I am 34, 5"10" and way overweight. I go to the gym about twice a week. I know in my condition, I should go about 5 times per week, but don't, for some reason. But my eating is out of control, all high carb foods and all the wrong ones. I start a low carb diet everyday and usually break it by noon. Again suggestions are welcome?
First you need to get dedicated and get some will power going. After you are really set upon doing something you can educate yourself. This site is an excellent way of doing that, no matter what your past experiences.
Read stickies, find a good routine(several listed on this site) and maybe even start a journal for support. Gl
Complication breeds desperation.
By my experience and the experience of others, low-carb diets are the most successful when carbs are limited as much as possible, otherwise you keep craving them. Make sure that proteins are high enough to avoid that kind of craving, and that fats are high enough too so you don't go too low in calories.
Track everything you eat at www.fitday.com
Then, eat less. When you're trying to lose weight the calorie is king. Eat fewer calories then normal and you'll lose weight. Simply drop a couple hundred calories at first and work your way down to being about 500 cals lower than usual.
If you're not losing weight, you're still eating too much - it's that simple.
While doing all that, try to eat 1.0 g/lb of lean body mass of protein and 0.5 g/lb of fat.
Sounds like you need a good heaping of motivation and dedication before anything else.
Body Fat: 12%
That is the reason right there.Originally Posted by Iwannabelean
Next point. You might be going to the gym more often if you weren't low carbing. I can't train without carbs, period.
Parting thoughts. Low carb diets don't result in faster fat loss than other diets, they are hard to follow, and impact your training.
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Just some ideas for you...
Plan your meals for each day (or many days) in advance. Make it reasonable (not extreme) and stick to it. If you can, make some of your food in advance (salad, chicken, sandwiches, etc.).
If you must eat out, know where you are going (plan ahead) and what foods they serve that are within your diet-outline. It's tough to choose a sensible restaurant/meal when you are starved.
ONLY go to the super market on a FULL stomache!! Everything sweet looks good when you are starved and buying food. It's much easier to stick to your diet when you can choose your food purchases, not ruled by your hunger.
Plan time to cheat, and know that you deserve to reward yourself.
It's tough work, but you have made the first steps. Good luck!
First you have to want it, and really want it! Like the other guys said dedication is key! Along with dedication comes sacrafices.
The diet industry is a multi billion dollar operation. Hell I could grind up dog treats, put them in a capsule and tell people what a miracle it is and how much weight they will lose in just a week! People will buy it. That's what everyoen is after, a dam miracle! It's a little more involved then that!
I remember my wife spending almost $1000 dollars between hypnosis and LA Weight Loss.............Neither worked!
I was in a similar situation about 2 months ago. My eating habits were out of control! My job really does not provide a lot of physical activity, only STRESS!
I went from 170 to 273 in a few short years. I drank lots of iced tea, soda, snack food, pizza, etc. All the bad stuff! It was nothing for me to eat an entire box of cereal in one sitting.
One day I said enough is enough dammit, and it's time for a change! I started drinking a lot of water, and changed my eating habits drastically. Now it's only chicken, turkey, fish, veggies, etc.
I am now down to approx. 250 and feel great! My goal is around 20-30 more pounds by the new year.
You can do it, just believe in yourself, and stay dedicated.
If you have a pic from when you were thinner, hang it on your fridge or in your wallet. Look at it, and dream it!
If you wanna make it, you can't fake it, you gotta live it!
Wise to point this out.Originally Posted by Holto
Until you really commit yourself you're gonna have problems staying motivated.
1. determine the reasons you want to change your body
2. set some realistic goals...both short term (I will lift weights 12 sessions this month) and long term (in one year I want to shed % bodyfat or bench 250lbs, etc)
3. educate yourself so you're armed with the tools needed to achieve your goals.
I myself am not a fan of low-carb diets. i think the problem is poorly timed carbs.
spend some time at www.johnberardi.com and try to follow his guidelines for leaning out.
I appreciate all the input. Thanks
You don't need a low carb diet to acheive your goals.Originally Posted by Iwannabelean