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07 Nov 2010 - 21:1144403
Quote Member-XI:
I'm sorry, I'm probably going to get flamed for this as i'm being a party pooper, but the best pieces of advice I can give is go to your doctor and organise seeing a nutritionist or dietician who is qualified to give you advice on losing weight safely and in a timely manner.

I'd add to this to avoid speaking to a doctor or anyone who calls themselves a "nutritionist". GPs rarely know much about dietetics and are not as well-qualified to give dietetic advice as you may think, and fun fact: any idiot can set themselves up as a "nutritionist" and dole out weird, ridiculous advice that isunhelpful and inaccurate at best and downright dangerous at worst (see Gillian McKeith).

Dietitians are regulated by the government and aren't permitted to call themselves dietitians without being properly accredited and registered with the British Dietetic Association (who can also help you find a dietitian through their website). The one thing dietitians won't be able to do is give you much advice about exercise, although that'll probably vary from one to another, depending on their specialisms.

My mum's a dietitian, by the way, so any advice I gave further up the thread (aside from the exercise stuff) was passed down to me by her ^_^


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07 Nov 2010 - 21:4344407
Quote Member-XI:

Do not use diet pills unless your doctor prescribes them. Don't be tempted by Alli and other pills like them unless your doctor prescribes them. Why? Alli has some of the WORST side effects you can imagine. Incontinence being one of them. Blocking fat-soluble vitamins (such as vitamins A,E and D) is another. So unless you like the idea of possibly crapping yourself, keep away. D:


To re-inforce this, my manager at work uses Alli, and he is ALWAYS in the toilet, and no-one dare go in after he's done! XD I know it sounds gross but the upsetting thing is he's been fooled into thinking they're helping. So yeah, I'd stay away


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07 Nov 2010 - 22:0344411
Quote Sillabub:


My mum's a dietitian, by the way, so any advice I gave further up the thread (aside from the exercise stuff) was passed down to me by her ^_^


Not questioning what you said previously at all. (Not sure if thats directed at me, but I was quoted, so I'm assuming so. :3 ) I'd just rather point someone in the direction of a GP (who can then point you in the right direction/refer you , which is what my GP does, it usually means I get to see whoever I need a bit faster ) rather than give tips, as they sometimes contradict one another. Just look at the thread on Cosplay.com, its got so many tips and half of them say 'Do this!' the other half say 'No don't, do this instead!'.

I'm not saying go to someone who isn't qualified, to be honest I didn't know that about nutritionists (when mentioning them I was thinking more about the help you get from hospitals, etc...which is probably dieticians now that I think about it. -.-). Sadly I had to google that Gillian woman, but then again, I don't watch TV, except for Supernatural and the news. D: *fails*

Edit: Sorry if this is really badly spelt. Am suffering from lack of sleep and some of my stuff has so many errors because of it! XD

@Fables

Thats pretty much what happened with my aunt. She got some from her doctor and got some horrid side effects. The only way she picked up on some of them not being normal was the fact that she was reviewed each month by her doctor, who then took her off them. I imagine had she not been going for a check up with him each month she'd have ended up in some real trouble. Which is why I'd advise against them unless you've got someone monitoring you on them. Not that they do much.


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09 Nov 2010 - 21:5544626
OK, well hopefully people won't dismiss this as unhelpful or that I don't know what I'm talking about or whatever, but I have some tips.

Ok, so first off I'll tell you I am in very good shape in real life. (Not trying to rub it in! T_T) What I'm trying to say is that who knows more about being in shape than someone who IS in shape?

Ok, so basically I get a lot of exercise which is mainly what my fitness and health comes from. But I try and eat sensibly as well when I can... Probably not as much as I should. It's in my opinion that physical exercise will do more for you than eating will.

I learned quite a few exercises during my martial arts practice which are very good for losing weight. I know one for the belly and one for the legs (Thighs in particular) The exercise for your belly is simple:

1. Lie down on your back.
2. Bend your knees and lift your legs off the floor, stretching them out but keeping a bend in the legs.
3. Make little circles with your feet, try and make a circle about the size of a dinner plate.
4. Do about 100 reps (Maybe a little less if you're starting off, make sure you are as comfortable as you can be.)

Do that everyday for about a month and you'll start to see results. As for your legs:

1. Stand up straight and put your feet together
2. Keeping your heels touching, open out your toes about 45 degrees.
3. Imagine your toes are now nailed to the floor and open out your heels, so now you have a 45 degree angle the other direction.
4. Keep your back straight, sink your weight down so your legs should start to feel some tension. (The guideline for this is that you should be able to hold a dictionary between your knees!)
5. Maintain that position. Is it very uncomfortable? Because it should be! XD

Ok, so those are two excercises I know. If you're interested I can ask my Sifu for more for you. AT the end of the day it's all down to persistance and motivation. As long as you keep trying, that's what counts to me. Try and set yourself a goal, (Obviously don't make it too unrealistic.) OR another thing my Sifu told me to do is to give yourself a jar in your room. Everytime you practice (Or in your case, exercise.) put a pound in the jar. By the end of the month, two months or even a year have a look how much money you've saved up.

When it comes to eating, I'm not really an expert. All I WOULD say is that for crying out loud DON'T skip meals! I've done it before where I skipped a meal and I always regretted it if I was training. Your body needs the energy and nutrients to function properly. Personally what I do is that I have a fairly light breakfast, have a big lunch and then have a very light snack at about 3 or 4? Then have dinner as normal.

Well, I don't know how helpful you'll find my advice. But I hope you achieve what you want, I really do. Like I said before the trick is to just keep going and to be persistant... And don't push yourself too hard, because the last thing you want to do is overwork yourself.


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09 Nov 2010 - 22:1444630
Han Hyuga:

I don't mean to come across as being mean or anything but those excersises sound more like something you'd do BEFORE some sort of training session. They sound more like resistance training to me.

I had to do that stuff for fencing and if I'm honest, you really want to work on Cardio and building up your stamina before starting on resistance training.

Not saying those excersises are bad, just that I highly doubt they'd work very well without having done a few weeks of cardio / lost some weight already.

To echo what most people have said though. Pay attention to what you eat, keeping a food diary is a pretty cool idea, lets you read back on it and makes you pay attention to HOW much you've been eating, hopefully that'd help a bit. Swap things like crips, cakes and the like for fruits and maybe some yoghurt or fruit smoothie things you see at those juice bar things in shopping centres. Of course, excersise more, up your pace when walking, maybe start out at a light jog after a week of faster walking.

Swimmings pretty good! as much as I hate being in a swim suit myself and I totally understand not wanting to do that >_< it is really good for you though. works muscles you diddnt even know you had XD


09 Nov 2010 - 22:2044632
Sorry to step in Han, but for a weight loss method, those two exercises are not really beneficial by themselves - please see below for a more thorough explanation of why.

Best exercise as has been mentioned previously for shifting weight is cardio exercise; so swimming, running, sports such as fencing, squash and other 'burst' activities. Swimming is infact probably one of the ideal ones to start yourself out on for trying to get to the point you can do the others sufficiently, due to the considerably less stress put on joints such as knees and ankles as compared to running for overweight and/or highly unfit people.

Cardio to burn fat, toning exercises to well....tone muscles. If its still going to be covered in body fat, you'll see no visual benefit from toning or muscle building exercises.

Not to say the two exercises aren't useful, they will be in the long run if you're interesting in fitness and toning. but for initial weight loss, probably not the best of plans.

I've had all that and various other related bits and pieces hammered at me for years by an older brother who's got a degree in sports science (not studies - science, the one requiring all the biology) and is coming towards the end of a second one as a chiropractor.

Some bits of personal commentary on weight loss in general:

Something to also bear in mind - your weight may not actually decrease on scales for some time if you're using exercise and diet changes, given that muscle weighs more than fat.

Exercise alone will only help you so far as will only changing your diet. It's also not a quick fix you can just drop in for a couple months and then let slide - its a life style change.

And finally: If you're concerned about conflicts in advice (as there always be on any public forum) i would suggest going to talk to your GP about it, who can often refer you to a nutritionist/dietician and suggest a beneficial exercise program. ^^



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09 Nov 2010 - 22:2644633
Quote Member-XI:
(Not sure if thats directed at me, but I was quoted, so I'm assuming so. :3 )

It wasn't, don't worry, I wasn't having a go! I just quoted you because I wanted to add to the point you'd made

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I'm not saying go to someone who isn't qualified, to be honest I didn't know that about nutritionists (when mentioning them I was thinking more about the help you get from hospitals, etc...which is probably dieticians now that I think about it. -.-).

Yep, it is. The term "nutritionist" gets bandied about a lot these days so it's understandable that people think they're the same things as dietitians, but they aren't. I mentioned it simply because most people aren't aware that there's a difference! One of my mum's biggest bugbears, that point ^_^

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Sadly I had to google that Gillian woman, but then again, I don't watch TV, except for Supernatural and the news. D: *fails*

Haha, trust me, I'd much rather watch Supernatural than anything with Gillian McKeith in it! Not least because Jensen/Jared/Misha are considerably easier on the eye than she is... ^_^

Quote Han Hyuga:
I learned quite a few exercises during my martial arts practice which are very good for losing weight. I know one for the belly and one for the legs (Thighs in particular)

SPOT REDUCTION - it's a myth. Your exercises may well help you build or tone the muscles in your thighs and/or belly, but they'll do little or nothing on their own for burning fat.


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09 Nov 2010 - 22:2744634
Oh ok, no offense taken guys. Thank you for pointing that out to me. To be honest the last thing I want to do is give bad advice. D:

Yes, well you're both probably right... My fitness routine is quite different to a lot of other people's now that you mention it... I uh, guess I didn't think that one through properly.

Ok, so yeah I would take those two's words for it. I was just trying to help. XD


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09 Nov 2010 - 22:2844635
Thanks guys for the advice...Im taking everything that people say into my head and just seeing what works for me...I know seeing a doctor would be helpful for me but I just wanted to hear what people though so I could at least start in my road to recovery if you all know what I mean...

I know there are somethings that won't work for me but I know I will have to work out a pattern that will work for me ^_^ so guys you advice is really helping me and I just want to know what works for some people...it may not work for me...but its worth a go...

I have started to exercise a lot more...I'm not going all out but I have started to use my exercise bike once a day even if its for 5 mins (all I can do on a busy day) its exercise I didnt do before...
I take the stairs everywhere now instead of the lift and all my lessons are on the top floor ^_^
Not sure what else at the moment except I still walk to uni and try and walk a little quicker

I have stopped the takeaways...I only have it as a treat which is what it should be...no chocolate, crisps etc etc
So I have cut down on things like that and don't miss meals now if I can help it...didnt eat breakfast at all before T_T
But yeah still in early stages but I will let people know ^_^


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09 Nov 2010 - 22:3144636
Quote Han Hyuga:
Oh ok, no offense taken guys. Thank you for pointing that out to me. To be honest the last thing I want to do is give bad advice. D:

Yes, well you're both probably right... My fitness routine is quite different to a lot of other people's now that you mention it... I uh, guess I didn't think that one through properly.

Ok, so yeah I would take those two's words for it. I was just trying to help. XD


Its okay and thank you...Im happy you took the time to help me...^_^


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09 Nov 2010 - 22:5244638
Quote RinoaHeartilly:

I have started to exercise a lot more...I'm not going all out but I have started to use my exercise bike once a day even if its for 5 mins (all I can do on a busy day) its exercise I didnt do before...


2 mins warm up at a nice pace, 1 min nice and fast, 30sec-1 min sprint as fast as you can, remaining time for fast then slow down. Stretch and off you go. This is quite beneficial for you, short intense workouts.

I opt for burning calories when I'm doing nothing, as well as exercising, which is why I do resistance training. All my cardio comes from drills anyway.

Its not how much excercise you do, but how intense it is which will give you benefits. Just don't hurt yourself. You will inevitably lay down some muscle, not a lot but some, even if you're doing stamina. This is a good thing as muscle burns calories all the time anyway.


13 Nov 2010 - 14:0744878
Quote RinoaHeartilly:
Quote Han Hyuga:
Oh ok, no offense taken guys. Thank you for pointing that out to me. To be honest the last thing I want to do is give bad advice. D:

Yes, well you're both probably right... My fitness routine is quite different to a lot of other people's now that you mention it... I uh, guess I didn't think that one through properly.

Ok, so yeah I would take those two's words for it. I was just trying to help. XD


Its okay and thank you...Im happy you took the time to help me...^_^
Anyone else would do the same.

Well, anyone else should do the same.


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13 Nov 2010 - 14:5244882
Quote RinoaHeartilly:
I live in Middlesbrough


Firstly. Hi-five and I know what you mean about the takeaways. Plenty of them here isn't there.

I spent last year losing weight (3 stone in total so far) and did it with 0 proper excersise.

It all boiled down to what I ate. I ate more vegetables and salads to fill me up and ate Alpen Light bars(max 2 a day) for snacks/breakfast.

I used to eat lots of carbs (pasta, bread etc) which I cut down a lot on. Now eating lean meat mostly but still do have pasta.

While at work I eat sandwiches I make at home rather than the pre made ones from Tesco like before.

Also drink drinks with no sugar in them.

I think the worst thing to do is to completely cut out that craving for a pizza or parmo . If I fancied one, I got one and then carried on. If you deprive yourself too much you will probably fail.

I also cut down on alcohol but that's a given.

Some personal tips:

Keep busy: I get hungry when I'm bored, don't know about you.
Fruit is your friend: Sub crisps for an apple or 2. I recommend Granny Smiths.

I don't know if that will help or if it's just 'the obvious stuff' but seen as though you are excersising you should do better with that.

I personally didn't find it too difficult but I guess it changes between people.

DISCLAIMER: I'm no diet expert, This is just what I did and it seemed to work.

Good luck


23 Nov 2010 - 14:4445586
If you're gonna eat late, make sure leave AT LEAST an hour before you go to bed. Otherwise, you're body will store it. A sumo will eat then go have a sleep. You do not want to be a sumo (I watch random shizz).

Actually, eating little and frequently is better than eating lots and infrequently. It will help with energy levels and you'll feel fuller for longer (my step mum does weight watchers)

Fizzy drinks are evil and doomlike for diets. Lemonade and sprite are okay, but no forms of cola are. They contain an ingredient that stops you from losing weight.

SUPERFRUITS! Most melons really help you loose weight! The only one that doesn't is watermelon (but then it's only water). Also, most of the berries help you loose weight too, minus the strawberry. Note: Fruits are quick energy, you will feel hungry pretty quickly after having them if you only have them. So have fruit with some low fat yogurt (if you can) for breakfast. It'll help you loose weight and is very good for you :3

Exercise. Set up a type of regime. Do not just stick with one type, you need to do a mix. My aunt has various types of excerise things (a rowing machine, treadmill, trampoline and bike). What she does, is play an albulm she likes that's got a beat and changes excerise with each song. You could also do skipping, star jumps etc as part of your routine. Sticking to cardiovascular excerises will help you slim down. They're the type that'll get you're heat pumping blood round and you're breathing up. You'll loose weight, get stronger, but not make you into the female hulk like muscle work outs.

Set yourself a goal. "I will get rid of my bingo wings by the end of April!" for example (that's mine lol), but be realistic. Also, don't measure yourself. Go til it suits your frame. If your goal is a weight goal (I don't recommend them, as once you reach it you may slip) do not weight yourself everyday. Weigh yourself at the end of the week, or fornight. And don't kick yourself if you loose weight one week and not the next, or if you only loose one pound. It doesn't matter!!! Any weight loss is a good weight loss.

And after all that I'm just gonna say this;
Find something that works for you. It's all well and good that people are going "do this, do that" but it's your body and it will react differently to other peoples.

And don't worry if you don't loose weight quickly, or it seems slow. I went through weight watchers way of losing weight. All in all I lost 3 pounds in 6 weeks, and I wasn't cheating. I lost about a couple of inches from my waist, but that was all. I don't recommend WW, as it appears to be geared around people who don't have a life (seriously, there is so much you can't do!)

FINALLY! Find exercise you find FUN! Get an activity that exercises you. I did karate for a year and lost a lot of weight and inches (yes, the £1 for 2 hour a week worked, but not the expensive WW), so that sorta thing is brilliant. There are also lots of other types, and dance is a brilliant way to loose weight. I also recommend swimming. But each to their own :3


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23 Nov 2010 - 15:3645591
Quote NixieThePixie:

SUPERFRUITS! Most melons really help you loose weight! The only one that doesn't is watermelon (but then it's only water).


The rind and flesh in watermelons contains Citrulline.

Eaten regularly this will boost nitric oxide in the body, benefit the circulatory system and acts as a vasodilator which will help if you have poor circulation. Good circulation = calorie expenditure = weight loss.

A good lifestyle starts from within, and what better place to start than your heart.

Didn't mean that as a personal dig to yourself, its just that I know this from trying to find an alternative to L-Arginine. I eat watermelon a lot, and its great for a healthy diet; its in no way as effective as L-Arginine itself but its a gentle natural effect.

Many athletes/people in training who wish to lean up will not eat much fruit due to the high fruit sugar content, apart from a select few which have specific components that target fat loss.

However the amount you need to eat to see any kind of noticeable benefit is ridiculous, we're talking 20-40kg of fruit a day. Supplements would be much better, however at the end of the day they're supplements and I wouldn't reccomend them to anyone who isn't into strength training/consistent regular excercise for that extra edge.

Hard work and patience. And water.


23 Nov 2010 - 21:1145623
Quote JaeXD:
Quote NixieThePixie:

SUPERFRUITS! Most melons really help you loose weight! The only one that doesn't is watermelon (but then it's only water).


The rind and flesh in watermelons contains Citrulline.

Eaten regularly this will boost nitric oxide in the body, benefit the circulatory system and acts as a vasodilator which will help if you have poor circulation. Good circulation = calorie expenditure = weight loss.

A good lifestyle starts from within, and what better place to start than your heart.

Didn't mean that as a personal dig to yourself, its just that I know this from trying to find an alternative to L-Arginine. I eat watermelon a lot, and its great for a healthy diet; its in no way as effective as L-Arginine itself but its a gentle natural effect.

Many athletes/people in training who wish to lean up will not eat much fruit due to the high fruit sugar content, apart from a select few which have specific components that target fat loss.

However the amount you need to eat to see any kind of noticeable benefit is ridiculous, we're talking 20-40kg of fruit a day. Supplements would be much better, however at the end of the day they're supplements and I wouldn't reccomend them to anyone who isn't into strength training/consistent regular excercise for that extra edge.

Hard work and patience. And water.


Don't worry, not taking it as a personal dig - I'm just regurtuating what I was called by my stepmum lolz she lost a lot of weight through whatever so meh. But it doesn't work for everyone (like me) as she split her carbs and proteins and it's just not feasible to do it that way


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28 Nov 2010 - 18:5945827
You said it's hard for you to get meals etc. throughout breaks inbetween uni.

I did this, for the first two weeks I constantly went to McDonalds and other fast food type places until I found....

Boots meal deal, it's £3.25.

It's so more worthwhile, you can get Sushi which is about 250 calories, a fruit pot and water. Sushi tends to fill me up more than a sandwich and alot more then what McDonalds does, I always seem to be hungry afterwards >__<

Seriously do the meal deal if your struggling, it's so much more benefical and you get advantage points ;3

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28 Nov 2010 - 19:4745832
In my break at work I read some article in some mag (can't remember the names) and its saying mind over matter.

1. Don't say "I'm gonna lose weight". Your brain associates the word "lose" as a negitive that'll make you unhappy. Your brain's job is to make you happy (and keep you alive obviously), so it'll make it harder. Instead say stuff "I'm going to slim"

2. Choose your food. Don't go "I HAVE to..." cause you don't really wanna. Instead say "I CHOOSE to have..." cause then it's your decision.

3. Don't be bothered about the little 'slip-ups'. Remember the 5:1 ratio - 5 good sthings to every bad thing.

4.Rewarding - if you're the type that rewards yourself when you've done a good job or whatever, then reward yourself with a bubbly bath or something, rather than food.

Of course, this is just what I've read.


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28 Nov 2010 - 19:5045834
Quote letmelive:
You said it's hard for you to get meals etc. throughout breaks inbetween uni.

I did this, for the first two weeks I constantly went to McDonalds and other fast food type places until I found....

Boots meal deal, it's £3.25.

It's so more worthwhile, you can get Sushi which is about 250 calories, a fruit pot and water. Sushi tends to fill me up more than a sandwich and alot more then what McDonalds does, I always seem to be hungry afterwards >__<

Seriously do the meal deal if your struggling, it's so much more benefical and you get advantage points ;3

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Thanks I didnt know they did meal deals in boots...I will have to have a look...Im eating less take out and fast food...have the little treat every now and then but not as much as I used to have...I went crazy before...couldnt believe it...not getting as much excercise lately though because of the snow...T_T the house gets really cold as we have no central heating...but Im sticking to it...thanks for the tips ^_^


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10 Dec 2010 - 11:5446425
Theres very little I feel I can add to this apart from

DON'T DIET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU MAKE YOURSELF ILL

Some people just aren't built to be skinny, the term "big boned" is correct when it isn't just used as an excuse.

I know a lot about being ill through diet from experience, so please don't go there, if you start eating in a certain way and start to feel WORSE than you do now, stop! Healthy foods aren't supposed to make you feel bad, in fact they should make you feel better and have more energy. If you're starting to feel really low/tired/no energy then something is obviously going wrong!

Hope you succeed for kita, I'm trying to lose a bunch of weight for then too (well, not weight loss, I need to be more toned)

Good luck love!


30 Dec 2010 - 21:3047317
I lost a stone and a half across 7 days when I went to Tokyo. It was quite unhealthy so I don't recommend it, and it was not intentional at all!

But if you're wondering how I did it:
1 McDonalds Small fries per day
Plenty of water
At least 7 hours solid walking per day (around 2 hours between breaks, I did not see a single bench in Japan!)

And that's it.
Like I said, not recommended at all!


Personally I would recommend:


Eating small amounts often. (Like 200 calories spaced out across 10 "meals". )

Do not eat for at least 2 hours prior to sleeping.

Try to move as much as possible, especielly figiting!

Build muscle, Biceps are very easy to build at a low level, as are abs (takes 2 weeks maximum) and muscle burns 3 times as many calories as fat does, so more muscle = faster calorie burning


31 Dec 2010 - 08:2847345
Quote PhobosMoon:
Build muscle, Biceps are very easy to build at a low level, as are abs (takes 2 weeks maximum) and muscle burns 3 times as many calories as fat does, so more muscle = faster calorie burning


Muscle size and density is something to consider. If you can pack more muscle fibre into relatively the same space you essentially get dense without looking like you've inflated yourself. This is what I've done, and now its an uphill battle to feed myself all the bloody time ¬_¬

I wouldn't suggest building biceps or abs as these are small muscle groups and working them means having to work the triceps/lower back respectively too. They're also isolated movements, when compound would be much more beneficial.

Squats, Lunges, deadlifts. Big ranges of movements to stimulate large areas of muscle in the thighs, ass, lower back and core. Much more calories expended in these movements too, more muscle thats stimulated/developed, the more calories burned whilst doing nothing.


31 Dec 2010 - 12:2647349
Quote JaeXD:
Quote PhobosMoon:
Build muscle, Biceps are very easy to build at a low level, as are abs (takes 2 weeks maximum) and muscle burns 3 times as many calories as fat does, so more muscle = faster calorie burning


Muscle size and density is something to consider. If you can pack more muscle fibre into relatively the same space you essentially get dense without looking like you've inflated yourself. This is what I've done, and now its an uphill battle to feed myself all the bloody time ¬_¬

I wouldn't suggest building biceps or abs as these are small muscle groups and working them means having to work the triceps/lower back respectively too. They're also isolated movements, when compound would be much more beneficial.

Squats, Lunges, deadlifts. Big ranges of movements to stimulate large areas of muscle in the thighs, ass, lower back and core. Much more calories expended in these movements too, more muscle thats stimulated/developed, the more calories burned whilst doing nothing.


Good solid advice, I recommended tha biceps and abs though for a quicker method, as they are very fast to build. But I do whole heartedly agree


31 Dec 2010 - 14:5847360
Don't actively try to lose weight. Set yourself a couple of rules that you're going to follow and take a look at yourself after a couple of weeks. You'll notice a difference (it's a bit like waiting for a kettle to boil, it generally happens when you're not looking). Also, this might not work for everyone, but it helped me. Don't change anything to drastically. Instead of changing out crisps for apples completely, try not to go too crazy with the crisps, but also make sure you start to eat healthier stuff aswell, keep a balance. If you have a choice when shopping, always go for the option with less calories, sugar, fat etc, it says on the packet. Experiment with different foods. Instead of just eating a leaf of lettuce for your tea, eat something you want, but make sure it fills you up. That way, you're not going to have cravings, and you'll be full so won't need to snack. As long as it's not ridiculous like a block of lard, don't fret. I would also say don't drink too much caffiene, you don't always need starters and dessert, if you have cravings go and find what you want, then look at it and think "doi I really need it?", and obviously if you do, cut out smoking, drugs, alcohol, and all that other stuff completely, it might seem a bit drastic, but they make you unfit and unnatractive, and shorten your life. And even if you don't lose all that much, as long as you know that you've made an attempt, you'll feel better in yourself and feel better about yourself and your figure.

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Also, if you haven't already, get a dog, not only is it someone who'll give you unconditional love and company but exercise (like walking) is a lot more fun, and just playing with it can be beneficial. And dancing, dancing is good, not necessarily with the dog though.


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02 Jan 2011 - 17:1847570
I've lost 4 inches off my bust, 4 off my waist and 5 off my hips since this time last year, mostly because my job means I stand all day, don't have the time to snack *leave me to get bored and I eat >_<* And constantly hurtling around like a blue arsed fly to get the train helps too lol.

I've started some proper cardio training, toning exercises and yoga. I've dropped a size but I still feel...well, horrible. My best friend is a size 6 and she's on a few inches shorter than me but I got stuck with broad shoulders, large bust, small waist, big hips. Even with the work I'm doing I'm never going to be delicate and gamine which is pretty damn depressing...especially in the summer months when my step sister (total tart) flaunts herself whenever possible and I still want to hide away so no one can laugh. I've never worn a bikini in my life, it doesn't help that I'm on epilepsy meds which slow down my metabolism as a side effect. But for obvious reasons, coming off them or changing them just isn't practical.

I'm doing my best and anyone out there who's doing the same I'm cheering you all on.


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