Motivation.

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    Apr 17, 2007 5:41 AM GMT
    well im 18 wieghing in at 192 at 5'7" . i feel like im overwieght. but i cant seem to find motivation like i did a year ago. last year i lost 20 somewhat lbs in a week and 4 days literally. i did straight up cardio about 10 miles at a steady jog and 3 miles at a sprint every day with some light wieghts and a very very strict diet of mostly greens and non red meat. but i obliterated my immune system and was sick with virus after virus of colds and flu's. and idea's on how to loose wieght fast. but keep it off and im open to diets because i have always been on one.
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    Apr 17, 2007 7:18 AM GMT
    hey, my first piece of advice is to never do what you did again, thats not motivation its suicide. i was fat most of my childhood and only lost weight when i turned 18 and seriously started going to the gym. i would suggest cutting your calories down to between 1200-1500 per day. try to eat often, it will help maintain your metabolism, about 6 small meals per day each should not be more than 500 calories. go to the gym at least 3 times per week and start small then build up. if you lift weights, muscle burns far more calories and thus fat than fat does. swimming and elipticals are amazing workouts for quick results. aim to lose between 2-5 lbs per week. in the begining you will be toward 5 lbs but you should only lose a few pounds per week. but, have fun with your workout and make it something youll do: run on the beach, go hiking, run in the park. but have fun and keep it up, and within a few months youll make a huge change.
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    Apr 17, 2007 4:32 PM GMT
    At 5'7" and 192 lbs, you have a BMI of ~30. A healthy goal weight for you would ideally be 120-160 lbs (a BMI of 18.5-25). So, you would likely be looking to lose ~30 pounds off your current weight. Healthy weight loss is generally less than 1% of your weight per week, or a little less than 2 lbs per week for you. If you lose weight too fast, your body goes into starvation mode--it will actively work against your efforts to lose weight. You will have much better results if you go slow.

    BMI is Body Mass Index; it is just a relationship between height and weight. It doesn't factor in things like body composition (muscle vs. fat weight)--obviously, a body builder might have enough muscle to have a high BMI. However, it does give you a rough estimate of the range of healthy weights for your heights.

    With weight loss, everything comes down to calories. If you take in more calories than your burn, you gain weight. If you take in less than you burn, you lose weight.

    In general, there are approximately 3500 calories in a pound. This means that to lose 1 pound per week, you need take in 500 fewer calories in food than you burn each day. This can be accomplished with a combination of dieting and exercise. The exercise is especially important. When you are losing weight, if you don't use your muscles, your body will steal from them instead of from the fat. It is much easier to burn protein for energy than to burn fat.

    A few suggestions:
    1) read nutritional labels or look up calorie content on the web. For example, 2 cans of non-diet soda is nearly 500 calories. If you drink soda, this would be a super easy way to cut back on your calories in. I would almost guarrantee that if you check your current diet, there are things you can cut out that you won't miss that would quickly amount to a lot of calories. They hide everywhere, not just in normal "junk" food. Think muffins, anything from a coffee shop (sugar, cream, frappuccino...), sports drinks, etc. Juice is another one--aside from a little Vitamin C, it's just sugar water with as many calories as Coke. Drink water instead and take a vitamin.

    2) The best diet is one you can stick with for LIFE. If you can't live without pizza, do not start a diet by cutting it out--you would just be setting yourself up for failure. Your first changes should be the easiest ones you can make so you can stick with them. For example: replacing soda with diet soda or Fruit2O, eating cereal or an egg instead of a muffin at breakfast, replacing your snacks with carrot sticks or fruit, etc. As you lose weight, your motivation and confidence should increase, and you might be able to make harder changes in your diet.

    3) Don't buy into fads like low-fat, low-carb, etc. A calorie is a calorie, it doesn't matter what form it comes in. In general, a healthy diet is ~30% fat, 20% protein, 50% carbs. The best fats are monounsaturated, followed by polyunsaturated, saturated, and trans. Any fat from an animal is worse than a vegetable fat. However, this stuff is more important in regards to your heart--your waistline sees them all as the same thing.

    4) High-fiber foods like whole grains keep you full longer, so you might eat less. Stay hydrated. Small frequent meals help some people, especially if you are used to "grazing" between meals.

    If you want to learn more about nutrition and dieting, your insurance might cover a consulation with a nutritionist. If not, it might still be worth the money. Also, my school has one available for free, so if you are a student, that might be another option.

    If you have questions, feel free to ask me. I lost about 20 pounds in high school, and have maintained it for the past 7-8 years. I think the most important thing I learned was that you don't keep weight off by making sacrifices you can't maintain. Whatever you do, it has to be something you will stick with for the rest of your life.

    Think about it this way: the way you live your life now is what makes you this size--if you want to change your size, you need to change the way you live your life, too.
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    Apr 17, 2007 5:30 PM GMT
    Without seeing what your body looks like it's hard to say, but, from looking at the face in the picture, I'd venture a guess that you're not overweight, and that, instead, you're fighting your genes that want you to be strong and muscular.

    Nothing is worse than looking like an anorexic gay guy, unless it's a horribly fat gay guy. LOL.

    In all seriousness, don't go off starving yourself. Get to the gym; apply yourself on the weights; let your body be hunky like it sounds it wants to be. Don't fight your genes. 192 at 5'7" isn't fat; especially if that picture is you. Use your genetics to your advantage; embrace them; workout; be a hunk...instead.
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    Apr 17, 2007 6:35 PM GMT
    im a pretty solid build. no definition tho and i have something of a stomach which i can feel i can loose at least 3 or 4 inches of. im very self concious about my body. i have a rank 98 cholesterol lvl. and thats really good but my body doesnt fit the way i eat. whats the best way to burn down my gut? i know i can get a lot leaner and thats all i really want, a body that im proud of. my legs is my best feature in my opinion as far as str / musc. i have the legs of a sprinter.