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While cardio training, that is.

If yes, which combination of fruits would be the best? Preferably simple ones like apples and bananas, maybe strawberries.

If no, what would be a better alternative?

asked Oct 26 '11 at 08:13

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Billy Aoki

You probably know weight loss tips, but I thought I'd give you some tips as I'm always fighting the flab and fighting to make sure my diet is good. It's tough eating a balanced diet and getting enough exorcise.

Walking short distances and building the distance up helps.

Swimming is another great way to exorcise if you are obese as it's not load bearing so will help to stop you damaging yourself although if you are image concious then you might find it tough to go to public pools.

If you find your diet to be healthy or more importantly balanced and can't seem to shift weight (remember that you might gain weight as fat turns to muscle) then it's worth consulting with a doctor.

The mantra of eat little and often and drink plenty of water is another good tip. Don't try and drink gallons of water as your stomach is only a bag and filling it with too much water might simply make you sick.

I've actually done this when I was younger to see how much water I could take, but I'd not recommend you try that.

If you are not too heavy to ride a bicycle then I would say this is one of the best bits of exorcise you can do because you use your stomach muscles, arms and legs while giving your heart a good workout and getting a good sweat up. I find cycling, like walking great for exorcise as you can implement a destination to make the physical effort of getting there a side effect.

But as I said, for every amount of sweating you do do then you need to make sure you replace the fluid. Always aim for your urine to be white in colour more times than not because this shows that enough liquid is flowing around you.

Remember why you want to exorcise. Personally during and after a long ride are times when I really feel alive or standing on top of a mountain and feel the immense insignificance of your own life compared with how huge the world is around you.

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answered Oct 27 '11 at 19:14

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I'll be cycling at a nearby park. Any suggestions on how long I should continue cycling before stopping? As of currently, I can cycle at a slightly fast speed for half an hour before going slightly breathless.

(Oct 27 '11 at 20:34) Billy Aoki Billy%20Aoki's gravatar image

it's not speed my friend, it's duration. you haven't even started yet but you are already planning to stop. change that attitude, instead find something great out of it.

like for example I jog for quite a distance, then finally upon reaching my destination I enjoy a pretty Cool view, something that cannot be matched by any graphics card around. haha its good reward for me.. then I jog back home.

(Oct 27 '11 at 23:16) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

I have to agree here with the xedric14.

It really is about the distance. Don't expect to ride 30 or 60 miles in the first instance though.

Start off doing short runs of a few miles or more. Build up to 10 mile round trips and slowly aim for 30 mile round trips and beyond if you have the time.

You might not always be able to do the same distance every time and going shorter is better initially if you have not cycled for a long time. Well, that's how I started out as I'd not been on a bike for 10 years prior.

From what I've read 15 mph is a good average speed for a novice to keep up if you can, but don't worry about the speed at first. I'm always getting overtaken by people on their racing bikes as I ride a hybrid (a cross between a mountain and road bike)

The general consensus from everything I've learnt is that it's better to use an easier gear, peddle a bit faster and keep going rather than using a harder gear and stopping more often.

My best tips from experience is to get the right gear to cycle in. Padded cycling shorts do look stupid, but (i've found) they really do work to prevent the butt pain when you start going further.

Try and get a breathable t-shirt that does not hold your sweat in. Normal T-shirts soak up sweat and can end up rubbing unpleasantly on your back and then the sweat goes cold.

My final word is to know your body and have patience with it, it will become fitter, you will be able to cycle further and you should end up proud of yourself.

(Oct 28 '11 at 07:12) SignOff SignOff's gravatar image

Got it. :D

(Oct 28 '11 at 09:54) Billy Aoki Billy%20Aoki's gravatar image

I really wouldn't recommend it unless you have something to keep you going. Fruit only will provide sugar and vitamins but not much else, which will leave you tired and generally would not be good for you.

Summary: Fruits + tea (as you suggested). If you are cardio training: proteins!! Try to avoid carbs if you are overweight, otherwise eat enough to give you the energy you need.

If you are cardio training, I would suggest protein all the way, with the fruits. Just eat a fair amount of meats, eggs etc but try to trim off the fats, grill or bake instead of fry etc.

If you are a little "overweight", then avoiding carbs while having proteins will provide your body with the building blocks to make muscle, and will use the excess fat for energy. This works (unlike starvation diets) because you are not depriving your body - it still gets the nutrients it needs. If you do not have any excess fat, then eat enough carbohydrates to give you the energy to train.

If after a few days you still feel tired in general (not from training), then you are not taking in enough energy

answered Oct 26 '11 at 13:32

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I'm actually quite overweight. No, I'm severely obese. 1.75m tall and my weight is 145kg.

Aside from wanting to do cardio training, I'm also planning on losing as much weight as I can without harming my body in the next two weeks.

So, let's say I change it to a fruit and meat diet. Maybe some eggs in place of meat for the simplicity of things. How much would I need daily?

(Oct 27 '11 at 07:57) Billy Aoki Billy%20Aoki's gravatar image

Meat or specifically PROTEINS (eg egg white) will make you heavy more than Any kind of food can.

Underweight people take Proteins to Increase their weight, did you know that?

so similarly, if you continue your High Protein intake, You really will gain some weight.

(Oct 27 '11 at 10:00) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

CArbs and Proteins don't differ much. via its chemical formula CArbs is


while Proteins is


bottomline? the more you eat, the more you weigh, regardless.

(Oct 27 '11 at 10:13) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

no our body needs a place of proteins and fruits..

answered Oct 26 '11 at 20:46

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edited Oct 26 '11 at 20:46

That's what I thought. :/

(Oct 27 '11 at 07:57) Billy Aoki Billy%20Aoki's gravatar image

Diet is like quitting smoking.

Taper your daily dose of Calorie intake. and make sure it's BALANCED.

Remember that Physical Work burn more calories than Intellectual, So you deserve to eat more if you have physical work.

Salt in food will make you LOOK fat because of it's water-retaining properties. Tea is a diuretic. and contains caffeine.

1 Liter of water = 1Kg body weight, the more you loose water, the more you SEEM to loose weight.

what do you want to do? want to loose weight or what?

fruits can never be enough, Sudden starvation will only lead to OVER eating later when you can not anymore take it.

WILL is a strong factor to keep you going. Harness your will to do your objective and you will attain it.

avoid FAT or also known as very very complex carbohydrates.

eat only when you're hungry.

avoid doing a FULL TANK.

Aerobic Exercise a.k.a any physical work that keeps your heart rate above 100bpm for quite an extended period of time eg. Jogging/mountain climbing.

(not sure about the 100bpm, just google it.)

Physical work that is not Aerobic will not help you loose calories (eg. weight lifting)

Aerobic exercise is like Adding Oxygen to Fuel that is why they "Burn" calories.

Eat at the right time of the day, You can use fruit as replacement for snack. but not for the main meal.

Fruit diet are for girls. it's just a fad helps nothing.

answered Oct 27 '11 at 09:50

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I wanna lose weight AND regain that stamina that I've lost over the past few weeks of rotting in the office and not doing any fieldwork.

I used to be able to carry 20-30kg loads and walk for hours, but now I'm limited to about half an hour before needing to take a break. :(

(Oct 27 '11 at 20:32) Billy Aoki Billy%20Aoki's gravatar image

Stamina is in the Heart my friend. You certainly need aerobic exercises.

Keep your heart rate UP at an extended time. like jogging and your stamina will be up.

plus FYI: High Heart Rate = High Metabolic Rate (Rate of how much your body consumes calorie in a resting state.)

if i'm not mistaken this is also called "cardio-training" because you train your heart to beat fast, and so your body Will adapt to the New Lifestyle you are having.

Remember that the Human body will always Try to Adapt, so don't worry Jog and Jog every morning and if you can, Jog in the afternoon.

(Oct 27 '11 at 23:13) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

Actually, I can't really jog. Being obese all these years have put a really bad strain on my knees and cycling/swimming are the only aerobic exercises I could do for extended periods of time.

(Oct 28 '11 at 09:50) Billy Aoki Billy%20Aoki's gravatar image

O well, what works for me may not for work for you.

I jog cause it's the most AFFORDABLE.

honestly dude. AHHAHAHHAHA cycling and swimming are my favorites too. in fact, when I'll be doing them both I think when I get the Job this Feb. :))

(Oct 28 '11 at 10:34) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

anyway Jogging, Swimming and Cycling are FUN activities. don't think of it as work, but rather as A hobby... it's really cool man... :D good luck.

(Oct 28 '11 at 10:35) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

I wouldn't last a day, especially if I drove past Chipotle :D

answered Oct 27 '11 at 23:42

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The only thing that would entice me would be spaghetti with a cheesy sauce, and there aren't any of that around here unless I make some of my own. :P

(Oct 28 '11 at 09:47) Billy Aoki Billy%20Aoki's gravatar image

Thanks peeps, you guys really helped a lot. :D

answered Oct 28 '11 at 09:57

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Billy Aoki

Walking is a perfect exercise. Walk thirty minutes at enough speed to make a difference in your breathing. That might be a very slow pace, but just make sure that it puts some strain on your breathing. That will mean that your heart is getting exercised.

Dieting doesn't work. There have been more studies of dieting than almost any topic known to man. All diets fail eventually and 99% of dieters "gain it all back, and then some." With a 99% fail rate, why is the word "diet" even in the dictionary?

Learning to eat well is the only thing that works. Cut out most sweets for now and eat half as much food as you're used to. Drink a lot of water, walk every day, eat some fruit every day.

The changes will be fast and dramatic. Later you can begin studying and learning more about a healthful lifestyle.

answered Oct 29 '11 at 21:25

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I always thought dieting actually meant to eat less, in my case I'm just eating certain foods but the same amount as when I was eating normally. And I can eat a lot. @_@

(Oct 29 '11 at 23:08) Billy Aoki Billy%20Aoki's gravatar image

I'm using "dieting" to refer to an odd diet that isn't intended for a lifetime, but only for a period of weight loss. That fails.

To eat less, choose good food and eat only one helping, no matter how badly you want more. You'll discover that fifteen minutes later you feel fine.

Follow the suggestions I gave above and by next Sunday you will see real and encouraging progress.

(Oct 30 '11 at 22:36) Kevan Kevan's gravatar image
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