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#201333 - 11/06/05 10:10 PM I need to lose 55 pounds
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i am 15 years old and i am 200 pounds, i am also 5' 8" and i have a little bit of muscle and i need to lose 55 pounds by january so i came up with a diet, but some of my freinds told me its not healthy so i was wondering what you think. 4 cans of tuna a day, 2 apples, 2 eggs, 2 slices of bread, and onion, 1 bananna a day; about 973 calories a day, then run 3 miles and swim for an hour and burn about 300 calories a day

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#201334 - 11/06/05 10:15 PM Re: I need to lose 55 pounds [Re: mshou112]
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HI! I'm the resident smart alec for the day!! Someone who knows what they're talking about will come along soon and help you. Until then, be entertained by my witty self depreciating response.
To lose fifty five pounds instantly cut off one leg and one arm. I was once on a diet,but I wasn't getting enough to eat so I went on two diets......da da..dum... bing!!

Seriously though,I think that's too much weight loss in such a short time!! Why the hurry?
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#201335 - 11/06/05 10:17 PM Re: I need to lose 55 pounds [Re: BrianS]
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i need to join the wrestling team

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#201336 - 11/06/05 10:23 PM Re: I need to lose 55 pounds [Re: mshou112]
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I still think that's too soon,but I could be wrong. It's only two months away!! 55lbs!! That's a seven year old for pete's sake!!
I'm sure you WANT to join the wrestling team,but need?
You're only 15! How tall are you and what do you currently weigh? Have you participated in athletics before?
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#201337 - 11/06/05 10:27 PM Re: I need to lose 55 pounds [Re: BrianS]
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i am 200 pounds, i am also 5' 8" and i have a little bit of muscle i play tennis and i also swim the 200 on the swim team and i swim a 50 in 35.6 seconds so i am pretty athletic but i am fat


Edited by mshou112 (11/06/05 10:28 PM)

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#201338 - 11/06/05 11:17 PM Re: I need to lose 55 pounds [Re: mshou112]
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Let me explain a little of the basics to you. Everyone has a resting metabolic rate (RMR). Your RMR is the MINIMUM number of calories your body needs to perform it's basic functions, like pumping blood and breathing. Then there is your daily caloric needs, this is the number of calories your body needs to maintain it's current weight and is based on your activity level. A good rule of thumb when trying to loose or gain weight is to add or subtract 60% of the difference in your RMR and daily caloric needs to your daily caloric needs. This will safely increase or decrease your weight. I'll take your stats you provided and give you an example.

Male/15yo/200lbs/5'8"

RMR = 2079

daily caloric needs = 3534

3534 - 2079 = 1445

60% of 1445 = 873

3534 - 873 = 2661 loose weight 3534 + 873 = 4407 gain weight

2661 is about the number of calories you need to take in at your activity level to safely loose weight. Basically your RMR, the number of calories you NEED in order to live, is 2079. Your diet will do much more harm than good. Is it going to kill you? No. Will it damage your health? Definitely. Your body will pull the nutrients it needs from other sources such as fat but it will also pull them from your lean muscle.

You can NOT safely loose 55lbs in a month or even in 2 months.

Even if you lost the 55lbs by January your not going to be in good enough health to actually make the wrestling team so it's pointless. Follow a proper diet, get plenty of exercise and try out for the team next year.
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#201339 - 11/06/05 11:30 PM Re: I need to lose 55 pounds [Re: laf7773]
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Sorry to sidetrack, but is there a source to find those calculations for RMR and caloric needs, laf?
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#201340 - 11/06/05 11:53 PM Re: I need to lose 55 pounds [Re: laf7773]
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can i still go with my diet tho but add like some chicken in it ; is anything gonn happen if i have 4 cans of tuna a day?

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#201341 - 11/06/05 11:55 PM Re: I need to lose 55 pounds [Re: JoelM]
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There are a few out there but most are on pay sites or will kill you with pop ups trying to sell you supplements. There are some free sites out there. I usually direct people to 24HR fitness to use theirs. I actually use a set of calculators i got at work.

http://www.24hourfitness.com/html/fitness/fit_calc/

There are 4 calculators here. BMI, RMR, daily caloric needs and a burn calculator.
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#201342 - 11/07/05 12:05 AM Re: I need to lose 55 pounds [Re: mshou112]
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My advice to you is to eat three normal healthy meals a day with two healthy snacks in between. Try to keep them separated by about 3 hours and keep to your calorie count. This would be breakfast {3hrs}snack{3hrs}lunch{3hrs}snack{3hrs}dinner. What this will do is help maintain your blood sugar levels so your body doesn't take the nutrients from it's lean muscle. As long as you stay close to the caloric count i gave you should loose the weight safely, provided you are staying active. When you get close to the weight you are targeting, slowly start adding more calories to your diet until you level out. Remember your daily caloric needs is based on your RMR and your activity level. If your activity level goes up or down too dramatically, such as greatly intensifying your workout or stopping all together, then you will need to recalculate in order to loose, maintain or gain weight.
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