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Weight loss thread

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I was debating posting this here for a while, since I've seen weight threads turned into troll posts too many times at other places. But, since I need to lose weight, and I like the idea of having an open thread on a forum even if no one else joins in (although it's always best to be part of a team on personal improvement things), and most of all, because most people on this forum seem like decent human beings, I decided to make one here. Please be nice, and don't troll this thread, but if you agree to be respectful, feel free to join in if you want. :)

I'm making it on a video game forum, both because I visit here the most, and because I'm losing weight with video game systems. Five years ago, I lost a bunch of weight walking and going to the gym, but my fibromyalgia got worse after that, and the medicine I was put on made me put it all back on. Now it seems that Kinect and Wii games are all I can do without getting myself in so much pain that I almost can't move (although I can't do much of them at a time).

I'll be doing mostly Kinect games (achievements are actually a nice incentive for me for this :)), but I'll be doing some Wii fitness games too I'm sure to provide variety.

Early this morning, I bought Kinect Labs: Junk Fu so that I'd have another game for Kinect Playfit besides Double Fine Happy Action Theater. :D I wasn't sure if it would be worth $2.50 since the other games in the Kinect Labs series are barely worth the price of nothing. I'm glad I bought it though, since it's really doing the job of getting me sweating without too much pain (the repetitive motions are a bit tough though, so I can only do one or two plays at a time).

So, anyway... not posting my weight, but I'll post my weight lost. It's my first day doing this. I'll post back tomorrow with any news about whether I lost anything or not.

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  • Now I don't care for losing weight (I'm focusing moreso on just simply eating a little healthier and going for walks more), but I'll admit, this new work experience is a massive workout for me.

    I mean its 7 1/2 hours of walking a day, pushing a trolley. On your feet all the time with only a 1/2 hour break inbetween.

    If I keep working there at 5 days a week for another month, I'll either die, or be a bit trimmer! XD

  • I run a bout ten miles a day but don't eat the best. I changed my diet in September and was consuming about 1200 calories daily, which led to a 14 pound loss of weight by October. Progress slowed in October as I dialed things back but I'm picking up again, and as of last night have lost 18 pounds since just before September started.

    FYI you won't lost any weight in one day. Any presumed weight loss is just water weight. Better to measure yourself every week at the same time of the morning. It's a truer way of tracking loss.

  • Where's the weight gain thread? I think that's the only one I'm qualified to post in at the moment.

    Though, at my bio retreat, a group of us decided that the best way to lose weight would be to get half an hour of exercise a day and subsist on nothing but minimal media (low salt) and water, with possibly a few vitamin tablets thrown in. However, this would also be the most miserable existence ever, so I don't recommend it. Also, it bears the possibility of losing so much weight that you might end up as a skeleton, so there's that as well.

    It's also better to evaluate yourself via BMI than pure weight so you don't just deplete your entire muscle mass. Cause, well, that would suck.

  • The only way to deplete your muscle mass would be to not eat. And there's no nutritionist alive, in their right minds anyway, that would advise that.

  • @DAISHI said: The only way to deplete your muscle mass would be to not eat. And there's no nutritionist alive, in their right minds anyway, that would advise that.



    They might not advise it... but a lot of people don't always do exactly what the doctor ordered.

    In any case, BMI is a much better way of evaluating overall health than pure weight. It helps keep your fat content to a healthy level without false readings from muscle gain making it look like the regime isn't working.

  • @Alcoremortis said:
    In any case, BMI is a much better way of evaluating overall health than pure weight. It helps keep your fat content to a healthy level without false readings from muscle gain making it look like the regime isn't working.



    At the risk of revealing myself as stupid: I really don't understand this statement. The BMI can't possibly prevent you from confusing muscle mass with fat tissue or vice versa. You would need to do bioelectrical impedance analysis to get this right.

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    @DAISHI said: FYI you won't lost any weight in one day. Any presumed weight loss is just water weight. Better to measure yourself every week at the same time of the morning. It's a truer way of tracking loss.


    I'll do that. Thanks for the advice (that way also I won't feel discouraged with each day's weigh-in :)).

    @DAISHI said: Where's the weight gain thread? I think that's the only one I'm qualified to post in at the moment.
    There's no reason why this thread couldn't become the "weight management" thread instead. :)

    I burned 362 calories yesterday, and only 35 today so far... but the day is still young here. :D

  • @Iryon said: At the risk of revealing myself as stupid: I really don't understand this statement. The BMI can't possibly prevent you from confusing muscle mass with fat tissue or vice versa. You would need to do bioelectrical impedance analysis to get this right.



    Whoops. Got those confused. Yeah, I meant the bioelectrical impedance analysis. Somehow I got the name from one and the method from the other and just smashed them together. Probably has something to do with the fact that I learned about both on the same day, scarce twenty minutes from each other.

    Though, having said that, BMI is also useful because it takes other factors into consideration such as your age, height, sex, etc so you don't go around thinking you need to be 120 lbs when you're six foot four man or anything.

  • I'm currently 110 pounds. I really wish I could gain some muscle, as I'm clearly underweight for my age, to the point where, when shaven, I can be mistaken for a young teen.

  • Someday when I retire, I'll probably find time to work out.

    Anyway, the big story a few years ago was the number of people losing weight playing Dance Dance Revolution. That was before Wii Fit came out. Just another idea if you're into that.

    (Actually, I will be sort of working out on the weekends this Autumn. All the leaves on the trees outside are going to be falling down, and it's up to me to pick them back up again. That's always a lot of work!)

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