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What's the surly take on jumping rope, especially with weighted rope, as an exercise? Youtube recommended me some videos where people were talking about it as a great exercise, as in burning more calories per hour than basically any exercise. I don't know if I could jump rope for an hour but it seems like a good cardio option when working out at home.

What I didn't know is that high end jump ropes can run you $100+. 

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Just checking in, dipping down to 200 and slightly below  the last week or so. Still just Keto-ing along and dropping on average 2 pounds a month and started this at 260 in January of 2018. No hurry, it took me the better part of 20 years to blow up to that weight.

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10 hours ago, pearlandhorn said:

@Longhorn Al I've spoken with a few dieticians over the past few years.  While fasting is not inherently bad for people with significant amounts of weight to lose, you need to look at sustainability of your dieting or you will end up in a "yo-yo" for the foreseeable future.  I've even been told by these dieticians that the more one is in the 'yo-yo', the harder it becomes for them to lose weight as it screws up their metabolism.

I've found that the best method for losing weight (and the important part - keeping it off) is gradual changes in your overall food intake and exercise routine.  You won't be able to eat one meal a week for the rest of your life.  Why not trying a 16:8 hour intermittent fasting routine?  Or an OMAD routine?  Pick quality foods that are healthy for you to eat during your window.

I'm just curious as to what the rush is to lose all this weight where you have to go to the extreme "one meal a week" diet?  It's a marathon, not a sprint bud.

There's nothing wrong with losing as fast as you can.  There's plenty of time to transition back to IF or 48s.

Also, I'm not yo-yoing currently.  I have in the past when trying to cut calories.  That's what slows metabolism.  Fasting doesn't.

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To expound on that...

What I mean is when you cut calories, your body adjusts.  Let's say your maintenance level is 2400 calories a day.  You cut back to 1700.  You lose weight.  Eventually, weight loss slows.  Your body is adjusting.  It realizes it's only going to get 1700 calories, so it slows things down so it can maintain at that level.  It becomes your new set point if you stick with it long enough.  You then get discouraged at not losing.  You either give up or cut more.  If you give up and go back to eating 2400 a day with your metabolism now at 1700, you'll gain over a pound a week.  That's when the evil yo-yo really gets ugly.  I've done this many times.  That's how people gain back what they lost plus some.  It's how I just kept getting bigger.

Fasting is supposed to preserve your metabolism.  It can ramp up even higher at times, and drop down a little bit as well.  But not as drastically as calorie restriction.

But you're right that it will take monumental discipline by me as time goes on.  Will I cave and start binge eating?  Will I get to my goal and just start eating like I did to get me to 400 lbs?  That's something I'll have to work on, but I have months before I'm anywhere close to my goal and that's with being very aggressive.  I will have to incorporate the things you mention.  Finding the right foods, and going to IF/OMAD, etc.

As for being a sprint vs. marathon, I don't buy into the thinking that we should lose 1 lb a week and lose slowly.  I started at 400 lbs.  The less time I can spend morbidly obese, the better.  I need to cure my insulin resistance before I get Type II diabetes.  I want to lose it as fast as I can so I can get on with the rest of my life.  If I had a wife and family, I may be more likely to take it slow.  I don't have those luxuries.  I want to lose this while I'm still under 40.

BTW, made it back to the gym last night.  Back is feeling much better.  Got some treadmill in and some full body lifts.  15 minutes in the sauna.  Lost 1.8.  Feeling good.

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What's the surly take on jumping rope, especially with weighted rope, as an exercise? Youtube recommended me some videos where people were talking about it as a great exercise, as in burning more calories per hour than basically any exercise. I don't know if I could jump rope for an hour but it seems like a good cardio option when working out at home.
What I didn't know is that high end jump ropes can run you $100+. 

I do a lot of times when warming up but not a weighted rope.
Just make sure you cut it right.

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Got some blood results back today.  Just saw them.

I've struggled with Low T since I was 17 (probably because I've always been fat).  But I've been on Clomid for a year.  For the last 6 months I've been taking 25mg every other day.  My levels are still doing okay at 737.  Much better than 200 like it used to be.

But it's kicking my Estradiol way above normal.  Appointment in early March.  I'll probably start an E blocker at that time.

Some liver enzymes are off, but that's definitely due to the extended fasting.  Everything else looked great. 

LH was slightly high. 

Free T & SHGB normal range. 

Glucose 80. 

A1C 5.1

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11 hours ago, Longhorn Al said:

To expound on that...

What I mean is when you cut calories, your body adjusts.  Let's say your maintenance level is 2400 calories a day.  You cut back to 1700.  You lose weight.  Eventually, weight loss slows.  Your body is adjusting.  It realizes it's only going to get 1700 calories, so it slows things down so it can maintain at that level.  It becomes your new set point if you stick with it long enough.  You then get discouraged at not losing.  You either give up or cut more.  If you give up and go back to eating 2400 a day with your metabolism now at 1700, you'll gain over a pound a week.  That's when the evil yo-yo really gets ugly.  I've done this many times.  That's how people gain back what they lost plus some.  It's how I just kept getting bigger.

Fasting is supposed to preserve your metabolism.  It can ramp up even higher at times, and drop down a little bit as well.  But not as drastically as calorie restriction.

But you're right that it will take monumental discipline by me as time goes on.  Will I cave and start binge eating?  Will I get to my goal and just start eating like I did to get me to 400 lbs?  That's something I'll have to work on, but I have months before I'm anywhere close to my goal and that's with being very aggressive.  I will have to incorporate the things you mention.  Finding the right foods, and going to IF/OMAD, etc.

As for being a sprint vs. marathon, I don't buy into the thinking that we should lose 1 lb a week and lose slowly.  I started at 400 lbs.  The less time I can spend morbidly obese, the better.  I need to cure my insulin resistance before I get Type II diabetes.  I want to lose it as fast as I can so I can get on with the rest of my life.  If I had a wife and family, I may be more likely to take it slow.  I don't have those luxuries.  I want to lose this while I'm still under 40.

BTW, made it back to the gym last night.  Back is feeling much better.  Got some treadmill in and some full body lifts.  15 minutes in the sauna.  Lost 1.8.  Feeling good.

Definitely wasn't trying to judge - just more curious than anything.  If your doc had told you you are pre-diabetic, I get the reason behind wanting to shed as much weight as quickly as possible.  Extended fasting works for some and not for others.  Personally, there's no way I could go a week without eating.  I love food.  I didn't get to 300+ pounds by hating it.  OMAD works for me to maintain my weight now at 185 - 190.

Going from 2400 calories a day to 1700 is quite a bit percentage wise (almost a 30% reduction in calories).  To maintain weight of 400 pounds, one is going to need to eat 4400 calories a day.  To lose a pound a week, you'd need to cut 500 calories a day so eating 3900/day would satisfy that (11% reduction in calories).  By eating 2400 calories a day (what a 200 pound person eats to maintain their weight), one would be losing 3 pounds per week if that person is 400 pounds.

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Hit my first little road bump, right on schedule. Went out pretty hard and ate crap at a work party last Thursday so skipped gym Friday morning with a righetous hangover. That sort of set off a pretty worthless weekend. Came down with a nasty cold Sunday and could barely manage sitting at my desk, much less exercising Monday or Tuesday. Finally felt recovered enough to go and hop on the treadmill for a half hour this morning. Still feel like I'd struggle to handle 50% of my usual weight routine though. Last 5-6 days have pretty much been a loss.

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6 hours ago, pearlandhorn said:

Definitely wasn't trying to judge - just more curious than anything.  If your doc had told you you are pre-diabetic, I get the reason behind wanting to shed as much weight as quickly as possible.  Extended fasting works for some and not for others.  Personally, there's no way I could go a week without eating.  I love food.  I didn't get to 300+ pounds by hating it.  OMAD works for me to maintain my weight now at 185 - 190.

Going from 2400 calories a day to 1700 is quite a bit percentage wise (almost a 30% reduction in calories).  To maintain weight of 400 pounds, one is going to need to eat 4400 calories a day.  To lose a pound a week, you'd need to cut 500 calories a day so eating 3900/day would satisfy that (11% reduction in calories).  By eating 2400 calories a day (what a 200 pound person eats to maintain their weight), one would be losing 3 pounds per week if that person is 400 pounds.

You know, oddly enough the reason I do extended fasting is the same reason you don't do it.  I LOVE food.  I'm a foodie.  If I eat every day and just try to cut calories, I'll overeat.  It's much easier for me to just not eat. 

And trust me.  I'm not becoming anorexic.  I love food way too much, and I can't wait to eat "normally."  At least what my new normal will need to be.

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Got back in the gym early Tuesday morning.  Have gone 3 days in a row.  Easy workouts to get back into it after getting over the pulled back muscle.  Quick full body workout.  Just 1 set of 12 on each exercise at a weight that will get me right up to the point just before grinding.  Then 30 minutes on the treadmill.  2.5 mph @ 2.5 incline.  Then 15 minutes in the dry sauna.

I've lost 7.0 lbs this week.  All that fluid I've been hanging onto the last 2 weeks is now gone.  I've lost 41.8 lbs in 2020.

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Down to 222 boys. Now I just need to cut down on my coffee intake and I'll probably approach 200. How badass would that be to get in the 100s again? I haven't seen the 100s since I was in high school which was 181lbs. 

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35 minutes ago, T’Boo Ted Marshall said:

Coffee is causing you to retain weight?
Marky Mark confused face.

Same here. MY diet requires coffee. With a good shot of heavy cream and a healthy pat of butter. 

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Had a huge drop last week. From the Saturday after my refeed (2/8) till today, I've lost 15.6 lbs.  That includes a 1.6 lb gain after my 2/15 refeed of BBQ.

2020 Total Lost: 49.6

Feeling great.  No nausea or anything like that.  Muscles feel fine.  No unusual pains.  Good energy.  Just a touch of indigestion whenever I am smelling food or watching cooking shows on Youtube.

Back to the gym tonight!

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On 2/14/2020 at 6:09 PM, T’Boo Ted Marshall said:

Coffee is causing you to retain weight?
Marky Mark confused face.

Maybe he uses coffee to wash down pancakes and waffles.

Regardless congrats on the weight loss.

Edited by Nice Guy Eddie

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On 2/14/2020 at 6:09 PM, T’Boo Ted Marshall said:

Coffee is causing you to retain weight?
Marky Mark confused face.

Big time. I can't drink coffee black so I usually get lattes. That's 20g of carbs! Equivalent to a little more than a half can of soda. I lost a shit load of weight when I replaced all soda with water but I had no idea how much sugar is in those mixed coffees.

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Big time. I can't drink coffee black so I usually get lattes. That's 20g of carbs! Equivalent to a little more than a half can of soda. I lost a shit load of weight when I replaced all soda with water but I had no idea how much sugar is in those mixed coffees.


Go black. Once you go black, you never go back.

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Or almond milk and some cinnamon if you like that.  I drink black, but I've whipped up almond milk before and made a ghetto home latte with it. Not steamed, that's why I call it ghetto. I don't even know if I'm allowed to use that word anymore. 

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18 hours ago, HRSchenker said:

Big time. I can't drink coffee black so I usually get lattes. That's 20g of carbs! Equivalent to a little more than a half can of soda. I lost a shit load of weight when I replaced all soda with water but I had no idea how much sugar is in those mixed coffees.

get a cappuccino made with half and half if you are at a coffee shop.  only 1-2 carbs in that from the half and half.  Heavy whipping cream is better, but that does not froth well and gets too buttery tasting imo, but that would have no carbs.

also, if you want some flavored crap in there, check out the Choc Zero syrups:  https://www.choczero.com/collections/honest-syrup-sugarfree/products/three-pack-maple-chocolate-caramel

1 net carb per serving.  I like the caramel one.  I have one of those nespresso machines and lightly pour some in the milk frother while it's spinning.  add some fake sugar and it makes a decent facsimile of a caramel cappuccino.

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