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Britt in VA : 10/17/2017 3:01 pm
Bottom line. looking to get into the best shape of my life. I'm 41, got two kids ages 6 and 3, and haven't really worked out consistently in over a year (really since my second was born 3 years ago). I've gained about 15 lb's since that time when I was running nearly every day. I have never been much of a lifter.

I've always been big, and have a big frame. I guess I feel like I became a born again runner in my mid to late 30's, and was regularly running 5 and 10K's (about 2 5K's and 1 10K per year). Was running about 2 to 3 miles a day about 5-6 days a week pretty regularly. I feel that's where I'll start again, but want to include weights in my routine to try and build muscle as I'm reducing fat by running. The ultimate goal is to actually get some real definition for the first time in my life.

I'm currently about 6'0, 240 lbs. I'd like to get down to around to 195-200 lbs, and get ripped. How do I get there?
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Britt  
ryanmkeane : 10/17/2017 3:49 pm : link
easiest advice I can give to folks who start this....there's no easy quick fix - have to be committed to making "cultural" changes. As far as foods go, I don't subscribe to the "you need to eat healthy every meal" kinda thing. Just eat a shitload of veggies and lean meats, mixed in with your normal stuff, as long as it's not fast food. You should drink about a gallon of water per day as well. Eat MEALS instead of snacking. 4 solid meals a day will do the trick.

Veggies, lean meats, eggs, water.
I think going low card to no carb should be fairly easy...  
Britt in VA : 10/17/2017 3:50 pm : link
as my 6 year old son is Celiac, so we already pretty much don't do any sort of breads in our house. That eliminates a big carb for me.
Britt if you're  
ryanmkeane : 10/17/2017 3:52 pm : link
trying to cut 30 pounds or so and stay ripped, running and free weights will do the trick. Do simple dumbbell exercises that you can find on the internet. 45 minutes 3 or 4 days a week, mixed in with running, and you'll be there in no time.
RE: I think going low card to no carb should be fairly easy...  
ryanmkeane : 10/17/2017 3:53 pm : link
In comment 13653679 Britt in VA said:
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as my 6 year old son is Celiac, so we already pretty much don't do any sort of breads in our house. That eliminates a big carb for me.

That's good, but I will also say that multi grain breads or fiber breads are a good source for energy and not bad for your body at all. Get a fiber rich bread and have that with PB and banana or something in the morning on some days to mix it up.
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well...bye TC : 10/17/2017 3:55 pm : link
In comment 13653635 Rocky369 said:
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In comment 13653629 well...bye TC said:


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for each while somewhat similar is also different.



I'd like to hear the differences of a beginner program for someone "looking to get toned," compete naturally, or roid up.


I cant speak to the anabolic aspect as I was a natural comp. but its really a question of degree of intensity and sacrifice - to what extremes one wants to go re diet cardio etc.
Being that you have been out of the routine for some time,  
Diver_Down : 10/17/2017 3:57 pm : link
you first goal is just to gain some "fitness". During this time, record a journal of everything you eat and drink. This food journal should be what you eat on a normal everyday routine. Do this for at least a week, but ideally for a couple of weeks. You should be able to see a pattern of routine foods and drink that you might be able to eliminate some calories without deprive yourself. Drink a couple cups of coffee? Eliminate one. Get rid of the "white". White bread, sugar, white rice, etc. Like pasta? Move to a whole wheat pasta instead of the enriched pasta. These are just some examples, but there are a number of choices that you can make to cut some of the calories. This way you are still eating what you normally do without having to go full cave-man.

To get started with some basic fitness, I'm a big fan of the Couch-to-5K program. You are an experienced runner, but you haven't done so in some time. If you start running without conditioning the body, then you are likely to suffer a setback. Building your routine via interval training that the C25k program advocates, allows for the gradual conditioning of the body.
Britt  
DC Gmen Fan : 10/17/2017 4:01 pm : link
look into Orange Theory Fitness. There are studios all over. It's a favorite among crews because of the workout and locations.

1 hr mix or cardio (HIIT), rowing, treadmills, bodyweight, and floor exercises. I've been doing it for 3 months now, 2x a week and have shed 10 lbs and reduced 6% bodyfat while sleeping better and having more energy.
as far as the OP's req  
well...bye TC : 10/17/2017 4:02 pm : link
already a lot of good advice here. Clean diet of food you cook yourself - carry a playmate with home prep food in tuppers. avoid protein bars and RTD (ready made) drinks - shakes at home ok. Empty stomach cardio 45m first thing am if poss in addition to regular weight training. Compound movements reps in 15-8 range dep on exercise and weight used. Biggest key is to make all of this (or as much as you can) a habit like shaving or brushing your teeth. Theres no "do I feel like working out" etc. It has to be a daily part of your life. Hope this helps.
Six pack abs are made in the kitchen  
LawrenceTaylor56 : 10/17/2017 4:04 pm : link
I'll second whoever said keto. I've changed over to Keto and STRONGLY recommend it.
Cocaine  
Carl in CT : 10/17/2017 4:05 pm : link
Instead of beer really helps the pounds come off.
nike training club  
Les in TO : 10/17/2017 4:08 pm : link
has a free app where you can get a workout plan tailored to whether you want strength, endurance, mobility or some combination. the workouts are voice and video guided with instructions on form so it's a cost efficient substitute for a personal trainer.

I dropped a lot of weight intermittent fasting (only eating from 1pm to 9pm and minimizing dairy, gluten and alcohol) combined with training for half marathons (with one coming up on sunday).
Thanks guys, I will look into any and every suggestion on this thread  
Britt in VA : 10/17/2017 4:10 pm : link
when formulating my plan of action.

Kids complicate my schedule, but I've had enough and I'm ready to make a change.
THree things  
Now Mike in MD : 10/17/2017 4:23 pm : link
HITT training -- long cardio is counterproductive. HITT burns calories longer after you end the workout. Burns fat and builds muscle. And increases testosterone and HGH levels.

5x5 lifting: Compound exercises with low reps. Best for building muscle and again increasing T levels and HGH

Intermittent fasting and lift while in a fasted state. One study shows lifting in fasted state can increase HGH levels by over 1000%. Intermittent fasting helps so many things, eg cell repair, insulin, energy levels, fat burning

I keep harping on the T count and HGH because you (as I) are at that age where those decrease precipitously and can really sabotage what you are trying to accomplish in the gym. I'm 49 and with the above program, I'm 6 feet and 190, my body fat is about 15 percent (not great but good for 49), and my T count is close to 700.

Good luck!

RE: Thanks guys, I will look into any and every suggestion on this thread  
jvm52106 : 10/17/2017 4:26 pm : link
In comment 13653711 Britt in VA said:
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when formulating my plan of action.

Kids complicate my schedule, but I've had enough and I'm ready to make a change.


I understand that, we are blended family with 9 kids altogether. Three now in college but 6 (12, 11, three 10 year olds - triplets and 8)...
RE: RE: Thanks guys, I will look into any and every suggestion on this thread  
Now Mike in MD : 10/17/2017 4:30 pm : link
In comment 13653741 jvm52106 said:
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In comment 13653711 Britt in VA said:


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when formulating my plan of action.

Kids complicate my schedule, but I've had enough and I'm ready to make a change.



I understand that, we are blended family with 9 kids altogether. Three now in college but 6 (12, 11, three 10 year olds - triplets and 8)...


Same here. My boys are 11 and 7, and my girlfriend's boys are 5 and 8. Very hectic. And I feel guilty sometimes doing gym but I realize I'm a better Dad with more energy if I get that in. Find a gym with a good kids club. I joined Lifetime Athletic. It's more expensive, but their kids area is huge and they actually have classes for the kids so they are having fun while you're doing your thing
Cut up chicken breast and throw it in a crock pot or  
madgiantscow009 : 10/17/2017 4:41 pm : link
whole chicken breasts in a large pan at 400 degrees for an hour with a can of pasta sauce poured on and store.

boring but I have lunch for the week Add vegetables and I will drink a tablespoon of cold pressed unrefined coconut oil for some fat.
I've linked the HIIT program I use.  
Mike from SI : 10/17/2017 4:42 pm : link
I definitely did not level up as fast as it recommends. Go at your own pace. But I love it.
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RE: Cut up chicken breast and throw it in a crock pot or  
DC Gmen Fan : 10/17/2017 4:43 pm : link
In comment 13653763 madgiantscow009 said:
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whole chicken breasts in a large pan at 400 degrees for an hour with a can of pasta sauce poured on and store.

boring but I have lunch for the week Add vegetables and I will drink a tablespoon of cold pressed unrefined coconut oil for some fat.


Avoid store bought canned pasta sauce. It's loaded with sugar. Make your own.
I think you should temper your expectations  
Nitro : 10/17/2017 4:47 pm : link
not long term goals but what you expect to see happen. Right now, this is mostly pipe dream but it doesn't have to be.

I know you may think I say things to be mean, and I often do, but you are broadcasting several different signs that you are not going to reach your goal without more drastic changes (using the term toned, for one). This isn't something you'll do til you reach a goal, this is something you'll do forever with the goal constantly evolving. Someone else said culture change, and they're right. You're still look at this is something you've hopped off of but will now hop back on for awhile. That's not how it works, especially as you age.

First, getting ripped at 41 is easier than say at 51, but exponentially harder than at 31 or 21. Further, what do you mean by ripped? Brad Pitt in Fight Club? A vague v shape when you wear a tee shirt? One of these is possible, the other is effectively not. By the sounds of it you don't have an athletic background, so coming essentially zero (it'd be negative if you were obese) you have to put together a lot of building blocks to make this sustainable and effective. Either way, you're going to have to get into weightlifting. Others have mentioned bodyweight stuff and it's good, but only really a start. Most gyms have free personal training trials, abuse these to get some sense of how to do some basic compound lifts - benchpress, deadlift, squats. Much of weightlifting is getting the nervous system ready to fire signals at all the muscles needed for a lift and it takes years to get good at them, but you gotta start somewhere.

Running 2-3 Miles a day (what pace?) is better than nothing, but that's about it. It's not really long enough to improve cardiac performance, so it's utility is probably less than you think. I think you'd be better off doing longer distance for fewer days and keeping the pace honest.

I think if you scaled up eventually to a routine of 3 days lifting those basic lifts, 3 days runnning you'd reach your goal assuming diet matches, but just because it's simple doesn't mean it's easy.

I think finding a group workout setting that challenges you would be good - it provides accountability which is often what we lack, causing us to slack. Not saying a crossfit, it can be mellower than that, but it's a good addition even if only for a single day of a week's routine. Keto has worked for everyone I know who's done it, but I question it's long term sustainability and long term benefit. There's probably a lot of policing of your diet you can do before anything that drastic is needed.

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madgiantscow009 : 10/17/2017 4:52 pm : link
In comment 13653766 DC Gmen Fan said:
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In comment 13653763 madgiantscow009 said:


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whole chicken breasts in a large pan at 400 degrees for an hour with a can of pasta sauce poured on and store.

boring but I have lunch for the week Add vegetables and I will drink a tablespoon of cold pressed unrefined coconut oil for some fat.



Avoid store bought canned pasta sauce. It's loaded with sugar. Make your own.


the 32 oz can has 25 g of sugar, divided by 5 days worth and about 15% or more of it won't get consumed and it's about 4 g of sugar per lunch compared to 39 g in a can of coke.

You are right, but I think it's important to compare it to what you were doing before and this is meant for speed and convenience. Got any recipes for your own pasta sauce?
Cut up a bunch of cherry tomatoes in half  
DC Gmen Fan : 10/17/2017 4:57 pm : link
olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat
add minced garlic salt and pepper

throw in tomatoes, and cook pressing down to release juices and mash up

add some basil and a little bit of water. Add some tomato puree or paste to thicken.

Season with salt pepper to taste
Check out Scott Hermans site  
Rover : 10/17/2017 5:07 pm : link
And videos, hell if you want I can refer you if you want.
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RE: Cut up a bunch of cherry tomatoes in half  
jvm52106 : 10/17/2017 5:08 pm : link
In comment 13653786 DC Gmen Fan said:
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olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat
add minced garlic salt and pepper

throw in tomatoes, and cook pressing down to release juices and mash up

add some basil and a little bit of water. Add some tomato puree or paste to thicken.

Season with salt pepper to taste


Thanks, I am going to try this...
A suprisingly amazing form of exercise  
OBJXIII : 10/17/2017 5:28 pm : link
is Bikram Yoga (hot yoga). 90 minutes of core strength, flexibility, etc in 105 degrees with high humidity. You will sweat a ton, and burn fat like crazy. I lost 35lbs in 2 months doing bikram yoga 3 times a week.

Now it is not going to build you muscle mass, but it will lean you out and strengthen areas of your body you didn't know existed, mainly lower back muscles.

I have found it is like a total reset button for your body's hormones, etc. You will sleep like a baby the night you do it.


Seriously Id recommend everyone give it a try and its a great supplement to other forms of exercise. Doing it once or twice a week really helps heal tight sore muscles.
RE: HIIT  
gtt350 : 10/17/2017 5:36 pm : link
In comment 13653587 Mike from SI said:
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Has really helped me as well, but diet is a huge portion of the game, and what I struggle with the most. Why did God make pizza taste so good?



God must be Italian
RE: Easiest way?  
Bockman : 10/17/2017 5:38 pm : link
In comment 13653580 BigBlue2112 said:
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Strict Keto diet and HIIT.


I have one more wedding to go to this season, then I'm back on the Keto bandwagon. I did it last year for about 4 months and lost a ton of weight. Felt amazing without those empty carbs sitting in my gut all day. Slept better, had more energy, was never hungry.
Knew Jon would have it as soon as I saw the thread.  
Beezer : 10/17/2017 7:29 pm : link
My 2 cents' worth ...

1. Diet (previously stated)
2. Do NOT over-train. Keep your workouts short and efficient.
And  
Beezer : 10/17/2017 7:30 pm : link
good luck!
RE: I think you should temper your expectations  
Britt in VA : 10/17/2017 8:32 pm : link
In comment 13653772 Nitro said:
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not long term goals but what you expect to see happen. Right now, this is mostly pipe dream but it doesn't have to be.

I know you may think I say things to be mean, and I often do, but you are broadcasting several different signs that you are not going to reach your goal without more drastic changes (using the term toned, for one). This isn't something you'll do til you reach a goal, this is something you'll do forever with the goal constantly evolving. Someone else said culture change, and they're right. You're still look at this is something you've hopped off of but will now hop back on for awhile. That's not how it works, especially as you age.

First, getting ripped at 41 is easier than say at 51, but exponentially harder than at 31 or 21. Further, what do you mean by ripped? Brad Pitt in Fight Club? A vague v shape when you wear a tee shirt? One of these is possible, the other is effectively not. By the sounds of it you don't have an athletic background, so coming essentially zero (it'd be negative if you were obese) you have to put together a lot of building blocks to make this sustainable and effective. Either way, you're going to have to get into weightlifting. Others have mentioned bodyweight stuff and it's good, but only really a start. Most gyms have free personal training trials, abuse these to get some sense of how to do some basic compound lifts - benchpress, deadlift, squats. Much of weightlifting is getting the nervous system ready to fire signals at all the muscles needed for a lift and it takes years to get good at them, but you gotta start somewhere.

Running 2-3 Miles a day (what pace?) is better than nothing, but that's about it. It's not really long enough to improve cardiac performance, so it's utility is probably less than you think. I think you'd be better off doing longer distance for fewer days and keeping the pace honest.

I think if you scaled up eventually to a routine of 3 days lifting those basic lifts, 3 days runnning you'd reach your goal assuming diet matches, but just because it's simple doesn't mean it's easy.

I think finding a group workout setting that challenges you would be good - it provides accountability which is often what we lack, causing us to slack. Not saying a crossfit, it can be mellower than that, but it's a good addition even if only for a single day of a week's routine. Keto has worked for everyone I know who's done it, but I question it's long term sustainability and long term benefit. There's probably a lot of policing of your diet you can do before anything that drastic is needed.


I don't take offense at all. Appreciate the advice.
Good stuff on this thread  
mfsd : 10/17/2017 8:45 pm : link
All I’d add is start with modest, achievable goals. Don’t obsess about getting from 240 to 195

Make it your mission to ramp up your diet and exercise habits, and set a goal of maybe going a full week under 238 within 2-3 weeks.

Once there, make your next goal 236 or something like that. Sustainable results won’t come from a crash diet or insane workouts, but they’ll come over time by steadily improving habits.

I’ve found the “first 5” come off relatively easily, but it’s not uncommon to hit plateus, I always do. Don’t get discouraged by that.

My “playing weight” in college was 195-200. I weighed in at 215 on January 1st this year. With rededication to my routine I’m back at 201-203 range right now, but it’s been slow and steady...was hovering 205-207 over the summer. On a mission to get back under 198, but it takes time.

RE: Being that you have been out of the routine for some time,  
Sonic Youth : 10/17/2017 8:58 pm : link
In comment 13653691 Diver_Down said:
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you first goal is just to gain some "fitness". During this time, record a journal of everything you eat and drink. This food journal should be what you eat on a normal everyday routine. Do this for at least a week, but ideally for a couple of weeks. You should be able to see a pattern of routine foods and drink that you might be able to eliminate some calories without deprive yourself. Drink a couple cups of coffee? Eliminate one. Get rid of the "white". White bread, sugar, white rice, etc. Like pasta? Move to a whole wheat pasta instead of the enriched pasta. These are just some examples, but there are a number of choices that you can make to cut some of the calories. This way you are still eating what you normally do without having to go full cave-man.

To get started with some basic fitness, I'm a big fan of the Couch-to-5K program. You are an experienced runner, but you haven't done so in some time. If you start running without conditioning the body, then you are likely to suffer a setback. Building your routine via interval training that the C25k program advocates, allows for the gradual conditioning of the body.
MyFitnessPal (the app) is really good for logging, and is where I started on my path from schlub to fit (well, I'm on the road now)
One of the most important aspect of body transformation  
SuperRonJohnson : 10/17/2017 9:08 pm : link
is try to get an accountability partner. You need someone who will push you and who is going to make you go to the gym when you really don't feel like it, eat the right food.... . I am almost 58 years old. I have spent almost 35 years coaching. Through that time I managed to acquire diabetes, high blood pressure, acid reflux,migraines,and 70 excess pounds! So I had to make a choice. Keep coaching until I die. Or step away from coaching and focus on training myself. I stepped away from coaching. At 5-10 and 260 the decision was easy. I started slow over the summer and lost 10 pounds. Since Sept. 1, I have gone from 250 to 227. and been training like crazy. LA Fitness six days a week. Weight/strength training, Cardio-bike,elyptical, stairs, limited running (due to recent hamstring issues), yoga, boxing, and jump rope.
Diet?Limited carbs, lots of veggies, protein, fruit. Common sense eating. No beer,soda, desserts,... all the garbage-out!
I am getting off 1 of my diabetes prescriptions.I feel great. The simple fact. I will not be stopped. It's the only mindset I need.I can't change my past but I can change my future.
My accountability partner? My wife. She is amazing. We are both in a weight transformation contest group at church. I am winning the males right now and she is leading the females.But we keep battling back and forth for overall.
Sorry I know this is very long but the simple truths are this: Diet, exercise,and rest are simple changes. Get started, keep working at it even when you don't see
immediate results. Don't give up.
Finally, visualize yourself accomplishing your goal. My wife and I our going to our 40th high school reunion this summer in Binghamton NY. Gonna look a little changed to everybody!
intermittent fasting  
charlito : 10/17/2017 10:39 pm : link
Along with a good diet. I'm in the best shape of my life. I consume all my meals in a 6 hour span. Workout in a fasted state due to the hgh spike and wait a few more hours before eating.
RE: intermittent fasting  
Sonic Youth : 10/17/2017 11:09 pm : link
In comment 13654498 charlito said:
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Along with a good diet. I'm in the best shape of my life. I consume all my meals in a 6 hour span. Workout in a fasted state due to the hgh spike and wait a few more hours before eating.
When did you start this? Can you give more info on the results?
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schabadoo : 10/17/2017 11:38 pm : link
In comment 13654412 Sonic Youth said:
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In comment 13653691 Diver_Down said:


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you first goal is just to gain some "fitness". During this time, record a journal of everything you eat and drink. This food journal should be what you eat on a normal everyday routine. Do this for at least a week, but ideally for a couple of weeks. You should be able to see a pattern of routine foods and drink that you might be able to eliminate some calories without deprive yourself. Drink a couple cups of coffee? Eliminate one. Get rid of the "white". White bread, sugar, white rice, etc. Like pasta? Move to a whole wheat pasta instead of the enriched pasta. These are just some examples, but there are a number of choices that you can make to cut some of the calories. This way you are still eating what you normally do without having to go full cave-man.

To get started with some basic fitness, I'm a big fan of the Couch-to-5K program. You are an experienced runner, but you haven't done so in some time. If you start running without conditioning the body, then you are likely to suffer a setback. Building your routine via interval training that the C25k program advocates, allows for the gradual conditioning of the body.

MyFitnessPal (the app) is really good for logging, and is where I started on my path from schlub to fit (well, I'm on the road now)


Another option that's free is Spark People. Great for tracking food and exercise.
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Britt  
LeftHook : 10/18/2017 2:01 am : link
I know your getting some great advice from all the BBI gang, if you have time read The art and science of low carb performance, from Jeff Volek. Good read. Also if your short on time in your workouts, try Dumbbell Complexes beginner routines, Good muscle builder, and fat shredder. Also get yourself a jump rope, and start hitting the heavy bag. Best of luck to you. Get it done.....
As far as my background....  
Britt in VA : 10/18/2017 8:32 am : link
I was a wrestler in high school, and played offensive line, but that was 20 plus years ago so I don't factor that into any sort of "athletic" background of who I am now. In college, I periodically would lift, or run, but nothing consistent enough other than to keep my beer belly to a minimum.

In my 20's and early 30's when I started coaching football and teaching, I was working long hours, eating a lot of fast food, and drinking tons of beer. This is when I was my heaviest. By 35, I decided it was now or never to get some semblance back of "fitness", and that's when I began running more seriously. At my best I was probably running a 10K in 60 minutes, so about a 10 minute mile on long distance.

I ran two miles yesterday after work, it felt good, but I didn't push it too hard as I didn't want to really hurt myself on the first day when I was easing into it. I was was averaging a 10 minute mile yesterday, but again, it was leisurely to work up a sweat, and I wasn't pushing anything.
I'm in the same boat as many with two young kids  
Bobby Humphrey's Earpad : 10/18/2017 9:11 am : link
I found a great 3-day workout from Joe DeFranco that if you can squeeze in the time, produced results. It incorporate only one really heavy lifting exercise with supersets and dumbbell/ bodyweight complexes. It's a 10-12 week program.

In order to cut down the time needed to spend at the gym, I bought a small medicine ball to do the ab/core exercises at the house on off days.

But diet and cardio in the end are the ultimate drivers.
ryanmkeane has been posting  
Mr. Bungle : 10/18/2017 9:30 am : link
some great stuff on this thread.
RE: RE: intermittent fasting  
charlito : 10/18/2017 9:56 am : link
In comment 13654512 Sonic Youth said:
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Along with a good diet. I'm in the best shape of my life. I consume all my meals in a 6 hour span. Workout in a fasted state due to the hgh spike and wait a few more hours before eating.

When did you start this? Can you give more info on the results?


Started intermittent fasting 2 years ago and never looked and felt better. Most of my life I ate at least 5 times a day to gain muscle. I had a descent size but could never could get rid of the gut. Intermittent fasting was the key. There are so many benefits to fasting. You can actually have a terrible diet and still drop weight consuming all your meals in an 8 hour span and working out.(not recommended). Before interesting fasting my weight stayed between 220-230. After 204-210. Left a short video that I saw a couple months ago on fasting.
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intermittent fasting works well  
JonC : 10/18/2017 11:54 am : link
I finished up a set last week, dropped 6 lbs easily. I do watch what I eat tho, and most importantly the portion control and not eating after 7pm. It gets easier after the first few days.

I've spent a lot of time researching diet recently....  
Tesla : 10/18/2017 12:18 pm : link
there is a lot of info out there - much of it contradictory. Two consistent themes which I've seen again and again however are intermittent fasting and some type of low carb, high fat diet. People seem to do extremely well on these diets.

One thing I'd be extremely wary of based on my research is a simple caloric reduction as a weight loss strategy - which may have a negative lasting impact on your resting metabolic rate.

I'd recommend reading the Obesity Code by Dr. Fung - or at least checking out some of his youtube videos.
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arcarsenal : 10/18/2017 12:18 pm : link
Good thread - lots of good info in here.

I'm at a standstill right now, need to re-focus and come up with a new workout/dieting routine.

I'm about 185 lb. right now - I don't need to lose weight or really gain any either, I'm happy sitting anywhere between 180-190 for my height (6'1")

My routine has really fallen off, though. I just don't have the time to do all the meal prep and everything that comes along with proper dieting.

I'm intrigued by intermittent fasting / keto - I've never tried either. I'm guessing it's difficult to do either of those and still enjoy a drink on the weekends.
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Now Mike in MD : 10/18/2017 1:07 pm : link
In comment 13654899 arcarsenal said:
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Good thread - lots of good info in here.

I'm at a standstill right now, need to re-focus and come up with a new workout/dieting routine.

I'm about 185 lb. right now - I don't need to lose weight or really gain any either, I'm happy sitting anywhere between 180-190 for my height (6'1")

My routine has really fallen off, though. I just don't have the time to do all the meal prep and everything that comes along with proper dieting.

I'm intrigued by intermittent fasting / keto - I've never tried either. I'm guessing it's difficult to do either of those and still enjoy a drink on the weekends.


It's a little more difficult but a cheat day every once in a while is no big deal. Here's a link with the myriad benefits. I've been doing it for 5 years, and the changes in my mental outlook as well as my musculature are profound. I'm 49 but honestly my build and definition (expecially my stomach) are better than in my 20s. Now some of this might be that I went to a 5x5 routine at the same time and all the squatting and deadlifts work your core pretty hard. This has might seem hyperbolic but it really is the Fountain of Youth
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arcarsenal : 10/18/2017 1:17 pm : link
In comment 13654960 Now Mike in MD said:
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In comment 13654899 arcarsenal said:


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Good thread - lots of good info in here.

I'm at a standstill right now, need to re-focus and come up with a new workout/dieting routine.

I'm about 185 lb. right now - I don't need to lose weight or really gain any either, I'm happy sitting anywhere between 180-190 for my height (6'1")

My routine has really fallen off, though. I just don't have the time to do all the meal prep and everything that comes along with proper dieting.

I'm intrigued by intermittent fasting / keto - I've never tried either. I'm guessing it's difficult to do either of those and still enjoy a drink on the weekends.



It's a little more difficult but a cheat day every once in a while is no big deal. Here's a link with the myriad benefits. I've been doing it for 5 years, and the changes in my mental outlook as well as my musculature are profound. I'm 49 but honestly my build and definition (expecially my stomach) are better than in my 20s. Now some of this might be that I went to a 5x5 routine at the same time and all the squatting and deadlifts work your core pretty hard. This has might seem hyperbolic but it really is the Fountain of Youth IF Benefits - ( New Window )


Thanks! Appreciate the info.

Definitely considering giving it a whirl.
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arcarsenal : 10/18/2017 2:07 pm : link
I guess what I would ask is... if I were to embark on an intermittent fasting journey, would I be more susceptible to muscle loss? I don't have too much body fat, but my mid section isn't quite toned like it was a couple years ago. I wouldn't mind shedding a few lbs of fat - I just don't want to lose muscle or lose too much weight since weight loss isn't really my main objective.

Basically, I'm much more interested in the overall health benefits as well as a little more definition.

It seems relatively safe overall - so I suppose there's really no harm in trying it. The 16/8 structure seems perfectly feasible for me personally, since I can still have my coffee in the morning.
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arcarsenal : 10/18/2017 2:22 pm : link
Also -

For those of you who do this, do you work out during your fasting window or during your eating window?

I typically get my workouts in late afternoon, which would be an eating period for me if I were to do it. I don't know if that really makes a difference or not. I think I remember reading that working out during fasting periods forces your body to draw from fat stores for energy which helps you burn fat faster - but I'm not 100% on that.
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Mr. Bungle : 10/18/2017 2:23 pm : link
In comment 13655068 arcarsenal said:
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The 16/8 structure seems perfectly feasible for me personally, since I can still have my coffee in the morning.

Your priorities seem to be in order.

Never, ever, ever, ever, EVER give up morning coffee!
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well...bye TC : 10/18/2017 2:25 pm : link
and training with intensity and regularity you are going to lose some muscle - theres no way around it. Keep your protein intake high. ALso remember these various methods, fasting, keto etc - they all work but with varying degrees of success. Metabolisms are unique to the individual, so too will be the success of given regimens. Experiment and find out what works best for your body.
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arcarsenal : 10/18/2017 2:27 pm : link
In comment 13655098 Mr. Bungle said:
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In comment 13655068 arcarsenal said:


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The 16/8 structure seems perfectly feasible for me personally, since I can still have my coffee in the morning.


Your priorities seem to be in order.

Never, ever, ever, ever, EVER give up morning coffee!


I am pretty strong-willed and find that I can give up things fairly easily.. but coffee? I really don't think I could ever...
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