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12-01-2011 @ 2:14PM
Congratulations, Johnathan!As a fellow weight-losing gamer, I'm very proud of your efforts! Keep up the great work!My goal is to get back to 185, which is what I weighed in high school. (Albeit, far more muscle tone back then.) I'm down to 195 (from around 235) and can't believe how much better I feel! I hope to hit that goal by March, which will be one year from when I started.
12-01-2011 @ 2:36PM
i am also trying to reach my goal of 175 but apparently since im still 18 and apparently 180 pounds is perfect, i stand at 195, so idk if i should go for the 170-175 or go for the 180? what do you think? also my friend she tried to do a diet of drinking a full glass of water to the top and wait 40 minutes until she eats something and keeps on doing it for every meal she does. i tried it for like a week and did some push ups and jogging and lost around 15 pounds, i was like is this magic?!
12-01-2011 @ 2:54PM
I try to avoid gimmick diets.The thing you mention is a variation of the more common "Drink more water" which WILL actually help you lose weight. The 40 minutes before eating thing just seems irrelevant and more of a mind game than anything that would actually impact your weight loss.I've said this a few times on here before, but I thoroughly endorse Weight Watchers. It's not a diet, in the traditional sense. No "eat no carbs," "eat just red meat," "eat only carbs" hoopla. Eat what you want. But in moderation. Being on the program for 9 months has been amazingly eye-opening, and I look at food so much differently now. I understand how to make healthier choices and have actually discovered a ton of new things that I would've never thought to even try before.And even now, I'll use some of my "bonus" points to throw down on some of the less-healthy options, from time to time. Don't deny yourself the things you like. It'll only make you resent the process and not want to stick to it. Just go easy on it.The best thing I ever bought was my food scale. Figuring out actual serving sizes is a godsend. If you don't scarf it down, a serving of potato chips (usually 1oz.) is actually more than enough to satisfy the average snack craving, and isn't obscenely high in points. (Chex Mix is an even better option, though I'm dying to know the nutrition info for it after cutting out the pretzels, bagel chips and bread twists, which I don't like.)
12-01-2011 @ 3:11PM
Makes more sense to me now. Thank you sooooo much :). for a guy who's been considered chubby, i want to change my personality as of how i look cause i want to gain more confidence and not be judge like i used to be judged in middle school and mid high-school. Thanks alot man :) i would really go into deep on what you said.
12-01-2011 @ 3:17PM
Good luck Matt.That's almost exactly what my goal was a year or two ago. I weighed about 230 and wanted to get down to a weight where even if I had a "cheat weekend" I would still come out under 200.I actually reached that pretty quickly and kept losing all the way down to 173. I'm around 180-185 right now as I decided to enjoy life's indulgences just a little bit. That's not ideal though. I'd like to be 175-180 instead of 180-185.Well, I guess I'm going to the gym tonight.
12-01-2011 @ 3:24PM
Welldead, that depends if you are a girl or a boy. Also, drinking water to eat less is just a bandaid. The question comes down to what you are trying to do. Do you just want to be skinny and appear to have strength because of a 6 pack? Do you want to be able to lift a lot of weights and not worry as much about your look? Or you can do both. The key to understanding your best diet is what your goal is.Your own weight really depends on your height and sex as I said. I personally am 205 pounds but I am a decently well built person. I could lose some fat and will most likely do it come next spring, but I am in shape which is what is most important to me.The best solution is to lift weights in my opinion, no matter your sex. Working out works out great because you can eat more calories, you put on muscle, and its just plain fun. Its a great idea because it forces your body to repair itself and change its metabolism.Cardio activities are good filler but using them as a means of losing weight alone is just a poor idea. While I really endorse lifting weights and think eating less and running is a bad idea, I will say they are better than nothing. If you lose weight in a manner like this you will simply become skin and bones. The goal is to actually change your life style.When it comes to things such as weight watchers they work but they just aren't very efficient in my opinion. They tend to over dramatize eating pizza and other foods they declare to be terribly unhealthy. THis really is why i endorse lifting weights. You are able to still eat a lot of food and in fact you are encouraged to if you want to put enough work into it. The goal though is to make sure you have a friend who understands lifting weights.
12-01-2011 @ 3:30PM
welldead,focus on your overall body composition rather than earth's gravitational pull on your body's mass (weight)... buy some cheap body fat calipers and measure yourself to find out where you are15% body fat is a healthy % that all males can shoot for. you could go lower down to 12% where, statistically, you should be able to see abdominal definition in a relaxed state with normal lighting conditions (i.e.: not a myspace angle/lighting)if you are already in the 12-15% bf range (legitimately 12-15% that is, use some calipers for real, or even better if you have access to be hydrostatic weighed) you could attempt to get to 8-11.9% bf, but single% bf is very difficult for most. also, put on dat dere muscle mass! everyone can benefit from more muscle mass; bigger faster stronger.
12-01-2011 @ 3:35PM
Well, im a boy firstly. and second, i may have a cousin who does weights every week. might ask him some questions about that. i used to lift weights when i was in high school. Thanks for the more info :)
12-01-2011 @ 3:56PM
Well, if you start a lifting routine you want to try to do it at least 2 times a week or if possible 3 times. Go for composite lifts and eat lots of protein. Lifting is a honestly a bit of a life style change but it makes you feel so much better and you adapt to the pain quick.
12-01-2011 @ 4:04PM
Lol, yeah. it hurts at the end when you are done but it is worth it.
12-01-2011 @ 5:26PM
Just wanted to state that the 40mins between the water and the food is proven to help. The reason is it takes your body 30 mins to realise it's not hungry anylonger. So if you are waiting 40 you have given your body time to decided if it is still hungry. I had a doctor have me do this when I lost 40lbs.
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