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Re: How to lose weight

Postby pilgrim » Fri May 27, 2011 1:13 pm

This thread sux....
I'm one of the thinnest people I know and I simply can't put on weight. and to top that off, I have moderately high cholesterol. :shrug:
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Re: How to lose weight

Postby Jhana4 » Fri May 27, 2011 1:48 pm

pilgrim wrote:This thread sux....
I'm one of the thinnest people I know and I simply can't put on weight. and to top that off, I have moderately high cholesterol. :shrug:


Eat more calories, eat more protein, lift weights, get regular sleep, avoid animal products, eat soluble fiber foods ( oat meal ), eat vegetables, get your folic acid, get b-12, have regular checkups and go on statins if you have to.
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Re: How to lose weight

Postby beeblebrox » Mon May 30, 2011 3:05 am

Jhana4 wrote:
pilgrim wrote:This thread sux....
I'm one of the thinnest people I know and I simply can't put on weight. and to top that off, I have moderately high cholesterol. :shrug:


Eat more calories, eat more protein, lift weights, get regular sleep, avoid animal products, eat soluble fiber foods ( oat meal ), eat vegetables, get your folic acid, get b-12, have regular checkups and go on statins if you have to.


It's also challenging for me to gain weight (if not near impossible)... eating more calories (or protein) does nothing for me. (It also would be unhealthy.)

Exercising might help... you need to do a lot of it, though. The most that I've ever weighted was after when I biked across the U.S. It went up to around 150 lbs, at 6 ft. But when I stopped exercising, I lost the weight. (I still walk all the time... I don't own a car.)

So, I stopped worrying about it... there's really nothing wrong with it. I'm at around 130 lbs now, which seems a bit underweight to me, but the doctor says I'm healthy.

By the way, congrats, and keep it up Stefan! :)

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Re: How to lose weight

Postby PlazzaKom » Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:49 am

You all share good inforamation about how to lose weight. I also share few Weight lose tips: 1.1.Do Exercise Routine. Cycling, Walking.Swimming. 2.Do not drink liquids with your meals. 3.Eat fresh vegetable. 4.Drink Green Tea. 5. Do Yoga.
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Re: How to lose weight

Postby Stephen K » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:51 pm

Proof shows that I've lost 30 kg (66 pounds) in 1.5 years.


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Re: How to lose weight

Postby daverupa » Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:18 pm

Stefan wrote:Proof shows that I've lost 30 kg (66 pounds) in 1.5 years.


Congratulations! It also looks like you scored some neato rocks, and acquired a watch. :clap:

I lost 1/3 that amount over the same time frame (1.5 years losing ~26 pounds) through eating one meal a day and working a moderate physical job. I am now pre-grad school weight, 154 lbs, the top end of the healthy weight spectrum for my height (5 feet 7 inches). My goal is somewhere in the 140s, and I hope to cross this final stretch by developing a moderate yoga routine (hopefully with wholesome posture effects along the way).

Times like this, I am disappointed with having the United States not officially adopt the metric system...
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Re: How to lose weight

Postby Ben » Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:39 pm

congratulations, Stefan!
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Re: How to lose weight

Postby Stephen K » Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:50 pm

Thank you daverupa and Ben! :smile:
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Re: How to lose weight

Postby Justsit » Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:31 pm

Looking great, Stefan!! :thumbsup:
Bet you feel better, too.
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Re: How to lose weight

Postby Stephen K » Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:36 pm

Justsit wrote:Looking great, Stefan!! :thumbsup:
Bet you feel better, too.

I feel great, thanks!
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Re: How to lose weight

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Sep 20, 2011 4:30 pm

:thumbsup:

Good job!
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Re: How to lose weight

Postby Stephen K » Tue Sep 20, 2011 4:37 pm

David N. Snyder wrote::thumbsup:

Good job!

Thanks! :)
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Re: How to lose weight

Postby PaulD » Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:41 am

For me it's not what you eat but how much you eat. According to my current weight and height I should be losing 2 pounds a week by reducing my daily calorie intake to 1700. We'll see how that goes... Good job by the way.
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Re: How to lose weight

Postby ground » Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:07 am

Moderation in eating

"And what more is to be done? 'We will have a sense of moderation in eating. Considering it appropriately, we will take food not playfully, nor for intoxication, nor for putting on bulk, nor for beautification, but simply for the survival & continuance of this body, for ending its afflictions, for the support of the holy life, thinking, "I will destroy old feelings [of hunger] & not create new feelings [from overeating]. Thus I will maintain myself, be blameless, & live in comfort"': That's how you should train yourselves. Now the thought may occur to you, 'We are endowed with conscience & concern. Our bodily conduct is pure. Our verbal conduct... our mental conduct is pure. Our livelihood is pure. We guard the doors to our sense faculties. We have a sense of moderation in eating. That much is enough, that much means we're done, so that the goal of our contemplative state has been reached. There's nothing further to be done,' and you may rest content with just that. So I tell you, monks. I exhort you, monks. Don't let those of you who seek the contemplative state fall away from the goal of the contemplative state when there is more to be done.
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Re: How to lose weight

Postby befriend » Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:00 pm

building muscles helps burn calories if you combine it with something aerobic. also ive discovered jumping rope, which can literally burn off a candy bar in 5 minutes. and i think eating a good amount of food is healthy, because if you eat enough your body will think its ok to lose fat because its stored energy. metta, danny
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Re: How to lose weight

Postby PaulD » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:05 am

TMingyur wrote:
Moderation in eating

"And what more is to be done? 'We will have a sense of moderation in eating. Considering it appropriately, we will take food not playfully, nor for intoxication, nor for putting on bulk, nor for beautification, but simply for the survival & continuance of this body, for ending its afflictions, for the support of the holy life, thinking, "I will destroy old feelings [of hunger] & not create new feelings [from overeating]. Thus I will maintain myself, be blameless, & live in comfort"': That's how you should train yourselves. Now the thought may occur to you, 'We are endowed with conscience & concern. Our bodily conduct is pure. Our verbal conduct... our mental conduct is pure. Our livelihood is pure. We guard the doors to our sense faculties. We have a sense of moderation in eating. That much is enough, that much means we're done, so that the goal of our contemplative state has been reached. There's nothing further to be done,' and you may rest content with just that. So I tell you, monks. I exhort you, monks. Don't let those of you who seek the contemplative state fall away from the goal of the contemplative state when there is more to be done.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... akefulness


kind regards


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Re: How to lose weight

Postby JWR » Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:06 pm

Hi, I've been through this. I was really overweight and full of toxins, and three years ago began making changes. I reengineered my body, and in the process found that a healthy body had spiritual benefits as well. Other people have already posted all the good nutrition/diet info here. I'll just add a few ideas that worked for me:

1. Completely re-orient your thinking regarding food (others on this thread have said this, but I think it's worth repeating). Think of food in scientific terms. It's not for comfort, it's not for fun, or for a diversion. Food is simply fuel for the body. Would you knowingly put adulterated petrol in your car? Would you overfill the tank? Do they sell strawberry and caramel flavored petrol? If not, why do we subject our bodies to such things? This doesn't mean you can't enjoy good tasting food. But it has to be in moderation. Whenever I want to grab a chocolate eclair because I'm distressed, I take it as a warning that something is amiss and I need better meditation.

2. Alcohol is not conducive to weight loss (see: http://christianfinn.com/alcohol-weight-loss/ ). I was unable to lose my final 2.5 kg of excess fat until I went totally dry. After two months of no alcohol, it was all burned away. Whether to chose moderation or total abstinence is each person's decision. I'm just saying that going dry will really drop the kgs.

3. The best fitness regimen on the planet has been historically intertwined with Theravada, and its techniques passed along via monasteries: Muay Thai. Regular Muay Thai workouts lead to optimum fitness. If it's possible, spend a month in Thailand in a Muay Thai camp. Buy the genuine equipment there and take it home, set up a kick bag in your garage, and make it a part of your life. If so, excess weight will soon be a thing of the past.

(If anyone requests, I can recommend the best Muay Thai gyms/camps in BKK, and a few in south Thailand also).

Again, I've been through this and I know the despair of being overweight and unfit. If there was hope for me there's hope for anyone. Even if Muay Thai isn't an option, there are regimens like Insanity, etc. that will do the job.

Karuna,

JWR

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Re: How to lose weight

Postby Alobha » Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:42 pm

Stefan wrote:So, earlier this year I reached my maximum weight of 107 kg. I have been losing weight since then and am now 92.9 kg. That's a loss of 14 kg! My goal is to reach 75 kg. (My height is 1.80m)


Congrats! Please keep it on and don't fall back into bad habits, but keep to your new good habits! :smile:

How I lost so much weight. Simple: eat less, exercise more.

did you count calories or did you "just" stay away from the sweets?


I ride my bike every day, play tennis from time to time, exercise with dumbbells, sometimes play with a football by myself, walk, and am about to start swimming

How long did you ride your bike everyday / did you do some training every day on average ? 30 mins ? 1 hour? More ?

Also: How did you motivate yourself to keep on training every day?
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Re: How to lose weight

Postby Stephen K » Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:16 pm

Alobha wrote:Congrats! Please keep it on and don't fall back into bad habits, but keep to your new good habits! :smile:

Thanks! Actually I had been losing weight until December 2011. Was about 78-79kg back then, but since coming home to Bulgaria for the winter months have put on some weight and am now about 82-83kg.

did you count calories or did you "just" stay away from the sweets?

I didn't count any calories, and didn't always stay away from the sweets.

How long did you ride your bike everyday

At least 40 mins per day, usually more than that.

did you do some training every day on average ? 30 mins ? 1 hour? More ?

1.5 hours of gym several (usually 3) times a week.

Also: How did you motivate yourself to keep on training every day?

I didn't need to motivate myself. It (my losing weight) happened rather effortlessly and very gradually. As long as I was consuming less than I was expending, my weight just kept going in the downwards direction rather easily.

Here is my weight diary: http://www.stefan.gr/weightdiary.html
Haven't updated ever since I've been home in Bulgaria.
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Re: How to lose weight

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:46 pm

Greetings Stefan,

Nice weight diary... I've been keeping one in Excel on a weekly basis (measured Wednesday morning) now for 5 years.

If nothing else, it stops you from putting your head in the sand.

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