleverName

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    May 07, 2011 7:10 PM GMT
    Rowing_Ant saidKinda know that feeling dude

    Im eating circa 1800 calories a day. High protein.low carb diet.

    Three days a week 60 mins of free weights followed by 20 mins of HIIT

    in the intervening days, active rest days, so core work out and more cardio. One LSD and one set of intervals.

    Depiste doing this my body fat % has shot up from 16% to 21%.

    what the fuck?


    Your body could actually be going into starvation mode, if you're not eating enough.

    I suggest cutting out all processed sugar, for the most part.
    If you want to see really fast results, follow a slow-carb diet, and have weekly binge days. Slow-carb means high protein diet, with healthy fats, and no sugar or processed carbs. So no pasta, no bread, no sugar, and no sweets. Except for once a week. Having a cheat day tricks your body so that it doesn't go into starvation mode.

    Alternatively, it might be time to see a dietician.
  • swimmer8671

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    May 07, 2011 7:37 PM GMT
    Start swimming haha, seriously it works wonders for people, it works every part of your body at the same time, great cardio as well as it builds muscle because of the resistance of the water.
  • LDavid

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    May 07, 2011 9:33 PM GMT
    Hang in there my friend...as others have stated, you didn't add the weight over night. Give yourself some time. I lost it quickly and ended up gaining it back. Slow and steady wins the race!
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    May 07, 2011 11:58 PM GMT
    I'd agree that you're doing pretty well. Down 25 lbs. in 4-5 months. It's a long process. You can't rush it that much unless it's like you're on the Biggest Loser and are just working out all the time.

    Everyone's body is different. You're getting to know yours in a different way, so listen to it. I lost 43 lbs., and one of the biggest things for me is just being okay with having a grumbling stomach. Other suggestions here are good.

    A quote I've seen is that if you have over 50 lbs. to lose (and I'm assuming you fall in that category), losing weight is about 80% nutrition and 20% exercise (it's even more nutrition if you're needing to lose less than 50 lbs.) Given that, I'd really look at what you're eating if your looking to make improvements.

    You've reached out to the members here. That's a great step! I would encourage you to continue doing that. We're here for you!

    Good luck!
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    May 08, 2011 12:00 AM GMT
    Victor_V70 saidJoined a gym in Dec 2010, have been going regularly, doing cardio for 30 minutes 5 times a week and weights for 30 minutes 3 times a week. Started off at 325Lbs and now 300LBS, I JUST WANT THIS FAT OFF ME. Any advice as to what I should be doing to have it come off faster would be appreciated. Have made changes to what I eat, but it seems to be happening so slow.


    Fuel the furnace. Keep the calories up. Do HIIT. Keep at it. Do not starve, as you'll go into famine mode and will teach your body how to be a fat storing, low flame, machine.

    Understand: it tooks YEARS of bad behavior for you to get where you are. It will take some time to reverse that. Keep the calories up so you can maintain training intensity, be diligent; you'll get leaner. Study up on HIIT, and make sure you are both fit enough, and eat enough to do it.

    When I do a show, I do HIIT 8 to 20 minutes a day for 24 weeks. That's all you need if you're doing it right.
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    May 08, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    UncleverName said
    Rowing_Ant saidKinda know that feeling dude

    Im eating circa 1800 calories a day. High protein.low carb diet.

    Three days a week 60 mins of free weights followed by 20 mins of HIIT

    in the intervening days, active rest days, so core work out and more cardio. One LSD and one set of intervals.

    Depiste doing this my body fat % has shot up from 16% to 21%.

    what the fuck?


    Your body could actually be going into starvation mode, if you're not eating enough.

    I suggest cutting out all processed sugar, for the most part.
    If you want to see really fast results, follow a slow-carb diet, and have weekly binge days. Slow-carb means high protein diet, with healthy fats, and no sugar or processed carbs. So no pasta, no bread, no sugar, and no sweets. Except for once a week. Having a cheat day tricks your body so that it doesn't go into starvation mode.

    Alternatively, it might be time to see a dietician.


    This advice is sound. Get the calories up. If you're gaining fat, it's because you're either eating stuff that drives an insulin response, or, you're not getting enough calories. Fast carbs drive an insulin spike, but,....YOU MUST HAVE SUFFICIENT CARBS IN YOUR DIET TO SUSTAIN TRAINING.
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    May 08, 2011 1:18 AM GMT
    1. Make sure what you're putting in your mouth is healthy, and balanced. I recommend seeing a nutritionist!

    2. Exercise.... I recommend a trainer to help you along at the beginning

    3. PATIENCE. My older brother has had a life-long battle with his weight. He does crash diets, and then when he plateaus, he loses patience and goes off the diet. That's why slow steady weight loss is better.

    My older sister on the other hand lost 55 lbs and kept it off. It took her two years, but its been 6-7 years since she lost it and really has gained very little back.
  • Bigolbear

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    May 08, 2011 3:05 AM GMT
    Brownale saidYou're losing 5 lbs a month which is very healthy weight loss AND will significantly reduce the amount of excess skin you'll have as it will give your skin some time to contract. You didn't gain the weight in one day so keep that in mind. You're doing great so far. Keep at it with a goal of 1-2lbs weight loss per week and you'll be in even better shape by Christmas. Congrats!



    Slower weight loss won't significantly reduce the amount of loose skin in. If you loose 50lbs over 3 months or if you loose 50lbs over 3 years the skin will tighten up to the same amount. The only difference is that you will be "wearing" looser skin until that 3 year mark. The rate at which you loose the wight doesn't play a factor into the elasticity of the skin. There are other factors at play that include hydration, genetics, and nutritional intake. The older you are the less elasticity you have not factoring in the genetics component.

    I know you probably think "who the fuck is he to say...." , but I have been part of an online (at at time IRL) community of people who were morbidly obese and who have dropped at least 100lbs over the past four years and this topic is brought up and reviewed ad nauseum. From all the bariatric docs we have met with and from the collective experiences in our group those who lost 100s of pounds slowly and those who lost it quickly you eventually see the same amount of loss over time.

    The only real significant factor that seems to work in reducing the amount of loose skin after it's hit its limit is when you fill what you can with muscle. This holds true for most places except the panniculus which is the hardest to firm up. Also, the suprapubic fat pad (area above the penis) is another pesky area left after significant fat loss. You can't fill that with enough muscle to hide the fat loss, it does shrink quite a bit on it's own and the skin there is quite stretchy, but it doesn't seem to look right on it's own. Most people opt for cosmetic remedies for that.

    Sorry, I'm not trying to come across as a "know-it-all" but I wouldn't want someone who is obese or morbidly obese to think if they loose weight slower they are doing better. The quicker they can safely get their body into a healthier range, the better off they are even when it comes to skin.
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    May 08, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    Join weight watchers - it works... you'll lose about 10 pounds a month.
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    May 08, 2011 3:45 AM GMT
    I did the HCG diet (injections) lost 27.5 pounds of fat in 32 days. It is hardcore, no bullshit, 500 calorie tight diet and no working out but you drop fat from your deposit areas.
    I did the actual prescription injection and my sister did the sublingual drops she lost 17 pounds in 23 days.
    You become a fat burning machine and it really worked for me. I cannot seem to gain back

    she used purehcgdiet.com and I am a medical professional so I did my own thing.
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    May 12, 2011 5:18 AM GMT
    Victor_V70 saidJoined a gym in Dec 2010, have been going regularly, doing cardio for 30 minutes 5 times a week and weights for 30 minutes 3 times a week. Started off at 325Lbs and now 300LBS, I JUST WANT THIS FAT OFF ME. Any advice as to what I should be doing to have it come off faster would be appreciated. Have made changes to what I eat, but it seems to be happening so slow.



    Combine the weight training days into around a 3 day split and do cardio on off days. Morning, empty stomach cardio. Fix your diet. Read some stuff around about carb cycling. Then, when you put all that into action, watch the fat melt off.


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  • Intercoastal

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    May 12, 2011 6:04 AM GMT


    Your body could actually be going into starvation mode, if you're not eating enough.


    wow your body is hungry man your body will protect its self inspite of your goals several small meals proper caloric intake and cut out sugar no soda pop or coke "sugary carb beverages" 1lb of body fat is 3500 calories so lets say your burn not starve 500 calories a day times 7 days in a week is 1 lb of body fat equals 1 pound/lbs per week any more is dangerous fast weight lose is not healthy but nor is starvation
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    May 12, 2011 6:20 AM GMT
    pre_mortem saidNever been fat.

    Try this http://whole9life.com/2010/10/whole-30-v3/ - works for a number of people in my gym. Also reduced the fat I had and fueled some muscle. Approx. same weight tho.

    Any kind of special diet is way better when you are allowed to eat as much as you want.
    Just remember that bacon is not a protein - it is as we say in my country "The pig's own spice" (the amount of salt you get if you do use it as a protein destroys your gut flora and salt also interferes with satiety) and that grapes are not a fruit. They are pretty much just sugar. The salt thing also goes for other stuff, nuts are great but salted nuts are not.


    As soon as I read the part of the diet that said "no alcohol," I stopped reading.
  • fitnesshound

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    May 13, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    Hey guy...I empathize and lend you support! I don't have much in the way of practical advise to speed things up...in fact, most of the research/advice I get suggests that slower is actually better for your body, will keep you from having too much loose skin at the end, and will help build a more sustainable habit over time.

    It does absolutely suck...but keeping working, hang in there, you're not alone! icon_smile.gif
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    May 16, 2011 6:52 AM GMT
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    May 18, 2011 9:33 AM GMT
    thanks for all the tips and suggestions guys. will help a lot.
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    May 18, 2011 11:39 AM GMT
    You're doing really good, we both have to just keep at it.
  • MikemikeMike

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    May 19, 2011 8:39 AM GMT
    sent u an e-mail-congrats on the weight loss. Slow and steady is better than quick weight loss. It will put ur bod in a stavation mode. It is important to do of the right kind of exercise for your body type not just HIIT but any idiot can google that and alot did.

    Read my e-mail and let me know if you have ???'s
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    May 19, 2011 10:01 AM GMT
    Hi Guys,

    To make a good estimate of the calories you need ot reach your goals use the calculator on this website:

    http://www.scientificpsychic.com/health/cron1.html.

    It takes in account the acitivity level of your excercise schedule.