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Old 08-07-03, 09:33 PM
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1 week older and 5 lbs lighter

So I'm leaving for college at the end of the month. Going on a full ride from Army ROTC. I can't wait...Well that's what I thought up until a week ago. While reading the fine print on my scholarship I find out the the maximum weight for a ROTC student that's 5 foot 5 inches is 163 lbs, but they wanted you at 158 lbs...At the time I was reading that I was 170 lbs. My career dreams flashed before my eyes, I had to lose some weight. I went and got the mail, not really knowing how to approach my weight loss, then like a sign from above, I opened up the mailbox to see Bicycling magazine with the words LOSE TEN POUNDS IN TWO WEEKS pg 47! They outlined the South Beach Diet a low carb, no sugar, no caffeine weight loss plan. After reading the article I grab my bike and head to the bookstore, bought the book and the pounds are coming off!

Some back round on me: I'm short and stocky, not fat, but could definitely lose some weight, and in my 18 years on this planet I've always been short and stocky. I'm very active, I play a multitude of sports competitively, just never was able to burn off the some of the "stockyness."

On to the diet, for the first two weeks its very strict. No fruit, no starchy foods, no poultry dark meat, beef must be a lean cut, only one tomato a day, no carrots, the only dairy you can eat is low-fat or non-fat cheese, sugar free sweets are limited to 75 calories a day, you can have 20 peanuts a day or 1 tsp of peanut butter, no caffeine, it goes on.

But its working! I'm not too hungry, but never seem to be full. The major disadvantage to this diet is your athletic performance goes down during the first 2 weeks. My normal 25 mile road ride used to take me about 1 hour 15 mins with a personal best of 1 hour 7 mins. Now on the diet I haven't broken 1 hour 18 mins, and I have a pre-season group workout for hockey 3 times a weak that used to be tiring, now its hell, but the weight is coming off and it's only 1 more week than I'll be back to having some carbs and should be better than ever!

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Old 08-08-03, 05:38 AM
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Hey, I just read that article last evening! Let us know how it works out for you. Apparently, thus far, it's working well!
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Old 08-08-03, 08:07 AM
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Keep up the good work!! That was a great article...I can attest to the weight loss contributing to decreased climbing time.

Our "yardstick" that we measure our performance with is Cheyenne Canyon - 3.2 miles, 1140 ft. of climbing, 7% avg grade with a 12% section of about 150 meters.

at the beginning of the season i was weighing in around 167 pounds. my time up cheyenne canyon was around 24+ minutes.

I am weighing 143 pounds now and hit Cheyenne Canyon last week in 19:58. I'm sure my power has gone up since the beginning of the season, but the weight loss has helped on the climbs significantly.
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damn very nice, where you goin to school?
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Old 08-08-03, 09:25 AM
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Haven't read the article, but I'm very up on low carb nutrition..Those diets work, but its very critical you take in plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated, especially when you are riding. When you are taking in such a low level of carbs you will run into long term health probs if you don't. Other than that, you should meet your long term weight goals. Also keep in mind, if you are losing more than 3 lbs a week you are also losing some of your muscle mass...I would keep your weight loss around 2 lbs or less a week if you can.

Best of luck to you, sounds like you are on the right track!
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Watch out for muscle loss. I've been touting my 45 lb loss since Christmas only to realize I'm training..err.. turning into a weakling.

At any rate, even if you get down to weight by lose of muscle go ahead so you don't miss this great opportunity you have.

BTW: Good Luck and thank you in advance for your service to this great country.
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10.5 pounds in 2 weeks!

I can't believe it! I'm no longer hungry, the cravings for pizza have stopped, I'm back into a regular sleeping pattern thanks to not having caffeine. It's great!

My biggest tip if your going to go on this diet is to prepare for it, don't just get up and decide to do it. Try to get rid of the soda, cake frosting, ice cream, cereal, and frozen pizza out of your house, buy tons of eggs (I go through 10 eggs on an average day), make a big pot of homemade soup and/or chili, buy all kinds of reduced fat cheese, and "Fruit 2 0" is a god send.

Oh, and buy the book and ignore the website, it's not worth it.

As far a muscle loss, I lift 3 time a week and have upped my weight in every exercise, the first few days I did have trouble though.

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Old 09-15-03, 07:40 AM
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Ok, I took Middi-zonís advice and bought the book. I had been looking into the Atkins plan, but I didnít like what I saw. I have a high cholesterol count and have to take a daily dose of Lipitor to control it. The thought of consuming large amounts of fats in beef and pork scared me from trying it before. This plan replaces the high fats with lower fat chicken and fish, and uses a lot the good oils, like olive and fish. And while I am not ďfatĒ, being 6 feet in height and weighing 200 lbs, I am about 5-15 pounds (depending on which scale you pick) over my ďmax weightĒ with a body fat ratio of 27%. I had the typical middle-age spare tire around the waist. After reading the book, the wife and I decided to do it. We did prepare somewhat, by getting rid of a lot of stuff in the cabinets and took most of the items in the kitchen freezer to the chest freezer in the garage. We made a shopping list from the recipe pages, and got all the items we needed for the first two weeks. We decided to start on Monday, the 1st of September, since it was a holiday and we both had the day off. We had to modify some of the menus, since my wife canít stand tomato or vegetable juice. I can tolerate it with enough hot sauce, so we didnít use any of it. My wife found out that the mozzarella cheese sticks werenít very appetizing to her, but the Laughing Cow Light cheese wedges were great, so we just went with the latter for the snacks. And we both hate mushrooms so we didnít cook with them.

But after the first phase that lasts two weeks, I have lost 11 POUNDS and a full two inches off the waist. Women lose less, so my wife lost only 8 POUNDS and one inch on the waist.

We started the second phase today, and should lose a pound or two per week until we reach our goal. This should last a couple of months. Phase three is a maintenance plan that should keep us on track from now own.

These are my observations from the first part of the plan.

The first day was easy. Perhaps because we were excited about the start so I didnít notice any of the symptoms. The next day and following until Friday, I would get extremely tired in the late afternoon. My legs felt very heavy at this time. And the weirdest part was I had pains in the back of my upper arms, in the triceps area. This lasted for four days then quit. The legs got easier too.

I did go riding the sixth and seventh, but only for 10 to 11 miles. I found that my energy would deplete quicker than normal, especially on any type of hill, but surprisingly I recovered quicker than normal too. So I guess the overall net effect stayed the same. My average speed was the same I am used to (16.5 or so). I even did a bunch of big hills on Sunday and I had no major problems with them.

I didnít have in cravings. My wife did. Sheís a bread lover, so she missed the breads the most, specifically her toast in the morning. If anything, I missed having the office doughnut (or two!) and the two times that they were brought into the office, I had to leave the area. I went to a bowling outing Friday afternoon where Pizza Hut pizza was being served, and I kept my distance. Even at the family reunion I attended yesterday, I managed to eat the right things I could have. I did indulge in one tablespoon of an auntís banana pudding, but that was it!

I did find some sugar free candies at Krogerís that are great. I didnít know before, but several of the candy makers like Russell Stover and others make sugar-free varieties of their candy. We got some mint patties, Turtles, and Reeceís peanut butter cups. Also, sugar-free fudge pops and popsicles served us well for deserts instead of some of the recipes in the book.

We have learned some new ways of cooking using a lot of fresh herbs and spices. And I had never used capers before, but I found I love them. (and they make a good replacement for the sweet pickles in deviled eggs or egg salad.

I highly recommend this plan, even if you only do the first part to peel the layers off the middle. I canít wait to go to my semi-annual doctor visit to see how my cholesterol and triglycerides count is doing. I shall endeavor to keep you posted on the second phase of the plan as it unfolds.
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