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Is anyone else trying to lose weight?

I was in a serious car accident last November. I ballooned to 216.5lbs on the couch, I'm down to 165lbs currently. I'd like to lose another 10lbs but I've hit a plateau. Any advice?
 

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Well you shaved, that’s a start :chuckle:
Seriously, you look good and good for you !!
I’m no expert, but trying to loose my last 30lbs ....
I limit my coffee in take and keep the water flowing constantly. Makes for healthy kidneys which are a vital part of weight loss with body filtration.
Stay off the the wheat as much as possible. Especially those “enriched” products, it’s just crap !! Too much sugar .... too much “refined” sugar. Cane sugar is okay, try pure maple syrup as a sweetener if you need, great in coffee :)
Find a farmer who raises poultry in small batches, usually more money, but you eat less because a 4lb chicken is more than 2months old that was fed garbage. You will find yourself eating half as what you use to.
When shopping, shop on the outside of the grocery store .... veggies (lots), meat/fish and good grains. We eat very lean meats, we eat fish as often as we can.

I know you are down to your last 10lbs, so you know all about this. I think now it’s about the walking and biking as much as you can. Try for 3 times daily. I can only do once now because of work requirements, but that has to change.

Great thread !!


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The only effective way I've ever learned to take it off and keep it off is to keep a food diary. You don't have to do it forever, but until you are in the habit of evaluating everything you eat in terms of overall calories, and the quality of calories.

Get a little notebook. Eat something, write it down, and in a column to the right, the calorie count. Unless you're really active- work construction, fire fighter, or a serious athlete, you probably need something in the neighborhood of 1800-2000. If you keep it at 1600, your lose weight. New day, new page, always counting.

Stay away from white food, or any food that was white before you cooked it. White flour is as bad in your system as sugar. Pasta, bread, cookies, all kinds of stuff like that will give you a serious hunger pang couple hours later. Get some fat and protein in your diet (included in your calorie count), as it will keep you feeling fed much longer.

I do it for six months, til I'm calculating everything, get to the weight I want, then over a few years it creeps back up and I have to repeat it. I feel ridiculous doing it, and it's the only thing that really works for me. My only habits are bad ones.

Also, that last 10 is always the hardest to lose. And it gets worse as you age.
 

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First off...Congrats on your effort in losing the weight.

My wife and I discovered pickleball this past winter. I've burned off 15 lbs since January. It's the most fun I've had staying in shape...without feeling like a gerbil running on a treadmill. I'm also more conscious of what I eat. Calories are a lot easier to take in than they are to burn off.

I would stay away from the extreme fad diets. Most people that go on these diets put the weight back on because the diet is not sustainable over the long term, mainly because they don't enjoy it...so the diet was no point to begin with. It's best to choose (with professional advice) a long-term diet lifestyle you can live with....then, leave the old bad habits behind and don't look back.
 

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I stayed pretty active during the winter (hiking 5 miles of hills each morning) when my road bike was on the rack. Still, with baking and having a highball just about every night, the weight stayed on.

Alcohol has a lot of sugar, which are empty calories. In addition, having a drink makes me want to munch, so....more calories. If that's not enough, alcohol can inhibit the body's ability to burn fat! Alcohol is processed and metabolized in the liver, in which fat can also be stored, causing what's called Fatty Liver Disease.

Well, as much as I enjoy whisky, I'm going to dial it back for a while, and see if that makes a difference.
 

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Pick up a book "Younger Next Year" which is in paperback. Emphasis is on exercise and yes you can get younger following his (NY Internist) advice. The problem with losing weight is "what" are you losing fat or muscle mass? A real % body fat test is a good start. The eating advice above is excellent but the right exercise is the key. Pickle ball can qualify as the right exercise depending on heart rate, duration and frequency.
 

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Look up Intermittent fasting and the Keto diet. Works for a lot of people. Joining a gym and working out 3-5 days a week will work wonders also. If the gym has a sauna, those work well! Stevia as a sweetener is good for coffee and tea, as it is natural and zero calories. Green tea is good for health. Good luck with your weight loss!

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Eat dark bread only, instead white. Sprouted bread is great. Exercise seriously. Initially try protein shake too. Avoid any cookies etc. Eat lots of fiber: eggs, carrots. Just moving your body is a great way to loose fat.
 

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you've plateaued as 165lbs is enough.

listen mate, 20 march '19 I cut out all whites as mentioned above. I weighed 92kg (202.4).
today I weigh 79kg (173.8)
I'm 6' tall and my ideal is 75kg (165)
that's where I'll stop.

when I was 23yrs (48now) I weighed 62kg (136) but back then I had to weigh no more than 9st 9 or 61.5kg to continue what I was doing.

spoiler: I did not continue.

so unless you're 5'4 I would suggest you stop where you are and tone.

cheers,
shawn
 

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Decades ago, I remember reading a nutrition guide that gave both the caloric values of food and the metabolic conversion of those calories through various activities from sleep (really!) to cycling, walking, running, wood chopping, swimming, etc.
It also gave a rule of thumb for daily caloric intake: At 15C./lb, multiply your target weight by 15 to yield your daily intake. Reducing that total will more quickly achieve a goal weight. It assumed average physical activity. And, as it has been alluded to already, sticking to it is the key (despite holidays, birthdays and other socializing... NOBODY wants a dieter in their social midst :) ).
 

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Here’s my simple policy: No Chinese food, no pizza, no crackers of any sort, no chips of any sort. Oh, I workout every day, busting my rear on the elliptical machine, ab work, upper body lifting, a few stretches for hips. The workout can be done in 30-35 minutes. Heck, walking for 30 minutes, pushing yourself is nearly as good. Basically I have given up some of my favorite foods (above) because I can’t put enough fluids in me after. I try to have a small healthy lunch, too.

You’re close. You’ll get there.
 

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Try whole30 for a month (basically paleo). You'll definitely lose 10-15, but most lose 15-25. It's not too bad, either. Lots of meat, veggies, eggs and avocados. And a lot of water.
 
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