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Do you want to lose fat and stay young, all while avoiding cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and a host of other illnesses? The Paleo Solution incorporates the latest, cutting-edge research from genetics, biochemistry, and anthropology to help you look, feel and perform your best.
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u/Therion596 · 5 pointsr/Dietandhealth

Okie dokie, here are a few tips:


    1. Check out C25k - It's a structured and widely successful couch (not active) to running a 5k plan. It even has its own subreddit! Great place to start if you are currently not active and want to get into running specifically. Also look into running without heel striking, or also read the book "Born to Run", which is just highly motivational and will get you into the spirit! Here's a download link for an audiobook (torrent).


    1. I know everyone and their mother's mother has an opinion about the best diet to do, but really I think that the paleo diet is the best all around way to go. Be prepared to ditch all kinds of grains and, if you can manage it, dairy. The best resources for this are Loren Cordain's original work on the subject, and an addendum written by a gym owner named Robb Wolf. I believe this diet, especially when done correctly (i.e. by eating grass fed beef and other high quality meats) has the most sound biological basis, and have also used it to great success (I also happen to recall that you just moved to Arcata, and luckily there is an abundance of high quality grass fed beef around here, as well as wild caught fish and the like). The only reason I am not on it now is because I have moved recently, am still unemployed, and have absolutely no money. I recently did a video blog of my progress on this diet on an 8 week challenge (during which time I dropped a ridiculous amount of weight, over 40 pounds), if you wanna see just PM me, I don't want to post a link to videos of me on Reddit in the open. There is also a subreddit for this, but it's mostly just a circle jerk making fun of vegetarians and showing off what food they ate today. Still though, it can give you some interesting meal ideas.


    1. Just try to stay active! Hike in the redwood forest, stay on your feet, read up on some basic at home exercises. Supplement the C25K program with some bike riding or something on the off days (it only requires three days a week of running work).

      That's what comes to mind! Hope it helps.


      EDIT - Formatting, and added some links.

      EDIT 2 - you asked for websites! This one has an awesome quick start guide and lots of other good stuff. This one has some useful tools. These are the sites of the authors of the books I posted above, I have both books and love them dearly. There are also a TON of data online if you google around!
u/batmandu · 5 pointsr/Christianity

My sister had a lot of difficulty with fertility (even had two miscarriages). She says what finally worked for her was a radical change in her diet. Look into [The Paleo Solution] (http://www.amazon.com/The-Paleo-Solution-Original-Human/dp/0982565844/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344606763&sr=8-1&keywords=paleo+solution)

Basically, though, cut all wheat, dairy, and soy out of your diet. Eat mostly vegetables, some meat, and as little starch as possible. I don't know why, exactly, but she ate like this for about six months, then when she started trying to get pregnant again, it was within a month, and my nephew is a happy, healthy little boy of 11 months.

Best of luck to you, and don't count on God for what you can do for yourself.

u/Nateshake · 5 pointsr/Paleo

Best way to start is just to jump right in. Especially cutting out grains, legumes, and dairy. After the first 6 weeks you can start introducing back in a few things, like dairy. But be mindful of young cheeses and dairy high in lactose (lactose = sugar).

I'm a big fan of The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf , Robbwolf.com, and Mark's Daily Apple.

Just a bit of heads up. The first 3 weeks are the hardest. You're body will grave grains (sugar) like crazy. My first week I broke 3-4 times and caved to a few beers, waffles, and pizza. But, don't let it get you down. Just keep pushing through. About days 18-21 you'll start to come out of the fog and really break that addiction.

Good luck! We'll see you on the other side :)

u/BitchesGetStitches · 4 pointsr/Paleo

Don't listen to most of the exchanges here on /r/paleo - you get a lot of opinions from the users, not necessarily based on the science behind the lifestyle. Read the book, do the research, and see what works for you. It isn't supposed to be a strict diet, but a lifestyle based on clean eating and long-term life change. I'll eat cottage cheese every once in a while, because I can eat it and feel fine, and I maintain a baseline of health. My wife doesn't eat it because it makes her sick. Listen to your body, and use your brain.

u/shlevon · 3 pointsr/Fitness

Buy these two:

http://www.amazon.com/Starting-Strength-3rd-Mark-Rippetoe/dp/0982522738/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334558891&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/The-Paleo-Solution-Original-Human/dp/0982565844/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1334558900&sr=1-1

Are either NECESSARY for these goals? No. But I'm a believer in no-brainer approaches, and basic strength training + paleo-ish diet will move you in the right direction.

u/biodebugger · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I second what spoolingthreads has said. My experience is n=1, in the US, and anecdotal, but is consistent with what he says. My story:

I had problems with back pain for about 10 years and nothing good came of it when I went through regular doctors: "oh it's muscle pain, here's some (useless) naproxen", insurance only covered 4 visits to physiotherapy, did the stretches they taught faithfully for years, but they didn't seem to help (several extreme increases of pain that lasted for months happened while doing those stretches).

Finally, after it had gotten so bad I was using a walker at the age of 35, I went to a physical herapist instead of a doctor. I had to pay full price because I had no diagnosis or referral, but it was totally worth it. The doctors never did any serious physical assessment. The physical therapist did, could tell it was serious, and referred me to an excellent doctor who was a physiatrist (had never heard of that specialty before).

He ordered an MRI, found two bulging disks smashing the L4-L5 and L5-S1 nerves, and I finally got useful care (celebrex, cortisone shots, months of 2x/wk physical therapy).

Later I learned about two other important things that doctors don't consider that were important for me, and may also be relevant to your mom's situation:

  • Trigger points are persistent muscle contraction knots that can cause extreme pain for extended periods of time (months to years) if they form and aren't reset properly. Some massage therapists, sports medicine therapists, or physical therapists know about these and that can recognize and treat them. I now get regular massages to keep them at bay, but before that I think they were the major source of my problem. There's a good chance that they're part of what's going on for your mom too. I know for her the skateboard injury was the original initiator of her problems, but the subsequent movement adaptations she had to make could easily have triggered these and they could be contributing to her continued pain.

  • Inflammatory stuff in the diet, such as nightshades (potato, tomato, eggplant, peppers) and other lectin containing foods (grains, legumes, dairy) can exacerbate "arthritis" type problems. Robb Wolf talks about this, and has a book on the topic. For me the I think the big issue was nightshades. My husband had a tailbone injury from a fall on the ice many years ago. His doctor told him it was "arthritis" and he was resigned to just living with the pain (also puts special cushions on chairs so he can sit or drive). After we stopped eating nightshades, this pain has significantly improved, to the point where he rarely bothers with the cushions now (except after he cheats on the food). Something like a paleo diet isn't a quick solution, but it may turn be important for being pain-free long term. (Could also help with the "osteoporosis".)

    I wish you and your mother well, and hope you get the break you need. My mom got in a similar situation: the VA wrote her off and treated her as if her pain wasn't real, nowhere else to go. She only got real help after OD-ing on the useless pain killers they gave her and ending up in a non-VA hospital in a coma for 8 days. I appreciate what you're going through, and hope you have some support too. Take care.

    TL;DR: trigger point massage and non-inflammatory diet may also help
u/indianatodd · 3 pointsr/Paleo

The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet https://www.amazon.com/dp/0982565844/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_HlbKub1RY2NX3 - gives you the "why" so the "how" comes naturally.

Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle https://www.amazon.com/dp/1936608758/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_LmbKub0PJBYV7 - If you're not already a wizard in the kitchen, this book helps make your food taste less shitty with good wholesome ingredients.

Good luck!

u/ovaspray · 3 pointsr/Fitness

It is normal to have your appetite spike after exertion, but it sounds like you're just not fueling yourself correctly. Governing your weight is determined by roughly 80% of intake (your diet*) versus what your exercises regimen is. Meaning, it pretty much comes down to what you’re putting into your body, not the exercise(s) itself.

That said, you may want to focus your efforts into finding something that works for you (we’re all little snowflakes, there is no silver bullet when it comes to nutrition*). You might try looking into a paleo-type system; as they make the rules fairly simple to follow and you still get to eat a lot of hearty, protein-packed, nourishing meals.

Keep moving, keep eating, take notes about how you look, feel, & your performance, and make adjustments accordingly.

u/snatchdracula · 3 pointsr/loseit

http://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Get-Fat-Borzoi/dp/0307272702/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1299642695&sr=8-1

I really liked this book for explaining exactly why low-carb works and why eating lots of fat is healthy

http://www.amazon.com/Paleo-Solution-Original-Human-Diet/dp/0982565844/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1299642745&sr=1-1

This book is really good for applying what Taubes says to your life and has a nice plan.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/loseit

Hey man,

great job making this first step! Now you just need a concise plan. Personally, eating paleo style has been GREAT for me. I feel healthier, I've lost weight, and think sharper.

It's pretty much a lifestyle in which you eat in the most evolutionary advantageous way. That means lots of vegetables & meat. A little fruit as well. NO BREAD, legumes, or dairy.
I recommend reading The Primal Blueprint if you want to just learn the barebones
otherwise, this is the book: Paleo Solution (it's much more scientific)

It will discuss why eating right will increase your insulin sensitivity & probably even get rid of the sleep apnea.

/r/paleo is a great resource. If you have any questions feel free to comment or PM me.


edit: btw the 30lbs has only been in the last couple months. You would probably lose a lot faster in the beginning.

another edit: Eating a paleo style will help you with determining when to stop eating. What is happening to you right now is that the massive quantities of crap you are consuming messes with the satiety signals. Over the next month of eating paleo, that would probably get better quickly.

u/Frigguggi · 2 pointsr/Paleo

From Robb Wolf's Paleo Solution:
>Quinoa is botanically not a grain, but because it has evolved in a similar biological niche, Quinoa has similar properties to grains, including chemical defense systems that irritate the gut. In the case of Quinoa, it contains soap-like molecules called saponins. Unlike gluten, which attaches to a carrier molecule in the intestines, saponins simply punch holes in the membranes of the microvilli cells. Yes, that's bad.

u/justhamade · 2 pointsr/4hourbodyslowcarb

I have never read a reddit post this long before, or all the comments. You write very well.

I'll start with the budet issue. I do try to be as frugal as possible as well, but can 'afford' most of the food and to by expensive organic stuff sometimes too. I would make lean ground beef a staple. I would take the time to seek out a butcher or farmer so you know where the meat is coming from, and can usually get it at big box store prices. Where I live that is ~$3 per lb. I would also get some beef liver. This is actually one of the most nutrient dense source of food you can eat. One way to work it into your food with it being palatable is to mix it in with the ground beef. I also eat a ton of bacon. You should be able to get it for pretty cheap as well.

For eggs it was mentioned already but eat the yokes, Tim even says that hidden in the Testosteron chapter. I would again try to find a farmer that you can get pastured eggs for cheap.

For veggies I find that frozen is usually more expensive. Buy fresh whatever is on sale and paying attention to all the grocery store flyers is important. Again finding farms and farmers markets too. Some communities have Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) where you can put in some time working on the garden in exchange for some of the produce, I would look into that.

Also if you google for "paleo budget shopping list" or things like that there are a lot of resources. SCD comes from the same foundation as Paleo (listen to Tim on Robb Wolfs Podcast from Dec 2010 for more info).

It seems like you may not have a lot of financial resource but do have quite a bit of time. I would use that time to learn as much as possible about nutrition, for both physical health and mental health. Tim's book is a great starting point but it doesn't quite fill in a lot of the gaps. There are a lot of false info in conventional nutrition info and he didn't quite debunk them all enough. You can get books for free at your local library, hopefully it is a decent library. If not there are other ways to find them and most of these people have great websites and blogs as well.

  1. It Starts With Food I have read a lot of books, and if this one came out sooner it would have saved me a lot of time. It is the best book by far. The blog is at http://whole9life.com/
  2. Robb Wolf's podcast. This has been huge place for me to learn about some of the more scientific aspects of nutrition. I also read his bood The Paleo Solution and it is a good read.
  3. Gary Taubes. He has a ton of interviews and talks on youtube and around the web http://www.google.com/search?q=gary+taubes+interview he also has 2 good book, "Good Calories Bad Calories" and "Why We Get Fat"
  4. Underground Wellness podcast and the Dark Side Of Fat Loss Ebook by Sean Croxton. This podcast is all interviews by some of the best nutrition gurus out there (all of the previously mentioned have been on his podcast plus way more) The ebook is quite good as well
  5. Emily Dean she has a blog here http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.ca/ and http://www.psychologytoday.com/experts/emily-deans-md She also has a book which I just found out about.
  6. Stephan Guyenet Blog at http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.ca/ he is quite technical but very good source
  7. Chris Kresser has a great blog and podcast as well.
  8. Dave Asprey bulletproofexec.com blog and podcast. He has really good stuff on stress and sleep hacking http://www.bulletproofexec.com/hack-stress/
  9. Marks Daily Apple by Mark Sission great blog and forum. Also has a couple of books out call Primal Blueprint.

    There are also some small 4 HB specific blogs. hisc1ay has a good one http://www.findingmyfitness.com. Mine is at http://www.myfourhourbodydiary.com/. Luke at http://4hourbodycouple.com and http://4hourbodyzone.com by Brian and http://www.4hourlife.com/ by Stephen.

    Also the http://www.4hbtalk.com forum is quite active and has a lot of helpful people.

    To address some of the other specific things you asked about. The eggs I already mentioned I wrote about it a while ago if you want more detailed info http://www.myfourhourbodydiary.com/2012/02/05/the-big-fat-missing-chapter/.

    I personally don't think beans are the best choice for you give your history of thyroid issues. I would definitely stay away from peanuts, I know you didn't mention them but they are a legume, and the protein lectin in them can not be digested. This is why so allergies to them can be so sever in some people. I can see how your thyroid issues may have disappeared when you started eating more. Fasting that much and eating that little would cause a huge stress on you adrenals and your cortisol would be through the roof.

    I think roots and tubers like sweet potatoes, yam, taro, carrots, squash and other starchy veggies (potatoes might be ok for you too, they have a higher glycemic index but if you are eating them with fat an protein the glycemic load should be low) would be a safer choice for you. They have a glycemic index of ~37 which is pretty low and have very few inflammatory proteins.

    I also would try to limit starchy foods to 1-2 meals a day not all 3. A high fat and protein breakfast will keep you satiated for a long time and provide a ton of nutrition. Here is a good example although I would avoid the fruit until you are at your goal weight http://www.charlespoliquin.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/270/The_Meat_and_Nut_Breakfast.aspx

    I also recommend to people to try a gluten free cheat day. It worked wonders for me and most people that try seem to feel much better and lose fat much faster as well. I try and recommend to eat as much fruit as possible on cheat day. Helps build up that store of liver glycogen and help with any sweet tooth issues.

    For exercise looks pretty good what you are doing, especially since you are noticing a difference so fast. When you start to plateau or get bored of those exercises adding in some stuff from the kiwi workout would be good, and other KB stuff like cleans and snatches if you feel comfortable doing them. Learning the more advanced stuff too is fun, like turkish getups, on legged deadlifts etc. Also I highly recommend pullups, you can usually find a bar at your local park to do them. Being that we sit a lot we generally have a weak back and pulling muscles.

    As for the amount of weight lost you are doing very good. I think 10 lbs a month is around average maybe a bit over average. I think it would really benefit you to make some non scale goals (NSV or non scale victories as they like to say in /r/loseit) see this post for ideas http://whole9life.com/2012/08/new-health-scale/
    The scale is a really shitty way to measure body composition and health.

    Some longer term goals and maybe some performance goals I think would really help you out as well. 'Dieting to lose x amount of weight' is never successful. Tim states in the book many time it is a lifestyle change. You want to look good, and being healthy is the best way to accomplish that. My goal from the start was to lead a healthy lifestyle to set an example for my son and any future kids I have, I have been at it for 18 months now and will never go back. There have been set back, ups and downs along the way, but when your goal is long term and you are looking way down the road, having some cake at a birthday isn't that big of a deal.

    I also get a ton of help from my S/O and I highly suggest everyone get by in and help from the people around them. They don't have to be as passionate about it as you are but as long as they are board and have some sort of health related goals it makes a huge difference.

    Good Luck, feel free to contact me directly.
u/Fire_in_the_nuts · 2 pointsr/CrohnsDisease

Follow the doctor's advice.

If he wants to try a dietary approach, there are a bunch of different options, many different books. He will have to try different things to figure out what works best for him. If he's really determined, with some luck something will work for him.

Life Without Bread is a low-carb approach.

Breaking the Vicious Cycle works for some.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease by Hunter may be useful; haven't read it yet myself.

I think Cordain's Paleo diet book addresses autoimmune disease. I liked his approach.

Robb Wolf's Paleo book is only slightly different, and also addresses autoimmune disease.

No one diet works for everyone. Some people never find specific dietary guidelines that work. Many people can identify foods that are particularly problematic, and finding these may start with a particularly monotonous diet, followed by adding in individual food items to determine tolerance. I think Hunter's book goes that route, but I'm uncertain.

Things that work for some: extremes, such as vegan/extreme vegetarian, or total carnivore. Highly recommended: fermented foods. Avoid sugar.

u/baconsea · 2 pointsr/Paleo

Why not get one of the many books on Paleo and read up on it so you know what is "good to eat".

Once you get a handle on your situation just make sure you have plenty of grub available to you so you won't cave to your cravings. Also, your cravings will subside pretty quickly if you start eating "right".

u/rkmike · 2 pointsr/loseit

Kev, we all try different paths to get us to where we want to go. If this works for you that's great, but for me it wouldn't be sustainable long-term. HcG just seems a little scammy to me, however if you're committed to it, I would throw in some vitamin D too. Breaking 500 is a great first step (it is nice to see the numbers drop!). I do worry that you're not getting enough real food with this diet.

I started well above where you are now so I know where you're coming from in wanting to get it done with (I still don't like to tell others how bad I got). I've tried most of the diets and fads out there, but what finally turned me around was reading Tim Ferris' 4hr body, Gary Taubes' Good Calories, Bad Calories, Rob Wolff's Paleo Solution, Loren Cordain's Paleo Diet and Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint. I've culled what works for me from these and have been eating pretty much Paleo/Keto since November. I've dropped over 50lbs since then at about 2000-2200 cals day. I know it's not biggest loser territory, but slow and steady wins the race. Most of all, it's something I can live with long term. So far my only exercise has been walking and some stationary bike.

What made the change easier for me was I found a lifestyle rather than a diet to follow. That's not to say I haven't had the occasional setbacks (god I miss pizza and beer), but I'm getting there and you will too. Best of luck on your quest...

tl/dr - Plan's not for me, don't be afraid to try something else. Knock em dead kid!

u/afsdjkll · 2 pointsr/crossfit

Really, you should play around with it and see how you feel. If you're a crossfitter, see what happens with your WOD times and PRs. I assume you're recording your efforts so you should already have a base.

Go for this book. He's not quite a crossfitter anymore (heh), but to ignore him as a resource would be downright silly.

http://www.amazon.com/Paleo-Solution-Original-Human-Diet/dp/0982565844/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1313095660&sr=8-1

Also, his podcast is excellent. His most recent one had Mark Sisson and Mat LaLonde. It was REALLY good stuff.

u/ajrw · 2 pointsr/Health

I'd say that book's looking fairly out-dated now, personally I'd recommend the Paleo Solution or the Primal Blueprint. I think Cordain was still recommending a relatively low-fat diet when he wrote that, and was more concerned about risks in consuming saturated fats.

u/SaucerPinto · 1 pointr/TrueAskReddit

The Paleo Solution. I heard Robb Wolf on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, looked up the paleo lifestyle, bought the book, changed my diet, and have never felt better. Whether you agree with paleo or not, it's better than the standard american diet and my energy and mindset has never been better.

u/wjackson · 1 pointr/loseit

Sending good thoughts your way, mate.

A couple things:

u/stankaaron · 1 pointr/Fitness

You sound like a sugar addict and a prime candidate for low-carb dieting.

Buy a copy of this. Read it. Do it.

When you've lost the bulk of your weight, buy a copy of this.

These are not affiliate links. I just really believe in both of these books.

u/GeneticsDave · 1 pointr/Paleo
u/fictional_one · 1 pointr/Paleo

My recommendation would be that you read this book by Robb Wolf to better understand the whys of paleo. To address your second question... You should jump right in with a 30 day strict paleo diet to get yourself over the hurdles of cravings/dependence. It will be hard and you will be mean for up to two weeks, but trust that its for the greater good. When you are no longer dependent upon sugar/grains you will feel in control. The way I like to look at it... if you were addicted to heroin and trying to quit would keep doing heroin a couple days out the week? I know... an extreme example, but you get the idea.

u/sbenitoj · 1 pointr/loseit

Hey Fitness96,

I remember being 17 years old and wanting to lose a substantial amount of weight, I just wanted to be like everyone else my age. Sadly, genetics play a significant factor in how our bodies process different macronutrients (fats, protein, and carbs), and it sounds like you got the short end of the genetic stick (just as I did). The bad news is that you can’t just eat whatever you want and look fit (past the age of 30 almost no one can, the American obesity rate is proof of that), the good news is that you’re not destined to be overweight.

I’ve made so many mistakes over the years, I literally yo-yo dieted for 12 years before finally losing and keeping off 40 lbs of fat after I found the RIGHT diet and the RIGHT exercise.

I remember running for miles and miles, then trying to restrict my calories to lose weight, only to become starving and binge eat followed by feeling exhausted and sleeping for days.

No matter who you ask, you’re going to get a different opinion, but based on my experience (and mistakes) these are some general rules of thumb to follow (disclaimer: I am not a doctor, the suggestions below are based solely off of my personal experience).

At the bottom of the post I provide resources for you to read, best of luck to you and shoot me a message if you have any questions / need some help!

  1. Calorie Counting Misses the Boat – It is true that if you eat fewer calories than you burn you will lose weight, but what I didn’t understand at 17 years old was WHY do some people naturally eat the same amount as they burn and why do others eat MORE than they burn (and thus become fat). From day to day your body burns roughly the same amount of calories, there are really only two sources for those calories: food you eat that day and stores of energy contained within your body (that is, body fat, muscle, and glycogen). The reason why some people overeat (and thus are overweight) is that they cannot easily access their stores of energy. Why? There are a number of reasons, but the primary contributor of this energy imbalance (and that’s really what obesity is), is elevated levels of the hormone insulin. When you digest food it spikes your blood sugar. When your blood sugar goes up, your body has to secrete insulin in order for your fat/muscle to absorb that blood sugar. The more insulin that your body secretes, the more nutrients that will be shoved into fat (and at the same time, the harder it will be for your fat stores to release energy). You’d think that people who have tons of fat to lose wouldn’t feel hungry because of all their fat, but because they have elevated insulin levels their bodies can’t actually ACCESS those fat stores, so their body tells send a signal to eat more food because that’s the only energy it can access. The question is, what do you do about it? All foods spike your blood sugar (and thus your insulin levels), but carbohydrates spike them the most, protein a distant second, and fats a very distant third. So in order to keep your blood sugar lower (and thus lose excess fat), you need to drastically reduce the amount of carbs you eat (that is, eliminate bread, rice, pasta). You should be eating primarily meat and vegetables. Back on calorie counting, it’s not that it DOESN’T work, it’s that it’s UNSUSTAINABLE. If you’ve ever met someone who’s lost weight counting calories, ask them how long they kept the weight off for. Inevitably people who count calories become too hungry or too tired. It should be common sense to people that 2,000 calories of pure sugar is not identical to 2,000 calories of grass-fed organic beef, but it’s not. Sadly, the calorie is a calorie myth lives on. Don’t fall for it.

  2. Aerobic Exercise – I used to think hours of long, slow cardio was great for weight loss. It’s not. Short-intervals (e.g. 30 second all out sprint followed by 2 min walk, repeat 4 to 8 times per session, 2x per week) is MUCH better for fat loss. If you’re 75 lbs overweight, I wouldn’t recommend anything but walking 20 minutes per session 2 - 3x a week until you’ve lost most of the excess fat through proper diet. If you start running with a lot of excess fat you risk tearing up your knees and hurting your back. If you have access to a swimming pool, that’s an acceptable low-impact way to exercise as well.

  3. Weight Training – I used to think that tons of sets, tons of reps, and light to moderately heavy weights were the way to go. Big mistake. If you’re spending hours and hours a week in the gym, you’re wasting time. You only need to master three lifts: the bench press, the squat, and the deadlift. Focus on perfecting your form and for every week that you meet your goals, increase the amount you lift the next week.

  4. Organic Meat and Vegetables – I’m not going to go into detail here, but it should be obvious that it’s unnatural to inject animals with hormones/antibiotics and cover vegetables in pesticides. Anything that’s injected into an animal or sprayed onto a vegetable ultimately goes inside you when you eat it. Opt for pasture raised animals and organic vegetables. Whole Foods is expensive, but the quality of their food is worth it.

  5. Lifestyle – Lots of people have the “I’ll just lose the weight, and then go back to eating what I want.” This mindset is, in a word, INSANE. If you’re overweight, it’s because you’re eating the wrong foods. You can’t lose weight and then go back to eating the wrong foods again. Well, you can, but you’ll become overweight again. It may be hard to stomach this idea right now, but you need to view this as a CHANGE FOR LIFE. That can sound intimidating, so I want to elaborate on it briefly. People typically react, “Does that mean I can NEVER eat pizza again?!” Obviously not. I personally eat “healthy” foods 6 days a week, and on day 7 I eat whatever I want (cheat day). Lots of people sustain their weight loss by following a 6 day on, 1 day off system. Something else that may be hard to believe right now is that even though you can’t imagine living without bread/rice/pasta/pizza/sugar right now, you won’t always want those foods as much as you do now. As you lose weight, not only will your progress will serve as ongoing motivation to eat healthy foods, but also your desire for unhealthy foods will go away (I experienced this first hand, but it took 2-3 months for it to happen). Unhealthy food is not the only source of enjoyment in life.

  6. Other People – No matter what your goal is or what system you use for weight loss, SOMEONE IS GOING TO CRITICIZE YOU. You need to be prepared for this. Friends, family members, other students, the list is endless. What’s amazing is even overweight people will tell you you’re doing it wrong! When someone criticizes your system, you can say, “You might be right, it might not work, but I’m going to try it for a month and see how it works, couldn’t hurt to try right?” When someone criticizes your goal, perhaps they’ll be concerned that it’s unrealistic, you can say, “You might be right, maybe my goal is too ambitious, but other people like me have lost weight before, so I figure I can do it too. What do you think?” Even though people are criticizing your diet / goals, what they REALLY want is to just be listened to, people want to know their opinion matters. So let them know you value their opinion, listen to what they have to say, but you don’t have follow what they say just because they say it!

  7. Goals & Systems – Regardless of what system you try for weight loss, you need to stick to it for AT LEAST 6 WEEKS before you can say whether or not it’s working. Don’t keep switching from one plan to another and claiming, “Nothing works, and I’ve tried everything!!” You may have tried everything, but you have to try it for LONG ENOUGH to know that it works or doesn’t.

    RESOURCES

  8. DIET
    Book – The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferriss – http://www.amazon.com/The-4-Hour-Body-Incredible-Superhuman/dp/030746363X

    Book – The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf – http://www.amazon.com/Paleo-Solution-Original-Human-Diet/dp/0982565844/ref=la_B003Z4MQVY_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406053434&sr=1-1

    Blog – Ben Greenfield – http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/

    Blog – Mark Sisson – http://www.marksdailyapple.com/

  9. WEIGHT TRAINING – Check out the Strong Lifts 5x5 system. It’s more important to follow the program consistently, week after week, than to stress about taking one day off. Focus on steady progress, nothing happens overnight.

    http://stronglifts.com/5x5/

    Bench Press (proper form) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaOwz6DNdjw
    Deadlift (proper form) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1H1VG9Uh50
    Squats (proper form) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDPy_i_Wbuo

  10. Psychology of Success – One of my favorite bloggers is Ramit Sethi. He doesn’t write about weight loss specifically, but he writes endlessly about the mindset of successful people. You can apply his material immediately to whatever goal you’re trying to reach in life, but you actually have to APPLY the material, you can’t just read it and expect things to fall in place by themselves.

    http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/

    Best of luck to you, and feel free to shoot me a message with any questions!
u/aesthetist · 0 pointsr/nutrition
u/TheBigMost · 0 pointsr/Paleo

120 lbs and 7% - wow, ok.

First thing is to get properly educated before you begin. I started with Robb Wolf's book: The Paleo Solution. Also check out the FAQ here in the sidebar.

Exercise is a given - preferably something high intensity with short intervals. I like the Scientific 7-Minute Workout. No special equipment except for a chair.

Re: diet, I would say the lower-carb you go, the faster it will come off. Once you approach your goal, add in more Paleo-friendly carbs (sweet potatoes, plantains, fruit, etc) in order to maintain.

That being said, in getting to that lower-carb state, you might want to go about that gradually if you've never done it before. If you go super-low carbs, then you should probably take a break from it now and then (say, a couple days every 2-3 weeks have some Paleo-friendly starches)

Last but not least, mind your sleep habits and stress levels.

u/slothchunk · 0 pointsr/AskReddit

Cut the carbohydrates, especially wheat and sugar. Shes doesn't need any. Her belly will disappear within a couple months if you cut those out.

Then read this book: http://www.amazon.com/Paleo-Solution-Original-Human-Diet/dp/0982565844

And never be confused about nutrition again.

u/Apollo_is_Dead · 0 pointsr/philosophy

>Name me a moral concept. Or a few. And why are we assuming that nature is non-moral?

That's the thing, I'm saying that there are no distinctively "moral" properties in nature. Morality, defined as "The extent to which an action is right or wrong," is a useful fiction, based on the conventions and designs of other human beings. When someone says that "rape is morally wrong," what they are saying in effect is that its consequences are undesirable, and should be prohibited as a matter of principle. Once enough people come together and reach a consensus on this point, a new moral is born. But the moral itself does not derive its authority from an objective ground of value, which stands above and beyond the practical interests and agreements of human beings.

I'm far more comfortable with using the terms good or evil, just or unjust, equal or unequal, appropriate or inappropriate, suitable or unsuitable, proportional or disproportional, adaptive or maladaptive, functional or dysfunctional, efficient or inefficient. Note that I'm not talking about good or evil in a theistic or moral sense, I'm speaking in purely functional terms. A "good" thing of a certain kind is one which performs its function well. For instance, the function of a knife is to cut: cutting is that which a knife alone achieves, or achieves better than other objects. It is a distinctive quality of a knife that it cut well or badly. To the extent that an object lacks these traits, it will be evil or bad as a result. In that sense, the words that I use are devoid of subjective valuations, there is no expression of liking or prejudice, rather, I'm using these words to point to objective criteria, and as a result the claims are matters for empirical investigation, not what one or another ideology proclaims is right or wrong.

>Humans feel pain and process emotions in the same way that most mammals do.

I never denied that fact. However, I'd characterize the issue differently. As I said before, it is in the consitution of our species that we eat animal flesh for subsistance. Obviously, I'm not claiming that we require a wholly carniverous diet, only that a large proportion of our food comes from animals. The only implication that follows from this is that nature prescribes that lower animals are the proper prey of human beings, and thus it is fitting, appropriate, or suitable to our species. You are the one introducing a moral claim into this situation. And as I said, your claim is groundless as it appeals to an arbitrary preference of subjective taste. It has no moral authority. You also lack the general consent of others, which would be required to turn this into a principle or norm of conduct. So where does that leave us? I maintain that we have a natural right or entitlement to prey on other creatures for the good of our species. This right follows from the fact that we are proportionally superior, in nearly all respects, as it pertains to fitness, which is the only measure of comparison at issue in the final analysis. If you dispute this claim, kindly explain how it is possible for us to fish out entire oceans, or reduce whole ecosystems to cinders to suit our purposes. The suffering of other animals is indeed an evil, but only for those species so unfortunate to become victims of the human appetite.

Here's a small taste of the contradictory evidence you requested.