Weight Loss/Nutrition

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    Jul 05, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    Hey everyone. So here's the bottom line. About 4 months ago, I peaked at 287. I'm 6'0 and 21 years old.. I lost about 14 pounds in about 3 weeks, and then I joined Weight Watchers and have lost another 26. I'm now, as of today after getting weighed in, 247. I have a long way ago. Personally, I have a bigger build anyway because I was a football player so I want to get down to about 180. Weight Watchers is an extremely healthy way to lose weight, but I want to lose more in a faster period of time. The reason for this is in about 6 weeks I'm going to be doing a race called the "Warrior Dash" and I'm no longer thinking about a quantity of what to lose. For now, I just want to be able to finish the race. My ideal number to be down by the time of the race is about 225-230. (It's hard to not think of a quantity).

    I was told to try to stay away from refined carbs (mainly white bread), except for one day a week I can eat whatever I want, I just can't overeat. I was told to only do cardio and some "toning" for the excess skin. I was told it's pointless at this point to do really muscle building.

    Just wanted other people's inputs on a regimen for both diet and exercise. I also heard that your day where you eat whatever you want should be a "resting" day from exercise as well.

    I would mainly like advice from people who've been on this journey before, rather than someone who's always been in shape. I don't want to be eating crazy amounts of protein because I already have some kidney issues and excess protein effects your kidneys.
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    Jul 05, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
    First of all, congratulations on doing such good work in such a short amount of time. That's great. Keep it up.

    You might want to check out this blog for some pointers/inspiration. It's a guy who started over 440lbs and is down about 200lbs and just climbed Mount Rainier and did a Warrior Dash. I've found it really impressive. He's got a great attitude and endless motivation. I hope it helps.

  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 06, 2012 1:32 AM GMT
    Again, libero, congratulations on making the decision to be healthy and lose some weight-and doing it.

    But I`d caution against too rapid a weight loss. Losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy one isn`t about quick fixes, it`s about the long term and sustaining it. I`d recommend no more than 2lbs. loss/week, which should bring you down to 235lbs. by the time of the 'Warrior Dash'.

    Cardio like walking, running, swimming, cycling should help you get fitter and continue the weight loss. Some light weight training would help tone your upper body as well.

    You`re right about making space for 'treat' days and resting ( the other side of getting fit).

    Best wishes,