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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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hello all, I am 21(6 foot 475 LBS) former EMT student, who is looking advice and information on how to lose weight. This may sound silly to some of you, but I grew up in a household were my father always worked and I was stuck with an opiate addict who just fed me and my sister junk. I was never really taught the right way to eat , I was always a big kid in height and weight wise, but recently I noticed within myself I have been gaining a lot since my dads death in 2014 ( pulmonary embolism) and I want to lose weight and go back to Emt to finish what I started, I have always wanted to help people since I was a little kid but I can help anyone unless I help myself. but I have no idea on where to start, btw stopped drinking soda since my dad passed ( only drink it when going out to Applebee's etc.) any tips or any information really would be helpful. Thank you all in advance!!
hi Redsoxs, sorry about the loss of your dad. That's got to be hard to deal with. something you never get over. I too am a having a hard time losing weight. I'm about 240lbs. I used to say medication caused my weight gain but I'm now responsible and say the way I ate determined my weight gain. I was told to cut out pop. That's my weakness. I love sugary stuff. So like the girl fatgirlfedup you can find her and her husband's story on social media I'm fed up too with my eating habits. I took a weight loss course once and lost 75lbs. we had to have a accountability partner in the group of 7 people we were in class with. The buddy system helped me out a lot. We also substituted junk for other things like our favorite fruit and veggies and kept a journal to see if at the end of the week we completed our goal of eating let's say 5 apples a week, 8 bottles of water in a week, and oranges for substitute of candy and we discussed it with our classmates. Also, i think we weighed in weekly I can't remember. The cool part was it was a study so we got paid $100 for completing the course rather we lost weight or not. Well, I hope to be able to take my own advice and start losing weight again. I hope this helps you. Thanks for sharing your weight loss attempts. It's makes me feel better knowing I'm not the only one struggling with this. Have a great weekend!
 

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I've lost a total of 145 lbs and have a hundred more to lose before I start my certification. I find that a lot of my eating was due to emotions. I ate because I was angry, sad, or bored. You said that you put on a lot of weight after your father's death. See if you can find a low-cost counselor because I have an inkling of a gut feeling that you might be eating due to emotions. Good luck!

  • Check out Sparkpeople.com
  • Ask yourself Are you eating because of boredom, angry, or upset? Are you eating because someone offered it to you?
  • Talk to a nutritionist if you can afford one or see if one can be provided to you for free.
  • Buy measuring cups and measuring spoons. You will be surprised at the amount of food that you're actually eating. When I first started I found out that I was eating 4 times the amount of pasta that I should be eating.
  • Step away from the processed food (microwavable food, food in a box, food in a can, fast food, take out)
  • Try new forms of protein, fish, and vegetables. Really try to figure out the fresh foods that you love and let go of the ones that you don't care about. This is a hard one. I have a husband that doesn't like any vegetable other than salad, spinach, and mushrooms. Thank you Saint Michael he likes fruits.
  • Take it each meal at a time. There are a lot of changes that you can make. You don't have to do them all at once.
  • I personally purchased a pair of black BDU's as a goal/guide. it is possible to wear smaller sizes but still weigh heavy on the scale.
  • Last but not least, the number on the scale is not "God" there are other ways of measuring success.
 

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I was about 50 lbs overweight and I tried this app called Noom. It does a really good job of making thing manageable and achievable.
 

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Love the encouragement and support here!
 

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