Not sure how I tripped upon T-Mag, but certainly glad I did. What a wealth of information. In about 10 minutes here, I feel I LEARNED more than in 10 months of Men’s Health and Fitness. Anyway, I’m gonna be generic and give this forum another thread from the perspective of fat man that wants to stop being a fatass. Don’t act so surprised - America’s full of us. I have taken the precursory step of reading much of this site’s material, however, now’s the time to separate the great from the good. Articles are fantastic, but don’t offer the dynamic that comes with a forum like this.
Some stats and a little history. I’m a 22YO male, 5’11" 220 LBS. No idea of BF%, but a 36-38" waist (along with my own educated guess) makes me want to say ~20-25%. A couple years ago I probably weighed 250 with 40-42" waist. I started working out at school with a friend and the weight slowly dropped off. I was as low as 195 this past summer (34-35" waist) but graduation and my introduction to Corporate America led to a dramatically changed lifestyle. Obviously, 25 new lbs says I didn’t handle that transition all too well.
Which is why I come to you looking for suggestions/help. As fun as being fat is (and it’s not), I don’t want to turn into the rest of the people in my office. I don’t want the most exciting moments of my life to be potluck lunches (not fair, I know).
Obviously a quick fix is going to garner more attention than other ideas, but the Fat Fast doesn’t particularly strike me as a gimmick. I’d actually call it punishment - straight-up. Anyway, Brock Strasser’s original column is old and some of the supplements he used aren’t available now, correct (MD6?). With that said, I’m switching to numbered questions/comments:
I can certainly see why the dropout rate for FF is so high. Frankly, knowing that only appeals to my sense of competition (with myself). Cravings have been getting a free ride on this ship for too long.
Is FF the best option for someone like me (not obese, but definitely overweight)?
What supplements are people using these days to combat catabolism and reduced energy levels?
I read Drew’s suggested alternative to FF on another thread. Actually sounds like a good plan, as sort of a FF exit diet.
I’m not all that interested in cheats designed to make the program less painful at the expense of progress. I deserve at least four weeks of penitence for years of gluttony.
I guess that’s all I have for now. I obviously appreciate anything you guys (and gals) have to offer. Hey, even the following would be ok:
“Go home you fat idiot. You suck and you’ll always be fat. Stop trying.”
Thanks again. I hope you haven’t been turned off by too many of “these” threads.