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  1. Any thoughts on diet adjustments or progress?


    Stop eating animal products



    Here is an example of the link to your picture that works, hope this helps:

    [url=http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8030/7993447756_f9a9134b6e_z.jpg]Sept 15, Week 11 Comp suit by carenM, on Flickr[/url]



    Sept 15, Week 11 Comp suit by carenM, on Flickr

  2. Calorie counting is just a tool. The problem is when people cut back too much, then they get hungry all of the time. Using calorie counting as a tool to simply stop overeating can get a LOT of good results over time.


    I agree about the high intensity cardio.


    A higher percentage of fat is burned at the lower heart rates in the aerobic range. Going really hard, especially going anaerobic with carido training drains the glycogen (carbs, sugar, fuel) out of the muscles more and burns fat much less, so that triggers hunger.


    That isn't a problem if people are disciplined with their portions, but it makes it a lot harder to be disciplined.

  3. Hey everybody!


    I'm feeling a bit frustrated right now. My goals are to lose weight and build muscle. Weight loss is just diet, but I feel like I need a gym to build serious muscle. Bodyweight exercises don't seem to do much for me, but I am also horrified at the idea of giving a gym $25 of my money every month. I rent my place, so a home gym isn't an option either. Am I stuck, do I just have to spend the money? What are the cheapest gyms around?


    $25 a month is ridiculously cheap for a gym. Gyms in my area can easily be three times as much or more. If you are on a tight income I can understand not being happy with parting with the money, but realistically, that is an excellent deal.

  4. Sooo..... Its obviously been a while since I last posted. A lot has been going on personally in my life and social networks and working out (unfortunately) have taken a back seat.


    So, here's the deal: My husband and I decided to separate and are pending a divorce, I've moved out of the house and am living back with my parents in a basement apartment.


    DJShrew, I am sorry to hear that, even when circumstances are good a divorce can be very painful.




    I have a new job that I love. It is all for the best but it has been a huge adjustment and I am finally coming around to it all.


    Good news. I've found that when my job situation has been right with my life just about all other issues are much more manageable.



    I've been in the gym still but my motivation has not been the best and I'm adjusting to working out in the mornings- getting there early enough for a full workout and cardio has been a problem. Additionally, with my new job I've had to adjust the times I eat and what I eat. I'm teaching and am not allowed to have nuts before work and am not supposed to have food in the classroom. so thats been a bitch.


    I actually enjoy morning workouts, but I find it hard to move on to work the rest of the day so I know what you mean. Do you mean you aren't allowed to have nuts, even at home, before work? I read a news article a few years ago that a teenage girl with a peanut allergy died because he kissed a boy who had a peanut butter sandwich the day BEFORE. Is the school worried about that? That you might have a trace of nuts on your fingers or something like that?


    Welcome back, it is nice to see an old familiar post

  5. I've lost a kilo this week just from diet alone as I couldn't train last week. I will most likely find a happy medium between the two as you said, but I just feel so elated, similar to when I went vegetarian.


    Don't be in a rush. Losing more than 1 - 2 pounds a week (the upper limit is for very large people ) increases the chances of losing more muscle while you lose fat. You do that too much and you end up "skinny fat" at your goal weight. Squish, soft, still looking fat, weaker, just lighter. If you are reducing make sure you get plenty of quality protein and exercise to reduce the amount of lean tissue lost.

  6. About Schools,...as I did both and I live in a high traffic border city- and I placated my children's non Veg dad


    What does being vegetarian or not have to do with believing that vaccines are not harmful? There are plenty of carnists among the vaccine denialists. There are many vegans who use vaccines for their children and who fully accept medical science.

  7. Hi Nelliscarlet,


    First, wow....you look fantastic. Well done. I'm a little bit envious of the men in Australia this morning.


    Most of what is published or written about raw diets is utter fiction by people without real credentials or relevant educations.. A very well credentialed nutritionist (vegan ) who is very well respected in her field wrote a book on raw foodism called "Becoming Raw" ( by Brenda Davis R.D. ). That would be the book to read if you are interested in pursuing a raw vegan diet.


    A number of people also feel that a while a high raw diet has a place as a short term restorative diet, it isn't the best diet for a permanent life time change. People can feel better after having gone raw partly due to what they cut out ( in your case dairy and eggs ) and the increased intake of produce ( raw or not ).


    At some point in the future you might decide to simply become a vegan instead of being a raw vegan. You will probably feel and look just as good.

  8. Vaccinations are vital for herd immunity, which is part of why schools are so strict about them. They also don't want deliberately unvaccinated children around other students who cannot receive vaccinations because they are immunosuppressed or otherwise incompatible. This includes newborns and the elderly.


    Exactly, the choice to not get one's child vaccinated isn't just the personal choice of the parent. It is a choice they are imposing on their child which may kill their child, kill other children and make other people sick.



    There is no link between vaccines and autism, period. Vaccines do not contain dangerous levels of mercury. Anyone claiming otherwise has been misinformed.

    From a pediatrician:



    Rebuttal to some general anti-vax claims:



    Rebuttal of concerns about mercury/thimerosal:




    Rebuttal to accusations of "toxins" in vaccines:




    Studies show no link between vaccines and autism:



    Why the NVIC is so very wrong:



    Testimonial from an immunosuppressed MD:



    So awesome that you are providing references for your opinion and simply not repeating web board folklore.


    I'm going to save these references and read them.



  9. You can Google on it, but a year or two ago the British pediatrician ( pediatrician in private practice.........not a medical researcher with the resources of formal studies ) who started the anti-vaccine movement was discredited.


    It was discovered that he based everything he said on examining only 13 children.


    He was also caught falsifying data


    The National Institute Of Health and a few similar international health organizations spent years investigating the claims of anti-vaccination activists. Millions of dollars were spent on that research and no proof for any of the claims was found.


    Additionally, many childhood diseases once banished are making a comeback because there are many parents skipping vaccinations. Not only do their own kids get sick, but other children who come into contact with their children get sick too.

  10. Just curious if their are any long term vegans here who started eating meat again for whatever reason and then went back to being vegan for whatever reason... I post at a non-vegan body building website as well. Every once in a while a vegan diet thread comes up. People always chime in with stories about how they were vegan for 5 years, started eating meat again, and felt much better. Maybe some were lacking nutrients or maybe it is all mental but makes me wonder. Seems like a lot of people become vegan thinking it is an easy sure fire way to lose weight. It is harder to cut up on a vegan diet, especially in body building. I have been vegan since 2004, veggie since 1994. It was my attempt to be as healthy as I possibly could be, and I am healthier. But lately I question that there is not a healthier way. Sure would be simple to hit macros with some flesh thrown in! Talk me off the ledge...


    I went vegetarian when I was 14, gave it up for about 2 years in college thinking it would make me more buff. It didn't. I didn't have a meatgasm or feel better eating meat again. In fact, I felt better when I became a vegetarian again and a few years later a vegan.

  11. I'm sure this has been discussed to death, so I apologize.

    The only difference with my situation is that I have a chronic illness that causes internal bleeding (endometriosis). I also have digestive problems, and my current method of pain management has, on more than one occasion, caused my stomach to become inflamed enough to bleed as well.

    I've been taking iron pills for 3 years and I still feel run down, have a hard time healing/fighting infections, and struggle with other signs of anemia. It's a never-ending battle. I eat beans as often as I can, get vitamin C, eat spinach.. nothing is working. I sleep for 12 hours a day and still feel wiped and I'm having a hard time with my job because of this. I'm so beyond frustrated. I haven't had a period in a year due to hormone therapy so I'm not even losing blood that way. Does anybody have any advice on how I can get my energy back and be healthy again??


    Hey Marcina, sorry about your health troubles, but it is nice to see you back

  12. Injuries? He doesn't like exercise?


    He can't count calories?



    Some people don't care.


    He really likes food? Compulsive habits?


    My point exactly. Animals don't have this problem.


    That isn't correct. Dogs will eat until they get sick. So will some monkeys. Probably more examples out there, but I am not a biologist.



    Lack of interest?



    Why are you laughing at that. You can't conceive that someone could be an enthusiastic physiology researcher but not care for exercise?


    He likes research so much he uses all of his time up with it?



    You've never had a job you have been so into you have consistently stayed it at until late and maybe blown other things off?


    A long commute?




    Never had one of those or known someone who has?


    Caring for an ill loved one?



    Never had one of those or heard of it eh? Sometimes between a job, caring for an ill relative and other things people don't have time or energy to take care of themselves. I hope in your life you only have to take my word for it.


    I started this thread with fitness related from a reputable source. From your responses I gathered you didn't read, didn't understand or didn't want to understand what was in that post. I tried to elucidate on some of those points, giving you the benefit of the doubt. You have responded with rude and/or immature replies.


    I'll allow you to have the last word in this conversation.

  13. Well I would think someone who studied obesity for 60 years and knew anything about it, wouldn't want to be and know HOW not to be


    Can you think of any reasons why that would not be true?


    Injuries? He doesn't like exercise? He really likes food? Compulsive habits? Lack of interest? He likes research so much he uses all of his time up with it? A long commute? Caring for an ill loved one?

  14. It's like arguing with a brick wall. Something I stop doing once I realize it.


    I might suggest you stop being rude first.


    Have fun promoting diet "science" from chubby old doctors with obvious 40" waists.


    So if someone doesn't have a slim waist they can't have superior knowledge to you in regards to human physiology, despite having degrees you don't and research experience that you don't?

  15. What I'm saying is you can't just separate the subject of calories from the subject of health when it comes to a living organism. It just doesn't work that way.


    Yes, it does. Health and weight control are two separate issues as matters of fact.


    Seriously? So, you're saying that a person's weight and a person's health are 100% mutually exclusive? Are you kidding me?


    Baby Herc


    You wrote it, I did not. At some point issues of weight control and health intersect, but they don't intersect in every situation.


    A diet does not have to be healthy for a person to lose or maintain their weight on it.

  16. But where the article is wrong is implying that this "weight control" can be long-lived and successful, esp in the form of calorie restriction.


    I didn't interpret it like that because in the article he answers a question about why it is so hard for people to lose weight and keep it off.


    Calorie restriction as a lifestyle is a form of anorexia,


    No it is not. "Calorie restriction" means only calorie restriction. Deciding on the amount of calories you will consume. Deciding not to gorge yourself until you are sick is a form of calorie restriction.


    What I'm saying is you can't just separate the subject of calories from the subject of health when it comes to a living organism. It just doesn't work that way.


    Yes, it does. Health and weight control are two separate issues as matters of fact. That isn't the same thing as what people might WANT to do or what might make them feel good.


    Biology isn't physics, as the article most certainly implied that it WAS.


    Yes it is. Everything on alive on this planet has to obey the laws of physics. Not understanding exactly how that happens doesn't mean that biology isn't subject to it, just that we haven't figured out the whole picture yet.

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