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  • Good luck Mum! :smiley:
    in Newbie Comment by sijomial 4:16PM
  • Losing weight and getting fitter reduced my feeling of tired all the time massively so maybe your motivation is to work towards losing that horrible feeling? There is a virtuous circle of the more you do, the more you can do, and the more you want to do. What activity or exercise do you actually enjoy?
  • If you were fast for your age once there's every chance you can be fast for your (current) age again. I was good at sprint sports as a youngster but lost a lot of speed due to serious knee injuries at age 31. Despite that I took great pleasure in out-sprinting a keen but rather conceited runner when fielding at cricket in…
  • I've been here a long time and there seems to be a lot of common traits in reports of hitting a plateau.... Aggressive deficits. Long term deficits without taking a diet break. Everyday deficits. Unrealistic expectations of linear weight loss. Putting too much emphasis on needing the scale to go down every week to keep…
  • OP - you would get a lot more out of this thread if you engaged with people rather than just get votes. Which of the many versions of fasting interest you? Why? What benefits have you heard of and from what source? (There are some truly awful prophets out there making a lot of money out of the current popularity of fasting…
  • Maybe keep your weight maintenance calorie level in mind and then the "400cals over" just becomes a smaller deficit. Still progress, just slower progress but it still gets you to the same point. No, I wouldn't want to cut very low calories even lower to make up for going over, that sounds far too much like a punishment and…
  • "according to a friend" - quite possibly the worst reason to take an illegal supplement! And a supplement that is unregulated, probably in the wrong dosage even if it contains what it claims to contain on the label. "creatine increases testosterone" - huh?
  • How much water do I need to drink a day ? Massively variable. I cycled 100 miles in warm weather on Saturday - funny enough I needed to drink a hell of a lot of fluids to stay hydrated. Today I drank far less because I needed less without six hours of exercise. And why is it so important ? It's important for general health…
    in Water Comment by sijomial May 16
  • Why do you think 7lbs in 4 weeks is anything except losing weight fast?
  • Your exercise should be logged separately when using MyFitnessPal as designed - it isn't supposed to be included in your activity setting. The daily goal here is plus exercise estimated on the day you do it. The activity setting is just for your normal daily movement patterns and that's all your waking hours and not just…
  • If you take a training break, or at least a very significant reduction in training stress (intensity and volume), to resolve any physical fatigue then you may get closer to finding your answer. Good luck.
  • For the motivation part as the "how to" part has been well answered..... My motivation in my 50's was a big decision point on how I approached getting older and my desire to have as many GOOD years as possible. That meant dieting down to a healthy weight. Dieting in a healthy and sensible way. Maintaining long term at a…
  • "young man’s game and would lead to back problems” That is shocking and a nice illustration of the very varied levels of knowledge in general gym PTs. At least in my country the basic credential required for someone to get work as a PT is a pretty low level. That can unfortunately mean people who couldn't hold down a desk…
  • Both articles are wrong because it's dumb to base the ability to produce power on a person's weight during a non-weight bearing activity. You have no answers to the multiple examples I've given which disprove whatever unstated theory is behind those websites. Want another personal example from this 40,000 mile cyclist?…
  • Why are you trying to limit carbs? If it's just an experiment then it's a very reversible experiment. Restrictions affect my mood which is why I try to minimise them to only the really valuable ones. Funny enough I massively increased my carbs today, 413g of carbs during a long bike ride (plus quite a lot before and…
  • If you carried around 30lbs in a suitcase you would be working harder and sweat more doing routine and exercise movements. If gaining 30lbs was the only change then there's a good chance that losing 30lbs will help. I definitely sweat less being lighter, or more accurately, my threshold for sweating is a lot higher. I can…
  • None, I prefer dynamic exercises for my core work. I used to do them but focussed on building intensity rather than the rather pointless holding an easy variant for extended periods of time. Worked up to superman planks with shoulder tap but then I mashed up my clavicle / AC joint (not from doing planks!) and that was the…
  • @Retroguy2000 But the heavier person isn't moving all that mass! They are weight bearing through their backside. The only part moving is their legs, is there a teeny, tiny difference between spinning heavier legs (and circular motions are very efficient) and spinning lighter legs? Yes, but that's focussing on the 1% and…
  • @Retroguy2000 Cycling outdoors - yes a heavier person has to work harder (i.e. make more power) to overcome gravity on hills and accelerate their mass. (Steady state, flat ground - mass doesn't really matter.) Also a bigger person will have to overcome more aerodynamic drag compared to a smaller person. Neither factor…
  • Suggest you forget what you have been doing (effectively a crash diet) and make a completely fresh start. Go back to your goal setting, choose the correct daily activity level for all those steps, pick a slow rate of weight loss and log your exercise as best you can. Try to prioritise your health above just a number on…
  • Have a look at the Maintaining Weight and Success Story forums if you are looking for inspiration. Dieting styles to achieve a sustainable calorie deficit are hugely variable but for weight loss it's the calorie deficit that works, the stye of eating just makes the process easier or harder on a personal basis.
  • Your weight for a non-weight bearing exercise is only relevant for gross calorie burns. Net calories (which you want for calorie estimates on here) are all about the power you put into the pedals and not a person's weight. 150 calories is entirely possibe for someone either not a strong cyclist or not trying hard (about…
  • The range of calorie burns possible is absolutely enormous and depends on your power output. Don't suppose your bike displays watts? (Average watts can be used to get very accurate net calorie burns.) But exercise really isn't for weightloss - it's for fitness. Nice to hear you are enjoying it and hopefully it's a stepping…
  • Muscle is gained and lost slowly Strength is gained and lost slowly. CV fitness is gained and lost slowly. Fatigue and freshness can fluctuate quickly. That training break can help if you have been building fatigue. Your CNS and muscle fibre signalling can fluctuate at a moderate pace. Temporary reduction in strength after…
    in Downtime Comment by sijomial May 12
  • Primarily you need to increase because you want to maintain instead of continuing to lose. The walking part will be a minor part in your changing needs. The same rules that enabled you to use calorie counting to lose weight also work when maintaining or gaining weight. You trusted the maths since August and you need to…
  • On the food logging side - suggest you stop using cups and spoons as measures, weigh using a digital scale instead. (Calories are in relation to weight and not volume which is what cups measure. A spoon of very calorie dense peanut butter could be far more than you think.) On the exercise logging side - the circuit…
  • If you made your food and exercise diary public there would be far more data to go on plus making it easier to spot common logging/estimating problems.
  • On the basis that reasonable is good enough for purpose..... I'd use the exrx.net calculator and use net calories for a flat walk and flip it to gross calories for a hike that was significantly more intense for the same speed/distance. For me that would give a difference of about 80cals for your 2.5 mile example. If…
  • The goal isn't just weight loss but healthy weight loss. All sensible methods of calorie counting for weight loss take your exercise into account - it's just that with MyFitnessPal it's more obvious than TDEE calculators which roughly guess your average exercise expenditure up front. It's also good practice for weight…
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