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    help on losing more weight...

    At my school (I teach), we are having a biggest loser competition. And well, I've been seriously getting more fit and consequently losing weight for months before this. But with the competion I'd like really like to make a go showing! I need some advice on what I should do differently to help me get off this not-quite-a-plateau I'm on...
    right now. I do stairs 30+min, 4xweek. lift 3x week. eat breakfast......so...

    I've considered going more low carb. Is this a good idea? anyone tried it?

    what about not eating before a workout. Does this help?
    Should I do more aerobic than I'm doing? or should I do more sprints?
    and when I ride my ex. bike what should I be doing for the most fat burn (speed,time, etc.)

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    What has helped me the most has been interval training. Two days a week I throw in a 60 - 90 minute interval session where I keep my heart rate in the upper Zone 3 range for recovery and mid to upper Zone 4 range for sprints.
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    I second the intervals. If you want to lose weight more cardio and less weights. I've read that eating before workout helps you lose more weight because it allows you to workout longer. I guess that only applies if you're exercising as long as there's energy in the tank. Personally I'm very much against fad diets, I like eating a balanced diet but less of it if you need to lose weight. That's how I lost 45 lbs.

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    I've been running 3 miles 3 times a week (training for a couple sprint triathlons later this year). I've lost 10 pounds since January 1.

    I've also been really sticking to my diet. Not a "diet", but just cutting out crap and cutting back on portion size.

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    Definitely go low carbs. Carbs convert to Glucose and your blood will always have an elevated insulin level as the insulin coverts glucose to glycogen. Insulin causes water retention. This is why people lose so much weight during the induction phase of the Atkins diet, when the insulin level drops, water is shed by the kidneys.

    I would immediately stop weight training. One of the side effects of weight traing is muscular hypertrophy, or an increase in the size of your muscles. This is EXTREMELY COUNTERPRODUCTIVE if you are trying to lose weight, as muscle weighs more than fat.

    The people who say "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" are either in the breakfast business or psychologically benefit from you remaining fat. When you get up in the morning, glycogen is at it's lowest level. Try to extend this period as long as possible.

    Your body can only run on Glycogen. There's only 2 sources of glycogen, carbs (glucose) or the body can "crack" glycogen out of fat tissue in a process called ketosis. The low carb diet will get you into ketosis and burn fat and also improve your mood by eliminating the up and down glucose/insulin cycles.

    Good luck!
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    1) Carbs are not the devil. Carbs are good. They provide sustained energy.
    2) Eat carbs before you work out. They will provide the energy you need to really maximize your efforts.
    3) Weight training is important. Yes, muscle weighs more than fat. But your body burns calories to build that muscle.
    4) Breakfast is important. It kick-starts your metabolism. Also eating 5 smaller meals trumps eating 2-3 larger meals.

    I'm not a doctor - I don't even play one on TV. But these are things I've been learning from actual doctors and nutritionists. It's helped me shed about 40 pounds in less than 3 months.
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    I have lost 53 pounds in 5 months, a few thoughts, as I have just gotten over a 5 week plateau myself:

    1. Count your calories, I use this website: www.sparkpeople.com it is free, and it makes it real simple for you to lose weight, not only will it help you count the calories but also give you the amount of calories to eat based on what you are doing fitness wise.
    2. Mix up workouts, do not do the same thing every day.
    3. DO WEIGHT TRAINING, it is an easy way to break a plateau.
    4. Try rollercoasting your calories, i.e. eating 2100 calories today, 2800 calories the next day, then 1800, ect. It keeps your body guessing.

    I am no expert, I like you just finished a biggest loser contest at work (I won, 12 week contest, 10.4% body weight lost). I would stress counting the calories and continue weight training.

    Good luck, remember, even if your not losing, your getting healthier and probably losing inches!

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    Another good calorie counting site: www.fitday.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard_Rides View Post
    Definitely go low carbs. Carbs convert to Glucose and your blood will always have an elevated insulin level as the insulin coverts glucose to glycogen. Insulin causes water retention. This is why people lose so much weight during the induction phase of the Atkins diet, when the insulin level drops, water is shed by the kidneys.

    I would immediately stop weight training. One of the side effects of weight traing is muscular hypertrophy, or an increase in the size of your muscles. This is EXTREMELY COUNTERPRODUCTIVE if you are trying to lose weight, as muscle weighs more than fat.

    The people who say "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" are either in the breakfast business or psychologically benefit from you remaining fat. When you get up in the morning, glycogen is at it's lowest level. Try to extend this period as long as possible.

    Your body can only run on Glycogen. There's only 2 sources of glycogen, carbs (glucose) or the body can "crack" glycogen out of fat tissue in a process called ketosis. The low carb diet will get you into ketosis and burn fat and also improve your mood by eliminating the up and down glucose/insulin cycles.

    Good luck!
    I'm not arguing. I just have a question...

    Like most everyone, I've always been told that breakfast is the most important meal. Do you have any sources where I can do more research about what you say about not eating breakfast? I'd like to read more about it.

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    Here's something I found on Hammer Nutrition's web site:

    SEVENTEEN CHARACTERISTICS OF AN EFFECTIVE WEIGHT LOSS PLAN

    1. Reduce current refined carbohydrate intake by 50%.
    2. Increase raw food vegetable and fruit intake by 25%.
    3. Drink a minimum of 10 x 8-ounce glasses of water per day [chose either steam distilled or bottled water that is "chlorine and fluoride free"].
    4. Cease eating after 7:00 PM.
    5. Reduce or omit meats [excluding salt-water cold water fish] and dairy byproducts.
    6. Exercise activity is conducted at or below 75% VO2 Max Heart Rate.
    7. PERIODIC Short-term weight loss of 2-5 pounds weight loss in 20 consecutive days, followed by seven days NO calorie restriction before repeating a 2nd 20-day protocol.
    8. Recommend no more than 1 pound weight loss each week.
    9. Do not go below 1,500 calories per day.
    10. Refer to the Food Guide Asian or Mediterranean Pyramid and Dietary Guidelines.
    11. Focus on limiting fat and processed food intake rather than calories.
    12. Encourage 30 minutes minimum exercise per day.
    13. Include a variety of nutritionally balanced foods.
    14. Minimize hunger, no-starve periods.
    15. Encourage setting realistic weight loss goals and making slow, moderate changes.
    16. Precedes an established lifelong "Lifestyle" protocol, balancing caloric intake with expense.
    17. Remove man-made fats [TFA-Trans Fatty Acids-also know as partially or completely hydrogenated vegetable fats]; found in almost all processed baked goods.

    Step #7 caught my interest. Going to research that further...

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmCosmo View Post
    I'm not arguing. I just have a question...

    Like most everyone, I've always been told that breakfast is the most important meal. Do you have any sources where I can do more research about what you say about not eating breakfast? I'd like to read more about it.
    No, I don't have sources. In fact, everything I find contradicts my theory, the popular opinion says breakfast is important because carbs are needed to "wake you up" and combat lethargy from the low blood sugar level you have upon waking. So there is no support for my theory, just my personal experience that the sooner you exhaust your blood sugar, the sooner you get into fat stores...

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    Hey, a lot of good things to think about! well this week I gained a couple pounds! I also weight lifted 3 days this week and walked like crazy every day. Do muscles swell and gain weight after working out? They do, right? I also tried low carb, but must've not done very well at it. The last quote of healthy diet sounds veggi-eater only....

    How do I find information on low carb? I'm assuming there is more to it, than just not eating carbs.

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    Richard_rides, you posted the same time I did....
    Years ago I remember reading that cyclist would wake up and workout like mad in order to "drain" all the energy they had stored. Is this what you're talking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jross View Post
    Richard_rides, you posted the same time I did....
    Years ago I remember reading that cyclist would wake up and workout like mad in order to "drain" all the energy they had stored. Is this what you're talking about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmCosmo View Post
    Another good calorie counting site: www.fitday.com
    I use this site. It's helped me track calories, nutrition and exercise for the last 3 months. I've lost 45 pounds.

    My intention is to continue using it when I hit my target weight to avoid the dreaded slide back up the scale.

    Nice site and it's free.

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    As others have said, watch the caloric intake every day, I use livestrong.com but, any tool will work. Eat all day long not just 3 large meals, work on proteins and good fats, I have a fondness for shrimp. Dried fruits and nuts a handful here and there can get you past those hunger pangs. I recently started doing Bikram yoga for 90 minutes a day and have dropped 5 pounds in three days. I can't ride on the same days I do yoga, just not enough endurance to do it yet.

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    Reduce calories consumed.

    Increase calories burned.

    The people on "The Biggest Loser" eat reasonable diets and exercise 4-6 hours per day. I would assume most of that exercise is aerobic. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24097852/

    I have heard that eating breakfast does help to get your metabolism going for the day...

    I have also heard that the not eating at night is bogus, except that the type of foods that people tend to eat late at night are no good for you... If you are eating healthy foods, don't go to bed hungry just because of that "rule"... But then again, if you can sleep, you don't notice you ar hungry until you get up for breakfast, so it might help in that way.
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    I lost a lot of weight this past year. I also reduced my carb intake significantly. However, I am not on a low carb diet -- in fact, I am eating away on two thick, bready square slices of cheese pizza right now.

    I lost my weight by eating fewer carbs and by making a conscious effort to burn off the carbs that I did eat. Nowadays, when I eat them, like today, I will be sure to do a few hours of exercise (at least one hour of it will be very intensive).

    Here is my experience: Basically, I found that the carbs available in our average diet far exceeds what I can reasonably burn. If I am planning to ride a century or go out on a rugged hike, up and down dozens of steep hills in the freezing cold, then -- sure! -- I'll load up on serious amounts of carbs. However, if I am just sitting on my tush in the car, driving from...say, Ohio out to Arizona, with nary a pause, I would eat no carbs at all.

    By going from 230 lbs down to 190, I lost about 18% of my weight in less than a year. I did it primarily by putting myself in constant motion. I ditched the TV and focused on being active instead of sedentary. I also dropped eating most of the cooked vegetable oils (unsaturated fats) and almost all the animal fats, sticking now mostly to cooking with coconut oil and eating only buffalo meat and fish, like salmon, trout or halibut, if anything. Lastly, I lowered the carb intake by dropping the breads and pasta unless engaged in heavy activity.

    good luck with the weight loss, OP.

    Edited to add: Of the 40 lbs lost last year, 20 of them were gained in the year before. Also, 10 lbs were gained over the two years prior to that. So, in effect, over the past four to five years, I have had a net loss of 8 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard_Rides View Post
    I would immediately stop weight training. One of the side effects of weight traing is muscular hypertrophy, or an increase in the size of your muscles. This is EXTREMELY COUNTERPRODUCTIVE if you are trying to lose weight, as muscle weighs more than fat.
    Huh? Weight training will just lead to burning calories. One will not increase the size of their muscles from weight training unless the body has an excess of calories (i.e. food eaten, especially protein) that it can use to build muscle with. I read posts like this and I wonder what people think. Do they think somehow the body takes existing fat and converts it to muscle and then somehow it magically weighs more than it did when it was fat? It doesn't work that way!

    If the OP is eating right (i.e. fewer calories than he's burning), weight training CAN NOT lead to big muscles nor can it lead to weight gain. The only thing we can do to our bodies to make them weigh more is eat. Weight can only come on to the body through our mouths.

    The key to weight loss is simple: eat less. And it takes a lot less effort to do nothing (i.e. don't eat that food item) than it takes to do something (ride a bike, lift weights, whatever). So be lazy and lose weight!

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    For me, weight lifting is far better for FAT loss than cardio. Cardio-only tended to reduce my overall muscle mass (which lowers the amount of calories I burn). Circuit training works very well but should not be started until you've got a couple of weeks of weight training under your belt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacificaslim View Post
    Huh? Weight training will just lead to burning calories. One will not increase the size of their muscles from weight training unless the body has an excess of calories !
    If you are "weight training" and not achieving any results, then you are doing it wrong. Try adding some weight to that bar.

    Quote Originally Posted by pacificaslim View Post
    I read posts like this and I wonder what people think. Do they think somehow the body takes existing fat and converts it to muscle and then somehow it magically weighs more than it did when it was fat? It doesn't work that way!
    This is whats called a "straw man argument". You are claiming I said something I did not. Nowhere in my post did I say that fat tissue converts to muscle tissue, yet here you are attacking me for things I never said. This is a logical fallacy.

    I don't feel obligated to defend arguments I didn't make. You are probably used to winning arguments against children with such a ruse but grown ups recognize these foolish tactics immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard_Rides View Post
    If you are "weight training" and not achieving any results, then you are doing it wrong. Try adding some weight to that bar.
    The specific "result" you mentioned was weight gain. You can't gain weight through weight training regardless of how much weight you put on the bar: you have to put the weight into your body through your mouth. In other words, without an excess of calories being eaten, you can't build muscle and come out weighing more than you did previously. It's just impossible.


    This is whats called a "straw man argument". You are claiming I said something I did not. Nowhere in my post did I say that fat tissue converts to muscle tissue, yet here you are attacking me for things I never said. This is a logical fallacy.

    I don't feel obligated to defend arguments I didn't make. You are probably used to winning arguments against children with such a ruse but grown ups recognize these foolish tactics immediately.
    It's not a strawman because I didn't claim you said anything. It was attempting to figure out how you think a body gets heavier. You can see in my language that I said "do they think," and phrases like that. I was wondering if some people think fat becomes muscle or something because there is no other idea I can think of that would lead one to believe that lifting weights can make a person heavier. If that's not the reason you believe what you do, then please post an explanation of this theory of yours that we can discuss.

    Bottom line: there is no way for a human body to get heavier except through its mouth. If one is eating fewer calories than he is burning, he will lose weight. Period. He can spend an hour a day lifting weights and he cannot gain weight. He will burn additional calories and lose even more weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacificaslim View Post
    You can't gain weight through weight training regardless of how much weight you put on the bar
    Thank you for helping me with this, I was obviously misinformed.

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    25% working out, 25% rest, 50% diet. I weight trained for 3 years, gaining over 40lbs and dropping ~9% body fat. You can gain alot of weight from working out. Its knowing how to use the workout, diet and rest time to achieve the results you want. Dedication.

    That was along time ago. Since then, over the course of 6 years, I gained 40 more lbs of pure fat, and over the last year dropped it all, 220 down to 180.

    When dropping weight, never go for the quick fix. Take your time and never stop burning calories. Cycling helps in burning calories, but if you really want to drop lbs, work the midsection about 2-3 times a week. Cycling doesn't seem to hit us were we want it to. Do a wide variety of ab routines for the best results. Doing the same crunches or machine work all the time will slow down the process. You have to make your muscle work in different was as often as possible.

    I found that rock climbing helps a lot, it forces you to build a strong and lean midsection.

    Enjoy what you are doing, even when it hurts. Is that sick of me to think that way?

    Eat your fruits and veggies too, its not all about rice and chicken breast. Well, other things if you're a vegetarian, as I have been for 28 year (I'm 28yrs old) Don't rely on tofu and other soy products for protein, mix it up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard_Rides View Post
    Thank you for helping me with this, I was obviously misinformed.

    Instead of trying to be cute, how about you start over and explain to us how you think a person can possibly gain weight through weight training. Because you claimed "One of the side effects of weight traing is muscular hypertrophy, or an increase in the size of your muscles. This is EXTREMELY COUNTERPRODUCTIVE if you are trying to lose weight, as muscle weighs more than fat."

    You need to come up with some explanation for that claim that will make sense. One cannot increase the size of their muscles unless they are eating too much. No one who is trying to lose weight would be eating too much since the very first step they must do is provide a calorie deficit. So, if that person then went and lifted weights, they cannot increase the weight of their body. It's impossible. So please come up with some sort of explanation for what it was you were trying to say.

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