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Routine for Weight Loss

Hey Guys. I’ve been reading the forum for a year now, never really asking any questions just because i felt i could learn alot just from reading. I’m 18 and when my football season ended i decided to go on a diet. Since November i went down from 260 to 230. Eventually i want to be about 200 lbs. For lifting i haven’t really been focusing on strength, i’ve just been doing high intensity circuits for fat burning and alot of running. I play alot of basketball and run on the track at my gym. Since it gets exponentially harder to keep losing weight once the initial losses end, i was wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to what i could incorporate with my routine. I want to raise the intensity of what i do so i can keep going towards my goal. Thanks alot for any help. I admire all you crazy bastards and your dedication to your bodies.

Try to incoroprate some o-lifts. For power and speed on the court if you don’t do so already. Otherwise, I would check out EDT, or some of the other programs on this web site.

Hi, kidnemisis. Looks like you’re doing a lot of good things. And you’re physically active. Could I just make one suggestion, though, food for thought, so to speak?

Instead of raising the intensity (which looks like it’s high enough already), tighten up on your diet. That’s what’s going to give you the greatest return on investment. Focus on eating every 2.5 hours, getting 300g of protein per day divided into 7 meals. Focus on eating green veggie carbs, avoid bread, cokes and anything that comes in a package. Learn about and incorporate P+F and P+C food combining. Do that, and you’re not likely to experience any difficulty losing that last 30 pounds.

Good luck to you!!! And if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Hey TT…is cracked wheat bread a bad idea too? sometimes i have a piece of toast during the day just b/c my carbs are low…should i just shovel more greens rather than eat a slice of bread? or is it gonna matter that much? thanks.

What TT said. (I seem to be saying that a lot lately… Hmmm… :slight_smile:

One thing that people often don’t think about is the need to periodically re-calibrate their diets. It’s a need that comes up a lot more often than you’d think, sometimes as often as once a month or so, for someone who’s really intent on changing their weight. If you’ve been dieting a bit and have lost the initial 30 lbs., it’s time to recalculate, because you’re no longer at the same place you were when you began.

And yes, it sounds to me like your exercise is already intense enough. Look elsewhere for the next 30 pounds.

Good luck.

Hey there KC. Hmmmm. I could go either way on this one. On the one hand there are probably greater benefits from taking in more green veggies. There are phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals. Some vegetable contain things that protect vision or are cancer protective. Veggies, especially a little fresh and crisp where you still have some enzymatic activity, are just as good as they get. And when you limit calories and/or carbs, well . . .

Okay, let’s play the other side, whole wheat bread, especially your sprouted breads, is a heckuva lot better for you than white bread. And some people just love bread so much that if they tried to refrain, it would be a real quality of life thing.

My first choice, the better of the two, would be to increase green veggie intake over bread. But you play it by ear and balance quality of life against your health and body composition goals.

So there. Did I effectively throw the ball back in your court? (grin)