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hey. I've both struggled and recently succeeded with dieting and exercise so here's my personal tips. Firstly, don't call it dieting. That word implies you'll only do it for a certain amount of time. The biggest thing I had to learn that changing my nutrition for life was the only way to help me. Now don't get me wrong, I still eat some pleasure foods but the amount and frequency have been drastically reduced. Some things that may help you is eliminating processed foods from your diet. They tend to be extremely high in sodium and if you're looking for the number on the scale to decrease this will definitely help you. Also, don't drink any calories. No soda, juice or alcohol. Before you blow a gasket, there's something called intermittent fasting which is a method of eating I've employed to shed 12% of my body fat. Basically, I eat my last meal at 8-9pm at night and I won't eat until 16-18 hours after that. You don't have to fast as long but that's what got me my best results. As far as exercise goes when I first started losing weight I used an app called 8fit. It has an abundance of home workouts that are tracked as you complete them. So as you complete more and more the difficulty will begin to increase. I used this app for 8 months and lost 50 lbs. Currently, I'm lifting weights and have been for the past 9 months. Another major tool you should take advantage of are calorie tracking apps. Most people underestimate how important it is to count their calories, You'd be surprised how much is in one peanut butter and jelly sandwich depending on how much of each condiment you use. You can find a lot of info on youtube or just googling a specific topic. That's where I learned everything about weight loss. After all is said and done I've gone from 306 lbs to 216 in less than two years. The bottom line is it can be done. As long as you remember why you started in the first place and you start seeing results it'll be hard to not want to continue. It was for me anyway. I hope any of this info is helpful to you.
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I suggest you consider looking for a different job that doesn't take so big a toll on your body if you want to avoid those negative effects your experiencing. I realize it's easy for someone on the internet to say that who does not understand your situation. You might not be financially able to leave the job but eventually your physical body will be so worn down that you will have to leave the job even if you do no want too.

My brother is in a very similar situation. He works at a factory that works him like a slave and has worn him out in many ways. He also refuses to quit and find another job, or go back to school due to his responsibilities in keeping food on the table and a roof over his families heads. But at the same time he knows his time is limited and has begun to possibly look at a management position at the factory he works at.

I always suggested to him that he goes back to school for an associates degree that pays him well, or an accelerated program that would minimize the amount of time hes out of the job. I know it's easy for me to say but hes a smart individual and could go through any program with no issue on the academic side of things. It's just the financial aspects that hold him back. Hope both of you guys find something that allows you to provide without killing your body.


Well that has happened, it was forced. I was made redundant just over a week ago. I knew it was coming though, i was an auto motive worker and that is all but gone now in my country.
I just started doing some training for security today. So that should be easier on my body, less strenuous anyhow. I dont intend to do any bouncing or anything physically dangerous like that.
So that will be less strain on my back and wrists and all my joints really.
But i guess the potential bad side is that some security jobs will make you very inactive. Such as crowd control but more so jobs where you just stand at a door or sit at a chair guarding a door or monitoring cameras, or doing driving patrols.
Sitting around drinking coffee and eating biscuits lol.
But i hope to do security where i get to patrol on foot, patrol shopping malls and plazas and the like.
Its making me want to get in better shape. Been sticking with walks and my sit ups, push ups, squats, stretches, planks. But iam not really increasing what iam doing. Only very slightly.

Who knows how long i would have stayed working where i was. Iam sure it would have made me a cripple eventually and i probably never would have left unless i was forced from injury or like i now have been.
Iam really looking forward to the career change. Been working in factories my whole working life.
I am also going to get a fork lift license just to have on my resume and to fall back on.
But yeah too much sitting is bad for my back so i have to consider that as well. Its pretty fucked when physical or repetitive and strenuous work is bad for you but sitting and inactivity is also bad for you, if not worse..

Good thing i got my redundancy, so i dont have to worry about money for the time being. And thankfully the government is funding my training so the cost out of my pocket will be minimal.

Thanks. Hopefully things work out for him as well.

EDIT: Diet is up n down and being unemployed i have not had a single alcohol free day lol. I have been drinking lightly though, not getting drunk (after my last day of work i got absolutely shit faced though lol)


Well man that's the consequence of technology advancing so quickly. The cost to benefit ratio of humans has been undercut leading to tons of people being laid off. It's going to happen in just about every sector of the economy and theres little to nothing that we can do other than attempt to head into a sector that still requires the mental capacity of a human to operate.

Best of luck with the career change brother the transition might be tough but if you weigh the benefits to costs out you will probably find it was for the best.
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Lost 100 pounds

Joined the army

Gained 25 back


Holy Khrist 100 excess pounds!?

How did you manage to do that.

Loads of cabbage...
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I went from being 250 lbs to 180 lbs in about 8 months, then I started bulking and am at about at 200 lbs currently and I think I'll stay at this weight.

How it began

Started back in my senior year of high school. Played football up until that year, without practice after school I had a lot of free time so I ended up watching some porno one day online where the guy lifted the girl completely over his head and went down. That's when I decided that I had to do that....lol i know it's a stupid reason to start working out but it was my catalyst. It wasn't about personally getting healthy but about the LIFT. That year I started using my schools gym and went from 250 to 180 by the end of the year. Changed eating habits and excersize is all you need.

What I changed to loose weight

During high school I took a 4th year of p.e. and used the weight room then I'd drop by after school when the football team was using the weight training room to get some more time in along to be able to use the track to run.

I cut sugar as much as possible from my diet beginning with drinks. For the whole year I drank at least one gallon of water every day and every once in a while I'd have some zero cal zero sugar tea for taste. Ate 6 small meals a day, mostly small plain sandwiches and a lot of fruit. Ended up dropping soda and juice or sports drinks completely and currently still only drink water and tea.

What I do to stay where I'm at currently.

Bought some weights, a bench press, and an excersize bike to work out on the weekends or when I have have free time. I also go to the gym after work M-F for about 2 -3 hours each day(1:45 of weight training and 1 hour of cardio). I'm usually a little over 13 hours of excersize every week. I eat what I want for the most part but I do it in moderation since for about the last 4 years I've been working on getting bigger so I could LIFT. . At this point working out has become such a normal thing I just do it out of habit and feel off when I miss a day. Also be careful and listen to your body, I was taking pre workout and it numbed any pain or soreness I would feel when working out and ended up going ham. Ended up with a gnarly shoulder injury and was unable to lift weights for 6 months.

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I'm down 76lbs now. For me diet is much more important to losing weight than exercise. I've been walking at least 2 miles a day all week and it didn't affect my weight loss. I've been monitoring everything pretty thoroughly and can tell you the diet (20g of carbs or less per day) is more important, and avoiding artificial sweeteners too.


I'm down 90lbs now, I lose more weight when I eat less carbs and avoid sweetener
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Posted 11/15/17

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bestrader wrote:

I'm down 76lbs now. For me diet is much more important to losing weight than exercise. I've been walking at least 2 miles a day all week and it didn't affect my weight loss. I've been monitoring everything pretty thoroughly and can tell you the diet (20g of carbs or less per day) is more important, and avoiding artificial sweeteners too.


I'm down 90lbs now, I lose more weight when I eat less carbs and avoid sweetener

Maintaining a state of ketosis will make you lose weight a lot faster than regular dieting with moderate or greater exercise. Just make sure to make an effort to stay properly hydrated and that you are eating a good variety of food to properly nourish your body.
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I've lost a whole lot of weight. Usually I'll lose 30lbs over a-month-and-a-half, then it's a battle within a 5-10lbs margin for the next couple months. Down to 198lbs now, currently experiencing the latter. Annoying.
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For the past year and a half I've dropped 50 pounds

How it worked for me was,

Count Calories
Cut out bad foods, such as: Oil/anything fried, butter, sugar, alcohol
Limit starchy foods like potatoes, corn, and such.
Switch to whole grains: bread and pasta, brown rice
Try for half of your daily meals to be fruits and veggies
Water, lots of it or unsweetened teas/crystal lite flavored water. Not soda or sugar drinks

For exercise, I keep it simple. Walking for at least 30 to 45 mins a day. Its the easiest way to get going for someone unmotivated like myself.

Don't do fad diets. They don't work. I tried. Also a good way to get you into a healthy eating routine, you could try weight watchers. Its not a fad diet. Its more of tracker on healthy foods and portion control. I started with them for 6 months and lost the first 25lbs and then quit due to financial reasons. but I was disciplined enough to keep going on my own and lost another 25.

Just remember, if you want results, especially results that last, stick to the healthy habits and work gradually. I'm still working on my weight (goal is to lose another 30 if I can) so even if you lose the weight, you have to maintain. Don't revert back to unhealthy habits just because you only lost a pound. Stay motivated! Even if you think no progress is being made. It will happen for you so long as you stick to your guns.

Good Luck


Been still staying at the same diet and exercise regimen and been at a plateau for the past 4 months. Any suggestions on exercises or diet changes to get the weight loss going again?
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Recently started running and weight training again. I've always been well underweight and people often make comments about me being too skinny but honestly I've reached the point in my life where I just wanna be healthy and happy. I'm well over trying to attain anothers ideal image.

For the record I workout 6 days a week alternating between cardio and strength training with one day to just chill out and do something else. That seems to work the best for me. The cardio in particular, I get that it is near impossible to gain weight when doing a lot of cardio, but when I run I notice my quality of life goes up exponentially. I feel happier, my brain functions well, I'm more creative, and I'm more confident.
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