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4/16/10 1:15 P

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also, keep your cal. intake above 1500, I know Bill was saying 1800 from his book, but the point is the same (depending on your activity level), anything less and you risk hurting yourself by forcing your body to cannibalize your muscle tissue to feed itself.

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4/16/10 1:12 P

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20% yeah, it's about right.
I've been at ~20% for the last month and I'm 5'8" and ~160lbs. that's about 32lbs of fat, but it's not a horror show and I it's not 32OMG! lbs. of fat, it's just 6-9 more then I need to be at a healthy 15% and 12-18 more then I need to hit the magic 10% (which will leave me with ~14lbs of fat, not too shabby).

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BREWMASTERBILL's Photo BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,088)
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4/6/10 11:50 A

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Just my experience/opinion (feel free to ignore)

I was on 1200-1500 per day for about 6 months. What can I say, mixing that with a lot of cardio, I lost the weight. Honestly though, it's low. Unless a doctor recommended you go that low, you may want to up the calories a little bit. I think the SP recommendations are too high. The answer is probably somewhere in the middle. But if you're comfortable with that routine, stick to it. I know it's hard though, I've been there.

Just my 2 cents.

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CHAIDRINKER Posts: 31
4/6/10 11:17 A

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Nice job, BrewmasterBill, for reaching your goal!

My diet is typically the following: with some minor variations...
breakfast: oatmeal made w/ hot water, a few craisins and/or nuts thrown in, big scoop of yogurt. Not sure now that the weather is improving whether I'll keep with the hot oatmeal

lunch: Nutrisystem...my wife had a whole bunch left over so I've been eating the NS lunches...not too bad for on-the-go in the office. About 250 calories each, lots of protein.

dinner: balanced meal, probably 1/4 carbs, 1/4 protein, 1/2 veggies.

snack: whole grain bread slice, or small piece of fruit

Don't usually do the dessert thing, but a cup of hot cocoa a few times a week works.

I think it works out to be 1200-1500 calories/day.

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4/6/10 10:36 A

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All right! Awareness is the key. Next is a plan, and it sounds like you've got some training in there. How is your diet?

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4/5/10 5:55 P

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Now you have a new goal!
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Best of luck with it and welcome back!
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Dave A.- South Central PA, USA

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4/5/10 5:51 P

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hi and welcome. just keep doing what you are doing and good things happen. I have been working on my BF% and it is a hard thing to get down. so until then I just keep on keep'in on and enjoy the journey


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4/5/10 5:05 P

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Welcome back. Sounds like you have it under control. Keep up the great work.













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4/5/10 4:29 P

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I've been gone a while, for better or worse. I'm down to about 177 which is pretty good...getting closer to my pre-marriage weight. Joined a gym, try to go as often as I can, varying cardio and strength. Gym has FitLinxx so it's easy to keep track and every time I'm there, I try for one more rep in the set than I did the time previously; and I'm usually successful.

So here I am, 40 years old, 5'11" and 177 pounds. I'm a pretty skinny guy, always have been, but I definitely have a "paunch" and the beginnings of "moobs". I was reading online that in order to show your abs, you need to be at about 10% body fat. So today, at the gym, I grabbed the body fat analyzer (you enter your data and grab the 2 handles).

I came in at 20% ! 37 pounds of fat!!

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