Trying to lose some weight...

  • jman325

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    Jun 01, 2016 3:38 PM GMT
    Recently, because of the stress of balancing work and school I've gained some weight in the past year or so. I am now the biggest i've ever been and I really want to change that. I found this website the other day and thought I'd post to see if anyone can help me. Im 6'1", 25 years old and I weight 230lbs. I know that is overweight and I definitely want to lose some weight and try and get some muscle. The main problem I have is that I am an extremely picky eater. (Don't like eggs, spinach, most veggies). Its not by choice, I just don't like them! I am trying to get down to at least 190. Anyone have any points on a meal plan and/or workout plan? Thanks so much!!
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    Jun 01, 2016 4:05 PM GMT
    Do you excercize daily ?
    If you cannot access a gym club , run , jog , walk .
    Diet definitely helps , but without excersizing , it won't work ..
  • Destinharbor

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    Jun 01, 2016 4:17 PM GMT
    neffa saidDo you excercize daily ?
    If you cannot access a gym club , run , jog , walk .
    Diet definitely helps , but without excersizing , it won't work ..

    Agree. You can figure out a healthy diet of things you do like, I assume, and know to eliminate ALL soda and sweets, and most simple carbs, never eat anything white except cauliflower or milk, eliminate 99% of all processed foods. So figure that out, then do portion control. That is really the key. Meats should be about 6-8 oz and if you need more protein for working out, do a protein shake with 150 calorie max and 22 grams of protein minimum. But the key is the exercise including weights and portion control. Don't do some goofy diet that you can't live with the rest of your life. Portion control and exercise.
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    Jun 01, 2016 4:22 PM GMT
    Three years ago when I gained weight, probably around 25 lbs, I wanted to lose weight, and I did that without exercising too. It just happened, and I didn't plan it. This was before I joined gym. What happened was that I got sick, and could only eat liquid and comfort food. So I ate lots of vegetables and fruit and nuts. I cut rice out of my diet. I didn't realize that I was slowly losing weight while still keeping my belly full. So I just kept going, I cut rice and bread, no soda, no sugar, no junk food, and then three or four months later, I lost most of the weight that I gained.
    But I don't know what works for you, if you don't like veggies. Maybe you should google "clean eating". And yeah, if you want good results, exercising will help alot.
  • jman325

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    Jun 01, 2016 5:24 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the help! And sorry this is in the wrong category. I clicked general fitness and for some reason it posted here. I do not work out regularly but I'm looking to start again. Should I focus more on cardio? Or weight training?
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    Jun 01, 2016 6:02 PM GMT
    eat less and better foods. eat more often. loosing weight and gaining muscle mass are two separate things. Decision; do one or the other.

    whatever you do at least lite cardio cant do any harm.

    loose weight seems your priority?
    write down what you eat for a few days. go one line and add up the calories. replace remove those items you can do with out. a 1800 calorie day and you loose weight. Exercise helps but no replacement for controlling what you put in your face. No alcohol. Exercise helps

    whatever.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jun 01, 2016 6:46 PM GMT
    jman325 saidThanks for all the help! And sorry this is in the wrong category. I clicked general fitness and for some reason it posted here. I do not work out regularly but I'm looking to start again. Should I focus more on cardio? Or weight training?

    Depends. Do you want to build up your upper body? Both cardio and weightlifting burn about the same calories. If you're looking to get more muscular, do lifting but not cardio. If you like your muscle size, do cardio but not weights. Once you've reached your target weight or are close, you can do both cardio and weights. I do about 25% cardio and 75% weights. The issue is you can't gain much in muscle mass while doing cardio. You can gain mass through weights and do cardio but the weight loss will be slower.
  • jman325

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    Jun 02, 2016 1:23 AM GMT
    Yea I knew I couldn't both gain muscle and lose the weight (fat). If only I could! haha My main going is to lose fat to get my weight down. So I think the best is to eat better and do a ton of cardio to get my weight down, then I'll worry about gaining muscle mass
  • joxguy

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    Jun 02, 2016 10:36 PM GMT
    Don't laugh this off, but using the Weight Watchers plan can be very helpful. You put the ap on your phone to monitor what you eat, all foods have points. You can pretty much eat what you like, just stop when you reach your point total. Working out adds points to your weekly total. Just a thought
  • okaces91

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    Jun 02, 2016 11:09 PM GMT
    Hey man, I've been there too - still in it, actually. Trying to stay healthy is a lifestyle.

    A very important thing to do while slimming down is to keep your protein relatively high, assuming you are doing this in conjunction with resistance training and a reasonable deficit (~500 calories below maintenance). This will allow you to keep/shape most of the muscle mass you currently have, while giving you something closer to the physique I assume you're striving for. Without resistance training and nutrition focus, you will end up with a more "skinny fat" body composition; I learned that the hard way.

    Best of luck to you!
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    Jun 03, 2016 12:20 AM GMT
    jman325 saidYea I knew I couldn't both gain muscle and lose the weight (fat). If only I could! haha My main going is to lose fat to get my weight down. So I think the best is to eat better and do a ton of cardio to get my weight down, then I'll worry about gaining muscle mass


    That's the exact correct plan. That's really the only way to do it. That's the way I did it.

    But cardio... it's important, but it's next to negligable when compared to what you eat. You can do cardio for hours everyday, but if you're eating sweets and pizza or burgers or fries on the regular, you can never burn the amount of calories you're consuming to keep up.

    I HIGHLY recommend a calorie tracking app (I use MyFitnessPal) to keep a record of every single calorie that goes into your body--at LEAST for a week. Most people have an extremely inaccurate idea of just how much they eat on a daily basis and WHAT they're eating regularly. I know only by tracking every single thing I ate did I finally come to realize just HOW MUCH I was eating. I honestly thought I was being super healthy until I totaled it all up each day.
  • jman325

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    Jun 04, 2016 6:44 AM GMT
    jackedgamer said
    jman325 saidYea I knew I couldn't both gain muscle and lose the weight (fat). If only I could! haha My main going is to lose fat to get my weight down. So I think the best is to eat better and do a ton of cardio to get my weight down, then I'll worry about gaining muscle mass


    That's the exact correct plan. That's really the only way to do it. That's the way I did it.

    But cardio... it's important, but it's next to negligable when compared to what you eat. You can do cardio for hours everyday, but if you're eating sweets and pizza or burgers or fries on the regular, you can never burn the amount of calories you're consuming to keep up.

    I HIGHLY recommend a calorie tracking app (I use MyFitnessPal) to keep a record of every single calorie that goes into your body--at LEAST for a week. Most people have an extremely inaccurate idea of just how much they eat on a daily basis and WHAT they're eating regularly. I know only by tracking every single thing I ate did I finally come to realize just HOW MUCH I was eating. I honestly thought I was being super healthy until I totaled it all up each day.


    I've tried that app and for some reason I just cannot remember to log the food! Its such a pain! I know its something I need to work on. Def gonna try it again!
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jun 04, 2016 7:40 PM GMT
    joxguy saidDon't laugh this off, but using the Weight Watchers plan can be very helpful. You put the ap on your phone to monitor what you eat, all foods have points. You can pretty much eat what you like, just stop when you reach your point total. Working out adds points to your weekly total. Just a thought


    +1 million

    Weight Watchers has been around and successful for years and years, and there is a reason for that, it works. I have many friends and family who joined it and lost weight. All of them say the same thing, as joxguy said, the program is based on points, so you can still have your favorite things, you just need to keep track of your points. Give it a try.
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    Jun 07, 2016 9:11 PM GMT
    jman325 saidI've tried that app and for some reason I just cannot remember to log the food! Its such a pain! I know its something I need to work on. Def gonna try it again!


    It's a process. I forgot to log like half of the things I ate for the first week or so, because we're just so used to shoveling shit into our faces without taking account for what it is and how much. Eventually you will get to a point where you'll remember to enter everything. And just knowing that you'll have to add this fried food item or that super sugary treat into the app and will just avoid that by not eating it.
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    Jun 14, 2016 4:10 AM GMT
    MFP was hard at first but you do get into a routine with it.

    Out of desperation, back when I was around your weight, I tried one of those diet services, I can't remember if it was Nutrisystem or WW but they sent me a box of food that was supposed to last for a while. It was so gross. I was calling it "space food" because of the way it was packed but I think actual astronaut food would be much better. I ate all the goodie bars in there and chucked the rest. Yeah, that didn't work.

    Years later, when I found some greater motivation, reading all of the advice on this forum definitely helped. Look at the other recent thread in this sub-forum. You're not alone icon_smile.gif
  • FRE0

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    Jun 14, 2016 11:41 PM GMT
    jman325 saidYea I knew I couldn't both gain muscle and lose the weight (fat). If only I could! haha My main going is to lose fat to get my weight down. So I think the best is to eat better and do a ton of cardio to get my weight down, then I'll worry about gaining muscle mass


    Why can't you lose fat and gain muscle at the same time? Gaining muscle increases the metabolism rate which helps to lose fat.

    I suggest working out in a gym three days per week to gain muscle and getting good aerobic exercise on the days you are not working out in the gym. For some guys running works out well but if that is not for you, swimming and bicycle riding are good. Doing intervals is good too. And, of course, you have to watch you diet.

    At one time it was thought that running was not a good way to lose weight because it takes only 100 calories per mile for a man to run. However, those calories add up. If you were to run three miles three times a week that would be 900 calories if you weighed 150 pounds, but you weigh more so the number of calories burned would be greater. Moreover, the metabolism rate remains elevated for a while after running.
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    Jun 15, 2016 1:47 AM GMT
    FRE0 saidWhy can't you lose fat and gain muscle at the same time? Gaining muscle increases the metabolism rate which helps to lose fat.


    Yes. This is one of the things I learned here, and one of the reasons I hit the weights in conjunction with the other changes. If you want some muscle, start now.