Trying to cut 15 pounds in a month and a half!

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    Jul 01, 2009 12:21 PM GMT
    Hey, if you're reading this then thanks for clicking the topic!

    I'm really excited about an upcoming trip I'm planning and I want to do my best to shave off some extra weight for it.

    I'm 185 pounds and I've had a diet that relies mostly on fast food and microwavable dinners. I know, it's criminal.

    For the first time that I can recall I will be applying myself to a workout schedule I've come up with.

    It's 15 minutes of jump rope, 15 minutes of weight training and 15 minutes of my Ab exerciser. I want to do this in a hour so I'm giving myself 5 minutes between workouts. Is that good or bad?

    But the reason I'm asking for help is I'm not sure what diet (s) might aide my goal, I've heard things about low-carb but not enough to know if it's practical.

    If you have any info or feedback, criticisms, anything, I'd be glad to hear it.

    Thanks again! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 01, 2009 1:08 PM GMT
    Oh honey...

    Why are you eating mostly fast food? Do you not know how to cook? I'm not making fun of you, just letting you know that being able to prepare your own meals will put you in much more control of your diet.

    It sounds like you are new to this, and don't really know what you are doing. We were all there at once, so congrats on making a decision to change your life for the better. I suggest picking up a copy of Body for Life. It is by no means comprehensive, or without flaws, but it is an excellent primer on diet, exercise, and all that other good stuff.
  • jock_1

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    Jul 01, 2009 1:48 PM GMT
    if you only weigh 185# it will be almost impossible to cut 15# in 6 weeks. you probly dont have alot of body fat to begin with. all i can say is your best bet to cut weight that quick is to do massive cardio
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    Jul 01, 2009 2:03 PM GMT
    I have always found that the best diet for me is to go with a hight protein low fat and relatively low carb diet. IE

    protein 25% of my calorie intake
    Fat 20% or less
    Carbs 55%

    With the carbs. stick to whole foods, vegetables, fruits whole grains. Limit or avoid starches, bread, rice, potatoes, pasta These seem to be the ways we add lots of extra calories to our diet

    Limit eating out, do more cooking and if you use packaged foods read the labels and stick to the proportions I outlined above.

    Limit alcohol to one day a week.

    Good luck

    Here the address to a blog I wrote for clients

    PS.. lose what you can in two weeks, 5 pounds is a good start
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    Jul 01, 2009 3:42 PM GMT

    Run Forrest Run!
  • Rookz

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    Jul 01, 2009 4:05 PM GMT
    That's impossible to lost that much weight, that's unhealthy.

    The important questions are:

    Can you commit to change? To correct the bad habits in exchange for a healthier life style?

    Once you attain a trim body, are you going to commit for upkeep?
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    Jul 01, 2009 11:23 PM GMT
    Wow, this is a lot of information which is perfect and I am sincerely thankful for you're help fellas!

    MZ nearly everyone in my family is cooking illiterate which was passed on to me, I can make oatmeal and salad, thanks for recommending Body for Life, I'll be sure to check it out when I stop by Borders.

    RT, your blog is amazing in the specifics that it details, I'll try to follow the Food Exchange list you've written, it's very thorough.

    ND, I'll remember the 12lbs a month limit and I'll remember how my weight will fluctuate so I won't be discouraged.

    Thank you everyone again for the ideas, I'll be sure to update you guys on how it's going!