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Need Some Weightloss Advice

That picture is from last year, im a little leaner now.

This is my first post on the forum, I can definetely relate to JWJordan, and I would like to hear from anyone willing to give me some constructive criticism and advice.

My Stats

Name: Jeff
Age: 18
Height: 5’8
Weight: 285

Activity History: Very active as a child and throughout elementary school. Started Tae Kwon Do at age 10, continued for 4 years. Stopped when I joined my highschool Rugby Team. Played as a Prop for the first two years of Highschool and during my senior year.

However, I missed the training season because i did not plan on playing that year, therefore missed out on all the conditioning. Team “needed me” so i joined up and played the best I could. I’ve also played tennis in the past but not regularily and not for the past 2 years.

Other History: We went out and got take out too often. My mother is overweight and my Father, who used to be a captain in the Canadian Reserve Forces (note: Their the ones in Afghanistan now) has put on a belly since quitting Militia and joining Boy Scouts with my at the age of 6. He currently does not eat well.

My mother has type two diabetes.My father, no matter how much we ask him not too, continues to bring home shitty foods, sweets and pastry type stuff mostly. He is starting to turn his diet around. My mother has eaten relatively healthy for the last few years. (she put on weight after giving birth to me)used to be average.

I am 285 at 5’8 however i am told i look more 235 and a healthy 235. My legs are tree trunks and solid, i am strong and i do workout atleast a few times a week. I need to regularly incorporate cardio, that i know.

I eat pretty healthy and am attempting to eat Lean-Meat and high protein foods, and stick to Vegies and Fruit almost entirely for my carbs, but i do still eat some bread, that is 12 grain or Whole Wheat.

Now that that is out of the way, I would first like to know any exercises that are really good at burning stomach fat, as that is my main concern, other than loosing overall weight and improving health

(Doc says im healthy but need to lose weight, obviousely. Blood tests have come back good)

You can’t really target locations for fat loss. When you lose fat, it’ll happen everywhere at once. So cut your calories and hop on the treadmill. Make sure that you are having a calorie deficit every day. Negative calories means weight loss. Honestly, thats all there is to it. While it might be hard, its that simple.
Good luck.

Well, the fact that you’re healthy in regards to bloodwork and the fact that your doctor isnt telling you that you need to lose weight immeadiately is good.

As for your diet, it sounds like you’re going in the right direction. With your dad bringing home poor food choices, its going to be tough for you to resist and take a lot of will power.

As for workouts… I think you’d be ok with a fairly basic program geared towards weight loss, as well as some cardio.

I think once you lose a certain amount of weight, you could try HOT-ROX for further weight loss after progress has stalled, but I wouldnt use this just yet.

Set goals, and good luck.

Steps bro first nail foods just eating the right foods dont worry about the amount yet make it habit to eat healthy foods that alone will have you losing. That and get active weights walking etc.

take steps one at a time make them permanent changes. Then slowly pogress, adding more activity, start dialing in the diet etc etc. Your more apt to stick to small changes then trying to cahneg it ALL in one day.

here these will help. Diet is going to be #1.

7 Habit
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459493

Foods That Make You Look Good Nekid
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=460638

The Carbohydrate Roundtable, Part 1&2
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=461157
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459360

Fat Roundtable I&II
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=461947
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=461093

Solving the Post W/O Puzzle 1&2
http://www.T-Nation.com/findArticle.do?article=body_141post
http://www.T-Nation.com/findArticle.do?article=body_142post

T Dawg 2
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=473067

Phill

Good luck to you man…I know that what you have been reading in this thread is absolutley right on the money. Diet is everything for you right now. Combine your diet with a decent amount of cardio to create nice calorie deficits each and every day.

If you do this, the weight is guaranteed to come off. You can lift a few time a week as well to keep those muscles pumped, and ready to work for maximum aesthetics once you can get them uncovered. You can do it…and good luck!

Jen, NGA Pro

That’s a great list of articles to start with. Most of the teens I work with kid themselves about how healthy they eat. During workouts I insist on gyn shorts (not BB shorts) and a T-shirt that fits and is tucked in at the waist. They think the oversized hanging out T-shirt will hide their weight problem. Usually after a year they realize they can’t hide it anymore and get real serious about DIET and exercise INTENSITY. Those are the 2 keys. Keep a daily food log and a training log. I make the kids do that too. This is a great site to post your daily food log and workouts. Lots of smart people here. Some dudds too.

If you live in Ontario and play rugby, then you’ve heard of Port Perry. We play rugby real good.

TNT

I really do recommend you pick up a copy of The Metabolism Advantage by Dr. John Berardi, who also writes nutrition articles on this site. You’ll learn a lot about how your body deals with food, and how to eat so that you really turn up your metabolism.

It sounds like in general you are on the right track, but you need to to a little tuning in terms of when you eat and what you eat.

It is a good read, and includes a great workout program.

I got it from Amazon.com for around 16.00 US.

Read the links Phil gave you for nutrition.

As for Training check out these. I think you will like them. This was the first routine I used and it is still my favorite.

The Mutation Series
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459214

The Mutation Series II
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459207

The Mutation Series III
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=478828

The Mutation Series III Cont.
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=479219

[quote]e-loo wrote:
I really do recommend you pick up a copy of The Metabolism Advantage by Dr. John Berardi, who also writes nutrition articles on this site. You’ll learn a lot about how your body deals with food, and how to eat so that you really turn up your metabolism.

It sounds like in general you are on the right track, but you need to to a little tuning in terms of when you eat and what you eat.

It is a good read, and includes a great workout program.

I got it from Amazon.com for around 16.00 US.

[/quote]

Agreed. This is probably the best place to start. The book gives you the how, when, why, etc.

Just follow it and learn from it. Do everything exactly as written. If you’re not willing to do it, then you will never succeed.

It doesn’t matter how strong you are. If you’re not taking the necessary steps to get leaner (HIIT, nutrition, proper training for fat loss, etc.), then you’ll never lose the fat.

You have to really be ready to bust your ass. It’s going to be hard. You’re going to be hating it. You’ll be gasping for air and feeling like you were run over by a car during every training session. You’ll be hungry at night and many times during the day. But if you can get past all that, you’ll succeed.

Pick up the book now!

Read John Berardis precision nutrition. No matter what your blood tests say, being 285 at 5"8 and 18 years old can not be very healthy.

Educate yourself on what proper healthly eating is(hence the precision nutrition recommendation) and get to work.

Good luck