Official Diet & Exercise Tips Thread

Discussion in 'Serious Chat' started by Derek, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. Derek

    Derek LPAssociation.com Administrator LPA Administrator

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    That is an truly remarkable result and you should be very proud of yourself for what you've accomplished. 86 pounds (almost 90!!) is a huge journey and if you consider the fact that what you lost was about 40% of your total original body weight, that's a major deal. I'm down to 200 exactly. (from a starting weight of 232) and I'm looking to hopefully lose about another 20. Then I'll be happy. Naturally, after that I'll begin weight lifting which will probably bring me back over 200 with muscle weight eventually, but at least I'll be healthy right? :).
     
  2. Zane

    Zane WARRIOR PRINCESS LPA Team

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    That's amazing Mary! I can't help but tell you that you have had great success!

    And just a quick note, but I have to say it, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE 5K Zombie Run is KICKASS. I really want to volunteer for it as a zombie next year!
     
  3. MaryMayhem

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    Thank you! ^_^ it's been quite a journey!

    I remember when I started losing only a few pounds here and there at first... and get discouraged... and one thing I had to keep reminding myself was "pick up a sack of potatoes, which is only a few pounds... and you'll realize the progress a few pounds really makes".

    That's awesome! I have to keep reminding myself of muscle being heavier than fat, so I don't have a freak out if I gain a few pounds from strength training... I always use my pants as a double-checker lol if the scale is a pound or two up but my pants are a bit more loose, then I know. Thank God for that method! lol


    Thank you!! ^_^

    YUS!! oh it took me weeks to decide if I wanted to be a runner or a zombie... it's such a difficult choice! lol. I decided i'm gonna be a runner this year and a zombie next year :) i'm so excited!

    My training today hasn't gone as planned... I can't go running due to the current tropical storm and I can't drive my dinky little car to the gym because the roads are up to my knees in water. :(
     
  4. travz21

    travz21 Muscle Museum LPA Super Member

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    You look great. I'm sure you feel a lot healthier, too. Stay strong.
     
  5. Zane

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    You're so lucky! I missed sign ups to even run it this summer. But I made up for it by running Warrior Dash. A race that's less for entertainment and more for the fact of just testing yourself. It was pretty fun and it feels great to say I ran it :p. Next year I want to run Color Run, my first marathon, and volunteer as a Zombie!

    Yeah, hurricanes probably not helping haha. Luckily, the Zombie run is a primarily speed paced run with short slow intervals. While the storms in the way, try just doing core and upper body strengthening. Maybe run some stairs. That'll help you survive the apocalypse and run away from them zombies :D
     
  6. Geki

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    So, I need to lose around 60/70 pounds. I recently got a membership to a local gym. If I run for 30 minutes on the treadmill, 5 days a week, and drink only water and eat healthy foods, is that goal achievable? I am going to quit soda/diet soda/energy drinks/beer/alcohol/sugar water, etc. and strictly drink straight up water. With the exercise, that should help me lose weight alone, right?
     
  7. Zane

    Zane WARRIOR PRINCESS LPA Team

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    Well, nothing works alone. It's all about the continuous and combined effort of all the aspects of your life. Sure, this strategy is a great one that'll greatly benefit your health, but depending on your body and health (such as metabolism), the numbers can easily vary. When it comes to being healthy, all it takes is for you to believe in yourself as a healthy person, to eat healthy, to refrain from using unhealthy items such as cigarettes and alcohol, and to live a healthy life (exercise). Nothing needs to be exceeding or too hard. You'll most likely get injured that way than get healthier. And it's okay to enjoy yourself every once in a while and have a snack or a soda.

    Water is good at flushing out your system, keeping you hydrating, and replacing your hunger for short intervals. 30 mins of running is a good starting amount. Generally, I wouldn't advise treadmills, though, because as a runner I find treadmills to be harmful for your knees in the long run. And remember, eating healthy doesn't mean eating purely greens or eating less. It means eating, most likely, more but just healthier nutritionally. If you run everyday, your metabolism was increase to the point that you'll actually need more food to be in shape.
     
  8. travz21

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    Set short term goals that will be less intimidating. Try to drink water and eat healthy for a week while making it to the gym 5 days. Or set a daily goal. I've set huge goals that end up causing me to quit due to the amount of work that is staring me in the face. The smaller I can break things up, the easier it is to trick myself into thinking I have less work to do.

    Like I'll tell myself that tomorrow I only need to lift for 45 minutes and make sure I eat the right amount of foods. That's my only goal, but I keep setting that goal every day. It's much less daunting than saying I need to lift 45 minutes a day for the next year while eating correctly. That way whenever you miss a day or don't reach your goals, you can just set a new daily goal tomorrow and hopefully you won't feel bad about it.
     
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  9. Geki

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    Like I've said before, the biggest factor in my weight gaining is that I drink massive amounts of soda and energy drinks and other very high calories drinks. It's like I can't stop. So if I stop drinking those and drink water, I think that will cut down some weight in itself. Then work on eating a bit better and work on getting the cardio in as well. I used to be sickly skinny when I was younger, but then I started gaining a lot of weight. And ever since this huge break up that I have been going through since last month (was a 2 and a half year relationship), I've gained a lot and I am at the heaviest I have ever been.
     
  10. travz21

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    Roughly how many calories a day are you consuming from those drinks? If you have a surplus of calories in your body, you're going to put on weight. To prevent that from happening, you can either not consume as many calories and/or do physical work to burn calories. Sometimes simply cutting out unnecessary calories like soda can make the difference for people who consume a lot of it.

    To be honest, cardio doesn't do a whole lot in the calorie department. It's low intensity and only burns calories while you're doing the exercise. This is good for people just starting out or for people who don't feel the need to work out any harder.

    High intensity workouts burn more calories while you're exercising, plus it boots your metabolism for a few days while your body is attempting to rebuild and improve itself, leading to many more calories being burned compared to cardio overall.

    The problem with high intensity workouts, like weight lifting or sprints, is that they can be dangerous for people who are out of shape. The risk for injury will be higher compared to walking or biking. But there are simpler solutions like pushups, pullups, and situps with little rest time that will be safer for you while still being highly intense depending on how how you want to push yourself. Later on when you feel like your body is getting accustomed to training you can try lifting heavier weights or doing some fast running intervals if you want.

    The main concern is staying injury free, because if you get injured you most likely will need to take a break from exercising. Start out slow and safe.

    When I was starting out really weak and out of shape, I would tell myself to do a certain amount of pushups, pullups, or situps every time I got up from the couch or computer. You could even do a certain amount every commercial. Nothing hardcore, but something to get your body slowly adjusted to lifting some sort of weight. I couldn't do very much, but by the end of the day it would add up to a pretty high number. This isn't a high intense workout, but it allows you to build up to be able to handle such a workout in the near future. The last thing you want to do is jump into a program that is so far above and beyond of what your body is used to.

    So this has been a bit of a ramble, but I'd suggest just starting out with the easy solutions first. Like cutting out the soda and energy drinks from your diet and drinking around a gallon of water a day. They are like 90 cents and I just keep refilling mine for a week or two before I buy a new one. If you feel more motivated than that you could try some body weight exercises or cardio to start out with a low risk of injury.
     
  11. travz21

    travz21 Muscle Museum LPA Super Member

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    This is the smartest dude on YouTube. He knows his stuff. This might be more helpful than anything I think I know.

    [youtube]lozkwiyVefw[/youtube]
     
  12. jedibeaner

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    When it comes to eating, I am really bad. Although, I do not eat pork or beef.

    I do exercise (6 times a week), I run 5-6 miles a day and do weights.
     
  13. travz21

    travz21 Muscle Museum LPA Super Member

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    Holy
     
  14. Snail

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    Deadlifts,

    315 lbs for 5 reps. FUCK YES!

    new PR: 335 lbs

    Moral of the story, screw fancy pre-workout supplements.

    SUNRYPE WILD BERRY CONCENTRATE JUICE ALL DAY BAY-BEE!

    405 lbs, I'm gunning for you.
     
  15. travz21

    travz21 Muscle Museum LPA Super Member

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    Nice. I've taken like a month off from serious lifting and I'm starting to feel a little sluggish. Hopefully I'll start up hard again in a week or two once I'm fully moved and situated and find a gym.

    Deadlifts are probably the only lift I really enjoy and get excited for. I got up to 275 lbs for 5 reps after about 2 months of doing it. Max was 325. My hands are really small, so doing more reps is really hard. I think I first started at 135 lolol. My legs and lower back were so weak.

    Squats suck. It's the most strenuous lift there is if you go ass to grass with good form. Got to 215 for 5 after about 2 months of that, too. I never even tried to max a squat. I imagine 245 was in my wheelhouse.

    I really regret not starting hardcore compound lifts like squats and deadlifts right away. I was lifting seriously for almost 2 months before I learned enough about strength training to know that those are the 2 best lifts to do for both strength and mass. I saw the most gains when I had leg workouts twice a week to go along with my 4 other workouts that week. Gets that growth hormone flowing through the veins like crazy.


    I've seen maybe 2 other people doing squats in all the time I spent in the gym the last few months. And all of them have shit form. Like 25% range of motion. I saw one guy doing deadlifts once and he actually had really good form and was doing 225. Gave me some hope for humanity seeing that. So many bros doing chest and arms 24/7.


    Anyways, in April I started out at 145 lbs at 5'10''. Blew up to 175 in 2 months and could somehow still see some abs, but I think I put on too much fat as well. Down to about 165 now and feel really good about it. Once I start round 2 of serious lifting I'll hopefully learn from a few mistakes I made the first time around. I made huge strength and mass gains, but it wasn't as much as it could have been or as efficient.
     
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  16. Snail

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    In the conduct of what you've been able to achieve, I'd say you should continue! I would suggest never to take time off unless necessary. It'd be equivalent to throwing away all the money you've spent on your nutrition ( food, supplements, water, etc..)

    Despite how much I dread it moments beforehand, deadlifts are an absolute blast once I arrive to the gym. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for squats. I dread leg days from the moment I prep to the moment I perform. Though, it is always liberating in the aftermath (must be the endorphin ) A note;I haven't been able to perform squats since Feb/March due to a severe dislocation of my left shoulder. It was a depressing two to three months before I decided to ignore doctor's orders and hopped right back into bodybuilding. I'll probably have to find time to see a specialist to rehabilitate my shoulder properly instead of continuing solo haha.

    By the way, I have small hands too haha. Not a biggie. All in the mind my friend.

    In light of this discussion, I feel compelled to post a picture of myself ( 2nd ever on the LPA? ) I took this pic a few days prior to the should dislocation.

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    My goal is to become a Super Saiyan.

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  17. Tim

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    Goddamn, you are fucked yoked, Snail. Nice work!
     
  18. travz21

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    You are jacked! I need like another year to get to that.
     
  19. Vdalem

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    *blinks* Whoa! I need to go on a diet! *giggles* Hard to say that with a stright face, lol!
     
  20. Hybrid

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    Well, It turns out I gained a hell of a lot of weight back. I went to the Dr. and they weighed me fully clothed with two meals in me at 236lbs. They also said I need to get on doing something for lowering my blood pressure. It is in the moderately high area. They said if it keeps up, I will need to go on Blood Pressure meds. I do not want that. Anyways, I just watched a documentary that m_macdonald sent to me from youtube about the idea of fasting for two non-consecutive days (consuming only 500-600 Calories) and eating normally for the remaining five days in the week. The results that the host saw after 5 weeks was quite remarkable. I'm really interested in this. Perhaps I will try it. Trying anything right now is better than where I'm at.
     

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