OK those guys that want help, first couple of things:
Body fat composition is 80% diet, 15% exercise and 5% other. The other is related to things like stress (cortisol levels) so basically if you're stressed, you won't lose weight as quickly. Sleep is a big factor too!
No amount of exercise will make you lose weight if your diet is poor, especially if it's poor and you add more bad stuff to compensate when you start exercising more.
Want to know if your diet is poor? Keep a food diary. Write down what you eat and drink each day (with weights and volumes if possible) for a whole week. If you're game, message it to me and I'll share some advice.
Whether you lose weight or not is primarily as simple as a calorific imbalance, more energy in than you're expending through exercise/daily activities. There's other theories on how macros affect fat accumulation (carbs vs fat) but at the end of the day, it's all about calorie restriction in one form or another.
So what the bottom line is, fixing the diet is the first thing to do. It can also reduce a LOT of mortality risk factors and make you feel a zillion times better - more energy, less hungry, sated for longer, better brain function etc. What's not to like?
Fanboy of the Jester (AKA) James (Previously known as 11top)
No fair! I'm already down 13 lbs since March 1st...
My fat pants are all too big!
I'm in a plateau right now... But when I start losing again, I'll join in. I want to be down 30 by the Experience...
It's your story, Jamie. Tell it any way you like.
I just stopped eating and did more drinking.
I'm not at my ideal weight now, but I'm also nowhere near the ~250 pounds I was once at.
If you want to track what you're eating, hands down the best tool I've ever found is the My Fitness Pal app. Highly recommended!
OK, I will go first.........261.5 pic of the scale to follow..........
should we really humiliate ourselves with a before and after glamour shot of ourselves?
Secretary of Crackwood Addiction
This is a great idea but I'm unable to join you. I've already lost 20+ pounds and I'm back to what I weighed did when I was 22 years old. "Feeling good, Louis!"
One thing I would say is DO weigh yourself every day. If you have a bad day and allow yourself to get off track, the scale will let you know. That daily reminder is a great motivator.
Good luck everyone
I'm in for the weigh-ins, but not the bet - I only want to loose about 20 lbs which is only 10% of my current weight. So, I'll participate as an 'audit' even though I have a bad class audit memory...
When I was in college, I was taking LOTS of hours but decided to add one class with a friend - business law. I didn't kno how much time I would be able to give to the class and didn't want it to wreck my GPA, so I took it pass/fail (pretty close to just auditing the class).
The class turned out to be very interesting and the instructor challenging. Since it was law, she said anyone who could make a cogent argument on a test question they missed would get the points. My friend and I scrapped for every point for the whole semester - it was fun and challenging.
At some point I forgot I was taking it pass/fail. We both ended up with something like 98% or 99% for the semester. My buddy got a big fat A. I got a P! The only thing worse would have been an actual audit of the class where I would have received no grade at all (or credit hours).
man, even my shadow weighs about 17 kg's
Most recent picture from 6-9-13
Good luck everyone!
That's me... So I have to join in! The bad news is I won't get any free beer, but the good news... I won't be there to buy the beers either! Ha! But I do really need to lose a lot of weight so why not?
Hopefully I can get on my bike over the next few weeks and lose some weight. Bad news is that the weather forecast is a month of rain!