Re: CF's Biggest Loser

March 13, 2008 09:25AM
I can't really participate in this year's event, but I'll share the methodology I employed in 2004-2005. I stand about 5'11", and prior to the aforementioned year, I weighed in at an extremely unhealthy 305 lb. Now granted, my method was somewhat extreme, and involved a change in activity level, not only in everyday life, but in my working as well. The plan? Here goes.

1. Move to the desert.

Okay, most people can't realistically do this at the drop of a hat, but it works. In hindsight, I would guess that simply the amount of water intake did quite a bit for me, but the desert can also do magical things for you if you're willing to work for it.

2. Work outside.

Second job, first job, extra part-time, whatever. Get something that makes you money while you exercise. I chose pressure-washing car lots in New Mexico, running a shammy (no, not Drucyrus) over cars, which with the speed of execution and bending, walking and twisting, makes for a great calisthenics routine (not to mention the early-morning hours before the sun gets TOO hot).

3. Diet.

Here again, I went to extremes. It was time to drop the extra person I was carrying in my ass and stomach, since my dodging just wasn't up to snuff with all the weight I was carrying. You want to know the secret diet everyone can use? Here you go:

a. Fish.

All the major animal-based nutrients your body needs, including many you can't get anywhere else in similar quantity. People will say things about Omega-3's, Vitamin E, and such, and they're probably right. Hella protein, low fats, and the fats you DO get are the "good fats". Here again I went to extremes, in that I only prepared and ate broiled fish, never fried. Some lemon, basil, garlic and butter make salmon or tilapia a fantastic centerpiece to dinner. Bake at 350 degrees until the fish is firm but splits and flakes easily in solid pieces when poked or cut. You can go by the color of it, but the texture never lies. If the fish is still spongy and doesn't spring back from pressure, it probably needs more time.

b. Rice.

Here we find a carbohydrate which many people will tell you inhibits weight loss. However, the term carbohydrate is misleading when applied to rice. If you're going hardcore, pick up some organic brown rice, throw some diced tomatoes in it, add black pepper, boom, done. I used simple, long grain white rice, and since my blood pressure wasn't a consideration, I used quite a bit of soy sauce. Lower-sodium soy sauce is out there, and it ain't THAT bad. With a nice rice cooker, you can leave steamed white rice sitting on your counter top covered all day long, and just grab a bowl with the sauce of your choice when hunger strikes. Rice is a simple carb, one that in my experience satisfies hunger, but quickly and efficiently passes through the digestive system. It's also high in iron, which can help your exercise regimen and the increased demand on your body for available energy.

c. Broccoli.

Okay, most vegetables will do just fine, but I chose broccoli for 1) the amount of fiber you get, 2) you can eat large amounts of it and never gain a pound, and 3) it soaks up flavor very well. I'd toss it in the oven pan with my fish when the fish was very nearly done, and the lemon-basil butter soaks right up into those florets. You might think the butter/margarine intake negates some of the nutritional value, but remember that so far the only fats you're eating are the ones in the fish. If you get some engineered vegetable oil in your body, it's not going to kill you. Besides, eating citrus with meals aids digestion. Put lemon on everything and see how your guts feel after a week. (put lemon in your water, also).

That's the overall outline. There's some definite peripheral factors, like the fact that I drank water, more water, some water, a shit-ton of water, and then I'd usually have some water after that. Water simply makes you lose weight. Soda, on the other hand, makes you fat as hell. I ditched soda entirely and embraced water completely. The combination of fiber from rice and broccoli and large amounts of water will QUICKLY drive much of the undigested matter (average American contains 6-10 POUNDS of red meat in their intestines) through your system and out the back end. This won't be pleasant, and you'll have some odor issues, but it's worth it in overall health benefit.

I adapted this scheme, and over the course of approximately nine to ten months I went from 305 pounds to 185. I don't recommend this for everyone, as losing that much weight can have serious impacts on your health in general. Remember, however, that I exercised vigorously EVERY DAY for a minimum of four hours, generally. That's where your outside-job is the key. The result? I do have stretch-marks in random areas, though they're hard to see, but I didn't suffer any loose skin, atrophied muscle, or other negative side effects that people encounter when losing weight with pills or surgeries. If you're really serious about it, it can be done- I'm living proof. Looking back at pictures of my sister's wedding, I could have comfortably eaten three of my current self and moved on to the dessert tray. In fact, I think I had a dream like that once. Yuck.

There's the Biggest Loser story from ylurT sruoY,

The Faithful of Nazmorghul

oh yeah.
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DurNominator(VIP) January 01, 2008 12:23PM

I won again

kostyan May 08, 2014 07:21PM

sport, not the spot, fuck engrish n/t

kostyan May 08, 2014 09:17PM

I ended up going from 204 lb to a low of 172, before going back up to my current ~177. nt

Isildur(VIP) August 17, 2012 04:45AM

Nov 2, 09: 223lbs. May 24, 10: 171lbs, and cut. NT

cartherlen May 24, 2010 04:47PM

Good shit Ben! I'm back to 170 myself after being around 160 (sick and unable to work out for a while will do that).

Sam May 24, 2010 05:16PM

Where are you??

cartherlen May 25, 2010 10:22AM

Sinus infection. In Savannah for the next two years until I get a degree or die trying ;) NT

Sam May 25, 2010 10:12PM

Go you! How tall? n/t

Stevers May 24, 2010 04:51PM

6 ft even. I should point out...

cartherlen May 24, 2010 10:12PM

Re: 6 ft even. I should point out...

Starscream May 24, 2010 10:35PM

The problem isn't really portions...

cartherlen May 25, 2010 10:14AM

Can we do a 'How to Gain Weight Thread'?

Scorbus(VIP) March 26, 2010 02:00PM

I posted one. Search my name and go through my posts. n/t

Stevers April 20, 2010 09:07AM

Eat more. Lift weight. (n/t)

Starscream March 26, 2010 02:28PM

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Claw February 12, 2010 06:19AM

Down thirty pounds in 6 months; from 220 - 190. nt (n/t)

Splntrd November 26, 2009 06:04PM

I'm going to consider 2009 a wash for me (too much shit happened).

Sam December 22, 2009 05:21PM

2009 summary so far

bobbyp June 28, 2009 07:38AM

I got down to 166. Now I'm back up to 185. I hate myself. NT

KennyPowers June 27, 2009 12:16PM

How tall are you?

Stevers October 20, 2009 11:39AM

5'8. I should be about 155 (which I was when I was 19 and in shape). NT

Sam December 22, 2009 05:17PM

down to 257 from 268, more to follow! N/T

(vಠ_ಠ)> AngryFatKid February 05, 2009 09:43AM

Down to 252 now! N/T

(vಠ_ಠ)> AngryFatKid July 28, 2009 09:25AM

Doesn't sound like you're trying very hard. (n/t)

Starscream July 28, 2009 09:47AM

Me neither.

DurNominator(VIP) July 30, 2009 11:08AM

That's what stress and injuries do to ya.

(vಠ_ಠ)> AngryFatKid August 18, 2009 02:00PM

Even though all you really have to do is not put so much on your plate. (n/t)

Starscream August 18, 2009 05:08PM

And do some cardio n/t

Stevers September 28, 2009 05:26PM

Except it does.

Starscream September 28, 2009 05:30PM

One moment, I'm getting a phone call from the lie police

Stevers September 28, 2009 05:58PM

I just got off to a fantastic start!

Mek January 07, 2009 12:59AM

You party animal. n/t

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msattler December 27, 2008 04:18PM

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The Faithful of Nazmorghul March 13, 2008 09:25AM

oh i get it n/t

xenoroyal February 21, 2008 08:42AM

Some assistance to people?

ilostmycoconut February 16, 2008 06:27PM

Cody? nt

Yhorian(VIP) February 22, 2008 05:15PM

Umm, yep?

ilostmycoconut March 02, 2008 01:11AM

January update

bobbyp January 30, 2008 08:00AM

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daurwyn(VIP) January 26, 2008 02:51PM

What pack lunches do you do being veggie?

Graham February 05, 2008 12:27PM

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bobbyp February 06, 2008 08:22AM

Re: What pack lunches do you do being veggie?

Graham February 22, 2008 04:27AM

Didn't read anything here, but Derexal. n/t

xenoroyal January 25, 2008 09:46PM

I won't play unless you use a real system of measurment. n/t

Pro January 20, 2008 11:09AM

Kilogram is an SI unit. It's as real and official as it gets.

DurNominator(VIP) January 20, 2008 11:54AM

my start

shane January 14, 2008 01:28PM

Don't drop your carbs too low

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Bryan January 20, 2008 09:33AM

A positive note after 4 1/2 months

bobbyp January 14, 2008 06:28AM

I'm down

Rogue January 11, 2008 04:56PM

Dur update

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Sam January 09, 2008 11:32AM

PS I am definitely the most unhealthy of all of you.

Sam January 09, 2008 07:41PM

Sounds a lot like my habits

elmeri February 05, 2008 03:28PM

Re: PS I am definitely the most unhealthy of all of you.

caecus January 26, 2008 08:12PM

But you're still a pimp

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Step one: Cut a hole in the box. Two: Put your dick in that box!

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Hrm, can't edit my original email.

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