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  • LD41880

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    Oct 10, 2011 4:11 AM GMT
    Here's the deal. Currently I am overweight at 5'11" tall and 276#. Okay..I am REALLY overweight. I am making a commitment to change my relationship with food and make daily exercise a part of my life. However, I am a big guy. I will never be skinny or waifish or slim, and that is fine with me. I just want my body to be the healthiest, strongest, and quite honestly...the most attractive it can be.

    I am interested in not only improving my diet, but I would like to begin light to moderate bodybuilding and go from there. Even if I am a bigger guy, at least I can work to convert it to muscle instead of shapeless, unhealthy flab.

    What advice do you have for someone who is, literally, taking my first steps toward a fit lifestyle like this? What are some good beginner's resources? What types of eating and fitness regimens do you recommend?

    Also, are there any guys out there who have made the transformation from overweight and flabby to strong and muscular? If there are, I would love to hear your personal journeys if you are willing to share.
  • jimbrody

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    Oct 10, 2011 10:45 AM GMT
    Look at Jerebear's profile. There's a lot there to inform and inspire you
  • gwuinsf

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    Oct 10, 2011 4:18 PM GMT
    In terms of eating, I recommend starting to use a site where you record everything you eat and track your caloric intake. There are many of these.. comes to mind as one I've used in the past. But there are many of them. Most of them will help you set goals and track how many calories you're taking in and the proper protein/fat/carb ratio. I think you'll be shocked at what you discover once you start recording your food. It's a good way to get yourself educated on what you're putting in your mouth.

    In terms of fitness, I don't know what your resources are. Do you have a gym membership? Can you afford a personal trainer? Those are both good starts but I don't know what your financial resources are. A personal trainer is a good way to go because if you've never worked out, a trainer will show you the moves so you don't injure yourself. He/she can help put you on a track to where you want to go. If you can't afford all that, try searching for at home work out routines. I think there's also a great iPhone app - iFitness - that shows you a lot of workout moves.
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    Oct 10, 2011 4:39 PM GMT
    no more fast food icon_twisted.gif
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    Oct 10, 2011 4:43 PM GMT
    No more soda..

    rid your house of sweets. cookies, cake mixes, etc. chips, totillas, ice cream.

    but so your fridge and cupboards don't look bare, replace with veggies, fruit, etc.
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    Oct 10, 2011 4:46 PM GMT
    At your weight, I'd concentrate on losing weight first. That is, get healthy nutrition habits (like some that have already been recommended) and start with moderated cardio (you will be able to do more and more in time) and some light weights with a high repetition count.

    I wouldn't try to gain a lot of muscle until you've lost plenty of body fat. It's hard to gain muscle while losing fat, unless you are genetically gifted.
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    Oct 11, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
    Everyone's got some great advice on nutrition.

    For workout plans I recommend It's got workouts for all levels and a ridiculously informative exercise guide.