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    Getting in better shape

    I've struggled with my weight all of my life and have been dropping the pounds lately. Figured I'd drop a few tips that might help. Probably been posted before but you might appreciate it anyways.
    1: Diet is extremely important (Keto/mostly keto is really good)
    2: You can have a cheat meal every once in a while
    3: When selecting a diet, look for things you truly enjoy
    4: Eliminate sugary drinks and processed food
    5: Exercise can be as simple as taking a walk on your block
    6: Keep a regular exercise schedule
    7: Stretch your comfort zone, don't break it.
    8: Find an activity you enjoy (Dancing, basketball, bird watching, etc)
    9: Don't be so hard on yourself
    10: Most importantly, make sure these things are realistic lifestyle changes.
    Your energy levels will rise greatly if you keep to this. I can't believe how much more focused I am and how I'm able to control my social anxiety. It's not about being some super athlete, it's about feeling good and taking care of yourself.

    (P.S. dress for your current weight, not for your ideal weight. It'll feel amazing to express yourself even if your weight is up there. No need to punish yourself for being fat. It's best to just focus on fixing the problem rather than beating yourself up)
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    I don't need all this stuff,cause lucky me I have a good body naturally (btw I am not skinny or something)

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    Or just eat healthily in proportions and do light to moderate exercise everyday for the recommended amount of time. It is not some ten-step process or anything, it is pretty simplistic(or at least that is what my grandmother, the dietitian, says).
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    It is pretty simple yeah. Was quite a process for me though. Been working on both my physical and mental health lately. Was a housebound agoraphobe for a few years. Working on that aspect of your health really helps mental health as well. It's taken me quite a while but with intense DBT, weekly therapy, meds, lots of mental breakdowns, tons of socialization and exercise I've been able to improve my situation drastically. Finding the discipline to keep to that is extremely difficult but it's definitely worth feeling like a champion conquering your life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I am justice! View Post
    I don't need all this stuff,cause lucky me I have a good body naturally (btw I am not skinny or something)
    Are you still trying to seduce me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NT the DC View Post
    Are you still trying to seduce me?
    well,I am an ENTP this already done all the job for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cal View Post
    Or just eat healthily in proportions and do light to moderate exercise everyday for the recommended amount of time. It is not some ten-step process or anything, it is pretty simplistic(or at least that is what my grandmother, the dietitian, says).
    Yes. Not only will this be easier to maintain in the long-term (especially if you're someone who's not very conscientious regarding what you eat) but it also has positive long-term effects on your body, whereas fad diets (e.g. banting, werewolf, keto, dukan etc.) result in positive short-term effects and are sometimes quite harmful to your body if done over too long a period of time.

    Mostly, it is good to know your own body and to figure out what you need. I suggest eating according to your blood type (not too strictly), which probably isn't going to work for quick weight loss but I believe is a really good guideline for eating healthier. That, and stay moving in some way that you enjoy.
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    Portion control. Measure and eat smaller portions.

    If you feel hungry due to stress, don't give in. Drink a glass of water and go for a walk or just go outside and throw rocks or clean something. Do anything other than eat.

    Walk every day. Use your phone's health app to track how far you walk. Try to average 8-10,000 steps a day.

    Make breakfast your biggest meal... dinner your smallest.

    No soda pop or alcohol if you are trying to lose weight.

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    I have never been fat; but this is what I utilize to keep in shape/stayed toned - (preferably keeping my stomach trim).

    1.) No sugar/processed foods.
    2.) No candy.
    3.) No frozen veggies - fresh only. Use Zucchini in place of noodles, rice, etc. (Tastes same).
    4.) Only fresh fruits - no frozen, processed, package fruits. 3 low-sugar fruits a day. (Apple, banana, etc.) - Fruit cheats: Watermelon, blueberry, pomegranate or kiwi.
    5.) 3 bottles of water a day - no alcohol, no milk, no juice, no "super drinks", no coffee - only decaf (real) teas. Red wine suffices.
    6.) Seafood twice a week. (No lobster).
    7.) No fried foods - bring your lunch only - salads, low to no dressing. No ketchup, sauces, etc.
    8.) Cardio 4 times a week.
    9.) 80 old-fashioned ab crunches a day.
    10.) Exfoliate the body skin everyday - only utilize moisturize fruit creams. (Aloe vera, organic coconut, prep) every night before bed.
    11.) One cup of hot Tea leaves for breakfast and dinner - unsweetened. No honey is necessary if utilizing authentic teas. Find a good tea shop.
    12.) 24 whole grains every morning. (No fiber one, no nature's valley, no kind bars, no insta-oatmeal), only natural oats, season with natural cinnamon, pinch of natural sugar, sweetened with fruit (I prefer banana).
    13.) No eating after 9 pm. If snacking after 9, nuts only.
    14.) No added salt/sodium (non-sodium seasoning only - small chunks of sea salt only).
    15.) If not cooking, only eat Viet or Thai. No casual dieting (high in fats, sodium, casual restuarant eating, etc.)
    16.) Vegetables smoothies/juicing.
    17.) Steak (medium) once every week.
    18.) 2 eggs a day.

    (Results guaranteed...) - will not work for everyone, that is just my 2 cents.
    Last edited by Catwalk; 07-05-2018 at 11:46 AM.
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    Here's what you do to get started if you don't really have the energy/motivation to go all out in the gym or try one of those hardcore diets.

    Spend a few weeks figuring out how much you're eating daily and that'll help you determine your food intake. Then keep an eye on your weight. If your existing diet is maintaining your current weight, then that means you're burning off everything you're eating. Remove some of the food you regularly eat every day till you get down to a level where you're losing weight regularly because you can do it without sacrificing everything and just eating less than your maintenance level.

    As for improving your body shape - you will have to work on those parts of your body that have flab. Directly exercise them with weight training exercises .. Free weights in my experience are the best.

    Combined with a diet that's already less than you're burning, you should see results without working your ass off imo.

    Cardio is good for stamina and heart rate, but it doesn't not burn fat as effectively as an intense muscle-building routine and by intense, I mean, your body must scream for relief after every work out and you should feel exhausted. Otherwise you're not achieving anything. If you feel the same way as you did before you go to the gym and still have energy, then imo you're doing it wrong.


     
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