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How to loose weight (if you are a geek)

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    Ian2

    Not sure if this is going to work yet but got up this morning, spotted myself in the mirror, turned slowly to face myself head on, looked myself squarely in the eye,  

    "The line must be drawn here, this far and no further ..." 

    Will let you know how I get on ...

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    Jim Young

    Eat right, exercise more and cut back on the alcohol. I lost 20 labs by doing this.

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    Dr Herbie

    @Ian2: Use smaller bytes! Big Smile

    Herbie

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    MasterPi

    The Hanselman had linked to this post. Very motivating.

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    ScottWelker

    , Dr Herbie wrote

    @Ian2: Use smaller bytes! Big Smile

    Herbie

    Ha! Throw yourself on the floor for that one Wink

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    Minh

    There's no better motivation than looking at yourself naked in the mirror

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    Dr Herbie

    @Minh: I remember reading somewhere that people were taking photos of themselves in their underwear once a month to visually see the progress they were making while losing weight -- it's apparently quite good to see the changes, but I guess you wouldn't want anyone finding these NSFW photos!

    Herbie

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    Richard.Hein

    For a few days, barely eat.  Drink milk if you feel hungry.  Then only use the smaller plates for your food.  Research shows that mentally people want a full plate, and it doesn't matter how big it is, there's this mental block that we have that says something isn't enough unless it's full/covered etc....  Your stomach will shrink a bit over the couple of days that you barely eat, and then you'll start eating more or less normally after that, but 25% less, without even noticing, if you get rid of the big dishes.

    I've lost about 30lbs last year without trying.

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    JeremyJ

    The biggest problem is eating a lot of white flour and refined sugars.  You should look into eating more of a mediterranean diet.  Eating is only half the problem.  Excercise is critical.  It is best not to go overboard at first because you will just burn yourself out. 

    Find something you enjoy doing and focus on that.  I enjoy riding bikes so I signed myself up for a tough event later in the year and used that as my motivation.  I have now been doing that ride for the last 5 years and loving it.  I have lost 50 pounds and have kept it off.

    I also have an XBox with Kinect and only buy games that require me to get up and moving.  I don't buy regular games for it.  I also have the Nike+ Kinect Training game and I find that one works best for me.

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    Minh

    @Dr Herbie:

    , Dr Herbie wrote

    @Minh: I remember reading somewhere that people were taking photos of themselves in their underwear once a month to visually see the progress they were making while losing weight -- it's apparently quite good to see the changes, but I guess you wouldn't want anyone finding these NSFW photos!

    Herbie

    Or you can get more dates... glass half full

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    Minh

    , Richard.Hein wrote

    For a few days, barely eat.  Drink milk if you feel hungry.  Then only use the smaller plates for your food.  Research shows that mentally people want a full plate, and it doesn't matter how big it is, there's this mental block that we have that says something isn't enough unless it's full/covered etc....  Your stomach will shrink a bit over the couple of days that you barely eat, and then you'll start eating more or less normally after that, but 25% less, without even noticing, if you get rid of the big dishes.

    I've lost about 30lbs last year without trying.

    I wouldn't recommend "barely eat" though. You'll feel tired and miserable. Eat a varied diet... you know... lots of nutrients, but don't eat too much carbs, especially sugar, and white flour. Actually, not too much of any starch or grains.

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    evildictait​or

    , Minh wrote

    *snip*I wouldn't recommend "barely eat" though.

    I am not a doctor - but some doctors do recommend that: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20890613

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    Bass

    Kinect video games. Zumba Fitness Rush is a pretty good one for exercising.

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    Minh

    , evildictait​or wrote

    *snip*

    I am not a doctor - but some doctors do recommend that: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20890613

    Interesting... I do find myself more alert when I skip a meal

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    Harlequin

    @Richard.Hein: Lactose = Sugar.....drink water instead. I was 250+ end of summer, now I'm climbing down to the 220 mark. I stopped eating too many breads. 4 pieces of bread is enough sugar for a meal. Stop junk food...even snacking kinds of food, like having a big thing of M&Ms at your desk.

    Keep it simple to start if you want, but go for a walk each day. Even 30 minutes will take you 3-4km...a nice walk.

    Find some eating/diabetes resources...they have info on how much sugar you should be taking in each meal and snack.

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    JeremyJ

    @Harlequin: Definatly don't cut out the dairy (unless you are lactose intolerant).  Milk and cheese are good for diets because they help curb appetite and preserve muscle mass.  The calcium also helps with bones and weight loss.

    I switched to unsweeted vanilla almond milk for my breakfast cereal though.  It has a fraction of the calories of milk and it tastes very close to regular milk (to me anyway).

    I would stay in the 1300 to 1500 calorie range as the minimum.  Starving yourself only forces your body to try and store more fat.  In that range I still had enough energy to do excercise.

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    Harlequin

    Absolutely don't cut out dairy. Just don't drink milk like it's water...too much sugar. Same with fruits...have to watch which fruits you eat, like bananas...extremely high in sugar.

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