Losing the last 10 pounds

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    Feb 29, 2016 12:52 AM GMT
    Former Fat kid here, definitely not a muscle jock. (That's not what I aim for, my ideal body type would be to have slender runner's body )

    I was wondering if anyone here was struggling with losing " the last 10 pounds".

    Now, I eat a mostly healthy vegan diet and I run 2 to 3 times a week. But, I stll carry a bit of extra weight and fat on my body. I'd like to be lean and actually have abs for once in my life but I also like feeling full/eating delicious and not always healthy foods.

    So my question is : Are you guys very disciplined when it comes to diet ? Do you keep track of your calories daily ?

    What I was wondering was if I should be stricter on my diet ( which doesn't tend to work ) or make my workouts more intense.

    Also, do you think that bodybuilding would help turning the extra fat into muscle without having to further restrict my calories on my diet ?

    Thanks in advance for the tips. Any advice would be appreciated.
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    Feb 29, 2016 5:10 PM GMT
    Saad22 saidFormer Fat kid here, definitely not a muscle jock. (That's not what I aim for, my ideal body type would be to have slender runner's body )

    I was wondering if anyone here was struggling with losing " the last 10 pounds".

    Now, I eat a mostly healthy vegan diet and I run 2 to 3 times a week. But, I stll carry a bit of extra weight and fat on my body. I'd like to be lean and actually have abs for once in my life but I also like feeling full/eating delicious and not always healthy foods.

    So my question is : Are you guys very disciplined when it comes to diet ? Do you keep track of your calories daily ?

    What I was wondering was if I should be stricter on my diet ( which doesn't tend to work ) or make my workouts more intense.

    Also, do you think that bodybuilding would help turning the extra fat into muscle without having to further restrict my calories on my diet ?

    Thanks in advance for the tips. Any advice would be appreciated.


    I have several yoga teachers. Two are ripped, two are fat around the waist and another was skinny fat but now is lean and tight. The difference is the diet and type of exercise . The ripped guys do yoga and train to build muscle. The fat guys are vegans or vegetarian . The guy that got lean quit his vegetarian diet.

    The problem with vegetarian diets ( I was one for years ) is that you are generally eating unnatural food. I eat way more veggies on Paleo diet than I ever ate as a vegetarian. Pasta, noodles, bread ,rice, tofu, crackers etc are unnatural heavily processed and your body just dumps them to your mid section as bad fat. Exercise can't touch it . Running makes it worse. You body will eat your muscles before it will burn mid section fat.

    Paleo restores your body chemistry and the unnatural fat around the waist will disappear faster than you will believe, without exercise.
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    Feb 29, 2016 5:31 PM GMT
    Thanks a lot for your reponse.

    I have to say though, quitting the vegan diet is not an option for me as I do it for ethical reasons.

    Do you have any sources to support your claims about the paleo diet, just out of curiosity ?

    Cheers.
  • Ironman4U

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    Feb 29, 2016 5:49 PM GMT
    It definitely sounds like you could intensify the workouts that you do. Increased cardio with some speed/interval work included along with lifting will kick-start your metabolism. I think you can still maintain a mostly vegan diet, but you do want to watch out to make sure you're not over-carbing it.
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    Mar 01, 2016 12:53 AM GMT
    Saad22 saidI'd like to be lean and actually have abs for once in my life but I also like feeling full/eating delicious and not always healthy foods.

    That's going to be difficult to pull off. To lean out and get those abs, you're going to definitely have to track everything you eat and definitely not get to the "feeling full" state very often.

    Saad22 saidSo my question is : Are you guys very disciplined when it comes to diet ? Do you keep track of your calories daily ?

    Every day I track every tiny morsel that goes into my mouth with MyFitnessPal, and only after I started doing that and kept myself in caloric deficit each and every day for six months did I get my abs back.

    Saad22 saidWhat I was wondering was if I should be stricter on my diet ( which doesn't tend to work ) or make my workouts more intense.

    Getting abs has next to nothing to do with workouts, not even cardio. It's all about diet. You simply cannot consume more calories than you use.

    Saad22 saidAlso, do you think that bodybuilding would help turning the extra fat into muscle

    Fat cannot "turn into muscle", they are two completely different and separate tissues. You can add to or reduce from either without affecting the other one.

    I strongly recommend you using a calorie tracking app and keeping yourself at caloric deficit for a few months, you'll get those abs.

    And don't listen to bullshit advice about fad diets like paleo and gluten free and all that bullshit--those are not backed up by science. It really is as simple as not consuming more calories than you use.
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    Mar 01, 2016 1:02 AM GMT
    Alpha13 saidPasta, noodles, bread ,rice, tofu, crackers etc are unnatural heavily processed and your body just dumps them to your mid section as bad fat. Exercise can't touch it . Running makes it worse. You body will eat your muscles before it will burn mid section fat.

    Paleo restores your body chemistry and the unnatural fat around the waist will disappear faster than you will believe, without exercise.


    Wow. That is not how it it works at ALL. You should really consult a nutritionist before dolling out bullshit pseudoscience fad diet advice.

    I think you're conflating aerobic and anerobic exercise. Certainly anerobic exercise has a tendency to go after muscle tissue before fat tissue, but the reverse is true fro aerobic exercise (what people colloquially call "cardio" these days).

    And white carbs absolutely do NOT get dropped into the midsection automatically. It's all about portion control. If you ate a fuckton of fruit you'd get just as fat as if you ate a fuckton of pasta. It's all about calories.
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    Mar 01, 2016 4:59 PM GMT
    Having been vegan for some time now, I'm definitely wary of the pseudoscience, which is rampant in the vegan online community.

    Yeah I guess I should accept the ugly truth and start putting more efforts into my diet.

    The problem is I can never motivate myself for too long.

    Because I already eat a fairly healthy diet, it does sometimes feel like the extra effort of restricting calories isn't necessary but I guess that's just false comfort.

    Thanks a lot for your advice !
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    Mar 01, 2016 11:34 PM GMT
    Saad22 saidHaving been vegan for some time now, I'm definitely wary of the pseudoscience, which is rampant in the vegan online community.

    Yeah I guess I should accept the ugly truth and start putting more efforts into my diet.

    The problem is I can never motivate myself for too long.

    Because I already eat a fairly healthy diet, it does sometimes feel like the extra effort of restricting calories isn't necessary but I guess that's just false comfort.

    Thanks a lot for your advice !


    I know that it seems hard; trust me, I was there. I thought "I eat healthier than anyone I know, how come I'm not losing this body fat?!" but once I started tracking my calories with an app I was shocked at how much I really did eat and how calorically dense it was. Only then was I able to start making real progress. Give it a shot. The best one out there is MyFitnessPal which has a huge database of nearly every food and every brand imaginable.
  • Pyre85

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    Mar 02, 2016 3:03 AM GMT
    Congrats on the weight loss!
    I definitely feel you on the last ten pounds being absolute bastards.
    I used to weigh 255lbs, and lost the weight mainly due to working ten plus hours a day in retail
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    People do not realize how strenuous picking up shoes off the sales floor for 6 hours straight can be.

    Ladies. Put. Them. Back. On. The. Shelf.

    But thanks to Safeway having me sort pallets and run department deliveries, and Ross making sure I did 400 squats and lunges a night getting shit off the floor, I lost 110lbs in a year.

    One would think that with so many of their former comrades obliterated, the last ten or so pounds would simply give up. But instead they dig in and DON'T BUDGE. I'v been stuck at skinny fat wanting to just be skinny for 7 years or so.

    I have a crazy hard time sticking to a workout too. I can work all frigging day without complaint. But lifting is boring and painful. Cardio is boring and sweaty. Am I being a baby? Yes.
    But that's unlikely to change.

    What I'm currently desperately searching for is an activity I love that also happens to burn calories. The whole reason I lost the weight is that I wasn;t thinking about the workout I was doing all day everyday, I was just working, and the weightloss just came as an added bonus.

    So now I'm trying to find something like that, that I WANT to do, and it just happens to be good for me too.
    Youre already running which is a big step up over me lol. I can walk for days, but run... a block. Maybe.
    Not much help her, sorry. But youre not alone either lol.
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    Mar 02, 2016 11:57 PM GMT
    Great thread!

    I am in a similar situation. The last 10 lbs seem to be the hardest. I lost a lot of weight about 5 years ago and have maintained the same weight +/- 3 lbs for the last few years. I started using myfitness pal about a month ago. Its good. I still need to increase my workouts to hit my goal. That's where my problem is.
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    Mar 03, 2016 12:06 AM GMT
    Saad22 saidDo you have any sources to support your claims about the paleo diet, just out of curiosity ?

    Good luck with that. I doubt if there are any valid sources to support the health claims of any diet, except for ones about the bad health effects of trans fats. Otherwise it all seems to be so much hand waving.

    If you live long enough you'll see a parade of "super foods" that are supposed to help with all sorts of things but they each have pretty much come and gone. Non-soluble fiber is one that's still recognized to be good for us.