Looking for a little help in weight management

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    Jun 20, 2008 6:43 PM GMT
    Ok, I used to be obese, 5' 7" and 250+ pounds, fat not muscle. I have lost alot of weight, I am currently at 185lbs. My alltime low was 145 pounds. My problems that I want help with are the following.

    1. I want to lose more fat, as 185 pounds is still a little bit to heavy for me, since I still don't have alot of muscle mass. I originally lost the weight using products that are off the market (ephedrine based). Are there any other productsa of the market that are as effective or more effective at appitite control and especially thermogenic effect as the old ephedrine based products? Dieting and excercize keeps me from the 250+_ mark, but I have bottomed out of weight (and fat) loss without any aids at appx 185 pounds.

    2. What excercises are the best for tightening up excess skin from the current and future weightloss, especially in the abdomen region but also in the chest. The extra ski9n in almost as bad as being obese. In fact, i think my boyfriend hates it more.

    3. Does anybody in the wilkes-barre area want/need a workout buddy or is willing to take me on as a workout buddy for the sake of helping keep me motivated? I do not have my own equipment, but I am willing to join a gym in the area if you don't have any either.

    4. Does anyone out there support cosmetic surgery for tightening excess skin? I am looking for peoples opinions who either have had such surgery, is planning on it, or has concidered but decided against it. I am concidering it when I lose some more weight, and would appreciate the help.

    Thank you all for your hewlp. You can message me on the site, reply to the topic or email me at wilykit11001@hotmail.com

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    Jun 20, 2008 10:09 PM GMT
    Dude, congrats on the weight loss, that's awesome! Like you I'm 5' 7'' and was at 200lbs when I graduated High School. I used Xenedrine when it still had ephedrine in it and lost 55lbs. I TOTALLY understand where you're coming from.

    Cardio is the best way to combat fat, making sure to do 30 - 45 minutes at least 3 - 4 times a week. In your chest area, as long as your pushing yourself and making sure you're doing exercises properly, you'll notice your chest filling with muscle and replacing it with fat.

    Your abdomen will be the hardest part of your body to lose (it is for every man). Men tend to lose this last and gain here first. Continue doing crunches and cardio, and you'll find that it'll get stronger and tighter. I'm there with ya, but I have noticed a big difference.

    You'll have days of frustration, but you'll have ten times the good days. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 20, 2008 10:34 PM GMT
    I'm not worthy!!!!

    I genuflect in awe before guys who can lose weight as you have done. How can I advise someone like you?

    A book I recent read, "You On A Diet" by Drs Roizen and Oz, suggest 30 minutes of walking daily to burn calories. I do this very quickly on a threadmill, along with my workouts with my personal trainer.
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    Jun 20, 2008 11:18 PM GMT
    Yes ... you do need to be congratulated on such a great feat that you have already accomplished

    Now...You did lose a lot of weight
    and just like a balloon when you let out some of the air
    there's going to be some excess and there's also going to be some contraction of the skin at the same time
    sometimes this contraction takes a while and in some cases esp if the weight loss is very drastic or if you were over say 35 it may not happen at all

    There are definitely plastic surgeons who can do this for you. They cut off the excess skin
    Call your local hospital and they will connect you with a reputable surgeon in your area
    The other question about losing more weight
    Did I hear right?
    That you didn't belong to a gym? You lost all that weight without doing a great amt of exercise?
    That's amazing but the drawerback is that your body is likely in starvation mode and will be holding onto every single calorie for dear life
    The next step is get to a gym...you need to be working with weight 3-4 times a week
    and doing cardio about 2 more days a week
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    Jun 21, 2008 12:24 AM GMT
    I had surgery suggested to me by my doctor a year ago. I lost 130 pounds (at the time). Had a six pack started but some flab that wouldn't go away on my chest. The more I would work the more it would go away, but i never managed to get rid of it.

    From talking to various people - and what they said in this topic - build muscle to make it less apparent.

    Are the diet pills bad for you? I always get stuck working with these stupid things at the store I work at and I am always tempted to try them. But I'm afraid of pills.
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    Jun 21, 2008 4:33 AM GMT
    Thank you for responding to me, and so quickly. to answer, the original weight loss was with diet pills with ephedrine, many years ago. I gained it all back due to various health problems. The second weight loss, from the 255 to 185 was without diet pills, mostly from cardio 1.5-2 hours 6-7 days a week over about a year. I am on a very limited income, hence the no gym but fortunatly one just opened near me thats only $10 a month, after the initial $60, so I will be joining there, soon, probably when I gewt someone to join with me (I am a bit co-dependant, needing someone else involved to keep me motivated). I jhust recently decied to try new diet pills, witrh synephrine in place of ephedrine, don't know how they work yet, tell you in a month or so.

    As to how safe they are, I know the ones with ephedrine were not safe at all, and I know there are alot of warnings with the new ones Im trying. But back then, all that mattered was loosing the weight (which I did, over 80 lbs in less than 2 months with the ephedrine pills) so I ignored the horrible way I felt with the ephedrine, taking 2 times what the bottle said. Thjis time I am following the directions perfectly, mainly cause I am no longer desperate not weing over 250 or anywhere near that now. I still feel jittery and a little uncomfortable for the first 2-3 hours of the day, but thats it. If they are working after 30 days I'll keep at them, if not I'll try something else.

    Finally, If anyone froim the wilkes-barre area ever reads this, I am looking for a workout partner, and ev en if I find one will always be open to finding more. I used to lift as a kid, and I know that I need others to support me. I will post more info as I find it out, and will always read and appreciate any info any of you have to share.

    Again thank you very much!

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    Jun 21, 2008 12:47 PM GMT
    Your best bet is to educate yourself on ingredients in eveyday cunsumables.

    BE a label reader!!

    In the long run, you'll zip through that ingredient list and know in advance which foods will and will not contain engineered carbs, sugars, and fats.

    As for surgical methods, do heavy research first. Skin is a vary smart organ and it does not need evasive procedures to alter it. Since you're still young, your skin will re-adjust itself to the body it now covers. True, the process is lengthy, but less expensive and less painful. Try those skin firming lotions, I used them and I saw improvements in a few months.

    Put your mindset into gaining more muscle mass. I found myself getting upset for gaining 5 pounds of weight even if I knew that it was new muscle. I was so used to comparing my increased weight as a sign of fatness, not firmness. Things are different now, I'm ok weighing 190 lbs with the frame I carry.

    Keep asking questions!!

    The best of luck in your quest!