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5-20-2010 @ 11:31AM
As much as I have to give you props for this kind of an article, part of me wants to poke a little, bit, so I will.Mind you, there is no ill will intended in this comment whatsoever.The only way you'll make a consistent and permanent change to your health and well being is if you really -want- to. A lot of people talk, and say they will, but don't.A few tips just help out a bit.1. Cucumbers, Celery, lettuce, and other foods similar to them, are "negative calorie" foods, you burn more calories eating/digesting them, than they actually contain.2. For those of you lifting weights etc (I noticed Amanda Miller mention that the numbers havent moved yet) muscle weighs more than fat, the weight loss will come, but for right now focus on the inches lost and the changes in your body, rather than the numbers. The numbers can be daunting sometimes.3. You will plateau, absolutely and positively no question, you will. Don't get discouraged! Just kick it up a notch and push past it.4. Grapefruit, cayenne pepper, and green tea all boost metabolism, so try and work them into your diet (although be careful about going overboard, although that can be said for anything.)Two weeks ago I picked up P90X in hopes of tearing off the last 18lbs I had to lose (12lbs now :)), and the changes it's made in my body so far are amazing. I'd suggest it to anyone, just don't push yourself, and don't commit to it unless you're willing to sacrifice an hour or two a day to it.Just...make sure you're doing it for yourself, and not for anyone else. To make a positive change in your life and to your body.
5-20-2010 @ 12:56PM
I'm a certified fitness instructor and certified personal trainer, and I can tell you: muscle does not weigh more than fat. A pound of muscle and a pound of fat weigh exactly the same: one pound.Muscle, however, is more dense than fat. So if you lose a pound of fat and gain a pound of muscle, you will weigh exactly the same, but you will be smaller, because the muscle takes up less room.This is a pet peeve of mine, and commonly people who have no education in health and fitness often say. A pound is a pound is a pound, regardless of whether it's muscle or fat. The muscle is just more dense and takes up less space.
5-20-2010 @ 1:36PM
@GoleafsForgive me if I'm wrong here but doesn't that mean that muscle weighs more than fat in terms of volume? Like says we have the same amount (volume) of fat and muscle, wouldn't the muscle weigh more? I'm actually really curious because I'm one of those people that say that :)
5-20-2010 @ 3:11PM
The distinction is between Mass and Volume, which are two different things. A pound of fat has the same mass as a pound of muscle, however the /Volume/ of the former is much greater.
5-20-2010 @ 3:21PM
@doitQuoted from some cource to save me typing; "Muscle density is 1.06 g/ml and fat density is (about) 0.9g/ml. Thus, one litre of muscle would weigh 1.06 kg and one litre of fat would weigh 0.9 kg."Hope that answers it.
5-20-2010 @ 3:22PM
5-20-2010 @ 5:22PM
@GoLeafsIm totally sorry :( I never claimed to be a health professional. I just was saying what I've been told my entire life (and throughout my weight loss journey thus far.) My intention wasn't to mislead anyone or anything, just to give encouragement from someone who's done it and is doing it. My apologies.
5-22-2010 @ 3:26AM
GoLeafs,Muscle DOES weigh more then fat.Consider this:Who in their right mind would compare 1lb of something to 1lb of something else and go "Dur, I wonder which weighs more"?If you were to take 1cm square of fat and compare it to 1cm square of muscle, the muscle has a greater density and would therefore be heavier.Hence, the statement regarding it weighing more is logical.The faulty logic comes in to play with you assuming that someone would use the same thing they were trying to measure the difference between as the control as well. Simply put, they wouldn't. In fact, I believe the original comment by Suite suggested measuring inches lost rather then pounds.
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