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I've lost 45 el bees since February through dieting. What now? (1 Viewer)

TheIronSheik

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So after a back injury left me with two herniated disks, I ended up just packing on the pounds. After hitting the 260 mark and getting my back in order, I decided it was time to shed some weight. I'm lighter than I have been in almost a decade, but I still have a slight gut. And dieting doesn't seem to be knocking anymore pounds off.

My question is, what can I do now? I don't want to become a gym nut. In fact, I don't like working out at all. I've been walking a lot and I feel like I'm in much better shape, but what else can I do? If the answer to that is hard work at the gym, I'm good with where I am. But if the answer is a little work at the gym, I might be down for that. What's the best way to shed an extra ten to fifteen pounds?

TIA

TIS

 
Anywhere from 5 to 10 miles a week. Usually hikes through hilly trails. I live near Valley Forge and they have some really nice trails.

 
Burpees and drink only water
This was my biggest thing. I drink constantly during the day. I used to drink Mountain Dews. I switched to Powerade Zero and I'm pretty sure that was a huge difference maker.

Not sure what Burpees are, though.

 
Congrats, man! It feels great, doesn't it? It should, it's a big deal and you should be proud.

As for next steps, I am 5'7", and do not carry weight well. Was super active and a rower through HS and most of college. Stopped and went from ~160 up to 240. Looked and felt disgusting. Doctor told me to get it off, and I did purely via dieting. Felt amazing, and eventually I got the bug to at least do something working out. I get your point completely re: being a gym rat. I workout 4-5x a week, and maybe for an hour a day. Nothing intense at all like when I was in HS/college. Just something to get a good sweat going and not kill yourself. That's the key, you enjoy it you'll keep coming back.

Just do really low intensity workouts of your choice a few times a week and you'll feel even better without being a gym rat.

Congrats and BOL!

 
How much dieting are we talking?
I did Weight Watchers for Men. I figured if Charles Barkley could do it, how tough could it be. It was great. I ate crap food the whole time, but just limited my intake. Barely felt like I was dieting.

 
Congrats, man! It feels great, doesn't it? It should, it's a big deal and you should be proud.

As for next steps, I am 5'7", and do not carry weight well. Was super active and a rower through HS and most of college. Stopped and went from ~160 up to 240. Looked and felt disgusting. Doctor told me to get it off, and I did purely via dieting. Felt amazing, and eventually I got the bug to at least do something working out. I get your point completely re: being a gym rat. I workout 4-5x a week, and maybe for an hour a day. Nothing intense at all like when I was in HS/college. Just something to get a good sweat going and not kill yourself. That's the key, you enjoy it you'll keep coming back.

Just do really low intensity workouts of your choice a few times a week and you'll feel even better without being a gym rat.

Congrats and BOL!
Congrats to you too. I'm 6'3" and I hover around the 215 mark. I do feel great, that's for sure. It's nice having space between my chin and chest when I lie on the couch watching TV.

As for the working out: I just don't really have the time. I have a family and my job. I'm sure I could sneak it in, but it would be difficult. I pretty much only walk on the weekends now.

 
maintain. I lost 57 lbs last year and have been the same weight a year later! That feels just as good and may be tougher.

 
How much dieting are we talking?
I did Weight Watchers for Men. I figured if Charles Barkley could do it, how tough could it be. It was great. I ate crap food the whole time, but just limited my intake. Barely felt like I was dieting.
Stop thinking about it as a "dieting". Think about it as improving your eating habits. Take baby steps and change the way you eat and what you eat.

It's like what you did above.. you took a baby step and replaced mountain dew with powerade zero. Now take the next step and replace that with water.

:zen:

 
if you can swim with any regularity, do it. it will lean you out. it will be utterly exhausting at first, but it will work.

 
maintain. I lost 57 lbs last year and have been the same weight a year later! That feels just as good and may be tougher.
I hear ya. I actually have been maintaining for almost 3 months. And with the exception of drinking soda, I'm still eating a lot of crap food. I just know not to go all Mr. Creosote every time I eat a meal.

 
How much dieting are we talking?
I did Weight Watchers for Men. I figured if Charles Barkley could do it, how tough could it be. It was great. I ate crap food the whole time, but just limited my intake. Barely felt like I was dieting.
Stop thinking about it as a "dieting". Think about it as improving your eating habits. Take baby steps and change the way you eat and what you eat.

It's like what you did above.. you took a baby step and replaced mountain dew with powerade zero. Now take the next step and replace that with water.

:zen:
How much dieting are we talking?
I did Weight Watchers for Men. I figured if Charles Barkley could do it, how tough could it be. It was great. I ate crap food the whole time, but just limited my intake. Barely felt like I was dieting.
Stop thinking about it as a "dieting". Think about it as improving your eating habits. Take baby steps and change the way you eat and what you eat.

It's like what you did above.. you took a baby step and replaced mountain dew with powerade zero. Now take the next step and replace that with water.

:zen:
Powerade Zero has zero calories. And it tastes way better than water.

 
Some military guys that work for me wrap themselves in saran wrap and preparation H before they get their waste measured. Do this every night for two weeks and you'll be gold!

 
How about this question:

What exercises should I do to firm my stomach muscles? I mean, I'm guessing sit-ups. But are there others that I should be doing? Things I can do in my house would probably be better than something that requires a gym trip.

 
Anywhere from 5 to 10 miles a week. Usually hikes through hilly trails. I live near Valley Forge and they have some really nice trails.
You should be walking at least 5 miles a day counting all steps. Add in some sprints and pushups.
Dude said he doesn't have much time. 5 miles would take about 1.5 hours to complete (assuming he's keeping about a 3.3 MPH pace).

I walk anywhere from 3.5 - 4.5 miles a day. I rarely ever average over 3.5 MPH.

 
How about this question:

What exercises should I do to firm my stomach muscles? I mean, I'm guessing sit-ups. But are there others that I should be doing? Things I can do in my house would probably be better than something that requires a gym trip.
Crunches obviously. But having a flat, firm stomach has a lot more to do with body fat than whether or not you exercise those specific muscles.

 
How about this question:

What exercises should I do to firm my stomach muscles? I mean, I'm guessing sit-ups. But are there others that I should be doing? Things I can do in my house would probably be better than something that requires a gym trip.
If the food you are eating is poor you will not get definition in your stomach. Stomach definition is about 90% diet. So, if that's your goal (based on what you wrote earlier) you will have to completely change what you're eating.

That said, best at home workout I've seen for building core strength is the North Carolina Medicine Ball Workout.

If you're really just looking for the bare minimum - calorie track, myfitnesspal is your best option. Burn more than you consume. As long as you do that you should continue to lose.

 
Without going totally Atkins Diet wacko about them, you really need to reduce the carbs. That will help more than you can know.

 
How about this question:

What exercises should I do to firm my stomach muscles? I mean, I'm guessing sit-ups. But are there others that I should be doing? Things I can do in my house would probably be better than something that requires a gym trip.
Crunches obviously. But having a flat, firm stomach has a lot more to do with body fat than whether or not you exercise those specific muscles.
How about this question:

What exercises should I do to firm my stomach muscles? I mean, I'm guessing sit-ups. But are there others that I should be doing? Things I can do in my house would probably be better than something that requires a gym trip.
If the food you are eating is poor you will not get definition in your stomach. Stomach definition is about 90% diet. So, if that's your goal (based on what you wrote earlier) you will have to completely change what you're eating.

That said, best at home workout I've seen for building core strength is the North Carolina Medicine Ball Workout.

If you're really just looking for the bare minimum - calorie track, myfitnesspal is your best option. Burn more than you consume. As long as you do that you should continue to lose.
I should have stated I'm not looking for six pack abs. I'm not even really looking for definition. I just want to strengthen my stomach and core muscles so I won't have another back injury.

 
How about this question:

What exercises should I do to firm my stomach muscles? I mean, I'm guessing sit-ups. But are there others that I should be doing? Things I can do in my house would probably be better than something that requires a gym trip.
Has anyone brought up myfitnesspal.com yet? Worked great for me when I was using it. I have fell off the wagon recently, but it was a great tool.

I really liked using an exercise ball for crunches and other workouts. It's a lot easier on the back, and doesn't take a lot of space.

 
How about this question:

What exercises should I do to firm my stomach muscles? I mean, I'm guessing sit-ups. But are there others that I should be doing? Things I can do in my house would probably be better than something that requires a gym trip.
Crunches obviously. But having a flat, firm stomach has a lot more to do with body fat than whether or not you exercise those specific muscles.
How about this question:

What exercises should I do to firm my stomach muscles? I mean, I'm guessing sit-ups. But are there others that I should be doing? Things I can do in my house would probably be better than something that requires a gym trip.
If the food you are eating is poor you will not get definition in your stomach. Stomach definition is about 90% diet. So, if that's your goal (based on what you wrote earlier) you will have to completely change what you're eating.

That said, best at home workout I've seen for building core strength is the North Carolina Medicine Ball Workout.

If you're really just looking for the bare minimum - calorie track, myfitnesspal is your best option. Burn more than you consume. As long as you do that you should continue to lose.
I should have stated I'm not looking for six pack abs. I'm not even really looking for definition. I just want to strengthen my stomach and core muscles so I won't have another back injury.
Then google North Carolina medicine ball workouts, do that 3x week.

 
How much dieting are we talking?
I did Weight Watchers for Men. I figured if Charles Barkley could do it, how tough could it be. It was great. I ate crap food the whole time, but just limited my intake. Barely felt like I was dieting.
Was it a pain to use this (submitting and looking up your food?) Do they give you menu/meal ideas as part of the program?
I did it online and used the app for my phone. It was incredibly easy. They do give you a lot of ideas for dinners and snacks. Plus they have a scanner that you scan the barcode of just about anything and it tells you how many points it is. I thought it was going to be a pain in the behind, but it was amazingly easy. I did it with my girlfriend and we both were able to support each other. The one thing to remember is to count everything. You can cheat, but you're only cheating yourself.

Two of my friends did it at the same time and they quit after a couple of weeks. Said it didn't work for them. But I'd see them drinking three nights a week and eating huge meals they'd post to Facebook. It's not magic. It requires effort, but I did it. So apparently not too much effort.

 
How about this question:

What exercises should I do to firm my stomach muscles? I mean, I'm guessing sit-ups. But are there others that I should be doing? Things I can do in my house would probably be better than something that requires a gym trip.
Crunches obviously. But having a flat, firm stomach has a lot more to do with body fat than whether or not you exercise those specific muscles.
How about this question:

What exercises should I do to firm my stomach muscles? I mean, I'm guessing sit-ups. But are there others that I should be doing? Things I can do in my house would probably be better than something that requires a gym trip.
If the food you are eating is poor you will not get definition in your stomach. Stomach definition is about 90% diet. So, if that's your goal (based on what you wrote earlier) you will have to completely change what you're eating.

That said, best at home workout I've seen for building core strength is the North Carolina Medicine Ball Workout.

If you're really just looking for the bare minimum - calorie track, myfitnesspal is your best option. Burn more than you consume. As long as you do that you should continue to lose.
I should have stated I'm not looking for six pack abs. I'm not even really looking for definition. I just want to strengthen my stomach and core muscles so I won't have another back injury.
Then google North Carolina medicine ball workouts, do that 3x week.
Interesting. Thanks.

 
You want to lose weight without exercising more? Eat less. Simple as that. You can do the low carbs thing, but fewer calories is the real ticket.

Anykind of exercise you do in the pushup position is great for your core. For example, hold the pushup position for 30 seconds, then go down on flat forearms and hold for 30 seconds, back up to pushup position and repeat. Another good one is start in pushup position then lift one arm up up to the sky and balance yourself on one hand and foot, hold. Reverse, repeat.

 
How about this question:

What exercises should I do to firm my stomach muscles? I mean, I'm guessing sit-ups. But are there others that I should be doing? Things I can do in my house would probably be better than something that requires a gym trip.
That said, best at home workout I've seen for building core strength is the North Carolina Medicine Ball Workout.
This looks pretty decent. Do you or have you done it?

 
How about this question:

What exercises should I do to firm my stomach muscles? I mean, I'm guessing sit-ups. But are there others that I should be doing? Things I can do in my house would probably be better than something that requires a gym trip.
That said, best at home workout I've seen for building core strength is the North Carolina Medicine Ball Workout.
This looks pretty decent. Do you or have you done it?
I have done it.

I have gotten admittedly lazy with my core workouts since I stopped personal training at a gym. I've been focusing much more on running the last 2 years and now only meet with clients at the park. As many of you know trying to get a good workout done at home with two kids < 3 years old is pretty impossible. Regardless, I'm telling myself the same thing this winter I did last winter, I'm going to start this and carry it over into Spring/Summer. We'll see if it's just talk again. :unsure:

 
20-30 minutes at the gym 3 times a week is enough to see results. Many people never progress because they can't get their diet right. If your diet is as good as you say you could definitely see results without killing yourself at the gym. Bench, squat, deadlift, and maybe some presses is really all you need.

 
You want to lose weight without exercising more? Eat less.
No. I'm saying I've lost the weight. I'm looking for a way to strengthen my core more than anything.
You said in the original post that you wanted to drop another 10 - 15lbs. If you still have a gut, there's plenty of fat left. You can't improve your core without exercising. The beachbody stuff that was recommended is good.

 

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