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Extreme Weight Loss - The last 20.


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I have lost 160 pounds, went from 330 to 170. Now, I am about 20 pounds away from my goal of 10 percent body fat. I know, extreme, right? As you can imagine, this is no easy task, and I have just recently hit a wall. I can't even call this a plateau because of the amount of weight I have lost. It's just a wall. 

I have to consider this a unique perspective, for the most part. Most people don't lose as much weight as I have and intend to keep going, but I don't think I'll be satisfied until it is all gone. I wanted to hear opinions from other people who have lost over 100 lbs and got down to a low body fat percentage. What exactly does it take towards the end? I'm just wondering what you had success with. I'm considering taking a break from my diet and bulking up for a few months, since for the last year I have only been achieving muscle maintena nce at the gym. 

Ideas, advice, ect?

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I've never been in this situation, I'm just posting to say THAT'S AMAZING! And WAY TO GO. And to bump this thread so someone who is more informed may see it and give you an opinion :)

Amazing weight loss - congratulations! I have lost just over 87 pounds, lots more to go. How loose is your skin? Are you considering surgery? 

I have hit a looooong plateau - about 5 months and as of this week I am changing my exercise and meal plan around. Somehow annoying since I have slowly changed my unhealthy lifestyle to a better one and now I start changing everything again. So far (after 3 days) the results are encouraging but I need a more permanent solution. Luckily we have got C C and I have got a very patient weight loss buddy to help me along.    

I would also like to congratulate you. That's pretty amazing! I have not lost that much weight and cannot give you any advice from personal experience. However, I have read that carb cycling is a great way to get down to a very low body fat percentage. A lot of body builders use it to prepare for competitions and I have heard great things about it. You might want to look into that some. Again, congrats!

ETA: This is a great article on carb cycling: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/par30.htm

I would look at leangins or another if program.c leangains in particlar deals ith lean people who are trying to lose a bit more fat or add muscle without adding too much fat.

That's amazing! Congrats!

You may have already done this but I'd recommend re-calculating your BMR, daily burn, etc. The amount of calories you need  to eat to lose weight at 330 is a lot different from what you need to eat to lose at 170. 

Also, it sounds like you're more focused on decreasing fat than actual pound loss. People on this site usually recommend focusing on strength training which is great for burning fat and losing inches which sounds like your goal (even though it won't necessarily change the scale b/c you'll gain muscle while losing fat).

Good luck!

Thanks for all the compliments. To answer your question William, not that loose, all things considering. However, I am only 23, so it hasn't been tortured for all that long. But yes, I do have loose skin and as of right now, no, I am not considering surgery. If it's still loose in a few years, then I will reconsider that option.

I have never struggled to lose weight. Actually, 170 is the wall I have hit. Up until about two weeks ago, I was losing at least a pound a week. Perhaps my concern is a little premature, I'm just more interested in whether people think it would be a good idea to take a break from dieting and focus on building muscle for a few months. Melkor suggested that to me in an earlier post. It seems like it may be time. I knew I was going to have to switch eventually, I just wanted to get to about 15 percent body fat before I did. As it stands, I am about 20 percent body fat. 

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. A lot of experimentation with dieting and working out right now.

You're full of it. You're flat out lying. Fat guys never want to be skinny, just less fat... And secondly you couldn't do that anyways because you'd have 15-20 lbs of skin still on you.

lol. That previous post was the most retarded thing I have ever heard. I didn't think I needed "proof," but okay, here it is.

Before: http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg609/dan nyc249/395400_328034210560522_100000618368312 _1007253_572716808_n-1.jpg

About 10 pounds heavier than I am now: http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg609/dan nyc249/397173_330125927018017_100000618368312 _1013115_1585281432_n.jpg

Seriously, take your negativity elsewhere. 

Original Post by dannyc249:

Thanks for all the compliments. To answer your question William, not that loose, all things considering. However, I am only 23, so it hasn't been tortured for all that long. But yes, I do have loose skin and as of right now, no, I am not considering surgery. If it's still loose in a few years, then I will reconsider that option.

I have never struggled to lose weight. Actually, 170 is the wall I have hit. Up until about two weeks ago, I was losing at least a pound a week. Perhaps my concern is a little premature, I'm just more interested in whether people think it would be a good idea to take a break from dieting and focus on building muscle for a few months. Melkor suggested that to me in an earlier post. It seems like it may be time. I knew I was going to have to switch eventually, I just wanted to get to about 15 percent body fat before I did. As it stands, I am about 20 percent body fat. 

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. A lot of experimentation with dieting and working out right now.

I am sorry to be one more person who is of absolutely no help to your question whatsoever but I would really like to know your journey on what you did to go from 330 to 170. I also want to know the answer to your question because it always seems like people are either complaining about a plateau and the ones who give an answer always seem to be those who didnt go from being super big to super thin lol. and for me personally when I get there I want to know exactly what I need to do to break the plateau. 

Like I am sure you are doing the basic eating to your calorie weight loss limit and being active to burn those calories. But specifically what I want to know is from 330 to 170 how many changes did you make to adjust to each weight and did you change like every 5 pounds? 10 pounds? Like did you always eat the same amount of calories from 330-170 and just increased exercise as you got smaller? Or did you steadily decrease your calorie limit that you eat on as you lost the weight? 

 

Original Post by dannyc249:

lol. That previous post was the most retarded thing I have ever seen. 

lol yes it was

Congratulations on the weight loss, that is really a great achievement.

I think taking a break from dieting is a good idea. A break is good mentally and physically. Take a month and eat at maintenance, and focus on getting stronger. After a short break you can then see how you feel, and figure out what you want to do next.

When you do start losing again, I'd set more conservative fat loss goals. Probably half a pound a week would be good. The days of dropping several pounds per week are gone forever.

 

imsatindoll, honestly, I really haven't made many changes from when I first started until around 220. The biggest change I made was exercise. I walked until 220, but I never did cardio or strength training. I started that around 220. I lowered my calorie intake over time, but not substantially. A few hundred calories at most, and I have never counted calories. I just estimate based on the amount of calories in food per serving using this site. So I guess I increased exercise as I got smaller, but I increased intensity, not length. I am actually working out for less time right now then I ever have in the past. Well, cardio. I only do about 30 minutes of cardio a day, 30 minutes of lifting, where I used to walk almost two hours a day when I was obese. 

One major change I found I had to make that helped was the removal of grains from my diet. People will argue about this, but it worked for me, and I could tell you right now, if ate a slice of bread, I would be asleep 20 minutes later. It sucks all of the energy out of me. All of my carbs come from fruits and veggies. I eat a lot of lean meat, and get a ton of protein. Protein is my number one priority.

I honestly don't believe in plateaus. I think that is a ridiculous concept. You are either doing something right and losing weight or gaining muscle, or you are going something wrong. I've had times where I stopped losing weight, but you adjust, experiment. It's calories in, calories out, and as long as you are getting the nutrition you need to remain at optimal health, and exercise effectively, you will lose weight. I mean, weight loss is pretty easy, when you think about it. It is the execution that is hard. And now, only 20 pounds away from having next to no fat, execution has become a game of inches. That's why I was looking to hear from people who have done what I am trying to do. 

Original Post by solid555:

Congratulations on the weight loss, that is really a great achievement.

I think taking a break from dieting is a good idea. A break is good mentally and physically. Take a month and eat at maintenance, and focus on getting stronger. After a short break you can then see how you feel, and figure out what you want to do next.

When you do start losing again, I'd set more conservative fat loss goals. Probably half a pound a week would be good. The days of dropping several pounds per week are gone forever.

 

Thanks. That's what I was thinking, too. I was just really hoping to have that beach body by the beginning of this summer. I haven't been shirtless at the beach in years. haha. It can wait though. 

Original Post by dannyc249:

Thanks. That's what I was thinking, too. I was just really hoping to have that beach body by the beginning of this summer. I haven't been shirtless at the beach in years. haha. It can wait though. 

I suggested half a pound a week because as you get leaner it gets harder to avoid the problems associated with under-eating. However, if you want to lose quicker than that for summer, you could do it by increasing your exercise. Getting most of your deficit from exercise will allow you to still eat plenty of food. You could probably lose more than a pound per week if you put more time into exercise.

I haven't hit a wall or plateau or whatever the heck you want to call it yet but I know when I do I will probably do it by increasing exercise. On the eating side of things I like my eating limit at 2000 calories and I wouldn't want to ever drop below that lol. So if increasing my exercise time/intensity is what its going to take to be able to eat at 2000, lose till my goal weight, and maintain once I reach that goal weight then that is what I am going to have to do. 

Original Post by nicholas_shannon:

You're full of it. You're flat out lying. Fat guys never want to be skinny, just less fat... And secondly you couldn't do that anyways because you'd have 15-20 lbs of skin still on you.

Oh really? You've been in an obese persons head and explored what they really want on their weight loss journey? Let me guess, you think all obese people eat nothing but burgers, candy, cakes and soda too huh? Instead of believing stereotypes and assuming that all you see on trash tv is correct, why don't you actually try talking to Danny, given is an intelligent, motivated and successful individual, you might actually learn something.

Danny you're an inspiration mate, kudos to you for getting through it to this point, you'll reach your goals I am sure. Wink

 

Original Post by wwwilliam:

Amazing weight loss - congratulations! I have lost just over 87 pounds, lots more to go. How loose is your skin? Are you considering surgery? 

I have hit a looooong plateau - about 5 months and as of this week I am changing my exercise and meal plan around. Somehow annoying since I have slowly changed my unhealthy lifestyle to a better one and now I start changing everything again. So far (after 3 days) the results are encouraging but I need a more permanent solution. Luckily we have got C C and I have got a very patient weight loss buddy to help me along.    

Try going here and after putting in your weight, height, age etc click on 7 day zigzag.

http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calc ulator.htm

You'll eat more on 2 days and that tricks our bodies into thinking we aren't on a diet to lose. It really works Innocent

Hey Danny, 

A few years ago I lost 120lbs. And I am not going to lie to you, the last part of it is the hardest. I never actually made it down to my goal weight, I was always 7 to 10 lbs away. I continued to count calories and work out for months on that plateau with no results. I have been just maintaining for the past year or so to let my body get used to my new weight and now I am back to counting calories and working out more than 3 days a week. I am going to see if I can finally break this plateau. 

Yeah. Thanks. I really can't complain. I'm still losing weight, but only around .5 pounds a week. I accept how ridiculous my goal is, and how if I'm ever going to get there, it will take a while. I'd just like to be there by the end of summer. 

I intend to maintain for a month or two, then bulk up, then cut again. I'm just not sure when. Let me know how maintaining and then dieting again goes for you Leslie. 

Original Post by dannyc249:

Yeah. Thanks. I really can't complain. I'm still losing weight, but only around .5 pounds a week. I accept how ridiculous my goal is, and how if I'm ever going to get there, it will take a while. I'd just like to be there by the end of summer. 

I intend to maintain for a month or two, then bulk up, then cut again. I'm just not sure when. Let me know how maintaining and then dieting again goes for you Leslie. 

When you have a lot to lose, it comes off fast. I'm trying to lose less than 20 lbs and .5 a week is normal. You'll get there just like I will.

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