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Q: 5'8 188 lbs

Am i overweight? I play 3 sports and I'm trying to lose weight because 188 seems like a lot to me I workout almost everyday but I'm not seeing results my eating habits arent the greatest..what can I do to see results? Help!!

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NameName, Community Member
6/17/09 5:31pm

are you a man or a woman?

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reply, Community Member
6/17/09 9:05pm

woman

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NameName, Community Member
6/18/09 11:11am

ok-- by every calculator you are overweight by a good bit. You probably should be looking at losing around 25 pounds minimum according to these calculators. It's not going to be easy as i'm sure you know, but you will feel so much better once you are lighter. 

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NameName, Community Member
6/18/09 11:34am

As for what you can do to lower the weight- start drinking a lot of water, at least 64 oz. per day spread evenly over the course of the day. It's not that bad...if you are awake 16 hrs a day, that equates to just 2oz. every half hour. Doing this will do two things: It will give you more energy because your body will for once have what it needs to break down food, and you will likely be on your way to losing weight as drinking will make your brain think you have less room in your stomach for food. Once you have this down, fix up those "not so great" eating habits. Don't kill yourself over being perfect, or even close. You should enjoy yourself somewhat because nature never intended for you to follow an extremely strict diet. If you don't get anything else out of this, get the following: DONT LOSE WEIGHT BY CUTTING A LOT OF CALORIES. Here's why:

 

There is a part of your brain that hasn't changed much since the dawn of human kind. Its job is to control nutrition. Now, things have changed in the past 3 million years, but this particular system works the same way. If you are eating lets say 2300 calories a day regularly and burning 2200, then you are not going to feel hungry and you will actually not be absorbing all the fat that you consume (or even close to it). You will slowly gain weight because you are eating more than you are burning until you get to the point where you decide you need to diet. Now lets say you cut your calorie intake to 1700 calories per day and are still burning 2200. The old survival part of your brain is going to freak out because you have tricked it into thinking that there is a serious food shortage and, consequently, in an effort to save your life, will instruct your intestines to absorb every last bit of fat that passes through. Remember, this part of your brain has no idea that there is a refrigerator full of food that you can eat from whenever you want. You will end up gaining more weight, possibly causing you to go into depression and eat more and gain more etc.

 

Instead, i suggest mildly cutting calories (100 per day cut) and increasing vitimin intake so that your brain still knows that nutrition is plentiful in your environment and continues to allow a lot of the fat in food to pass through. Don't drink soda...it will foil your efforts every step of the way. Minimize coffee if you can but this is much less important if you need it to stay off of soda. (In fact your body breaks down soda into formaldahyde...yikes!) One last rule of thumb, read the ingredients. If you cant pronounce them, they are probably not good for you. (except vitimin additives) Stay away from BHT and TBHQ as well.

 

Good luck and don't forget to exersise well, too!

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By trueblue11, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/17/10, First Published: 06/05/09