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tyrantblade Level 186 Chaos Battle Mage 4
So ive been exercising more, eating less, eating better (i just started a low carb, low fat, high protein siet); and working out a little harder each time i go to the gym.

I use the Treadmill, leg press, assisted pull up machine, and a machine that works out each side of your abs individually as the main things.

Ive also been working out around 1.5 hours almost every day (14 of the last 16, over 50 miles on the treadmill).

Any tips?

Im sort of thinking of allowing myself 2 lazy days a week as im starting to feel burnt out and i dont want to go back to always being lazy like i have before (i was down to 238 but rebounded back to 260-270ish)
Posted: About a week ago Permalink

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upcomingnerd Level 102 Scania Beast Tamer Shared
I've been gyming again for the last 4 weeks. Lost 11 pounds. I've found that if you make slight changes that becomes part of your lifestyle versus dramatic changes, you're more likely to stick to it.

You should be in and out of the gym in 45mins for weights. Cardio mix it up, try some high intensity instead of treadmill. Lazy days aren't really lazy days. Your body needs time to recover. 3-4 times a week is plenty.
Aug 09 2017
dgnunch Level 63 Reboot Crusader
Losing weight is just "calories in, calories out." You burn a certain amount of calories per day just by being alive. If you eat less than that you literally have to lose weight, it's simple physics (conservation of energy). Although this is obvious I should mention that what you eat doesn't even have to be healthy. You can lose weight eating only McDonald's. Similarly, you can work out 10 hours a day, eat healthy, and not lose any weight at all. So, if you only care about losing weight: calorie restriction is your #1 priority. Not working out. Not necessarily eating healthy. Calorie restriction. Nothing else matters. Only if you want to be healthy should you worry about cardio and dietary specifics.

As for how many calories you should eat? You can calculate how many calories you passively lose per day just by living (it depends on your current weight, height, etc). However, I suggest restricting yourself to 1000 calories per day. It sounds ridiculous, people might say it's unhealthy. They're idiots. As long as you aren't malnourished it won't make a difference. On the contrary, calorie restricted diets have to shown to extend your lifespan; and the lifespan of every animal studied (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calorie_restriction). Calorie restriction has been shown to "slow the biological aging process, resulting in longer maintenance of youthful health and an increase in both median and maximum lifespan."

That's all you need to know about losing weight. Anything else is either an excuse, or complicating things for no justifiable reason. (Two disclaimers: First, if you are extremely overweight you should probably consult your doctor before going on a 1kcal/day diet, as I'm not sure how dangerous it is to lose weight that rapidly; perhaps you may need close supervision. And secondly, of course I'm not referring to people with diabetes or hypothyroidism, or general mental disorders, although they aren't exempt from the basic laws of physics either.)
Aug 09 2017
upcomingnerd Level 102 Scania Beast Tamer Shared
@dgnunch: 1000 calories...are you a twig?
Aug 09 2017
staplemory Level 20 Yellonde Battle Mage 1
@upcomingnerd: If you want to lose weight quick then this makes sense. I have moments when my appetite just isn't good, and I barely eat 1000 calories in that day. It isn't healthy, but you do lose weight fast.

But when you do eat around 1000 calories a day, it's actually quite normal. A cup of milk and some cereal for breakfast, a normal lunch but without too much empty carbs, a small dinner, and some fruits for snacking from time to time. Pretty sure any average person can survive on that.

Foods like instant noodles, soft drinks, and sweet desserts are the kings of empty carbs. Even white rice and flour count as empty carbs, but just not as unhealthy as the first three. The meat that I eat most is chicken and I still don't eat it every day.

When you exercise a lot you WILL have to eat proper meals.
Aug 09 2017
upcomingnerd Level 102 Scania Beast Tamer Shared
@staplemory: Google starvation mode for your body. Some people don't agree with you as to it making sense.
Aug 10 2017
dgnunch Level 63 Reboot Crusader
@upcomingnerd: What? Are you brain-dead, or did you just not read my post? When did I say I was on that diet, and what does my build have to do with anything? I'm suggesting a diet for weight-loss..

@staplemory: Thank you. And I agree, if you exercise you should probably eat more to compensate. Although I would like to correct you by saying that it isn't necessarily unhealthy as long as you aren't malnourished, on the contrary, it has been shown to extend your lifespan. (Although it does depend on weight/height. Super rapid weight-loss might be relatively unhealthy; similarly, a 6'7 person eating 1kcals/day is much more extreme than a 5'7 person on the same diet. You can read up on calorie restriction on the link in my other post. Also if you're young or pregnant, it may not be the best idea.)
Aug 10 2017
upcomingnerd Level 102 Scania Beast Tamer Shared
@dgnunch: Your suggestion is nonsense.
Aug 10 2017
dgnunch Level 63 Reboot Crusader
@upcomingnerd: Wow, you really proved me wrong. You have no idea what "starvation" even is. By definition, it's a way more extreme form of malnutrition. Eating 1kcals a day isn't "severe deficiency in caloric energy intake needed to maintain an organism's life." Especially as a weight-loss diet. When you're burning fat, you already have energy reserves stored on your body. By restricting calories, you're forcing your body to use those energy reserves. That is NOT starvation. Furthermore, I've already proven that restricting calories without restricting nutrition will increase your lifespan; therefore, in general, restricting your calories is healthy (and further restricting calories is healthy as long as you have sufficient energy reserves to lose).

So, no, your suggestion is nonsense.
Aug 10 2017
upcomingnerd Level 102 Scania Beast Tamer Shared
@dgnunch: lol I didn't read your post man, I'm just killing time.
Aug 10 2017
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