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losing weight

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by bassplayer1494, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. Im 16 and i wanna lose 60lbs in 6 months. im 5 ft 9 and 3/4 in tall and weigh 225 right now(i was at around 229-230 when i started). I started this program called barrys bootcamp 2 days ago which is a 20 minute workout video that involves resistance bands, a big exercise ball shaped like a pill, and a sweaty sweaty body afterwards. i alternate each day with the upper body and the lower body video(today i did lower body tomorrow upper). i plan to do it 6 days a week and rest on the 7th. I eat cheerioes and a bananna for breakfast, missed lunch today but will have a lean turkey, lettuce, tomato, and spicy mustard sandwitch on one piece of whole grain bread for lunch, and a chicken salad for dinner. chicken was panfried in olive oil covered in a nice tasty rub, and a balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing. ill eat a few snacks during the day like apples and grapes. Anyone think i should add something or change it for better results?
  2. Bassguy61


    Feb 28, 2008
    Pearl, MS
    I've battled weight my whole life, and can speak from at least a bit of experience... Main things I would encourage you with are:

    1) The exercise is a HUGE key. All the other stuff, fads, etc... won't work without it.

    2) Don't do anything to lose the weight that you can't keep up with from then on. LIke they say, it's a lifestyle change. If you don't make the changes you're doing now permanent, the weight loss won't be either.

    I dropped 75 pounds one year back 15 years ago doing lots of exercise, and eating like what you are suggesting. I just didn't make it a life change so a chunk of it came back.

    But, to quote Tony Little, "You can dooooo it!" :D
  3. Alucard817


    May 18, 2010
    I too am on a diet weighed 380 pounds back in april now I weigh 330. You are going about this all wrong.
    firstly you dont need to lose weight unless you are suffering from health issues due to it.
    secondly Your starving your body. the less you eat the more your body stores in fat.
    IF you think your fat because of the BMI (body mass index) keep in mind that the BMI is complete ********. It was invented in the mid 1800's and has seen very few if any updates since then.
  4. Thing is, loosing that much weight that fast isn't realistic. Also, you need to do more cardio, 30 to 40 minutes a day MINIMUM.


  5. Word to the cardio. At least 30 minutes at once - better off with an hour. Any less than that doesn't really do what you want it to do.
  6. i just want to get down to a good weight for my weight class and i think that 165-170 is a good weight for me. im not going to starve myself by no means. ive done this before and have had some good results but things like hurting my ankle(non workout related) and losing interest have gotten me. I plan to make a life change. Plus alot of things like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high tryglecerides runs in my family.
  7. MooneyDriver


    Oct 6, 2010
    Kent, OH
    Reduce (not eliminate) your carb intake and your body will naturally loose weight. This means much less sugar, breads, cereals, cakes, etc. Eliminate soda pop from your diet, or at least sugar based drinks. When I was in my mid 20's, I stopped drinking soda and lost a few pounds every month without changing anything else. Combining a good diet with exercise will give you the best results.

    Over the course of the last year, at nearly 50, I dropped to my college weight by eating salads with proteins like steak, chicken, pork, etc.... :)

    As mentioned earlier, do not starve yourself.
  8. It kinda depends how you metabolism processes foods, too.

    If I eat significant carbs (like 40 to 50 grams a day) I just start the gain process.

    I've found that a diet that looks kinda like the South Beach diet (proteins/meats, vegetable fats (like nuts and avocados)) lets me lose weight and keep it off. I've lost about 60 pounds that way but in two chunks....forty 2 years ago and another 20 this year.

    Now I used to work 60+ hours a week with a 2 hr a day commute, so exercise was not on my particular planet thru all that.

    Now I've retired and I'm out hittin' the birding trails about 2.5 miles every couple days, so I hope I can break thru the wall I've been at for about 6 months.

    My diet change is permanent. I know I'm carb sensitive and if I fall off that bandwagon, I get in trouble fast.

    Good luck!
  9. i dont plan on doing that. before this, i would eat alot of junk food and do little or no activity, but now, im trying to incorporate eating healthy and exercising into my life. it really is a crazy workout, i plan to do the basic 20 minute a day routine for about a month or so til im comfortable and then step it up and add one of the 12 minute mission specialists workouts(there are three of them for each vid) and add another mission specialist each month til im doing 50+ minutes of workouts
  10. fenderhutz

    fenderhutz Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Harpers Ferry WV
    I dropped 75 pounds in the span of a year eating lower carb (not Atkins bacon and eggs). Everyone is different, it might take 5 minutes of exercise for me to burn 300 calories where it might take you 7 minutes. You have to set a reasonable goal and at least walk 15 minutes per day no matter what other exercises you decide to do. Look at what you eat, a serving of pasta can be up to 300 calories, take green beans as a substitute and now you have cut 300 down to 70. Calories in, calories out. Eat healthier foods that are less caloric and watch results. Banana and Cheerios is a VERY high calorie breakfast.
  11. yea but i measure it out and plus i have gym 3 days a week so i burn it off.
  12. Bassdude404


    Oct 23, 2010
    I lost 56 pounds over the course of about 5 months following Weight Watcher's point system...When my wife and I set the date for our wedding, we both decided to get serious about losing weight...She lost 76 pounds, but she started before I did with the Weight Watcher's...No special meals, or buying food from them....We eat whatever we want to, as everything has a point value..When we're out of points for the day, that's it....You learn to eat more healthy foods as a result also....Stuff like celery, carrots, etc has 0 points, where as stuff like fried chicken, cheesburgers, french fries, etc has alot of points...A typical meal from McDonalds will use the majority of a day's points...Needless to say, I haven't had anything from there in over a year now....

    This was me in November 2008 (I really hate these pics).....



    And 56 pounds lighter in April 2009 (we got married in July '09)...


  13. I disagree with that.

    Loosing 60lbs over 6 months (say 26 weeks) is loosing less than 2.5lbs a week. You can easily loose 3lbs a week and over short runs I've manged to loose 7lbs a week.

    I do agree that he needs a heck of a lot more excersise, 30 minutes - 1 hour cardio session regularly (preferably at least 5 days a week).

    Other things that are worth doing:

    - Track your daily calorie intake, so you know how much you really eat.

    - Track your daily excersise, so you know how much you really do.

    - Track your weight weekly and chart it, it's nice to see quantative benifits.

    - Take one day a week to treat yourself, have a pizza or take away. If you are purely calorie counting, it may not make sense, but it helps stop your body going into full on starvation mode.

    - Take up a sport, being part of a team can be more fun than training alone and you'll be more likely to keep it up, with most team sports that'd be covering at least 3 days a week in which you have 1 hour minimum cardio.

    - I'd also recommend doing some weight training, if you are on a diet and new to it, keep it light with higher reps.

    - Consistency, keep as close to your plan as you can, don't skip out a run because you're feeling tired or whatnot.

    - Finally, when you reach your goal, don't fall back into your old life style!
  14. Care to share your secret on burning 300 calories in 5 minutes? :p
  15. BP1494,

    There is some decent advice posted already. i_got_a_mohawk has some good advice.

    Having been through a weight loss, here is what I've learned.

    1. Exercise - GREAT! Do it hard. Everyone and his brother will give you advice, both about running, lifting, etc. Find a program and stick with it. The consensus amongst elite weight coaches (Rippetoe, Wendler, etc.) is that a program will work (any program) for approximately 6 weeks. Stick with whatever you choose.

    2. Rest - your body recovers when you rest. Rest might mean nothing more strenuous than walking or a very light jog. The more sleep, the more weight falls off. When stressed (through lack of sleep, for example), your body produces stress hormones. This causes your body to store calories as fat, as it is preparing for a starvation mode.

    3. Weight training - Definitely. Keep the exercises SIMPLE. This means squats, deadlifts, bench press, overhead press (some just call it the press...), cleans, pullups, dips, etc. Make sure you have proper form. An excellent website is www.startingstrength.com - the guy who runs this website literally wrote the book on these lifts - Mark Rippetoe. MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW PROPER FORM AT ALL TIMES. (I can't yell that enough...). A good program also at www.stronglifts.com (it even comes with a spreadsheet for you!)

    4. Caloric intake - make sure your caloric intake (how much you eat per day) is at a sufficient level. For an active male, aged 16, what you are eating is likely insufficient. Change the TYPES of foods you eat & eat healthier options. A starvation diet WILL work (it is how weight watchers works), but only to a point. You sound like you are very active - being active requires extra intake.

    5. Too much too soon. Running is nice, so is biking, so is weight training, so is eating healthy, etc.etc. Add one thing at a time, and be conservative. Unless you are running 5 miles already, don't just pop off & run 6. Better to start with 1, then 1.5, then 2, etc. Same with weights. Remember - you are trying to change your life habits, not just drop 60 lbs.

    6. 60 lbs is a lot. You will have to buy new clothes. This is an AWESOME time.

    That should get you started for a while. Best of luck to you.

    ian (Chebass88)

    P.S. 300 calories in 5 minutes? Nice - I can burn an entire day's worth of eating in an hour. Solid.
  16. fenderhutz

    fenderhutz Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Harpers Ferry WV
    I was just giving an example lol. Not everyone burns at the same rate. Geesh.
  17. RedCoatMonster


    Aug 14, 2007
    Thomas, OK
    My girlfriend's dad was 505lbs a little over two years ago and is now 230 lbs at about 6 foot 4. He and his now ex-wife had a fight while staying at my house because his weight was killing him. The next say he began writing a blog about his life and journey as a heavy person trying to lose weight. He is now in the process of writing a book for a publisher. Here's the link, you guys might enjoy it!

  18. Don't starve if you're working out, I eat upwards of 4000 Kcals a day, but I work out enough for it to level off.
  19. If you want to lose weight then eat fewer carbs. No real way around it.

    If you do no exercise and stop eating carbs you'll eventually lose weight. If you exercise and eat fewer carbs you'll lose even more weight. If you eat fewer carbs and exercise a lot then you'll lose tons of weight.

    It's not hard, guys. Give up bread, beer, rice, and pasta... Eat tons of veggies and protien and exercise and you'll lose weight... I promise.

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