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Sokiru 14 July 31, 2013 at 12:59 PM in Other
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Last Edited by Sokiru July 31, 2013 at 01:12 PM
So, in an attempt at keeping our discussion going about the ways in which we are trying to eat healthier/lose weight and be more active in our lives. I thought it would be nice to have a specific thread dedicating to encouraging and sharing tips and ideas for those of us yearning for a more active lifestyle.

We all may have differing opinions on games, consoles, and Curtie's analogies, however I think most of us can agree on the need for a more healthier lifestyle!

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During my Halo 2 addiction days I would rotate some simple exercises when it was matchmaking online:
sit-ups: At least x50 (x100 max)
push-ups: Take the amount I died in the previous match and multply that by 4 (so obviously I took every match seriously).
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Is regular milk bad for you or something? Or is almond milk just better? I have been hearing a lot about almond/soy/coconut milk lately. I normally use fat-free milk.
Turns out that large amounts of soy is actually rather bad for you. Not sure if it is high in fats or something, but huge amounts of it are actually worse than just continuing with the foods you are trying to replace.

Lowfat milk seems to work well enough unless you have some kind of moral issues.
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Lowfat milk seems to work well enough unless you have some kind of moral issues.
Umm it comes from cows right? Not sure where morality comes into play.
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Umm it comes from cows right? Not sure where morality comes into play.
Soy vs milk I mean. Vegans don't like the idea of eating anything that is or somes from an animal. Not many people feel empathy for the mistreated soybean.
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Umm it comes from cows right? Not sure where morality comes into play.

Overall I am trying to get away from most Dairy products. The exception is going to be yogurt. Switching to Almond Milk is a great substitute for milk and there are other sources to get your protein from.
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Can you give me an example of what you eat in a day and when? Eating is my biggest downfall.
Work week: Nothing first thing other than a cup or 2 of joe.
Snack at 10pm & 3pm break (popchips or special k chips & a wholly guac pack, a mozzarella stick, maybe 2 or so cutie oranges)
Lunch I usually have a whole wheat sandwich with some lean meat on it (protein reallly does help you stay fuller, longer) or in a rush I'' pack an Atkins meal to nuke

Eating little at work helps me save calories for a satisfying meal for dinner (read: a large low cal meal where I actually get full, not just content for an hour or two)


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Somehow I make do!

Mostly because I eat staggered snacks that don't leave me as hungry as going all morning without food would.

Many small meals > a few big meals, the way I see it.
Ditto

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Is regular milk bad for you or something? Or is almond milk just better? I have been hearing a lot about almond/soy/coconut milk lately. I normally use fat-free milk.
Me, too.

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almond milk helps with reducing cholesterol and is overall healthier than regular milk. Has less calories and carbs too!
Though I love milk, I rarely drink it cuz of the calories. Even skim milk.

The thing is guys, (I'll use myself as an example) is if you set a daily calorie goal of like 1700 calories in a day and you normally burn 2500 a day it doesn't matter when you eat them as long as you don't go over, you would lose a pound of fat about every 4 days.
But if you don't take in enough calories (say like 1,200) your body try to adjust by lowering metabolism, burn muscle for fuel and store fat which = the exact opposite of what you want. You eventually wont lose weight. And in the end, when your metabolism has reduced to a crawl, when you do start eating again, your weight will skyrocket.
Soooo.... IF you already have a diet plan where you only take in 1700 calories a day to lose weight, pretty much ANY extra activbity that causes a calorie spend, you have to eat back those calories because you are then lowering your net intake to below 1,700 (again, only an example)

TL;DR = I have my calorie goal set at 1,700 which is enough for me to lose weight without exercise. If I workout, I get to eat the exercise calories back because I am ALREADY in a calorie deficit which will make me lose weight. Exercise to eat more! Plus the metabolism boost helps greatly for days you cant exercise or actually have a cheat day or whatev.
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Soy vs milk I mean. Vegans don't like the idea of eating anything that is or somes from an animal. Not many people feel empathy for the mistreated soybean.
That is a great point! Almonds would also not elicit that kind of response from Vegans as well!
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Overall I am trying to get away from most Dairy products. The exception is going to be yogurt. Switching to Almond Milk is a great substitute for milk and there are other sources to get your protein from.
Carbmaster yogurt (Kroger brand) is great. low fat/carb & high protein. Same with greek yogurt (plain) I'm sure you know that already.

Soy = bad for men. I try to stay away from soy. Estrogen = man-boobs,
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Carbmaster yogurt (Kroger brand) is great. low fat/carb & high protein. Same with greek yogurt (plain) I'm sure you know that already.

Soy = bad for men. I try to stay away from soy. Estrogen = man-boobs,
lol yes! I actually had a serving of Greek Yogurt today with some blueberries! For those that do not like the taste of Almond milk, I would suggest trying to blend it with some other stuff in like a shake. For example my breakfast this morning: Almond Milk, a banana, a pack of Greens (this is one of the products I was telling you about in the other thread) blended together with some Acai berry!

here is a link for the greens I was talking about. [myitworks.com]

That link gives you the berry flavor but you can also get orange.
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almond milk helps with reducing cholesterol and is overall healthier than regular milk. Has less calories and carbs too!

This is only half the story on this.

Almond milk is considered a substitute but is actually just a slightly comparable drink with a similar name. One of the major differences is going to be the natural calcium levels. I don't remember the exact stat but Soy/Almond milk are both less than 1/8th the calcium of Milk. They try to make up for this with manufactured calcium called fortified calcium which has had a lot of studies done that give it a much lower absorption level for your body. If you're not supplementing calcium you can very easily suffer from calcium deficiency.

In the end if you want to get rid of milk don't waste your money on one of the other "alternatives." Drink water and supplement your calcium and vitamin D if you're not getting enough through other sources.





As far as the main thread subject. I just started my second go through of Insanity. I've never been a fat guy but I thicken up quite a bit when I'm not on an active sport. If you're already in decent shape and have good cardio I would highly recommend it. Download it and try out the first week or two of exercises. You will hurt but you will feel better after it all. I've also done P90X and hip hop abs with my wife. Neither one was really worth it. Hip hop Abs was a complete joke. P90X concentrated a lot more on putting on lean weight than it did for upping cardio and getting a good interval workout.

Another alternative to that is getting into high cardio sports and then striving to be good at them. I play a lot of Rugby, Soccer, Baseball and various other sports that come my way. The drive to get better at each of them helps to keep me in shape in-between games and practices.

For my Diet I tend to snack a lot on various veggies and fruits throughout the day and really try to limit carbs/dairy. I don't have the best diet as I'm terrible at controlling myself around delicious foods. This is probably the area I need to improve on the most and I know what I need to do but I just love food too much.

As a note I am currently 6'4" and float around 210 lbs. At my peak I was at 250 lbs and would constantly have sore knees and hips. I pushed hard on cardio and started playing Indoor soccer to really get my cardio up. I went from breathing heavy over the course of 5 minutes of playtime to now playing a mid position and sprinting the whole game with no problems. Dedicate an hour a day to working out every day and you will feel better.
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This is only half the story on this.

Almond milk is considered a substitute but is actually just a slightly comparable drink with a similar name. One of the major differences is going to be the natural calcium levels. I don't remember the exact stat but Soy/Almond milk are both less than 1/8th the calcium of Milk. They try to make up for this with manufactured calcium called fortified calcium which has had a lot of studies done that give it a much lower absorption level for your body. If you're not supplementing calcium you can very easily suffer from calcium deficiency.

In the end if you want to get rid of milk don't waste your money on one of the other "alternatives." Drink water and supplement your calcium and vitamin D if you're not getting enough through other sources.





As far as the main thread subject. I just started my second go through of Insanity. I've never been a fat guy but I thicken up quite a bit when I'm not on an active sport. If you're already in decent shape and have good cardio I would highly recommend it. Download it and try out the first week or two of exercises. You will hurt but you will feel better after it all. I've also done P90X and hip hop abs with my wife. Neither one was really worth it. Hip hop Abs was a complete joke. P90X concentrated a lot more on putting on lean weight than it did for upping cardio and getting a good interval workout.

Another alternative to that is getting into high cardio sports and then striving to be good at them. I play a lot of Rugby, Soccer, Baseball and various other sports that come my way. The drive to get better at each of them helps to keep me in shape in-between games and practices.

For my Diet I tend to snack a lot on various veggies and fruits throughout the day and really try to limit carbs/dairy. I don't have the best diet as I'm terrible at controlling myself around delicious foods. This is probably the area I need to improve on the most and I know what I need to do but I just love food too much.

As a note I am currently 6'4" and float around 210 lbs. At my peak I was at 250 lbs and would constantly have sore knees and hips. I pushed hard on cardio and started playing Indoor soccer to really get my cardio up. I went from breathing heavy over the course of 5 minutes of playtime to now playing a mid position and sprinting the whole game with no problems. Dedicate an hour a day to working out every day and you will feel better.
That is some good information, thank you for sharing!
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So apparently when I was at the grocery store the other day I picked up "Organic" bananas instead of regular bananas. Anyone know the difference?
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So apparently when I was at the grocery store the other day I picked up "Organic" bananas instead of regular bananas. Anyone know the difference?
I'd guess the organic ones are organic.
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So apparently when I was at the grocery store the other day I picked up "Organic" bananas instead of regular bananas. Anyone know the difference?
Organic bananas are picked by hipsters and washed with organic water.
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Organic bananas are picked by hipsters and washed with organic water.
You forgot the part where the hipsters softly play their guitar as they place them in the banana boxes.
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