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    Has Anyone Lost a Significant Amount of Weight?

    Has anyone here ever lost a significant amount of weight? If so, how did you do it? And did you keep the weight off, or did you regain it?

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    87 kilograms (13st 10lb or 192 lbs) is average weight at which people start to diet


    Top seven triggers for losing weight are:

    • Unflattering photos
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    • Friends or family losing weight
    • Not wanting to be fat for a milestone birthday
    • Wanting to keep up with children or grandchildren
    • Being called names in the street
    • Getting married


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    Portion control & excellent sleep

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    I've lost 53 pounds in the last year. I lost the first 25 by cutting out regular soda pop and fruit juice. I lost the rest by cutting back on the carbs.

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    I hope this helps:

    19. To increase metabolism, eat a meal about every three waking hours (5 or 6 feedings per day). You will not be eating more food; you will simply be spreading it throughout the day. Each of those five or six feedings should contain at least 15 grams of unprocessed protein (from natural sources) for a female or at least 20 grams per feeding for a male. It's important to drink plenty of clean water- at least 3 quarts daily. Among many other benefits, water will help your body to process proteins. Just by itself, eating this way, while avoiding processed (refined) carbohydrates, is one of the best ways to increase metabolism (specific types of exercise are other excellent ways)
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    To share my experience for those that do not know it:

    I have always been a big eater. During my early teens this was kept firmly in line with semi-professional swimming and martial arts. I could eat to my heart's content with the assurance my high activity would decimate the calories away.

    From then to around April 2007, however, the sports were removed from my life (moved) and I continued eating unchecked. I reached my heaviest weight ever at 107kg's despite only being 17 and 5'7". I went from having a very athletic body (four pack and good enough endurance for regional competitions) to having a 46" waist and being clinically obese (BMI of 38).

    At that point, I took several steps that brought my obese, sedentary and useless body to around 85kg's over a period of two years by doing the following:

    - Cut out all sugary drinks
    - Ate out only on weekends
    - Cut my carbs by half
    - Began light resistance training and cardio using dumbbells and an elliptical at home

    Upon joining university, I became a gym-goer for the first time in my life. I reached a "cut best" of 74kg's by adding the following:

    - Proper weight training with compound moves
    - 15 minutes intense cardio after every gym session
    - Added milk to my diet once more (always found this helped with muscle building and fat loss)

    I am currently 84kg's and 5'11" after putting quite a bit of muscle on. However, if I could do everything again, I would include the following things I swear by right now (which keep me from gaining much fat even with my occasional binges):

    - Green tea (several cups a day)
    - 30 min - 1 hour walks (far less glycogen store/muscle "energy" depletion than short exercise bursts and better for cardiovascular health)

    Right now, after spending a solid week in the gynaecology department, running on an average of 5 hours sleep a night and revising for upcoming exams, I feel much fatter since last week. I know this is a function of cortisol circulation. My biggest problem ever isn't the motivation to exercise or even the willpower to eat correctly for 6 days a week, it's having a stable sleep pattern, which reaks havoc on your body's physiology. I have all sorts of random unexplained health problems because of poor sleep and, if I had realised this years ago, I would've been much better off.

    The perfect plan for me right now that will help me melt fat off would be continuing my weight training (hybrid approach), prolonged cardio, plenty of fluids inc. green tea and getting at least 9 hours sleep a night.

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    The Chicago Chronicle had a good article on sleep deprivation, it's old though.

    Cutting back from the standard eight down to four hours of sleep each night produced striking changes in glucose tolerance and endocrine function––changes that resembled the effects of advanced age or the early stages of diabetes––after less than one week.

    Although many studies have examined the short-term effects of acute, total sleep deprivation on the brain, this is the first to investigate the impact of chronic, partial sleep loss on the body by evaluating the metabolism and hormone secretion of subjects who were subjected to sleep restriction and after-sleep recovery.

    “We found that the metabolic and endocrine changes resulting from a significant sleep debt mimic many of the hallmarks of aging,” said Eve Van Cauter, Research Professor in Medicine and director of the study. “We suspect that chronic sleep loss may not only hasten the onset but could also increase the severity of age-related ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and memory loss.”

    Cutting back on sleep is an extremely common response to the time pressures of modern industrial societies. The average night’s sleep decreased from about nine hours in 1910 to about 7.5 hours in 1975, a trend that continues. Millions of shift workers average less than five hours of sleep per workday. Previous studies, however, have measured only the cognitive consequences of sleep loss.
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    Lots of other good reasons to get your shut-eye.

    http://www.pnas.org/content/early/20...54110.abstract
     

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    Side-discussion on oxidative stress moved here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet Ibis View Post
    Has anyone here ever lost a significant amount of weight? If so, how did you do it? And did you keep the weight off, or did you regain it?
    I managed to trim down from over 350 lbs to 183 lbs in about a year and a half. The trick was beginning with calorie restriction and basic calisthenics, then working up to calisthenics plus cardio (half hour of jumping rope at 100 skips per min or 2 mile runs). Once at a desired weight I began stronglifts 5x5 to build power.

    For diet I eat a minimum of 1 gram of protein per pound and eat small meals frequently that incorporate either tuna, lean chicken, salmon, varied nuts, beef jerkey, ostrich or elk jerkey, protein shakes (whey, casein, and soy), spinach, mango, pineapple, strawberries, kiwi, grapes, etc.

    Also, hydrate! I drink at minimum a gallon of water daily.

    Typical workout plan (modified around duties):

    MWF stronglifts 5x5 (Reg the Leg's gift to humanity)

    tues thurs calisthenics (pushups, pullups, curlups).

    Saturday and Sunday 48 hour recovery unless on duty during one of those days.

    *Depending on cycle I work in endurance runs on calisthenics days.

    One thing I did learn is don't be afraid to eat if you want power in addition to being lean, when progressing to stronglifts I tried to maintain a 1800 calorie diet and it did more harm than good, eat in accordance with expense (my typical day that combines workouts and labor/duties easily expends in excess of 3000 calories).
    Last edited by Telfermagne; 04-25-2015 at 09:03 PM.
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