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    Jan 11, 2014 3:26 AM GMT
    I need help with losing some pounds. I don't want to go crazy and get all buffed cuz that ain't never happened. How can I just lose a size in the waist without a lot of exercise?
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    Jan 11, 2014 3:29 AM GMT
    flguy57 saidI need help with losing some pounds. I don't want to go crazy and get all buffed cuz that ain't never happened. How can I just lose a size in the waist without a lot of exercise?

    I think the mistake people make when they want to lose weight is that they think of it as 'dieting'. This implies that it is a change of regimen that will last for a specified period and then one will go back to more customary eating habits.

    The only people I know who've successfully taken weight off and kept it off are people who alter their eating habits permanently.
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    Jan 11, 2014 3:31 AM GMT
    ^^ This, and you can't escape exercise.
  • MikeW

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    Jan 11, 2014 3:33 AM GMT
    You might want to read my reply in this thread:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3620544

    ETA: And I recommend walking. A lot. 3 to 5 miles a day.
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    Jan 11, 2014 3:35 AM GMT
    flguy57 saidI need help with losing some pounds. I don't want to go crazy and get all buffed cuz that ain't never happened. How can I just lose a size in the waist without a lot of exercise?
    No sugar. No gluten. No dairy. No carbs.

    If you don't want to workout at least.
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    Jan 11, 2014 3:37 AM GMT
    flguy57 saidI need help with losing some pounds. I don't want to go crazy and get all buffed cuz that ain't never happened. How can I just lose a size in the waist without a lot of exercise?


    Bad news. Exercise is key to weight lose and general good health. Why are you so opposed to exercise? It doesn't have to be boring.
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    Jan 11, 2014 3:57 AM GMT
    Actually, you can lose size in your waist with absolutely no exercise eating smaller portions of all the things you love because typically the belly is the first to go. People have been losing weight through diet with no exercise for centuries. Personally, I find it easier eating less than doing more cardio. The downside is that you'll never look good naked with diet alone, but that doesn't seem your priority anyway.

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    Jan 11, 2014 4:16 AM GMT
    It's kinda hard to lose weight without doing both. I ate less as well as worked out and I slowly dropped the pounds. Didn't really take much other than a change of mind and a conscious effort. But what I noticed is that by eating less, without working out or only working out in small amounts, my weight stays virtually the same.

    You can do it solely through diet, but it is a very slow process either way. Even slower if you don't so some exercise. Try this, eat half of what you ate before (assuming everything is well balanced and nutritional) as well as doing a bit of cardio. Just 20-30 minutes every day. That's basically what i did before.

    Regardless you are in for a very long journey. I wish you the best of luck with it. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 11, 2014 4:30 AM GMT
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    flguy57 saidI need help with losing some pounds. I don't want to go crazy and get all buffed cuz that ain't never happened. How can I just lose a size in the waist without a lot of exercise?
    No sugar. No gluten. No dairy. No carbs.

    If you don't want to workout at least.

    True - especially the sugar and carbs (like bread and pasta). Much more important than reducing fat intake.

    Also, Aristoshark is right - you have to change your eating habits to healthy ones - lots of vegetables. And if not lots of exercise, at least vigorous walking for 1/2 hour a day.

    You didn't put on all the extra weight in a month, and it's not going to leave you in a month, either.

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    Jan 11, 2014 8:19 AM GMT
    Do both, its actually pretty addicting.. trust me I was once a porker..change your eating habits..no soda thats a start, no fried food, reduce simple carbs,
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    Jan 11, 2014 8:25 AM GMT
    Behemothboi saidDo both, its actually pretty addicting.. trust me I was once a porker..change your eating habits..no soda thats a start, no fried food, reduce simple carbs,
    good, good advice man! You have all my respect being in N.O!
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    Jan 11, 2014 8:27 AM GMT
    flguy57 saidI need help with losing some pounds. I don't want to go crazy and get all buffed cuz that ain't never happened. How can I just lose a size in the waist without a lot of exercise?


    What do you consider 'a lot of exercise'?
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    Jan 11, 2014 9:41 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidActually, you can lose size in your waist with absolutely no exercise eating smaller portions of all the things you love. People have been losing weight through diet with no exercise for centuries. Personally, I find it easier eating less than doing more cardio. The downside is that you'll never look good naked with diet alone, but that doesn't seem your priority anyway.



    Pretty much agree with this. I lost 30 lbs in 3 months after college on nothing but a sub for lunch, rice after work, and whiskey several nights a week going to the bars. Terrible way to lose weight but it worked. Now I run a lot, work out, and eat more than I thought I would ever need to (and hardly drink). Lose it with diet but it's worth the time to put on muscle.
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    Jan 11, 2014 9:44 AM GMT
    I have lost weight more than once with extreme diets and not a lot of exercise. I would typically gain it right back. What others are saying is true. Permanent lifestyle changes are the key.

    Plus, a combination of diet and exercise is super important. The reality is pretty simple. Eat less, move more.
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    Jan 11, 2014 11:46 AM GMT
    You can make simple changes to your lifestyle. Eat more lean protein and reduce carbs in your diet. Also try eating small snacks like fruits in between your meals to curb the urge to snack on chips or something. Also add some sort of physical exercise.

    I was fat all through middle and high school and then my early 20s. But with correct balance between exercising and eating you can make a huge difference.
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    Jan 11, 2014 12:34 PM GMT
    Just eat clean man. Paleo worked awesome for me recently. I lost 10 lbs and 2% BF. I did lose a shit load of weight years ago when I decided to get healthy and did that simply by strictly eating lean cuisines. Which equated to portion control.
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    Jan 11, 2014 12:47 PM GMT
    Cut out all fried foods and adopt a hobby that has a lot of physical activity, I lost 20 pounds between that rock climbing and exercises including cardio
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    Jan 11, 2014 1:08 PM GMT
    Well for starters exercise is a part of it but you are right you dont have to go crazy with it. If you like to walk thats a good way to start. Just go for a 15 min walk three times a a week just to get you used to it. Mostly I would recomend weight training . Weight training will in the end burn more fat than cardio. The most important thing is watch your diet. Things like dairy, simple sugars, and fast food should be limited. I suggest you go to a calorie site online where you can plug in your stats and find out how many cals you need to maintain then subtract 500 until you start losing a lb a week. You will also want to get a medical checkup before you start any of this. Also remember that you cant spot reduce just your stomach so you have to have an overall cal defecit. Good luck , be safe.
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    Jan 11, 2014 2:24 PM GMT
    I lost 100 pounds 20 years ago, and have been able to keep it off (+or- 10lbs) for all of these years. It is a lifestyle change. You must find a sensible diet that works for you. Always the 80/20 rule..... Eat healthy 80% of the time! but you won't be perfect, so build in some time for the stuff you love.

    Sweat every day.........brisk walk, jog, weight lifting......but it has to be a lifestyle change.....find something you enjoy and stick with it. This should be a minimum of 30 minutes a day with a goal of 7 days a week (80/20 rule)......

    It will take some time, but make short realistic goals......celebrate your successes and push through for mistakes....remembering your goals!

    Good luck to you!
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    Jan 11, 2014 2:59 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the advice guys. I'm gonna start with my diet and walk as much as I can. I have some hip issues going on and that limits me. I also have some other medical issues that prevent me from doing a lot of exercise. Some of these issues are of my own making (COPD from smoking). I hope to be able to post a pic that i'm not ashamed of sometime in 2014. Thanks again!!!!
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    Jan 11, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
    I was 350 lbs at my heaviest. My advice to you that worked for me is

    1. Realize that this will need to be a lifestyle change in order for it to be maintained and that physical change doesn't happen right away. You may notice initial results in a couple of weeks but true change usually takes place over 3 months. Fad diets that are very restrictive tend to have a high attrition rate in sustainability. That is why it is a good idea to make healthy habits that will stick.

    2. Making small substitutions can make BIG changes. I began looking at my eating habits and made minor adjustments to them. For instance when I was drinking milk I was drinking whole milk so I immediately went down to 2% then after a few weeks I went to 1%. I eventually went to skim milk but research has shown that it is better if it does have a bit of fat in it. Now I drink almond milk. If I had cravings for sweets I had apple cinnamon rice cakes, it usually satisfied the craving. If I HAD to have fast food I always got their leanest meat GRILLED not FRIED and make sure this is no more than twice a week initially.

    3.Physically what do YOU LIKE to do? For me that happened to be dancing. I eventually found Zumba and did that everyday for at least 45 mins. So if you like to walk/ run/ play tennis/ bounce a ball/ jump/etc make sure you make a schedule to do it at least 4 times a week for a minimum of 30 mins. The only thing I wish I would have added was some resistance training/ weights, so I would encourage you to do so. You don't have to get buff but you can at least get better toned with it.

    4. Recognize that you ARE NOT trying to fit the mold of everyone else, but simply trying to build a healthier and stronger YOU. You are UNIQUE and therefore your fitness goals and physique will be as well.
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    Jan 12, 2014 3:37 PM GMT
    Everyone finds what works for them as an individual. The overall theme here is make the commitment and stick with it.

    Here's what worked for me about 10 years ago. I lost 40 lb. and went from a tight 36" to a comfortable 32":

    I quit smoking, went on a diet and started working out at the same time.

    Over several months I worked up to 45 min. of cardio at least 3x's a week. It's quite amazing how rarely I need to use my asthma meds. now. I also did some weight training mostly on gym machines. I have joint pains whether I work out or not, might as well work out and be healthier.

    My main eating issues were portion sizes, sweet tooth and late night snacking. Drinking water especially before eating a meal helped me feel full quicker. Eating slower, brown bagging lunch, free allowance of healthy snacks between meals and pure will power. At night, skipping the late snack, I had to force myself to go to bed a little hungry. Eventually the body and mind adapt to the new habits.

    Over time I have eased up on some of the self-imposed eating limitations and my workouts are different now.
  • juankgdney

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    Jan 12, 2014 4:49 PM GMT
    Why not getting buff tho??!!! You would be more attractive
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    Jan 12, 2014 4:54 PM GMT
    juankgdney saidWhy not getting buff tho??!!! You would be more attractive


    You know what they say, you can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig. I'm gonna work on it tho. I've not been kind to my body in a long time. So it's gonna take a while. Thanks for more great advice.
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    Jan 12, 2014 5:35 PM GMT
    flguy57 said
    juankgdney saidWhy not getting buff tho??!!! You would be more attractive


    You know what they say, you can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig. I'm gonna work on it tho. I've not been kind to my body in a long time. So it's gonna take a while. Thanks for more great advice.


    First of all, nobody gets buff by accident. It takes a shit load of discipline and dedication.

    That said, if you want to loose some weight, try Shaun T's Insanity program. At first it will kick your ass brutally. But you will loose weight if you stick with it.