|Quoting BCAL (Reply 35):|
Congratulations UAL747 - I am really jealous. My weight goes up and down like a yo-yo. I far too overweight now, and looking at your pictures before and after has finally given me some inspiration to loose weight fast, so could you please, please give some pointers?
Well, at first you try EVERTHING you've heard of for a quick fix. It doesn't happen that way. You can vomit, take laxitives, do all the fad diets that you want, and yes, initially it may make you lose some weight, but in all reality, it does nothing for you but make you more unhealthy.
Now one thing that most of you will bash me for is the fact that I DO
take Xantrex-3, which is an over the counter dietary supplement for increased energy and motabolism. But I have to be careful with it, because even though there's no ephedra, (which is back on the market BTW), there are massive amounts of caffine in each pill. The recommended dosage is 2 pills 3 times a day with food. I can in NO WAY take 6 pills of that stuff, I usually take one in the morning, and at times, one at noon. Anything after that, and I become a nervous wreck. Some people can take massive amounts of caffine, but I can't, which is a good thing because those pills are EXPENSIVE!
Anyway, back to the weightloss and what I found out. The first 3 months are horrid. You still crave to over-eat, and you're pissed because you aren't losing weight very fast, but if you get into a good exercise routine, that's when you REALLY start to notice a difference. But my advice is, don't go to the gym and run on a treadmill for 45 min. It's boring, and everyone hates it. Do an activity or sport that you love doing, and something that keeps your mind active, that way you don't start getting that "I can't take this anymore" mentality that you so often get on a treadmill.
You also HAVE to revolutionize your eating habits. Think healthy foods, and you will have healthy reactions going on in your body. When I was around 200 pounds, more than halfway through my weightloss, I was frustrated because I couldn't lose the weight as fast. My doctor said, "Buddy, diet ain't gonna do it anymore." So I had to start busting my ass more working out. and I lost another 20 pounds, where I am at 180 at the moment. According to doctors diagrams, I should typically weigh between 170-177lbs, so I'm really working on it. But then again, you have to take in account that weight numbers are liars. Because with increased exercise, you have increased muscle mass, even though you may not see it, and muscle weighs more than fat.
Anyway, in talking with Diamond, he also said protein and fiber are really important for me at the weigh that I am, and what I'm trying to do with my body. For men he says, you have to lose all the fat, then try and gain lean muscle. For women, it's increase muscle and decrease weight at the same time. But basically for us men, we have to lose the fat, THEN put on the muscle. But there are different variations to weightloss/muscle gain theories.
And good new for us men. We can lose weight so much faster than women. We see results much faster. I'm not sure as to why that is, but we do. But, my weight also fluctuates during the day about 5 pounds higher and lower. I just bought really nice scale and have noticed this. So don't be frustrated if you weigh 5 higher on Monday, and wake up on Tuesday weighing 5 pounds less.
As far as the emotional side and stamina goes, it's hard at first, and gradually increases. There is a lot of intimidation for people who are overweight to go into a gym and get straight to work. They feel they have to OVERdo it to stay on par with people who have been doing it for years, and there are body image issues that one has to get over. Hell, 70 pounds lighter and I'm still uber concerned about what I look like. But, that's evening out. Secondly, I find that if you find a really good/nice trainer, they try to take that fear and shyness out of you because they understand, or should understand, and they should not be intimidating, but encouraging. As for getting or not getting a trainer, for my personal self, in order to get motivated and stay rigorous, I needed to get one. But don't have one currently, though I'm ready to start beefing up some muscle and may get one to get me motivated and guide me through what I need to do.
But let me tell you this, you can't imagine what losing weight does for your self-confidence. AA777 can atest to this when I say, I was seriously contemplating a while back on having liposuction around my love handle/stomach area, but no longer feel that way. I can walk into a room now and be noticed. More and more men are winking at me at the bars, giving me a pat on the ass, or just coming out and saying, damn you look good! It has really changed my personality from being dark and introverted, to more and more extroverted and happy.
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