Recent weight gain

  • dbart93

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    Sep 04, 2013 8:05 PM GMT
    Over the past year or so i have steadily increased in weight and i have decided its finally time to tackle it, the reason for this is probably alcohol as its often around me with friends etc at University but i have stopped that now.

    What are the best exercises to lose weight fast? I have a rowing machine, if i start using that will it bulk my calves up to much or is it just as good as any exercise?

    Is a juice fast good at losing weight?

    Any exercise tips and advice will be greatly received.
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    Sep 04, 2013 8:50 PM GMT
    Weight/fat loss is more about diet than exercises. Exercising will obviously help burn calories or shuttle nutrients to your muscles, but depending on your diet you can either lose or gain weight even with exercise.

    I would not recommend a juice fast as I think it its method of weight loss is not ideal.. unless you're actively putting in protein such as whey and fats like avocados in your juices.. juice fasting isn't that great at prioritizing fat loss in a hypocaloric state.

    IMHO your weight gain is probably not just due to alcohol, but rather, we tend to eat a lot more when we're inebriated amirigh?

    p.s. i can't think of anyone who would complain about calves being too bulky. its one of the hardest muscles to bulk and is generally respected if you have large calves.
  • dbart93

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    Sep 04, 2013 9:40 PM GMT
    my calves have always been quite muscular but now they have extra padding so i would rather get rip of the padding not so much the muscle. I think its a mixture of alcohol and food but more so alcohol than the food. It mainly became an issue when i left secondary school/high school and after that i didnt have the obligatory exercise that i had. I also have my own car now which cut my physical activity but now its at a point where i notice getting breathless easier and its just annoying, i want to be the thin one and not the fat one in social situations.
  • seafrontbloke

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    Sep 04, 2013 9:46 PM GMT
    Hi, I've come down from 246 lb to my current 212 lb. it's taken me a while, but I don't see a loss of more than 1-2 lb a week being sustainable, it's all about permanent changes to your lifestyle.

    Keep your food nutritious, proteins, complex carbs, some fats.

    Juice isn't complex and you even lose the fibre by taking it out of the fruit.

    Don't refuse yourself something you like, because your craving for it will break your will, have it but in smaller quantities / less frequently

    Hope that helps a bit.

  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 04, 2013 9:52 PM GMT
    seafrontbloke saidHi, I've come down from 246 lb to my current 212 lb. it's taken me a while, but I don't see a loss of more than 1-2 lb a week being sustainable, it's all about permanent changes to your lifestyle.

    Keep your food nutritious, proteins, complex carbs, some fats.

    Juice isn't complex and you even lose the fibre by taking it out of the fruit.

    Don't refuse yourself something you like, because your craving for it will break your will, have it but in smaller quantities / less frequently

    Hope that helps a bit.


    Yes. It is a lifestyle thing. Eat less, drink less, exercise, get your sleep. Nearly everyone has a weight jump in college because you eat junk food, drink and party. Normal. Now set new goals. Academic, career, a sport, health. Make that your life and you'll get the weight off forever.
  • dbart93

    Posts: 47

    Sep 04, 2013 10:02 PM GMT
    my sleeping pattern probably doesnt help much either i.e. go to bed really late get up earlyish. Its annoying though as it comes on so quickly, wish it went just as fast.
  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 05, 2013 1:15 AM GMT
    I find sleep fairly annoying. lol Waste of time. But research is getting pretty convincing you should get 8 hours all at once which nobody does. But should. Try to get more. Good habits are the ticket.
  • pandx970

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    Oct 12, 2013 11:20 PM GMT
    Yeah. I had 2 years of Masters program work, internship, extracurricular responsibilities in 2 clubs, and a leadership responsibility in my buddhist organization get me into a pretty flabby state. :-) Glad I still worked out and lifted on occasion.

    Like others have mentioned, it's been about doing small things that add up to big changes.

    For me:

    1. Started taking public transport more often -- walking or biking to the bus stop and train station.

    2. Walking more throughout the day-- so I walk around the office at least 1ce an hour.

    3. Sleeping on a regular schedule (not too late and none too early) at the least 6 hours a night. Then I don't get those midnight cravings.

    4. Watching my calories in mostly is what I do. Chosing to eat more healthful foods in lieu of the calorific fun stuff that doesn't satiate my hunger very well.

    I've lost about 1 pound and a half per week on average since changing things this summer. :-)

    Best of luck!