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Weight Loss Motivation(6 posts)

Weight Loss MotivationFat Back Johnny
Oct 17, 2001 3:43 PM
When trying to drop a few pounds of fat and gain a little bit o' muscle what can I do to motivate myself from splurging and eating as much as I want? currently I am 135lbs and 5' 7" but don't have much muscle at all and want to shed fat. Even when counting calories I very often eat a bunch and then just throw away the paper, Help Please!!
Sounds like...Roxy
Oct 18, 2001 7:09 AM
you're setting yourself up for failure by counting calories. Some people can do it, some can't. I've found through years of trial and error that I'm the latter.

I know that if I deprive myself, I'll binge.

What's working for me:

Don't count calories
There is no such thing as 'bad/forbidden' food
A little chocolate everyday is a very good thing
Eat only when you're hungry (stomach, not head)
Eat what you're hungry for (with enough practice, you'll learn to listen to your body - it knows what it needs - sometimes it's junk, and that's okay to 'feed' your head once in a while)
Stop when you're full (sounds easy, huh?)
Ride your ass off (literally)

Biggest mistake for me is to set a bunch of restrictions. Second biggest mistake is that if I feel like I've eaten too much, to throw in the towel and go whole hog.

It's amazing how much weight I've lost this summer by just keeping a regular exercise routine and avoiding the pint of Ben and Jerry's every night.

Raising your metabolism is so important for many reasons. For me, it means I can eat more food and drink more beer and still look good!

Good luck to you-
re: Weight Loss Motivationatomicwedgie
Oct 18, 2001 9:50 AM
Sounds like you are under weight already. So I would just add exercise. Maybe even add more protien to your diet. Wish I had that problem.
Oh Jeez!!Roxy
Oct 18, 2001 10:23 AM
I'd better pay more attention to the details!

Okay, so take everything I said, and do the opposite - you need some meat on those bones!!!
You sound like a good weight to me.nigel
Oct 18, 2001 5:12 PM
I'm 5'4 or 5'5, male, and weigh 133. I started out at 150 this year. Sounds like you may need some of what I've been up to this year: recovery rides. Since getting a heart rate monitor early this summer, I've realized that, in all of my years of riding (including when I raced and trained like a fiend years ago), I'd never really done a REAL RECOVERY RIDE. This means, simply, riding easier than you think you should. Way easier. By using my monitor, and doing a little research about heart rate zones, I've come to realize that doing a ride at between 50% and 70% of max (which is a ridiculously easy ride, and SLOW with no efforts at all) burns more fat than riding at higher percentages of one's max heart rate.

Doing these easy rides has gotten me over a plateau, and I'm headed towards my racing weight of ten-plus years ago. Let me explain something. Riding harder burns more calories (way more), but most of these calories are from carbohydrates. Riding more "aerobically" (with air) allows one's fat cells to open up and deliver their contents into the bloodstream for use as fuel to the muscles. Without air (when you ride more "anaerobically"), fat cells cannot empty their hideous contents for fuel. Riding between 90% and 100% of one's max heart rate burns 90% of calories from carbohydrates, 5% of cals from fat, and 5% of cals from protein (per a Sally Edwards book on Heart Rate Training for Cyclists). Exercising at 60%-70% of max burns 80% from FAT, 15% from carbs, and 5% from protein. THAT'S what you need to know to get those fat cells on your side. It's a touchy--and much argued--topic, but if ridding your body of FAT is your goal (especially losing those last 10-15 pounds of soft stuff), then you need to concentrate on burning FAT calories. This is best done with easy rides of 45 minutes or more.

I don't know if this is exactly "motivational," but I've found that it works for me. Less HARD rides, and more EASY, enjoyable, carefree rides should help you reach your goal. Enjoy the scenery, chat with a friend, and go EASY.

Best of luck,
You sound like a good weight to me.hslilly
Oct 20, 2001 6:12 AM
Totally agree. Also, I dont know if its psych. or phys. but rides at high heart rates leave me tired and ravenous.
After a recovery ride I just feel great. Now at 44 yrs. these recovery rides are helping me approach a 20 year low in weight.

I have a very hard time doing a recovery ride on the trainer. Just a mental problem but its easier to go hard on the trainer so as the weather gets bad its good to be flexible with the schedule.