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Wanted to give an update, have lost a decent amount of weight ( still have more to lose) but i am going to be taking my basic course soon. your tips and insight have helped me tremendously i am indebt to all of you. Would you guys like a before and after picture?
 

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Wanted to give an update, have lost a decent amount of weight ( still have more to lose) but i am going to be taking my basic course soon. your tips and insight have helped me tremendously i am indebt to all of you. Would you guys like a before and after picture?

Sure! Do it!
 

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Curtis, that's awesome!!! There are two general ways to lose weigh: decrease caloric intake or increase caloric usage.

If you have started a membership at planet fitness (which you mentioned last year), than you have already done the second part. Limiting your caloric intake can lead to weight loss, because your body will use your body's fat stores to make up the difference.

a couple suggestions that were suggested to me:

get smaller plates for your home. physically smaller plates. I know it sounds crazy, but having the smaller plates will allow you to have a full plate while eating less.

drink more water. in fact, any time you are hungry, drink 20oz of water prior to your meal. and cut out all soda, it has plenty of empty calories that are doing nothing to help you get fit.

when you are full, stop eating. no need to clear your plate like momma used to require

get a full night's sleep when the sun in down. I lost 20 lbs when i switched from night shift to bankers hours.

The daughter of a good friend of mine changed herself from a chubby girl to a smoking hottie by what she describes as a "lifestyle" change. you WILL gain the weigh back if you treat it as a diet, because once your diet ends, you will fall back into old habits. It needs to be a lifestyle change, where you permanently change your dietary habits, you consistently exercise (not necessarily be a gym member, but you do need to work out somehow), and you need to surround yourself with people who support you, because if you only stay with your "fat friends," with all their bad habits, you will fall back into old habits, especially when going out together. It's kind of like how druggies looking to get clean shouldn't hang out with their drug buddies when they are in recovery.

keep up the good work!
 
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Check out a book called "it starts with food".

It goes along with the whole 30 diet, which can be good or bad. The book, and the diet have you go through a strict 30 day diet of all whole foods. The idea is to reprogram your brain when it is carving bad foods. I lost a ton of weight when i did the diet, but i jumped off the wagon hard core and put it back on.

Good luck.
 

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Check out a book called "it starts with food".

It goes along with the whole 30 diet, which can be good or bad. The book, and the diet have you go through a strict 30 day diet of all whole foods. The idea is to reprogram your brain when it is carving bad foods. I lost a ton of weight when i did the diet, but i jumped off the wagon hard core and put it back on.

Good luck.
This is my issue with "fad diets", books, and "lose-weight-quick" schemes. They're not only unhealthy, and can lead to things like diabetes, they almost always result in a rebounding effect. The best advice I would give is: be patient, start slow.

This means gradual changes. If you're too heavy initially to run, walk, then walk some more, then jog/ walk, etc. all while eating a balanced diet. Remember that whole food pyramid we learned as kids? It actually has quite a bit of value. Omitting certain starches, carbs, proteins, or what have you for the sake of rapid results is almost always bad news, and again, asking for the weight to be put back on, oftentimes double what it was.

By eating sensible, going slow, and most of all being realistic about your diet, you'll do yourself a much bigger favor and will have almost guaranteed yourself a lifestyle diet that's practical, realistic, and sustainable. Fad diets are as the names imply---fads---they never last. The word diet itself shouldn't mean deprivation, it should mean practical changes, small sacrifices, and appropriate rewards.

Edit: and try never to skip breakfast. Mom was right, it is thee single most important meal of the day. It literally stokes the fire for calories to be burned. See? Simple stuff. Overwhelming yourself with rigorous diet regimens is like setting lofty New Years resolutions.
 
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https://www.drfuhrman.com/learn/the-nutritarian-diet

This diet has helped me lose 30 pounds in 3 weeks when I first started while exercising 4 days a week, 2 twice a day. My regular standing weight is 230lbs, being lazy and all, I ballooned up to 275lbs, I've never been past 250 in my life. The Nutritarian diet will help you lose weight quickly and in a healthy way, because you are/would be eating high nutrient foods all the time, your body will jump start it's metabolism all day every day because you are finally giving the body what it needs to heal and repair itself. Think of it like this, the more money you have, the better off you'll be = The more healthy food you eat, the more your body starts to heal itself.

I'm down to 208 currently and the boost I have to actually go through the day without being tired is crazy. I feel better, can think clearer. It's a must and I do believe you can do this. Also contrary to popular belief, drinking a gallon of water a day boosts and makes your metabolism last all day long, which results in more weight loss and yes, you will be frequently be using the restroom.
 

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Wanted to give an update, have lost a decent amount of weight ( still have more to lose) but i am going to be taking my basic course soon. your tips and insight have helped me tremendously i am indebt to all of you. Would you guys like a before and after picture?
Great job, man. Keep it up!

Remember, like some others have said, when it comes to weight loss it is much better to be the tortoise than the hare.
 

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First, kudos to you for wanting to fix this issue.

The issues behind weight problems are more complex and convoluted than is generally believed, so don't let people judge, bully, or ridicule you.

There is a phenomena called the "double burden of malnutrition," which I believe that anyone trying to lose weight should be aware of. See below:


There are a lot of "common sense" beliefs about obesity that are simply wrong . . . just like the common sense belief from centuries ago that the Earth is flat.

There is the idea that an obese person need only practice restraint in eating and exercise a little more, and the obesity will get fixed . . . and this isn't always true.

There are, for example, families in places like Brazil and Africa where there are obese parents and starving children in the same household, yet the parents are eating much less than the starving children.

Also, there are many instances where people have starved to death during a famine or while imprisoned in a concentration camp, yet they are still obese.

Evidentally, this has to do with genetics, hormones, and so forth, so the obese person should be viewed as someone with a medical condition that needs to be worked on by a doctor, and not as a person who "lacks the character and determination" to "do the right thing" and stop eating.

As for me, I believe that this kind of obesity has it's origins in our evolution.

In ancient times, food was very plentiful during certain times of the year, and scarce or absent during other seasons (like winter).

Many animals go through hormonal and metabolic changes during certain times of the year. Bears put on weight for the winter, dogs shed their summer coat and grow in a winter coat, and so forth.

With hundreds of thousands of years during an ice age, it would surprise me if people didn't evolve certain hormonal and metabolic mechanisms to save calories in reserve for future scarcity, and that this mechanism can (and does) go haywire for certain people.

The polynesians, for example, had genes for obesity . . . which actually helped them explore and settle the Pacific islands. See below:


So, don't let people judge you, and don't buy into any of the prejudices that your obesity means that you're "too weak to put down the fork."

See a medical expert, and follow their advice.
 
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