Gay Teen In Need of Losing Weight

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    Oct 08, 2007 2:11 PM GMT
    Hey everyone my name is chris.. pic is coming up now.. umm i am like 200 something and im about 6'0 if not 6'1 but i have this chubby belly that just wont quit... and i am not very self-controlling.. i can't seem to stick to a diet and exercise...can anyone help me... or give me someone who can help me.. i don't wanna have to stay up all night crying over my body.... or starving myself.. or anything like that.... help?
  • iHavok

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    Oct 08, 2007 2:18 PM GMT
    Take a moment and look over the forums. There is some great advice around to people who have exactly the same issues as you do, from guys who have overcome these issues.
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    Oct 08, 2007 2:21 PM GMT
    I've been way fatter than you, so don't stress. Staying up and crying doesn't burn very many calories, so I don't think it's a terribly productive use of your time, and it'll make your eyes pouchy. If you want to lose weight, you need to either cut food, or increase exercise. The exercise route is a lot more fun, and a lot healthier. Of course, combining the two will see faster results, but if you're not terribly self-disciplined, it might be easier to just go for a bit of a run.
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    Oct 08, 2007 2:26 PM GMT
    thank you ^.^ anything helps... i mean i walk and stuff but i don't think its helping lol
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    Oct 08, 2007 2:41 PM GMT
    Read the articles about Cardio training on this site.
    Are you walking quickly enough? The breathing test is a really good way to tell... There is no point in walking, if you aren't going to elevate your heart rate so you receive the benefits of the cardio!
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    Oct 08, 2007 2:43 PM GMT
    Read a few of the forums and see if anything appeals to you. To be all buff and gorgeous like so many of the blokes on here would need loads of weight training and cleverness. If you want to be weedy like me, an unhealthy diet revolving around wine and cigarettes with the occasional protein shake is a prerequisite, and you'll also need to run hard for at least an hour a day. I didn't lose my weight sensibly.

    In all seriousness, adding a little bit of vigorous (Enough to get you out of breath) exercise on a daily basis and cutting snacks down a touch will give you a bit of weight loss fairly speedily
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    Oct 08, 2007 2:50 PM GMT
    I've also found it helps to keep track of the calories you eat.
    You'd be surprised, especially if you start measuring stuff out, paying attention to calories from fat, etc.

    It adds up quickly.
  • MisterT

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    Oct 09, 2007 4:47 AM GMT
    To way oversimplify things, what you need is the right combination of nutrition and exercise. Everybody is different, and therefore there is no perfect plan that will work the same for everyone, general plans may work, but everyone will get different results.

    The best thing to do is to find a good trainer, one that will setup a full evaluation of your goals, take yur measurements, and go through a set workout to develope a good baseline to give you something to compare yourself to as you progress. Then they will tailor a program specifically for you and keep track and make adjustments to your program as necessary. They can also help you evaluate and adjust your nutrition to work with your exercise program. You don't want a "weekend warrior" trainer that trains everyone the same way.

    I know trainer's aren't cheap, let alone good ones, but it is very worthwhile to at least get an evaluation session, and get shown the proper way to use exercise equipment, as improper use can cause injuries, even cardio equipment.

    Proper nutrition will bring results alone, and slowly, so will exercise, but if you combine the two, and stay persistent, results will come much quicker.

    Something else that will help motivation, which sounds like is a problem for you, is finding a picture of what you would like to look like, body wise, and posting it somewhere you will see everyday, to get to to try harder, and not give up. The first couple months are the hardest, because it takes a while to see results, but if you stick to it, you will see results, and it feels great when you do see it.

    Changing your body for the better isn't easy, if it was, everybody would be in awesome shape, and personal trainers wouldn't be necessary.

    I wish you the best of luck, and if you have more questions, feel free to ask.

    Cheers,
    Tony
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    Oct 09, 2007 5:21 AM GMT
    www.fitday.com, it's 100% free. Keep track of what you're putting into your body, and how much you're exercising. it's always more than you think it is. www.calorieking.com has the calorie contents of food from various restaurants, and it's free to search for those, but I think you have to pay to keep track of your intakes there.

    Next, don't crash diet or anything like that...keep fueling your body...eat fruits and vegetables instead of chips and cookies. Try 6 small meals...eat to avoid hunger rather than waiting until you're ravenously hungry when you're most likely to binge or pick the wrong foods. If you have a craving for a certain food, give in, but don't overdo it. Drink plenty of water because your body can mistake thirst for hunger. Cut out sodas and other sugary drinks. I drink the reduced calorie orange juice or lemonade for vitamin c. If you drink, cut out the alcohol or cut way back on it. If you eat bread, use whole wheat and multigrain types...lose the white. Exercise exercise exercise. Getting depressed is not going to solve the problem, action will. Losing weight is something you have to be disciplined about, but the good news is you'll become disciplined in other aspects of life, and eventually eating healthy becomes a habit and you'll wonder why you put any of the junk you were eating in your body in the first place.

    I'm 40 lbs lighter than I was in January just by watching what I ate and keeping on with my running and weight training the way I was. Good luck.