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Old 04-29-2011, 01:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I think losing weight and being healthy is really just common sense, at least on paper. Foods that are natural are healthy. It's when you start eating refined stuff that you're crossing the line.

Lifting is another story since that is relatively dangerous and if you're not knowledgeable of what you're doing, you could get hurt. But there really isn't a secret to eating the right amount of food, which means making smarter eating choices, and getting exercise.

The 'ideal' diet (such as amount of carbs/protein/fat) is different for everyone, but most natural foods are universally healthy and by eating right you'll get yourself in the ballpark and from there you can experiment.
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:20 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm going to be more supportive.

Will it take more? Yeh, it will.

Is it a great step in the right direction? YES.

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Its not a single step, but a series of small steps and journeys that take time. You must be committed to the long haul, and understand as long as you are moving in the right you are gaining. Setbacks will occur, but know that you have a map, and you are closer to "over here" than you were when you started.
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Old 04-29-2011, 02:16 PM   #13 (permalink)
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yes but cutting soda out of your diet is not going to make you skinny by itself.
Skinny isn't what I'm after. Healthy is what I'm after. If I was 250 pounds, but healthy I wouldn't really care. As of now weighing 210 isn't healthy.



I've been that dieting alone is often enough to cut through fat at my age just as kid's my age are hitting growth spurts so often. I've seen that as well. Any opinion on that? I think it would be different for everyone, but I'm also thinking that might explain how I lost 30 pounds just from backing up on the pop.

As far as the food itself goes I have also been told that it's not what you eat, it's HOW much you eat. As in 15 fries is better than insert healthy food here in a large amount. Any take on that?

Like I said, good health hasn't always been practiced in my family. My dad has a freaky metabolism so he eats a lot, but doesn't gain weight. Mom is large, my sister is large and I'm large...so carry on
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Old 04-29-2011, 02:21 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Swim. It's nearly impossible to get hurt doing, burns a **** ton of calories and works your whole body.

Downside is it's boring as **** but you will definitely burn a lot of calories if you keep it up. If you do swim it is important to set times for yourself and not just do laps. If you don't push yourself you won't lose anything.
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Old 04-29-2011, 02:23 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I'll admit to eating junk food....as I don't really plan what I eat and I'm almost never home. Thing is I don't eat that much food. How is it that kids can weigh 140 pounds and eat junk food all day, every day and not gain a pound?

As for my workout plan I don't have one...I'm not inactive by any means. I hike a lot and get outside a lot. This is why I'm asking about a gym membership, there is a gym 5 minutes from my house that has really good rates that I'm considering.
i am 14 5' 4". I am lean. Im not gaunt by any means but im in very good shape. I do eat a lot but i incorporate a lot of fresh fruits and veggies into my diet I never eat fast food as well. But i play lacrosse and am outside everyday. I also work out a lot i was like 4 times a week before i got injured. And for a gym i say go for it it helps a lot. GL
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Old 04-29-2011, 02:31 PM   #16 (permalink)
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As far as the food itself goes I have also been told that it's not what you eat, it's HOW much you eat. As in 15 fries is better than insert healthy food here in a large amount. Any take on that?
Yes and no. There is no food that makes you fat just by eating it -- excess calories do. That said, when people eat sugary/starchy foods, excessively greasy foods, or processed foods, they're eating a lot of calories that do not need to exist.

A lot of fibrous foods -- veggies, fruits (fruit sugar is not the same as processed sugar), beans and foods rich in animal fats and proteins such as pork loin, fish and eggs are very filling, especially when compared to things like white potatoes or candy bars.

So while the reality is that 2000 calories are 2000 calories regardless of what product they come from, not all calories are created equal. Plus the nutritional value is never equal when you compare unhealthy to healthy foods. For example, if you need let's say, 300 calories to round out your day, you could eat an order of fries from McDonald's. Or you could do home and cook some veggies and a fillet of haddock and get close to the same total. Obviously the veggies and fish are going to be way more nutritious.

Getting all of your vitamins and minerals is important for general health. And when your body is working at 100% capacity, you can literally feel it. By supplying your body with the right nutrients, it will boost your metabolism, give you more energy, and you will just feel better... in essence, you will be healthy.

But again, it is very important to take everything in steps. If you go cold turkey on all unhealthy foods, you might end up having a lot of setbacks or binging on junk food more often than if you annihilated various things from your diet one at a time. Like Lohman said, it is a journey and it takes time, and the more time you spend altering and changing your diet, the greater your return will ultimately be, and the harder it will be to go back to your old ways.

I really think the best way is to start with cardio and remove soda and refined sugars from your diet for a couple weeks, then remove something else that is unhealthy after you've lost a craving for the previous elimination. It's also good to allow yourself a "cheat day" once every 7-10 days... it is healthy to throw your metabolism a curve ball, plus it gives you an outlet to eat what you want -- just don't go overboard.

The best way to figure out what to eat and what not to eat would be to count calories. Figure out how many calories you need by using your BMR and adjust accordingly. the LiveStrong site has a great calorie counter. But, keep in mind that at your age, you're still growing and you need to EAT.

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Im pulling out of this thread. Waaaaaay to much horible advice is in here and you're gonna get confused
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All you need to know: Cardio routines for at least 45 minutes a day, 5 days a week, build intensity as you go, and eat right, no fast food, no soda, nothing fried, you will lose the weight, and yes it takes time, nothing comes over night, but after the couple weeks if you stick to it, you will notice a difference. Appearance isn't everything man, as long as you feel healthy and stay active, thats all that matters. Hell I'm not the biggest guy, 6', 169lbs, but I can run and spar for hours, it just takes time.
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Like I said, good health hasn't always been practiced in my family. My dad has a freaky metabolism so he eats a lot, but doesn't gain weight. Mom is large, my sister is large and I'm large...so carry on
calories in calories out. you want faster metabolism? exercise more. the more muscles you put on, the more calories you burn just by existing.

start running. you wouldn't want soda soon enough, when you need hydration after running and find out soda dehydrates you.
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:54 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Heres something interesting. If I weight myself on a regular basis I find that my activity and diet the 5-10 prior to that weight matters more than the diet / activity 1-5 days. When starting a new plan STAY AWAY FROM THE SCALE. Your activity (even running) will build muscle, muscle weighs more than fat and has to exist before it begins burning calories. Your weight will fluctuate. If you graphed it over time you would see a downward trend, but there would be upward spikes. Part of this is water weight which will be inconsistent as well.

Some people have a naturally fast metabolism - their eating habits will probably catch up to them. If your metabolism is stupid low talk to your doctor. Start counting calories first, I know some of those people who are thin and eat like that may be thin but they are not in shape. It shows the moment they have to sustain an activity such as running. Its fun running people into the ground 15-20 lbs lighter than you BTW.
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