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#1 Posted by sodiumCyclops (2644 posts) -

So weight loss for me is pretty important right now, as I'm finally getting in shape and working out.
 
Since August, I have lost over 15kg and have just started replacing the lost fat with muscle. 
 
My biggest gain was probably those 15kg prior to losing it. It was most likely due to the lack of excersise and fast food.
 
What are your biggest losses or gains?

#2 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

In the last 6 months I've lost 47 lbs and aim on losing another 23.
#3 Posted by sodiumCyclops (2644 posts) -
@McGhee_the_Insomniac: Nice work. Are you working out? dieting? both?
#4 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -

I went from 250 lbs, down to 200 lbs last year, and have now gone back up to 260 pounds. But I recently started my diet and exercise plan again, and will stick with it much longer. And i should get back down to 195-190 lbs by the end of next year.  
 
Diets suck, but being fat sucks more. 

#5 Posted by SirPsychoSexy (1327 posts) -

Ive been trying to put on some muscle, maybe 10lb or so over the last year

#6 Posted by Zzzleepy (162 posts) -

About two years ago, over a period of 10 months I went from 126 kg to 73 kg.

#7 Posted by sodiumCyclops (2644 posts) -
@Zzzleepy said:
" About two years ago, over a period of 10 months I went from 126 kg to 73 kg. "
holy shit, dude!
 
Can I ask how tall you are? 75kg is my target weight (based on my height) before I really start building muscle.
#8 Posted by Hot_Karl (3309 posts) -

I went from about 250 to 180 in the span of about 9 months. However in the course of this year (probably 8 months or so) I've ballooned to over 230 again, which sucks. My fault for drinking beer, honestly. 
 
I'm working on it through, seriously.

#9 Posted by SadPatrol (499 posts) -

im currently trying to lose weight. I have lost 40 pounds in 4 months and I want to lose ten more hopefully before thanksgiving 

#10 Posted by Zzzleepy (162 posts) -
@sodiumCyclops: I'm 181 cm tall.
#11 Posted by CitizenKane (10502 posts) -

I lost 50 pounds from beginning of February to the beginning of July back in 2008.

#12 Posted by Bucketdeth (8004 posts) -

Well I'm naturally about 170 and around 6'0", I put on 15 pounds of muscle with the help of weight gainer and my father helping me with lifting weights but since moving out for school I have lost every single pound of that. 
I need to get back to lifting weights, school and Muay Thai takes up most of my time.

#13 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4578 posts) -

Gained 20 pounds freshman year of high school because I joined the track team.  ALL MUSCLE BABY.

#14 Posted by TheHBK (5463 posts) -

Gained about 20 pounds, some muscle, some fat, didnt go the way I liked so I started dieting and doing more cardio along with cardio weight training and lost 30 pounds.  Still working on chiseling up.  As for dieting, just gave up the fatty stuff like fast food and no more red meat.  The protein to fat ratio is too high most of the time.  Poultry and fish are the biggest part of my meal.  Try to stay away from pasta.

#15 Posted by sodiumCyclops (2644 posts) -
@TheHBK: You could probably get away with some lean red meat, but then again Chicken and Fish are much better anyway.
 
Do you take any protein supplements? I'm currently taking Whey Protein Isolate in shakes (water only).
#16 Posted by TheHBK (5463 posts) -
@sodiumCyclops: I used to do the whey protein powder in water as well, it is pretty effective.  But I stopped since that stuff just gave me too many digestive problems.  I just go with protein bars now.  The Powerbar Protein Plus bar is pretty good and high in protein (as much as powder 23g) but the powder is more cost effective.
#17 Posted by RsistncE (4496 posts) -

Between July and August I was able to pack on 10 pounds (about 7 pounds muscle and 3 pounds fat). I've lost the extra fat that I put on, so a solid 6-7 pounds of muscle in 2 months is pretty retarded.

#18 Edited by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

went from 180 to 220 pounds after I quit my college swim team.

#19 Posted by gla55jAw (2686 posts) -

Last year I went from 155 to 139. I'm back up to about 145 but I've been lifting a lot. My body fat % has definitely gone down but I'm trying to get to around 135 and then really bulk up.

#20 Posted by gla55jAw (2686 posts) -
@RsistncE said:
" Between July and August I was able to pack on 10 pounds (about 7 pounds muscle and 3 pounds fat). I've lost the extra fat that I put on, so a solid 6-7 pounds of muscle in 2 months is pretty retarded. "
I don't wanna call BS or anything, but from what I've been researching it's hard to put on 5lbs a year, let alone 7lbs in 2 months! Did you do a body fat % test or something because I want to know your secret if you really did that haha.
#21 Posted by Tonylope (182 posts) -

Over the course of this year I've lost about 17 kg, but I still need to lose at least 5 more to get to my target weight range.

#22 Posted by RsistncE (4496 posts) -
@gla55jAw said:
" @RsistncE said:
" Between July and August I was able to pack on 10 pounds (about 7 pounds muscle and 3 pounds fat). I've lost the extra fat that I put on, so a solid 6-7 pounds of muscle in 2 months is pretty retarded. "
I don't wanna call BS or anything, but from what I've been researching it's hard to put on 5lbs a year, let alone 7lbs in 2 months! Did you do a body fat % test or something because I want to know your secret if you really did that haha. "
I know, that's exactly why I said it was retarded. Typically the most the average male could put on is about 5kg of muscle a year. However, there are exceptions, bodybuilders for one are an example. I think it's because my body tends to cut down on any stored fat throughout the winter and I lose weight between September and April. In the summer is when I find that I can pack on the pounds pretty easily, I just do super heavy lifting and jack up my calories by about 1500 calories and I typically gain weight. The reason that I'm confident that it was around 70% muscle was because my lifts actually improved pretty significantly: 
 
Bench Press 145 ---> 165 
Squat 195 ----> 245 
Deadlift 175 ---> 190 
Military Press 85 ---> 110 
Barbell Row 95 --->135 
 
All measurements are in lbs times 6 reps, so those aren't my max lifts, just what I was doing times 6 reps per set. And yeah, I know, my squat is way out of whack compared to the rest of my lifts haha. Btw I weighed 147 in the Summer and weigh about 143 right now.
#23 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

i don't gain weight man. i've been weighting like this for a couple of years now. i'm putting on fat but no weight.

#24 Posted by bulletzing (68 posts) -

I was able to lose 20 lbs when I was in 8th grade. 

#25 Posted by gla55jAw (2686 posts) -
@RsistncE said:
" @gla55jAw said:
" @RsistncE said:
" Between July and August I was able to pack on 10 pounds (about 7 pounds muscle and 3 pounds fat). I've lost the extra fat that I put on, so a solid 6-7 pounds of muscle in 2 months is pretty retarded. "
I don't wanna call BS or anything, but from what I've been researching it's hard to put on 5lbs a year, let alone 7lbs in 2 months! Did you do a body fat % test or something because I want to know your secret if you really did that haha. "
I know, that's exactly why I said it was retarded. Typically the most the average male could put on is about 5kg of muscle a year. However, there are exceptions, bodybuilders for one are an example. I think it's because my body tends to cut down on any stored fat throughout the winter and I lose weight between September and April. In the summer is when I find that I can pack on the pounds pretty easily, I just do super heavy lifting and jack up my calories by about 1500 calories and I typically gain weight. The reason that I'm confident that it was around 70% muscle was because my lifts actually improved pretty significantly:  Bench Press 145 ---> 165 Squat 195 ----> 245 Deadlift 175 ---> 190 Military Press 85 ---> 110 Barbell Row 95 --->135  All measurements are in lbs times 6 reps, so those aren't my max lifts, just what I was doing times 6 reps per set. And yeah, I know, my squat is way out of whack compared to the rest of my lifts haha. Btw I weighed 147 in the Summer and weigh about 143 right now. "
That's awesome. It is crazy when you really set your mind to it and lift consistently what you can change with your body. Since the beginning of September I've taken it all very seriously. I don't know how much muscle I've gained but my chest and arms have never been so big. I've never really been able to do more than 100lbs on the bench press and now I do 8 reps of 120 like nothing and I'm getting ready to add more.As for squat, your legs are your strongest muscle so you can always do more. It just sucks that I'm limited to working out in my basement. All I have is a bench, free weights and a treadmill so I can really only squat as much as I can lift over my head onto my shoulders from the ground. But I make due.
#26 Posted by RsistncE (4496 posts) -
@gla55jAw: I'm a pretty hard gainer, over the past 5 years I've put on (and held onto) only about 18 pounds of muscle. I've gotten increasingly stronger through so that's good. But yeah, at the end of the day all that matters is that you're consistent with your exercise and dieting and the results will come. I wouldn't worry too much about a lack of equipment either; what matters is that you're throwing around heavy weights haha.
#27 Posted by RandomHero666 (3181 posts) -

I don't gain weight, I have to eat as much as possible at every given opportunity just to maintain weight, which sucks as i'm a bit underweight

#28 Posted by sodiumCyclops (2644 posts) -
@TheHBK said:
" @sodiumCyclops: I used to do the whey protein powder in water as well, it is pretty effective.  But I stopped since that stuff just gave me too many digestive problems.  I just go with protein bars now.  The Powerbar Protein Plus bar is pretty good and high in protein (as much as powder 23g) but the powder is more cost effective. "
Interesting. What kind of protein is in the bars? I specifically chose WPI as it's not really made for bulking, but more for leaning everything out. Do the bars make you gain weight like crazy?
#29 Posted by InfamousBIG (3200 posts) -
@sodiumCyclops:  
 
I lost about 40 pounds as a kid.
#30 Posted by coaxmetal (1577 posts) -

I think my biggest weight gain was about 150lbs. Took me 21+ years though (I am 21).

#31 Posted by Aronman789 (2676 posts) -

I lost 17 lbs by sitting on my ass and doing absolutely nothing over the summer

#32 Posted by Skytylz (4029 posts) -

Like 15 lbs over a month or two, but that was excess fat.  I also plan on losing most of my fat after I go to college since my parents won't be making me eat and I can go a day without eating fairly easily if I'm not working hard.

#33 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

@sodiumCyclops:
Thanks. :) 
I don't how much of a problem you've had with your weight, but everyone reading that struggles with this take some advice from me. I've had a revelation that to me was the key. You cannot, I mean, CANNOT, look at it as "going on a diet". When you look at it as "going on a diet" you will always come off the diet. Years ago when I went on a diet there would be a day when maybe I ran out of food to prepare at home and I was in a hurry to go to work and I had to eat something. I would go eat some fast food, and I would switch to "not dieting" mode and I would go crazy for the rest of the day. All of my later meals would be pig-out sessions, and I'd think to myself "I'll just pick it up tommorrow". This will always end in failure. 
 
You have to look at it as a fundamental lifestyle change. I have just done a few basic things: 
1. Limit or completely remove soft drinks. That suger will kill you. Now I only occasional drink soda. Most of the time it's water or unsweet tea. 
2. Throw out all the junk food. No fast food whatsoever. 
3. Reduce saturated fat.

4. Reduce the calories to a more reasonable level. 
 
As an example. Before I would've eaten the biggest sandwhich I could get with three different meats and extra cheese along with a whole bag of chips and a huge soda. Now I just get half a turkey sandwhich. I'll even get chips sometimes. I'll just eat a few of them. I will literally count out 7 or 8 chips and just eat those. If I ever get a soda I'll get the small cup and fill it all the way up with ice before adding the drink.

 
Once you begin eating less, eating less will become normal and the idea of gorging yourself will be repulsive. You can eat a lot of the same foods. I still get pizza once a week, but instead of eating a whole medium pizza with peperoni and extra cheese, I get all vegetables and only eat 2 slices. When you develop this way of eating as a habit. It just becomes "the way you eat". It is the way you now live, not some kind of food boot camp that you can't wait to get out of. 
 
As far as excercising goes. For the first few months I hardly did any at all. It really isn't necessary for weight loss, but after a while I wanted to get more active to be healthier. I now go walking sometimes. I lift free-weights. But my favorite thing that I've been doing for that past month is the Japanese martial art Aikido. Aikido is physically demanding, but more than that it is mentally demanding. It will test your discipline and your "stick-to-itiveness". If you really want a challenge, something that will align your mind and body, I highly recommend Aikido. Just be aware it is not for someone that wants to learn to kick ass. It is for someone who wants to improve themselves on every level. 
 
There you go. I hope this helps someone out.

#34 Posted by sodiumCyclops (2644 posts) -
@McGhee_the_Insomniac: Thanks for the in depth post! 
 
I always thought that the excersice was the most important part of getting fit and in shape. I was so wrong. 
 
It seems that 80% of what it takes to get in shape is to eat better.
#35 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -
@sodiumCyclops:
All it really comes down to is how many calories you eat in a day VS. how many calories you burn in a day. If you eat fewer calories than you burn, your body turns to your stored up fat to make the difference. It's as simple as that.
#36 Posted by sodiumCyclops (2644 posts) -
@McGhee_the_Insomniac: It's really hard to count calories though, especially or new comers to diets.
#37 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -
@sodiumCyclops:
I never actually count callories. I just use common sense and eat less.
#38 Posted by teh_destroyer (3560 posts) -

My biggest achievement in gaining weight is getting up to 132lbs recently, I am a really skinny guy.

#39 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

i gained 200 pounds in 18 years 
 
took awhile

#40 Edited by RE_Player1 (7549 posts) -

I've gained 5 pounds in the past month... I haven't been working out at all and have been getting no sleep. Hopefully on winter break I can not worry about school and get back on the healthy living track. 

#41 Posted by Gamer_152 (14051 posts) -

Nature seems to intend for me to be a skinny guy my whole life.

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#42 Posted by Andrela (621 posts) -

I've managed to gain ~40 pounds or so in the last two years. I was 9 and a half stone when I turned 18 and I weighed myself 2 days ago when I turned 20 and I'm now over 13 stone. Guess thats what happens when you turn 18 and can buy drink whenever you want plus going to University can really put on the pounds ^^  I've recently started to sort out my diet. Cutting out sweets, soft drinks, coffee. Trying to fill myself up on fruit and veg more.  I had been excercising fairly regularly but that was mostly just free weights and some light cardio. Its gotten to the point where I've put on a lot of muscle in my upperbody but havent lost any of the weight so I've still got a bit of a belly, working on that now though.

#43 Posted by melcene (3056 posts) -

I had gained 20lbs between May-Sept a few years back because I had quit smoking.

#44 Posted by SirThirdFilms (166 posts) -

over the course of about 3 years I went from 360 to about 250. In the last year I've put maybe 20 back on but I've been getting back into dieting and such

#45 Edited by oatz (1103 posts) -

I'm currently 190 lbs, 5'11 at 7 % body fat, natural. I stopped growing length-wise at 14 and have been working on my physique since, and I'm very satisfied with it right now at 20 years old, but I'm always looking to improve. Starting winter bulk next week, but going to try to keep it clean.

#46 Posted by oatz (1103 posts) -
@gla55jAw said:
" @RsistncE said:
" Between July and August I was able to pack on 10 pounds (about 7 pounds muscle and 3 pounds fat). I've lost the extra fat that I put on, so a solid 6-7 pounds of muscle in 2 months is pretty retarded. "
I don't wanna call BS or anything, but from what I've been researching it's hard to put on 5lbs a year, let alone 7lbs in 2 months! Did you do a body fat % test or something because I want to know your secret if you really did that haha. "
You can expect to put on around 20-30 lbs of muscle a year if you work hard and keep a strict diet, and if you do a test/dianabol cycle for example, you can gain 20 lbs of lean muscle (meaning little to no gains in body fat percentage) in less 3 months.
#47 Posted by ShockD (2393 posts) -

No matter how much I starve or eat, my weight stays fixed.

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#48 Posted by Vager (1653 posts) -

My weight barely changes. I believe I weight myself a year ago and I was at 140 pounds. I checked again last week and now I'm at 150. 
Took one year to gain 10 pounds!

#49 Posted by Computerplayer1 (991 posts) -

Me during summer months every year: 
 

 
Artist's rendition of me during the school year: 
 

 
 
In all seriousness though, it's hard for me to gain weight naturally. I'm 6'6 and my natural weight is 200 pounds on the dot. The most I've ever weighed was in that first picture at about 210 pounds 10% body fat.  I only get to work out 2 months of the year with reasonable consistency as during university I don't have time to keep it up much. As such, I lose the majority of my gain throughout the summer every year. 
 
That'll all change when I graduate this spring...Muahahahaha
#50 Posted by Joeybagad0nutz (1438 posts) -

Was 166 before I started working out. I ain't dieting anymore I eat the same amount just stopped eating so often at McDonalds and drinking soda and ice tea. Lost 20 pounds in 3 months. Now, I'm 146. I ain't trying to lost much weight anymore just add muscle.