Posts by pmorgan2
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|Weight Loss||Digital or Dial scale???||Sep 30 2007
I hate personal home scales. Unless you spend a lot of money on one, they're going to give you a problem.
Dial scales work on springs. The problem is that tension isn't always the same over time, or under different temperatures, so if the temperature in the room is different, or the scale is old, your weight will be inaccurate. New scales are decent, assuming the temperature and moisture is always the same. But since most dial scales use levers to reduce the amount of weight on internal peices by a ratio of about 1:12, the more weight, the more it will be off. Pretty much your dial scales are off by a percentage rather than a weight. So a percentage of an 8lb weight is less of a discrepency than a percentage of a person. I can't explain that part too well, but its due to the spring inside and the levers.
A digital scale is the same as a dial scale except for the way it displays the reading. Instead of moving a rack and pinion to display your weight, it triggers an electronic response on a chip. So the spring still does the same thing and offers the same problems. Perhaps a digital scale is a little more accurate because its one less mechanical peice that could fail, but I don't see a drastic reason to choice one over the other, unless you want a big bright number instead of a crude dial reading.
Also, a scale uses 4 levels to equalize the weight on the spring. So if one lever is higher than the others, it will change the reading. That's why having your scale on a level surface is important. Its also one reason why you would have different readings in different rooms. Also, a bathroom tends to be hot and moist after a shower, which would change the tension in the spring, and would change the reading you get. Scales are a "you get what you pay for" product. If you don't want to buy an expensive one, do what lalathestylist suggested. Weigh yourself at the gym or doctors, and go back immediately and weigh yourself on your own scale. I would suggest moving your scale out of the bathroom so its not all hot and moist sometimes and dry and cold other times. That will definately give you different readings. Well, theoretically ;)
|Health & Support||Binging and satisfaction||Sep 25 2007
There are two other things that might be fueling binges. One is if you aren't getting enough of certain nutrients, your body will keep telling you that you are hungry even though you really just need some iron rather than a bunch of calories.
Another is if you're eating too fast. Eating too fast doesn't give your body time to do the chemical reactions that make you feel satisfied.
When I binge its usually because I'm out with my friends. Its absolutely not okay to order a salad when around my friends, and usually not okay to NOT order a beer or 3. Then once I have that taste of pizza or baby back ribs, I just can't stop eating.
|Health & Support||Late night feast!||Sep 25 2007
|I like the veggie patty idea. I might grab some of those. But I typically have some cold-cut meats in my fridge which I will eat either by itself or with a peice of bread. I like having something with protein for a late night snack, so long as its lean.|
|Weight Loss||What made you want to lose weight???||Sep 25 2007
|My goals are a little vain, I have to admit haha. I moved to Hawaii recently and decided the extra gut my partying days gave me has got to go. Can't be parading around in perpetual summer at the beach without feeling good about myself. In addition, I'm an active person and believe losing 15 pounds will really help me in sports. Plus there's just something fulfilling about eating healthy and exercising. Its like giving money to a charity... I just feel like its the right thing to do.|
|Weight Loss||So are we supposed to burn the calories we eat?||Sep 25 2007
You have to do pretty tough exercise to burn 500 calories in half an hour, but it depends on your fitness and age.
As a 20-something year old fit male, you would have to run at an 8 minute mile pace to burn 500 calories in half an hour. If that's okay with you, or you just want to work out a little less intense for a longer time, then you will lose weight.
Your body will burn around 1200-1500 calories if you lay in bed all day. That's the amount of calories your body needs to breath, pump blood, and regenerate dead cells and such. Most people will burn an additional 800 calories doing normal daily activities (which is where a 2000 calorie diet comes in).
If you keep your calorie intake at what this website recommends for your age/fitness, and then do an additional workout to burn 500 calories more, you will in effect lose 1/7th of a pound a day.
However, to stress another important point, you need to watch what calories you put into your body. When you exercise, it is much more effecient for your body to break down proteins (your muscles) to produce energy, than fat. So you have to make sure you're replenishing those proteins, and not replenishing your fat.
|Fitness||Max OT cardio? Really?||Sep 24 2007
|So long as you are doing your cardio exercise in the mornings, there will be an all day effect. I alternate between a few different cardio workouts, and I find the one that increases my all-day resting heart rate the most is what terrier08 described as "HIIT Cardio". I typically do 5 iterations of jogging 400m, then sprinting 200m, which puts me at about 16-17 minutes of workout.|