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Old 01-02-2011, 02:25 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by butterflybabe1997 View Post
Thanks so much, I will try that. I hope it works for me. Would it help to do extra sit ups and weight work? I have a few questions...I hope they don't annoy you!
Questions are good!

Does it work to concentrate on one particular area of the body (say, legs or abs?).
Not really, if you mean to lose fat deposits in an area should you work that area. For example, i have a bit of a beer gut. Doing crunches all day won't make the fat there disappear any faster than running and burning the same calories. Fat is pulled relatively evenly from around the body. You just want to make sure you are burning more calories than you are consuming. FitDay will be great for doing that, so it's good you found it.

Do you lose more weight if you become a vegetarian?
You can, but that would be solely an artifact of a reduction in consumption of high calorie density foods. Remember, things like Twizzlers, Twinkies and beer are vegetarian, but consuming those in quantity won't help you lose weight.

If one ate nothing except yogurt for lunch and breakfast would they lose weight?
It is possible to lose weight eating anything. There was a nutrition professor who ate nothing but Twinkies all day and lost weight to prove the point that it's simply a matter of if you are eating more calories than you consume. However that is only one dimension of it. You want to make sure that your dietary habits through the day are not causing you to binge eat at night. I did that many times in my past. I'd skip breakfast. I'd have almost nothing for lunch (like a bowl of soup), and a "sensible dinner." Then I would get a little hungry so have a couple potato chips. Then a couple more. Then some ice cream. Next thing you knew I was probably eating vastly more calories than i would with a balanced diet.

If you are a grazer like me it's good to eat many times throughout the day, 5-6 small meals rather than two to three big ones. Each one should be a good mix of carbs, fat and proteins. Make the protein about the size of the palm of your hands (probably about the size of a deck of cards) and a serving of vegetables about the size of your closed fist. If you track all of that in FitDay you should see that is putting you on a reasonable calorie count for the day for a typical loss diet (and if you bump those up a bit for maintenance).

However you are looking at a very aggressive weight loss schedule. You may have to reduce to less food than that. It is highly recommended that you not lose weight at the rate you are talking about, but it's not impossible. I've bucked the trend and done that in a relatively healthy way. The big thing I would make sure you do is make sure you are continuing to feed your body. If you drop too low in calories (and that level will depend on what you are eating) your body *will* cannibalize your muscle mass and thus lower your overall metabolism. That is what causes weight gain in people coming off of diets, along with unchanged habits. Use FitDay to make sure you are getting 100% of all your macronutrients (carbs, protein, fat) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Also make sure that you are getting sufficient protein. I use the rule of thumb of 0.5 grams to 1 gram per pound of lean body mass. Exercise will be important here too.

Hope that helps, sorry for being so verbose.
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