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Old 03-26-08, 12:45 AM
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DVDTalk's Biggest Loser: April

I posted this early because I wanted to share the story of what happened to me last month. On February 27th I went to the doctor to get the results of a Blood Test I took. He told me that the blood tests showed I was Diabetic. 26 years old. I actually have an appointment with a specialist tomorrow to explain to me everything about my blood tests. So I am not sure exactly how to describe what condition I have, maybe the blood tests were a fluke and I should be going in for new ones this coming week.

Anyway I weighed myself on the scale at the doctors office fully clothed without shoes.

286 pounds

I recall the most I ever weighed was 310-320.

Well I knew this was a sign to lose weight, so first of all, I quite sugar cold turkey. No more soda. No more pastries, no more junk food, etc;

I also cut down my carbs. Pretty much the only bread I have been eating is Whole Wheat Pita bread. I've been trying to stick to meats until I receive a proper diet from the specialist tomorrow.

I've stopped eating after 8:00pm which really helps. And I really don't feel that hungry anymore.

I hate vegetables so the only source of any vegetables has been some home made soups my mother has made for me when I come over to eat every other day.

Well I've been dropping weight like crazy. I know it's not healthy to lose weight so fast, but when you have a lot to lose I guess its not so bad.

Anyway, as of this morning, March 25 I weighed in at:

262.6

March 4th-ish I started with my new scale and that said I started at 275.6 . I think I probably lost like 5-6 pounds between the day I went to the doctor and the day I got the scale.

I've been trying to do more walking these past few weeks and as soon as the weather is better I will be going for an afternoon stroll every day for some exercise.

So anybody have any other tips for me?

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Drink lots of water, water is the key
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Originally Posted by domino harvey
Drink lots of water, water is the key
Why's that?
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Originally Posted by domino harvey
Drink lots of water, water is the key
Yeah I've been drinking mostly water. I'll probably make it a goal to drink 5 bottles (16.9ozx5=84.5 oz or 10 1/2 cups a day).
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vw - you are doing fine and keep up the great work.

Don't worry about losing weight too fast as long as you aren't starving yourself. As long as you get your necessary nutrients and enough water, you should be fine melting the fat away. If you are feeling weak from the weight loss, then it probably means you are starving yourself or not getting enough good stuff. In that case you can always it a bit more 'healthy' food. Take a multivitamin if you are worried about not getting enough nutrients. The rate of weight loss will slow down (unfortunately).
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Since this is the biggest loser thread and I was active in the Jan-March ones, I will continue here even though I am not trying to lose weight.

To summarize my goals:

Lost about 24 lbs in Jan-Feb, upped calorie intake and endurance training in March. Now I am just trying to maintain my current weight between 185-190 for the next 6 months. likely to go back up to 200 for the late fall/winter again.

Weighed in at 186.5 last friday. I ate about 16,000 calories friday-sunday, but I burned about 12,000 of them on saturday. First endurance race of the season is in 2 weeks.
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bump, today I weighed in at 260.6, so about 2 pounds in 5 days.

The doctor said I should be able to fight off the type II diabetes I've been diagnosed with by just losing weight and eating healthy. My original readings were about 260, and the doctor says 80-120 is normal, and i've been between 77 and 124 all week, so I'm pretty happy with that.

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my official count for today was 259.6, so in one month I lost between 20-25 pounds. As a recap on Feb 27th at the doctors office in full clothing no shoes 286, March 31 in my "birthday suit", 259.6
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Originally Posted by vwbeetlvr
my official count for today was 259.6, so in one month I lost between 20-25 pounds. As a recap on Feb 27th at the doctors office in full clothing no shoes 286, March 31 in my "birthday suit", 259.6
You're doing great, keep it up.

Quick question: You said you stopped eating after 8pm. What time do you usually make it to bed? I'm curious because this seems to be a big help to many people but for me its hard because my sleep schedule is so erratic. If I knew how many hours before sleep I should stop eating it would help me out a great deal.

Anyway, I'd like to use this thread to track my progress for the month:

I weighed in yesterday at a sexy 275. My goal for the end of the month is 265. 10 lbs is just a drop in the bucket but I think its a good place to start.

Here is how I plan on doing it:

Exercise: Run 20 miles a week any way I can do it. Ideally I'd like to get it done in 6 days so I can have a day off once a week.

Light lifting. Low weight, more reps just to keep my muscles tone. Not looking to build anything.

Eat: Trying to stick to 3 full meals a day + light snacks mixed in maybe twice a day. Light snack will be some sort of vegetable, fruit or cup of yogurt. Sticking to water for the most part but I'll throw in a bottle of diet snapple once or twice a week. There will be times that I'll be out with friends and beer and pizza are in the mix. I can't avoid that and when that happens I'll just make sure to keep it light. Not looking to go crazy with the diet because it will just drive me insane if I do. As long as I stay away from the sugary crap and lighten up on the carbs I'll be happy with myself.

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I'm eating something shortly before bedtime so I don't wake up starving. I lift 3x a week and do HIIT 3x a week, all in the late afternoon or evening - going to bed after that with no food is just asking for trouble.

My last "meal" of the day is usually a protein powder & fruit smoothie or something I made while bored one day: 1/2 cup 2% cottage cheese, 1tbs natty peanut butter, and half a scoop of choc protein powder mixed to hell. Tastes kinda like a Reese's ice cream and loaded with protein and good fats! I don't wake up hungry when I eat that.
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Originally Posted by MartinBlank
Why's that?
helps clean your system, water keeps you from feeling hungry, etc..

i dont know all the scientific reasons to why drinking a TON of water is extremely important while trying to lose weight.. but i put it up there will eating right and excercise.. drink 2 more cups than you think you can handle every day, and that alone will cause you to start losing weight.

here is the first thing i found on google
http://www.inch-aweigh.com/water.html
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Originally Posted by twikoff
helps clean your system, water keeps you from feeling hungry, etc..

i dont know all the scientific reasons to why drinking a TON of water is extremely important while trying to lose weight.. but i put it up there will eating right and excercise.. drink 2 more cups than you think you can handle every day, and that alone will cause you to start losing weight.

here is the first thing i found on google
http://www.inch-aweigh.com/water.html
this is your opinion - nothing more. In NO way is water as important was diet and exercise. Drink enough to keep you hydrated, and yes water can be appetite supressing. But more than that? No, mumbo jumbo.

Losing fat is so simple: Change - your - habits. Eat less and/or exercise more.
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Originally Posted by Goat3001
Here is how I plan on doing it:

Exercise: Run 20 miles a week any way I can do it. Ideally I'd like to get it done in 6 days so I can have a day off once a week.

Light lifting. Low weight, more reps just to keep my muscles tone. Not looking to build anything.

Eat: Trying to stick to 3 full meals a day + light snacks mixed in maybe twice a day. Light snack will be some sort of vegetable, fruit or cup of yogurt. Sticking to water for the most part but I'll throw in a bottle of diet snapple once or twice a week. There will be times that I'll be out with friends and beer and pizza are in the mix. I can't avoid that and when that happens I'll just make sure to keep it light. Not looking to go crazy with the diet because it will just drive me insane if I do. As long as I stay away from the sugary crap and lighten up on the carbs I'll be happy with myself.
Good luck with your efforts!

After working out for a while, you may want to look into interval training for your cardio to stop your body from burning away muscle with the fat during the 20 miles of steady state cardio. Every pound of muscle burns an extra 35 to 50 calories a day, so it makes sense to keep your muscle to work for you while at rest. It also saves tremendous amounts of time, is better on the joints, creates variety in a typical boring cardio session, and is about 9 times more effective for fat burning.

The healthy snacks (and meals for that matter) should be a big part of your daily nutrition plan. Anything to keep your metabolism going is always good. Also, try to eat a large healthy snack / meal before you go out with your friends to curb your hunger for pizza and beer.

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Originally Posted by Goat3001
Quick question: You said you stopped eating after 8pm. What time do you usually make it to bed? I'm curious because this seems to be a big help to many people but for me its hard because my sleep schedule is so erratic. If I knew how many hours before sleep I should stop eating it would help me out a great deal.
I'd aim for 4-6 hours if possible. Waking up hungry is a good thing. You'd do well to eat a good breakfast (a great trick for weight loss that no one ever does is to make breakfast the largest meal of the day, lunch the second largest, and dinner little more than a snack).

Keep in mind that irregular sleep habits screw with your body's metabolism. Going to sleep and waking at the same times every day can have a very positive effect on your ability to burn fat.

As for water, water = life. Yes, it can suppress your appetite, and it also helps cleanse some junk in your system, but the most important reason to drink plenty of water is that nearly every part of your body requires it to function at peak efficiency. This is self-evident, but numerous studies have shown that a person who doesn't drink enough water (i.e. almost anyone) can immediately boost his metabolism with a single glass (less conclusive, but also shown, is that cold water is more effective). Quite simply, water makes it easier for your organs to metabolize fat, and unless you're weighing in for a fight, getting rid of unused excess fat should be your primary goal before even looking at a scale. Don't overdo it with the water. There's only so much that your body needs, and any more is pointless, and too much more is harmful. Just aim for relatively clear urine.

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Originally Posted by das Monkey
I'd aim for 4-6 hours if possible. Waking up hungry is a good thing. You'd do well to eat a good breakfast (a great trick for weight loss that no one ever does is to make breakfast the largest meal of the day, lunch the second largest, and dinner little more than a snack).
That's the Will Smith diet. He actually eats dinner food for breakfast and eats eggs or cereal for dinner.
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Just because I don't wake up hungry doesn't mean I don't eat a lot for breakfast. There's no way I could stop eating 4-6 hours before bed. That is 10-14 hours a day with no food? Unpossible.

Right now I'm not concerned with dropping any more weight, but even the 30-35 I've lost has been while eating at least a little snack within an hour of bedtime.
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Originally Posted by DVD Josh
That's the Will Smith diet. He actually eats dinner food for breakfast and eats eggs or cereal for dinner.
Really? Smart guy. I've never been good at practicing that philosophy. For whatever reason, my stomach just isn't ready for much food early in the mornings, so it's a challenge for me to eat more than my typical bowl of oatmeal. Consequently, I end up making lunch my biggest meal of the day, but I do eat relatively early (11:30ish). For most people, even the smallest (healthy) breakfast would be a significant improvement.

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Originally Posted by nevermind
Just because I don't wake up hungry doesn't mean I don't eat a lot for breakfast. There's no way I could stop eating 4-6 hours before bed. That is 10-14 hours a day with no food? Unpossible.
You're asleep. What are you doing being hungry while you're sleeping?

If you're doing a lot of heavy exercise in the evenings, you probably should be eating a little more. But I should clarify. I was thinking in terms of "dinner" when I posted "4-6 hours", not food altogether. I don't mean to suggest people should be starving themselves at night. That's counterproductive. I try to eat a large snack about 6 hours before bed and a tiny snack 2-3 hours before bed. Like I posted in one of the other threads, cottage cheese works great for me. It hits my nighttime craving for something sugary, and it keeps my metabolism going strong through the evening without loading me down with calories I can't burn in my sleep.

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I've got 2 challenges going on in tandem - at work I joined the biggest loser contest with 2 co-workers which lasts for until the end of May, and a few weeks ago my mom challenged me to lose 40 pounds by my birthday (8/21). Her incentive: $3000.

Feb 1: 199.8

----February goal: 192---------
Spoiler:

Starting Feb 1 weight - 199.8 Exercise: shoveled driveway
Feb 8 weight - 194.6
Feb 12 Exercise: 3.0 miles in 32 minutes
Feb 15 weight - 199.0 Crap! Valentine's day dinner killed me.
Feb 18 Exercise: 3.1 miles in 36 minutes
Feb 19 Exercise: 3.0 miles in 32 minutes
Feb 22 weight - 194.8: only 2.8 more pounds to go!
Feb 27 weight - 193.0: 1 more pound!
Feb 29 weight - 192.6 just missed the target, but I'm really happy about my progress. Exercise: 3.0 miles in 36 minutes

----March goal: 185------------
Spoiler:
March 1 weight: 191.8
March 8 weight: 191.0
March 15 weight: 186.0 (I had the flu and couldn't eat for days)
March 22 weight: 187.4
March 29 weight: 189.0
March 31 weight: 189.8

----April goal: 182------------
April 1 weight: 188.6
April 8 weight:
April 15 weight:
April 22 weight:
April 30 weight:

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I am one of the few that think not eating several hours before bed is overated. Especially if you work out at night, I think its more important to go to bed with food (mainly proteins and some fats) in your stomach. I also go to bed with A LOT of carbs in my stomach the night before big races
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Originally Posted by grrrah
if you work out at night, I think its more important to go to bed with food (mainly proteins and some fats) in your stomach.
Try the 2% cottage cheese/PB/choc protein powder thing I mentioned. Delicious and just what you need!
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Originally Posted by das Monkey
Really? Smart guy. I've never been good at practicing that philosophy. For whatever reason, my stomach just isn't ready for much food early in the mornings, so it's a challenge for me to eat more than my typical bowl of oatmeal. Consequently, I end up making lunch my biggest meal of the day, but I do eat relatively early (11:30ish). For most people, even the smallest (healthy) breakfast would be a significant improvement.

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It's a true story! He was interviewed in some health magazine for one of the roles where he had to get huge and the interviewer mentions they are eating steak and salad at 9 in the morning, and goes on to talk about it a little. Will said the same thing - if you eat more early, your body has a chance to burn it before the day is over. He also said that he needs the energy for his work outs. Dinner is usually 3 egg whites or a bowl of special K or another high fiber cereal.
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Originally Posted by nevermind
Try the 2% cottage cheese/PB/choc protein powder thing I mentioned. Delicious and just what you need!
I've tried almost everything in the past including that as my midnight meal(btw, alternating nights was cottage cheese with sugar free strawberry jam, which I also recommend to mix flavors up). I often did the midnight eggbeater omelets (will smith copied me!).

Yes, it worked, but the past couple months I have just been eating a regular dinner late at night (which is healthier than a typical american dinner), and haven't had any damage to the results (recall I lost about 23 lbs in Jan/Feb). Maybe I could have lost more weight, but I was right on target and enjoyed my foods. The cottage cheese got old after about 4 months.
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I bought cottage cheese last week and haven't even opened it.
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If you're not exercising and/or working out then blood sugar means close to jack shit so stop all the slow carbs, fast carbs, eat breakfast, eat in the evening, bla bla nonsense.

Calories in, calories out. Eat less to get fewer calories in, exercise more to get more calories out. It's simple math.
consume lots of lean meat and veggies to supress appetite, and lots of water for the same purpose.

EOD.

Seriously. It's like having 100 page discussion on how to put a nail in a plock of wood. wanna know how? Grab a hammer and hit it. That's it. Not "well walk in a circle and recite a prayer, pick up the hammer, put it down again, pick it up again, go to bed, get up, hit the nail with the hammer".

I could lose weight faster and better on a diet of 50% table sugar than some of you clowns who read 20 Dr. Phil books and buy endless numbers of supplements.

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