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This is a discussion on Ask: The Forum's Fitness Freaks! within the Health and Fitness forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Originally Posted by baby blue me Hi fitness gurus! I'd like to inquire about my case. 6 years ago, I ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by baby blue me View Post
    Hi fitness gurus! I'd like to inquire about my case. 6 years ago, I started losing weight as I was very plump. I lost 30 kg in less than 2 years. I achieved the weight I desired by initially dieting unintentionally. I wasn't diagnosed with any eating disorders. I used to eat a lot and I just lost the huge appetite naturally. I ate 10% of what I usually would for almost 4 years. I ate anything at least thrice a day but in small amounts. By small amounts, I mean 5 spoons of rice and just enough meat/protein from our usual viand. The downside of this kind of diet is that I got weaker as you would've expected. I wasn't sporty too.

    Since 2012 (I'm 18 y/o @ this time, I've been eating more. Everyone would comment on how little I ate so they encouraged me to eat more. Since I got significantly weaker, I decided to go to the gym and train (and yes eat more). I wanted to tone my muscles and to better my endurance and strength. I was stronger and more toned. I learned to play badminton too. Apparently, I'd find reasons to stop going to the gym, visit the gym again, then stop once more. I've gained a lot of weight again and it's disturbing.

    I'm skeptic about going to the gym again because most likely, I wouldn't be able to maintain it. I'd stop and gain more than what I've lost. I've regained 20 kg from the 30 kg I lost. I certainly need to do something about this. Any insights?
    Well I personally hate going to the gym, the travel time and the slowness of it all always went against me. But I like having a home gym since I can keep the session going at my speed, plus I'm an introvert so it fits me like a glove.

    The cheapest things you can do are things like simple calisthenics, hiking, and swimming. Next to that there's some minimalist equipment like a pull-up bar and homemade weights. For homemade weights you could use gallon jugs or buckets filled with water or sand, and you could have a line drawn in the buckets to show how full to fill it for a certain weight.

  2. #592

    Quote Originally Posted by the_natrix View Post
    Well I personally hate going to the gym, the travel time and the slowness of it all always went against me. But I like having a home gym since I can keep the session going at my speed, plus I'm an introvert so it fits me like a glove.

    The cheapest things you can do are things like simple calisthenics, hiking, and swimming. Next to that there's some minimalist equipment like a pull-up bar and homemade weights. For homemade weights you could use gallon jugs or buckets filled with water or sand, and you could have a line drawn in the buckets to show how full to fill it for a certain weight.
    Home gym ftw.

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    I really appreciate your input guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by the_natrix View Post
    Well I personally hate going to the gym, the travel time and the slowness of it all always went against me. But I like having a home gym since I can keep the session going at my speed, plus I'm an introvert so it fits me like a glove.

    The cheapest things you can do are things like simple calisthenics, hiking, and swimming. Next to that there's some minimalist equipment like a pull-up bar and homemade weights. For homemade weights you could use gallon jugs or buckets filled with water or sand, and you could have a line drawn in the buckets to show how full to fill it for a certain weight.
    Going to the gym isn't my favorite either. The treadmill and elliptical trainer gave me positive results. I'm unsure though if I should continue from the speed/level I stopped at or do I start from my slowest and gradually increase the speed/level again. I'm more of starting from the base and gradually increasing the speed but I'm uncertain if this will be fruitful at all. I used to lift weight and do leg trainings too. Stopping them is not good at all! I have bigger arms and thighs now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Word Dispenser View Post
    We often get hungrier when we're working out.

    You have to make sure you're eating all natural, healthy food, and nothing processed. Drink a lot of water.

    Honestly, you really can't gain weight if you're eating vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, legumes, and a small handful of healthy nuts. Although, be careful not to eat big bags of nuts. Target veggies and lean proteins, and sprinkle the rest.
    Thanks for the reminder. I've not been health conscious for the previous months. This reminder is useful.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yeahright View Post
    That is ridiculous, of course you can, you can gain weight on anything if your body doesn't burn it off.
    @baby blue me it sounds like your eating disorder screwed your metabolism up. I would not think about losing weight for quite a while and instead find a normal, maintenance amount of food to eat for several months so your body gets the hint it is not starving anymore.
    Yes, I think my bad eating habbit destroyed my metabolism. Do you think the metabolism is adapts to lifestyles? I mean, Will my eating habbit now (which seems more normal and healthier than my diet before) can become my body's normal? The reason for the question is because I think somehow, my food intake is responsible for my weight gain (aside from stopping my gym sessions).

    Quote Originally Posted by Stelliferous View Post
    Home gym ftw.
    I know! Haha! Your abs do not need home gyms though. I saw them last night in one of the threads. Hehe!

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    @baby blue me

    Ha. Exercising is limitless. There is no stopping once you keep going. :) My body will never be "good enough". That's the beauty of it. If you stop for a week then your body will crumble. You have to keep going. I'm not motivated by strength, I'm motivated by weakness. Stopping is not an option. Happiness doesn't come from stopping. The climb is all there is to happiness.

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    @baby blue me Yes your body will eventually adapt to your new intake, but it may take several months for your hormones to regulate themselves again (leptin, insulin, ghrelin, etc.). If you do heavy exercise during this time they will not get back into balance so I would stick to light exercise or just toning. Do you keep track of how much and what you eat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeahright View Post
    @baby blue me Yes your body will eventually adapt to your new intake, but it may take several months for your hormones to regulate themselves again (leptin, insulin, ghrelin, etc.). If you do heavy exercise during this time they will not get back into balance so I would stick to light exercise or just toning. Do you keep track of how much and what you eat?
    That makes sense! I don't keep track of how much and what I eat though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stelliferous View Post
    @baby blue me

    Ha. Exercising is limitless. There is no stopping once you keep going. :) My body will never be "good enough". That's the beauty of it. If you stop for a week then your body will crumble. You have to keep going. I'm not motivated by strength, I'm motivated by weakness. Stopping is not an option. Happiness doesn't come from stopping. The climb is all there is to happiness.
    What a motivation! Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by baby blue me View Post
    That makes sense! I don't keep track of how much and what I eat though.
    Start keeping track. Most important thing is to figure out what your carbohydrate tolerance is - how many grams a day you can have without your weight going up or blood sugar going nuts. A standard healthy diet should consist of about 40% carbs, 30% fat and 30% protein, and you can adjust from there individually. Ideally keep these ratios for every meal/snack you have.

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    Any tips to suppress cravings?

    I'm training for a marathon and that chocolate with vanilla icing cake my sister baked looks so good sitting on that table...

    *drools*

    Just an arm's reach away...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serenade View Post
    Any tips to suppress cravings?

    I'm training for a marathon and that chocolate with vanilla icing cake my sister baked looks so good sitting on that table...

    *drools*

    Just an arm's reach away...
    Gum helps. And.. Eating other things instead. Like celery and carrots with dip.

    Drinking lots of water, too.

    And keeping distracted.
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