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Carers UK Forum • weight loss
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weight loss

Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:39 pm
by James83
meh i know i had a post else where , but i cant be bothered searching for it lol :whistle: ..

Anyways towards the end of last year i was becoming far to fat , and feeling it on my spine etc.

So i looked at joining a local gym , ha ha even with discount for being a carer it was still over £400 a year , not including paying for introduction course , personal plan etc etc.
so i bit the bullet and bought a rowing machine from Argos .

before i started it i weighed 18st 2lb something oz lol.
i had some ups and downs as you do when on a diet , exercise , injured my foot so was told to stay off rowing machine for a month . i only stayed off for 2 weeks as my foot had fully recovered.

Anyways i just weighed my self and i am now 17st 8lb 2oz.
Still dont really see any changes as such , i still have a belly overhang .
but i believe i am firming up just above the groin , so maybe the stomach is next lol.

BUT what i have noticed , and it stands out ,,, my calf muscles are turning into tree trunks , along with one of the muscles at the front of the leg lol.

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Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:33 pm
by Melly1
Sounds like progress, James. Have you cut down on the fattening foods you eat too?


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Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:18 pm
by jenny lucas
Rowing is brilliant- it's cardiovascular plus it uses arm, core and leg muscles.

Remember that weight alone is only a rough proxy for how fit you are. CV fitness is key, as it controls how fast your metabolism is. But remember that fat weighs less per unit volume than muscle - ie, a heavily muscled person will weigh a lot, but they will be much much 'trimmer' than someone of the same weight whose bulk is fat not muscle. That's why BMI meausres are flawed (but useful up to a point).

As fat turns to muscle with exercise, our weight may even go up, let alone just stay the same - but our bodies are much healthier.

And yes, exercise has to go hand in hand with sensible nutrition.

Like loads of females, Dukan was a revelation to me. It's great for males too, as it basically says 'loads of protein, no starch carbs (ie potatoes etc), loads of fibre'....and any sugars can come in as fruit, and fat ideally as olive oil etc.

Protein keeps your feeling fuller for much, much longer than do starch carbs.

All the best, and I think a rowing machine is a great investment!

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Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:24 am
by James83
i still eat what i like but cut a HELL of a lot out . ( i have breakfast , lunch , dinner . absolutely no snacks , and dont eat anything after 9pm )
it all started from my childhood , my nick name was the human bin , i would easily put away over £120 of food per week as a kid , and drink 8+ bottles of 2 L coke per week.
and very rarely done PE at school , partly because it was football or rugby , and i cant stand either. plus i wear glasses and they got broken every week without fail if i took part.

i seen my GP and was put in touch with the dietitian years back.
she explained that BMI is old school as its pretty much useless , especially when it comes to tall people . because i am 6'7 and always will be "" heavy "" because my bones will weigh more due to being taller .
she asked what exercise i done , explained none apart from walk the dog 2 or so miles every day, and she explained that my body has become used to that so it wont be doing anything as such.
then went on to explain that fat and muscles are 2 diff things , and fat is not turned into muscle , but that you burn the fat off and use the energy stored etc.

my problem is purely the stomach , i have size 14 feet and have not seen them for years while standing up lol.

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Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:32 pm
by crocus
Well done on the weight loss James.
Ill bet that if you carry on then the weight will go from your middle too B)

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Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:49 pm
by James83
i hope so , as i dont want to look all strange , tree trunk muscle legs with muscles bulging , and a fat stomach lol.

not even after a 6 pack or anything near it. just down to my target weight of 15.5 stone will do.

my brother in law is in his 50's and put him self on the 5:2 diet , much against his GP's views . and now gets check ups monthly to make sure he is not doing his system more harm than good.
but he did say to me chances are i wont see any improvement in my weight till i have lost 1 stone.
and i have been told by a mates wife , who is a fitness freak that just now my body is burning off the fat where is easiest to start , and once thats gone it will start using up the other fat reserves else where.

Re: weight loss

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:40 pm
by Sheryl

I am attending a local weight watchers meeting to help me lose weight. The leader of my meeting and the other members are all very supportive of me. I have been attending since the end of February and have so far lost 23 lbs.

I feel that losing the weight will make my caring role easier.

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