Losing weight in college life

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    Feb 25, 2009 4:45 AM GMT
    Hi I am a student at a local college and don't have much money to spread around. I have recently bought an ab roller and a set of dumbells that range from 20 lbs. to 60 lbs. I am 226 lbs. 5'9 and need to lose weight to better my life. I was wondering if anyone could help me with putting together a workout regime for every week that would help me know what to do to lose weight, tone, and eventually put on muscle. Also the only option of food I have here is the school cafeteria. They have a salad bar, a sandwich station, a place for hamburgers, pizza, and comfort food. I don't know what kinds of food are best to eat when trying to lose weight. I am also taking hydroxycut as a supplement to help me attain my goal. Would someone please help me I don't know anything about this stuff and I would like to start bettering myself and my life. Please email me or let me know somehow, Thank you so much

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    Feb 25, 2009 7:10 AM GMT
    My advice...for what it is worth.

    1. Do not drink alcohol- beer, wine, mixed drinks, and liquor will only hinder your chances of sucessful weight loss. The temptation is strong in college. Just say NO, at least till you reach your healthy weight goals.

    2. Walk, ride a bike (get a 10-20 dollar bike at a thrift store and fix it up) DAILY.

    3. Yoga at least once a week. It will help you become flexible. Pick up a DVD and you can do some stretches on your schedule.

    4. As for nutrition at the college cafe- Salads and soups can't go wrong. Watch portion sizes. Think small meals throughout the day. No big meals. Drink WATER ONLY, no exceptions. Avoid caffeine if possible, the crashes only encourage binge eating, in my opinion.

    5. Lift those weights! Make a schedule just like your class schedule. Get a routine that is REALISTIC and attainable considering your individual energy and time limitations.

    6. Do not take the Hydroxycut. It may make you jittery and put excessive strain on your heart and body. Take the money you would spend on that and by healthy snacks for in between classes and cafe meals. I suggest organic peanut butter and celery, almonds, nonfat organic milk, lean meats like chicken and fish, and whole grain cereals.

    GOOD LUCK and be positive. You can do it, with time.

    Hope this helps,

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    Feb 25, 2009 2:15 PM GMT
    Always always always take the stairs, even if you live on the 10th floor of your residence and your classes are all on the 7th floor of different buildings. You'll be amazed at the difference it makes. Remember, losing weight is not about dieting, it's about changing the way you live.
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    Feb 25, 2009 2:44 PM GMT
    I live in a dorm too, and I just hit 10% bodyfat for the first time in my life. I'll give you a couple hints and then tell you what i do.

    1. Don't bother with abs until you're lean. You won't be able to see them, they are more trouble than they're worth until you've lost the weight.

    2. Consider buying whey protein powder instead of hydroxycut. It's a very cheap (I think like 59 cents per scoop?) and it'll give you LOADS of quality protein for not very many calories.

    3. Bigger is better when it comes to muscle training. Muscle helps you burn fat while you rest so focus on the big muscles--chest, back, legs--when you work out so that you can get as much muscle for your effort as possible.

    4. Do you like to run? Or swim, play DDR, whatever? Cardio will be very helpful to you, especially if you do intervals: http://www.askmen.com/sports/bodybuilding_100/135_fitness_tip.html


    I find as long as you restrict yourself to 10 calories per pound of body weight each day you can eat whatever you like.

    If you eat only junk, though, you'll run out of your 2260 daily calories fast. Things that are low in calories will fill you up easier--especially lean protein and whole grain foods--so that you can save your calories for what you really like to eat icon_smile.gif

    (What I just told you is essentially Weight Watchers, by the way.)


    Like I said, bigger is better. You will find the following exercises useful to build the big muscles in your body in order to burn fat:
    -Dumbbell Flies (pecs)
    -Seated Dumbbell Press (shoulders, triceps)
    -Dumbbell Rows (biceps, back)
    -Dumbbell Squats (legs, emphasis quadraceps)
    -Lunges (legs, emphasis glutes)

    Google these if you don't know how to do them, there are plenty of videos and guides at there.
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    Feb 25, 2009 8:02 PM GMT
    Hi-Get a hotplate - don't burn the school down. Mkae your own egg whites for breakfast-eat steelcut oatmeal, takes longer to make, but the other kind is crap and sugar. Watch you carb intake- don't drink soda.

    Make sure you do intensive cardio try and work your way to 30-45 mins at least 3 times a week. The other 2 days use light weights to keep tone. When you have lost the desired weight flip it to 2 days cardio 3 days weight training hour sessions. In time you can move up in weight training. Do push ups and sit ups often. Get a chin up bar for your doorway. You might not be able to do one yet, but you will when your lose weight and begin the strengthen your upper body. Till then bend your knees and have a buddy spot you in pull ups, holding your feet assiting you with some of your own body weight. Get a work-out buddy. This will help you stay motivated. Write it down on paper (your workouts how often how long type of exercises starting weight.) Track your progress. Get a tape measure to track your progress. When you see the inches go-IT will motivate you. You have to want it bad!! Don't step on the scale-muscle weighs more than fat, and you might get discouraged if you weigh yourself too often. Look at the workout tips here on RJ.

    Good Luck. Don't quit. Keep us posted!! Peace-

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    Feb 25, 2009 8:33 PM GMT
    Another good thing to do is eat food that will fill you up without lots of calories in them. I like snacking on carrots and big green seedless grapes when
    I'm on campus.
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    Feb 25, 2009 9:07 PM GMT
    I dont know what kind of college you are going to, but even the community college that i went to had a great work out facility for all its students to use for free. I found out the best way to lose weight is to run (cardiovascular work outs). And on the days that you are sore or dont feel like running, you run anyways! Just make sure u stretch, and dont over do yourself. I set goals in the way of distance and time, and work my way to achieve them.
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    Feb 25, 2009 9:10 PM GMT

    You don't have much money then stop buying food .. icon_smile.gif