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George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: Lighten Your Heaviest Gear: You! on 01/09/2010 12:55:59 MST Print View

Excellent article

What works for me although it drives my wife crazy is I eat the same breakfast and lunch almost every work day. Cup of coffee and bagel with Smart Balance in a.m. Then for lunch either a Cliff bar or Kashi or Mojo. If I take a long walk in cold weather at lunch then I might eat another bar afterwards. For supper I eat whatever I want. I prefer healthy foods.

On weekends I eat two bagels in a.m. because I walk longer. I eat a big lunch or dinner. Usually veggie if I can. During these big meals, I feel like a Viking at a feast. Hmmmm.

During backpacking trips I eat as much as I can. I've always dropped a few pounds after a trip. Burn baby burn.

I've been doing this about five years. Went from 225 lb to 185 and have kept the weight off. I get around 180 after a backpacking trip. If I ever hit 187 (rarely) then I go into warrior mode. Really watch my food for a couple of days and walk faster and longer.

Don't know if my eating habits are a bit OCD but it works. And to my wife, I always reply back to her when she says that she can't believe I can consume the same stuff day after day: well, I've loved the same woman for 33 years and have not had a problem with that either. That works too.

So I have both food and love covered. Now all I need is for everybody to send me money, then I will have solved all three mysteries of the universe.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Re: Lighten Your Heaviest Gear: You! on 01/09/2010 19:10:50 MST Print View

I would kill for a slider on the trail. White Castle?????

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Re: Re: Lighten Your Heaviest Gear: You! on 01/11/2010 18:11:11 MST Print View

To the tune of A Day in the Life (my apologies to John and Paul)

I ate some chips today, oh boy.
And then I stood upon my bathroom scale
And though the numbers were quite sad
Well, I just had to laugh
My gut reached to my calf

I blew my diet at McD’s
I didn’t notice that my girth had changed
A crowd of doctors stood and stared
they thought they’d seen it all
now they know how high that i can get my darn cholesterooooooollllllll

I’d love to loooooooooooooooose sooooooooooome weiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Ben Pearre
(fugue137) - MLife
What really makes you fat? on 01/22/2010 18:10:56 MST Print View

I'd have to go with gasoline.


Look at how many calories that stuff contains. Almost 1100 per 100g. Cut that out of your diet and you're set.

Seriously mk II:

This article is a good approach to one side of the problem, but as many of the commenters have noted, exercise is key. This article is about building effective habits, so how about a companion article on effective habits for incorporating little bits of exercise into your life? I don't mean "go to the gym"--I mean things that you have to do anyway that can either help or not.

My favourite: gasoline makes you fat. Gasoline-powered personal transportation is for geriatrics. That stuff will kill you. However hard you try to commute by bike, do errands on foot, etc., try a little harder. Never skimp on cold-weather biking clothes, panniers, etc. Make your bike genuinely useful. Then leave your car at the mechanic's for a week and see just how much you don't need it.

Other things I'm just making up as I go along:

- Don't use a mop to clean the floor--use a sponge. Handles make it too easy.

- Forego power tools. A hand-push lawnmower, coffee grinder, rake, etc., will all give you a little extra exercise.

- When tying your shoes, or washing your feet in the shower, don't lean against anything. Pick your leg up.

- Remove your staircase. Replace with a rope ladder, or maybe a wall covered in climbing holds.

Also, this:

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: What really makes you fat? on 01/22/2010 18:23:31 MST Print View


I agree and disagree with you. I think there are enough resources on the subject, that it is not necessary for a BPL article.

Also on the tasks at home. Most of your solutions will add to a healthier life. But how about we use the time saving methods, and take the time saved for some more serious exercise. Like riding that bike, walking, running etc. To me the biggest problem is TV. Americans spend so much time in front of it, when they could be doing something good for themselves.

Anyway, if someone really wants to be healthy, they just need to go do it, and continue doing it everyday.

John S.
(jshann) - F
GOYBADSAI Plan on 01/22/2010 19:32:15 MST Print View

We live in an age of convenience now and have all sorts of man-made toys to perform our household chores. That along with our entertainment toys, mostly television and now internet, allow us even more sedentary time.

If you had not developed decent exercise habits in your youth that continued into adulthood, many will find their weight creeping up by about 10 pounds per decade (conservative estimate).

Most of the fad diets are really selling motivation, since that is a main ingredient to making any lasting change in life. Without continued motivation, most will slowly go back to their sedentary weighs (pun intended).

So, I have written my new book on how to change any particular part of your life that you are not happy with. It's a little cheesy, but that's It's entitled "The GOYBADSAI Plan: 9 Words to a Better You!" I hope you like it...

Page 1 GET
Page 2 OFF
Page 3 YOUR
Page 4 BUTT
Page 5 AND
Page 6 DO
Page 8 ABOUT
Page 9 IT!
Page 10 the end.

Edited by jshann on 01/22/2010 19:33:03 MST.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: GOYBADSAI Plan on 01/22/2010 22:31:00 MST Print View

GOYBADSAI Plan. Nice! All it takes is a little effort, doesn't it?

Also, I didn't read the whole thread, just bits and pieces, so I hope I'm not being redundant when I say, Don't worry about the calories as much as what's IN your food.

I dropped almost 40 pounds in 2 years by not overeating, eating as naturally as possible, and following John's GOYBADSAI plan. No crazy exercising or diets. Just simple common sense and a little will power now and then.

Seriously, next time you go grocery shopping, look at the ingredients in EVERYTHING you buy. Ignore the calories, but look at ingredients. If you can't pronounce it, or is not natural, or the food has more than 6-8 ingredients, ask yourself if you really need that and try to find something better.

For instance, there is High Fructose Corn Syrup in Claussen pickles. Probably a small amount, but WHY????????? Pickles are cucumbers and vinegar and a few spices. I found another brand that was 100% natural and tasted just as good. Grocery shopping with this mindset is EXACTLY like looking for new UL gear!!!!

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Re: GOYBADSAI Plan on 01/23/2010 06:13:04 MST Print View

While I agree you shouldn't put crap in your body the fact is if you don't cut calories you won't lose weight. It doesn't matter if you go from 2500 kcal of candy bars to 2500 kcal of salads, you will not lose weight.

Andrew Dolman
Great blog relevant to this discussion on 01/23/2010 07:03:58 MST Print View

May I recommend this series of blog posts, currently in progress, about exercise and weight loss. The whole "Science of Sport" blog is excellent and their current series seems very relevant to this thread.

There will be more parts.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Re: GOYBADSAI Plan on 01/23/2010 07:18:29 MST Print View

"It doesn't matter if you go from 2500 kcal of candy bars to 2500 kcal of salads, you will not lose weight."

Agree in principle, but think more correctly stated: if you don't burn more calories than you eat, you will not lose weight. You can stay at the same calorie intake, but increase your calorie expenditure beyond your intake, and you'll lose weight.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Re: Re: Re: GOYBADSAI Plan on 01/23/2010 07:57:35 MST Print View

Douglas, I thought that was implied when I mentioned cutting calories. How you cut them (burning via exercise or eating less) doesn't really matter as long as you cut them.

Edited by simplespirit on 01/23/2010 07:59:03 MST.

Brian UL

Locale: New England
Re: GOYBADSAI Plan on 01/23/2010 09:09:54 MST Print View

Fitness is 80% diet
riddle me this:
exercise and being active makes you hungry and eat more
but your supposed to exercise to burn calories?
if you are obese and out of shape just going for a walk can get your heart rate up as high as a fit person who runs laps.
But the obese person has more calories to burn than the fit person so how do they do it?

(you know my answer)

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Re: GOYBADSAI Plan on 01/23/2010 09:18:50 MST Print View

Chris, a "motivated" person will have to either eat less or burn more to achieve the weight loss, preferably both for the best and longest lasting effect. You're right.

Every weight loss diet on the market is steering people in the direction of eating less calories or better calories, with some mentioning increasing exercise. Unless continued motivation exists by either sheer will power, being part of a program like weight watchers, etc, most will stop taking part. People get tired of (lost motivation) one diet and when the next one comes along, their motivation is renewed to try something different to achieve their goal.

Edited by jshann on 01/23/2010 09:23:13 MST.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: Re: GOYBADSAI Plan on 01/23/2010 21:05:29 MST Print View


These are fantastic if you use buttery spreads and peanut butter. Swap out what you're using for the Smart Balance products. Read the ingredients.

You'll drop weight and your body will be happier.

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Exercise is over-rated! on 01/24/2010 14:10:43 MST Print View

No one can deny the benefits of exercise WRT general health (physical and mental), especially for backpackers. However, there is a plethora of research showing that exercise contributes little or nothing to weight loss (though is important to maintaining weight loss). The major determinant of weight loss is always what you put in your mouth. Exercise alone will just make you a fitter fat person.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Exercise is over-rated! on 01/24/2010 14:15:16 MST Print View

I take it things are a bit boring around your house today, so you thought you'd liven things up a bit.....

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Exercise is over-rated! on 01/24/2010 14:26:23 MST Print View

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Re: Re: Exercise is over-rated! on 01/24/2010 14:29:39 MST Print View

"I take it things are a bit boring around your house today, so you thought you'd liven things up a bit....."

Hardly! I was merely injecting some more perspective in terms of the importance of exercise in weight loss. Without controlling your food intake at a conscious level, more exercise will just lead to a compensatory increase in energy intake. More specifically, exercise such as swimming can actually lead to weight GAIN, as the unconscious effect of submerging yourself in cool water is to increase hunger.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Re: Exercise is over-rated! on 01/24/2010 14:35:50 MST Print View sense in commenting on bizarre statements.

Edited by jshann on 01/24/2010 14:45:49 MST.

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Re: Re: Re: Re: Exercise is over-rated! on 01/24/2010 14:47:39 MST Print View

It will take me a while to find the relevant links, as this is knowledge that I have synthesised over several decades of study in this area. However, I will admit it is more complicated than my simple statement above, eg men's appetite respond better (decrease) more after short term high intensity exercise, whereas women often experience an increase in hunger after the same intensity of exercise. There is also a lot of individual variation.

Here's a link to the swimming statement to get you started.

Edited by retropump on 01/24/2010 14:58:21 MST.