Friday, 20 April 2012

Clearing The Confusion

First of all I want to clear up some confusion about yesterday. I didn't lose that weight without effort. A lot of effort went in to it. I've been exercising almost every day and I'm watching what I eat. Though if anything I now eat a bit more (turns out I was undereating, so I found it hard to lose weight because my body was retaining as much fat as possible. That's my explanation anyway). I lost it without realizing. I was so hung up on whet I weighed, and the fact it didn't seem to change much, or I put a bit more on here and there, that I forgot how much I weighed at the start, and didn't realize just how much I've lost. I really did work hard to lose that weight, and I'm still going to have to work hard to lose it now.

In fact screw it I'll just talk about this and save the post I was going to do for next week. Wheee I get a free post.

I've actually not shifted what I eat too much. It's not like my diet forces me to miss out. One reason for this though is that I weigh so much that I have to eat a high number of calories. Yes you read that right being overweight means I have to eat more. It also means I burn more because my body works harder to move me. I'm convinced that after years of lugging my weight around I have the leg strength of a God and when I do lose the weight I'll be able to kick a hole in a wall and run a mile in 3 minutes. Maybe not to that extent but you get my point. Which was kinda that exercising also builds muscles. Given how unfit I was, I wouldn't be too surprised is if one of the reasons I had trouble losing weight is because I was so unfit, and so weak, that even cardio was building muscle mass. Though they do also call for strength training to be done. I do that too but not as often as I do cardio. Which is bad. That is it's a bad thing for me to do.

I'm also cooking more of my own food now, and I'm not that horrible at it. The only thing I can really cook though that isn't premade or simply a matter of shoving something in a microwave, oven, or grill, is a pasta bake. Maybe I'll share the recipe for that one day but it's pretty damn good. It's also surprisingly healthy in that it contains very little fat (yes I've learnt fat can actually be a good thing, in the right amounts, just like everything) although I don't make the sauce myself, so meh, you may get different results to me.

I still want to learn how to cook more, but when you live on a kind of budget like I do you have to make sure you're going to eat what you buy and make with it. I can't really experiment in the kitchen.

PS If anyone knows an egg substitute I'll love you. I like eggs, and they're one of the few things I can cook, but I never really realized how much fat they had in them. So I eat them sparingly. Despite just saying I haven't really changed what I eat much. I haven't though. Well, whatever.

I think I've said enough now except for that the site I'm using for all this is Sparkpeople.com. That link is my refer link. If you sign up I get free stuff. Yay for free stuff. Though really I think they are great if you're looking to lose, or even gain weight. Let's not forget that as well as being overweight, there are plenty of underweight people.

Here's to more awesome weight loss. Hopefully.

43 comments:

  1. why not just buy egg whites in a carton? it's the yolk that's bad for you.

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    1. The whites are better but I can't find just the whites and it feels like a waste to just throw away the yolk.

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  2. When it comes to losing weight, eating really isn't the most important aspect, the most important thing is that you're constantly doing cardio/exercise to keep your metabolism burning and it doesn't have to be much exercise either. A medium length morning session and a medium length night time session will do you better than say an hour and a half all at once because your metabolism will then be able to keep going all throughout the day. Also you should Google bar twists too buddy, it's a seriously sweet exercise if you're looking to tone your stomach up.

    I think I might be the one to blame for the misconception that you put no effort in by the way. I took the "without realizing it," part to mean you hadn't tried, my bad haha.

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    1. Aye the "secret" to weight loss is to burn off more calories than you bring in. Though the more calories you're burning the more you have to eat, the difference can't be too great. I usually do 25-30 minutes a day at least, in about one go, but I am trying to split it more because of those reasons. I'll look up the exercise, cheers.

      No harm done ^^ Because of that I got an entire post because I was able to correct the mistake and then just turn it into a whole post.

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  3. Just make sure you keep taking it slow. If you lose too fast, it just comes back and brings friends. As for the eggs...agree - egg whites. All the fat and cholesterol is in the yolk. I am going to start trying to post more healthy stuff like I was at the beginning of the year again. Maybe you will find something you like!

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    1. Aye the site made sure that I shouldn't be losing too much because you set how much you want to lose by when, and they tell you if that's too fast. Just make it easy is all I ask! The closer it is to "Put this in here, then put that in there, then wait", the better.

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  4. You know I've heard it was in fact diet more than anything which affects weightloss, exercise will help no doubt. But what do I know?

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    1. Well it's about even but the general rule is "lose more calories than you take in"

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  5. congrats. Sounds like you are doing it properly and sensibly with a good diet and exercise.
    losing weight is hard work.

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    1. Well it is hard work but so far I've not found it that hard. Though hard work is worth it :)

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  6. Envious of your weight loss Mark, good work and I was never confused, well not yesterday!

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    1. Hehe thanks man. I hope I can keep it up.

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  7. Sorry I don't really know a substitute for eggs :/
    But congrats on the weight loss!

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    1. Well there are some egg substitutes but they don't really sell them around here.

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  8. "turns out I was undereating, so I found it hard to lose weight because my body was retaining as much fat as possible." It's not you, that's a fact. When you undereat your body stores because it "doesn't know when it's next meal will be". When you start eating healthier you end up eating more often in smaller portions with better choices. I'm so happy for you for making this change! If you need someone to keep you on track or what not, e-mail me. I'd be happy to help motivate eachother.

    As for the eggs, do you guys have Eggscape? It comes in some flavors (southwest, veggie) and there's a plain egg ehites only ones. It's egg substitute made from real eggs and I beleieve it's 99% fat free.

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    1. Thanks but I'm nervous about all this stuff myself and I'm too shy. I don't really weigh myself that much anymore, though the diet itself isn't proving too hard so far. Even when I get really depressed I keep it up.

      We don't have them, or at least I haven't seen them. They sound nice and I wish I did have them.

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  9. I was going to suggest the egg whites thing too...but everyone already beat me to it. That's a mystery why some people who under eat are skinny, and others who under eat are overweight. Well, i'm sure there is a scientific explanation. I have had the flip side of the problem you have (as i am too skinny)...but really, as you have shown, it is actually a very similar problem. I think what ruined me was getting stressed out and missing meals. Or even being too stressed to eat properly. I would go a long time without eating because I was stressed out. Then I would eat a lot at once...but I couldn't eat enough at one time to make up for the calories I was burning up. And while I was not eating, I was too hyper, and wearing myself out...then I'd be too tired to eat a decent meal, and it seems like I would never catch up. Moral to the story I think, is pace yourself...don't let the jerks in life get you stressed out...make sure to take care of yourself...and eat healthy small meals throughout the day, instead of one really big unhealthy one. Etc, etc, etc, yada yada yada. Basically, my advice is take care of yourself,....letting one's personal health get run down just to please others or accomplish short term goals, is never worth the cost in the long run.

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    1. Well like I already said it seems a bit of a waste to throw away the yolks like that. No matter how stressed I get, I am trying really hard to stick to this and it seems to be working. I only really don't keep up with it when Jessie comes over, but I think I'm doing so well I'm allowed those days. Plus I work harder before and after them.

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  10. Well if you're building up muscles by exercising now, you're going to look very ripped once you're at a normal weight. Usually the fat would cover your muscles, making them hard to see, but once that's gone you're basically going to be a muscled man. Now for the spray-tan, and we've got a hotshot amongst us!

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    1. lol that's not really what I'm aiming for though. I want to be lean. I want to be strong sure, but I don't want to become some kind of musclebound freak.

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  11. "I found it hard to lose weight because my body was retaining as much fat as possible." No, no that's not just your explanation, it's true!

    It would behoove you to learn about stuff like BMR and BMI. Especially for an intellectual like yourself, knowing the Why's should help the process.

    And, as always, focus on fit not fat. Also eggs aren't superbad. They have good (HDL) cholesterol and very little saturated fat.

    Even if you are *sigh* focused on losing weight, fat isn't the boss, it's carbs.

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    1. I am still learning some things here and there about things like that. I do know about BMI though. Boy oh boy is my BMI bad. It's going to take a while for it to not be bad. Probably at least a year still. I'm trying to be done with it all by my birthday next year and so far I'm not quite on target. I'm watching carbs and fat just to be sure.

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  12. Since I have started blogging 3 months ago and spending way too much time reading other blogs, I have gained 20 lbs.

    Obviously, sitting in front of a computer is not for me. I need to start exercising.

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    1. Ouch. Maybe you should get some kind of drawing tablet and you can draw the cartoons for your blog while on a treadmill or exercise bike.

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  13. It's great that you've gotten so far. My weight generally doesn't fluctuate so I've never really had to think about this sort of thing, but my strategy is to eat lots of different types of foods and use ingredients with as few additives as possible. That way I figure it can't go wrong. But I'm eating way too much junk, which isn't good. (BUT IT'S SO GOOD...) Good luck with your continued eating! ;D

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    1. My weight fluctuates all the time, it was how I didn't notice how well I'd been doing. I still have the occasional bit of junk food actually. Thank you for the good luck wishes ^^

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  14. I don't know a good egg substitue but I will say I took cooking classes in highschool! They were great and allowed me (a poor kid) access to food to eat! Yum yum!
    If your looking for ideas of food to eat thats tasty and healthy you should look up rescipes on the internet!
    I hope you looks a lot more weight and become some thin male model!

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    1. I had cooking classes in school but I've forgotten most of it. The website I posted have their own recipe website too and I have found a few things on there I'm capable of making that ended up pretty good. I'd rather not be a male model though, too much attention.

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  15. I agree with Henry. You DO actually need fat to survive. It goes back to cavemen times when they needed to conserve their energy, if that makes sense. It's like the Fight or Flight theory.
    Muscles weigh more than fat, and we all need them.
    Protein,Carbs and fat all in equal measures. You need fat to break down vitamins and minerals, and certain kinds of fat lubricate your joints.
    Congratulations on your weight loss, but take it easy. (Losing it too fast is not a good thing)

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    1. I know I need fat to survive, and I am still taking in enough fat :) I'm taking in the right amount of things I need to take in. As far as I know. I'm not losing too fast, trust me.

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  16. Congrats on losing weight. I'm still severely underweight and that's also probably because I don't eat enough.

    I don't know any good egg substitutes but you should go look up egg loafs when you get a chance. You're not missing much.

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    1. Thanks and cheers for the tip.

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  17. Hi Mark, I'm online momentarily.

    I'm also losing weight, but have to do it mainly through dieting because of a bad knee and a torn stomach muscles (which is almost healed... hurray!). I've cut back my calorie intake in a huge way - not so fun but it works. I'm being careful not to lose more than two lbs a week - and sometimes I don't lose any in a week... but I've come far now and can't wait to get to the end when I can eat normally again! So I'm in this endeavour with you! (And now I'm hungry)

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    1. I think just diets are best for maintaining weight, not losing, but I hope it goes well for you. I also hope you get all up and at them soon. Bad tummy :( sometimes I didn't lose any, or I put a bit on as I said. Focusing only on what had changed, or not changed, meant I never saw the bigger picture of what really had changed. It's going to be some time until I can eat "normally" again and I think even when I'm all thinned out I'll probably keep tracking everything because it's become habit now and I want to maintain.

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  18. I'm in the portion control stage of my diet, and it's going pretty good. I haven't shed a shit load of poundage yet, but I'm feeling better and more energetic. Congrats on your work, homeskillet

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    1. I'm not really feeling much more energetic or have more motivation but I think that's caused by my sleeping problems and mental problems, not my diet.

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  19. oh! I think I missed a lot lately. ^_^

    so you feeling better now? I mean, now that you lose weight already? :)

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  20. wow! you can actually cook? that's envious because I'm pretty bad at cooking :(

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    1. I'm feeling a bit better about myself yeah. I can kind of cook. I'm not that good and I can only cook a few things here and there.

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  21. Keep up the good work! It'll all be worth it in the end :D
    I tried this 'lose 7lbs in 7 days' diet where u basically just have juices made of fruits and vegetables three times a day, but I was starving and ended up losing 6lbs, but not really through any healthy means, I put it all back on a few weeks after!
    So continue what you're doing, slowly and steadily lose weight as it will be much better in the long run :D

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    1. That sounds like you were just losing a lot of water, it would come back eventually :) If you really do go for it yourself though then good luck ^^

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  22. I watch what I eat, too. I even take pictures of it. You can't imagine how beautiful cupcakes are until you REALLY look at them.
    I am sure someone already told you this, but they, you know them, have found that if you eat an egg daily, it's easier to lose weight. Just don't lose too much. My dream man is James Corden.

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    1. Cupcakes are delicious, nutritious, and beautiful. I don't think many would call him their dream man though.

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