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At my wit's end, weight-wise. Please help.

I've struggled with my weight all of my adult life. Now I'm 34 and I feel like I'm at my wit's end. I just can't bring myself to fix my diet. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 27, 2014 - 30 answers

Nutrition questions for a fitness newbie

So I started working out for real this year as part of my New Year's Resolution. I'm currently doing a version of crossfit, mixed with occasional rock climbing, and I'm seeing good results (Stats below). The problem is that most dieting and training advice I can find for guys is geared towards those who are starting out skinny. I started out overweight and out of shape. I'm currently at what would be a good weight if my BF was lower. What are some good diet resources for someone in my situation? (I like my training regimen and I'm not looking for a new one) [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Mar 31, 2014 - 3 answers

What does my body do with the water I drink?

What happens to the drinking water I swallow? All I know is that it goes down my throat to my stomach, and then my body does its thing. Can you go into greater detail for me? For example: What positive effects does the water I drink have on my mouth, my throat, my stomach and other parts of my body? How does the stomach process the water? Where does the water go after my stomach? How does what's in the water get from my stomach to the necessary parts of my body? What's in water that my body needs? What parts of my body benefit the most from the water I drink? Feel free to answer other relevant questions that I've overlooked.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jan 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Getting in shape without getting bored

Over the past year or so, due to several factors (busytimes with work, moving places twice, a surgery), I let my diet and my fitness slip up. I would like to get back in shape and lose some weight as well. Typical problem: how to come up with a solid exercise/diet plan so that it becomes routine? [more inside]
posted by lost_lettuce on Dec 31, 2013 - 15 answers

I celebrate the me yet to come

Every year my boyfriend and I make up a theme for our resolution for the year. 2014 is going to be "I Sing The Body Electric." We then do things along this theme. The idea for 2014 is that we make our bodies feel awesome, inside and out. What fun and transformative things should we do? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Nov 2, 2013 - 25 answers

$500 or Less to a "Summer Body"

Stuck at a fitness plateau. Not weight loss - fat loss. I'm about 5-8% (not exactly sure; I only have inexact measurement options) below where I want to be, which is the 10% mark. Help me get to my goal or as close as possible by the summer (and stay there)! [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Mar 20, 2013 - 12 answers

How much can my body realistically change during a 5-month fitness plan?

The good news is, I have a summer job. The bad news is, I have to go into a swimming pool for it. In a bathing suit. Every day. Yikes! [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Feb 15, 2013 - 27 answers

How on earth do you stick to a diet?

I'm looking to lose some weight and tone up, but I'm having a really hard time with the drastic diet changes that will be required. I think I have entirely the wrong attitude towards food in general. Snowflake inside [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Feb 8, 2013 - 24 answers

What keeps you motivated to stay healthy and fit?

What excites YOU about your regular diet/exercise routine? What motivational thoughts do you have that you believe are uniquely yours? [more inside]
posted by Th!nk on Sep 30, 2012 - 32 answers

Like The Hacker's Diet for muscles?

I'm making good weight-loss progress with The Hacker's Diet. Now, I'd like to add in exercise to build and tone muscle. I'm active and decent shape already, but don't do any weights. Is there anything as down-to-earth and straightforward as The Hacker's Diet for this? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize on Sep 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Find me some motivation

I'm losing focus on my weight loss goals and I don't want to fall off the wagon. I have had to fight hard to lose what I have lost, and I do not want to back track. How do you get your head back in the game and really find the time to focus on it and prioritize it when your life has become extremely busy? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Sep 18, 2012 - 12 answers

Is it ok to have bacon cheeseburgers if I am skinny?

I don't really exercise and my diet is poor. I never really worried about this because I have been naturally thin my whole life, but now that I am older (35 year old male) should I be concerned that my insides are turning to mush? [more inside]
posted by solmyjuice on Aug 12, 2012 - 21 answers

Help me define X and Y when Z equals ridiculously hot.

What exercise and diet will turn pretty-good-for-33 into ridiculous-in-a-good-way? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Aug 9, 2012 - 38 answers

Help me recover from my recovery

Help me recover from my recovery: advice sought on diet, fitness, repatriation, etc. after a long hospitalization. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 - 13 answers

Running & S****ing

Two weeks today I'm running a half-marathon (my first). The running is not the problem; issues with my digestion and its effects are. How can I deal with running and the need to poop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2012 - 13 answers

How do you transform into an athlete?

How do people take fitness to the next level? How do you become an athlete? I need tips on reducing body fat % and becoming really, really strong, and I need perspective on the kind of effort I should be putting in. [more inside]
posted by carmel on Feb 3, 2012 - 26 answers

Off, damned fat!

What cardio exercises/machines would you recommend to someone who really, really hates cardio? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 - 45 answers

Eat X, not Y

Recommend versions of my favorite foods, or alternatives to them, that are healthful, low-calorie, and nonetheless tasty. [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Jun 9, 2011 - 26 answers

Losing Motivation with weight loss.

I've been working out and seeing progress but everything seems to be like taking 2 steps forward and then 1 step back, making it hard for me right now to keep up the motivation. Just trying to figure out if I am doing anything wrong or if something could help. [more inside]
posted by loser8008 on May 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Snarky, sane, smart and down-to-earth weight loss support?

I want a weight loss community for people like me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 12, 2011 - 26 answers

We both want it, but how do I help?

How can I support my girlfriend in losing a small but persistent amount of weight? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2011 - 80 answers

43% body fat. What the hell?

43% body fat. Am I about to drop dead, or is my scale wrong? [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Feb 26, 2011 - 19 answers

I don't like to move it (move it)!

I'm about 25 lbs heavier than I'd like to be, and need information and motivation to help me get started eating better and moving more. I've previously lost a considerable amount of weight (growing up I had weight issues, and topped out at around 210. I'm a 5'6" female, and currently weigh 165) but that was mainly through very controlled eating, and while I was a smoker. I've quit smoking and now live with my boyfriend, which has led to me loosening up on my eating. In some ways that has been good, but has also led to weight gain. [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Jan 3, 2011 - 23 answers

The best-laid (exercise) plans of mice and men

Vanityfilter: Smart, busy people of Metafilter, how did you get in incredibly good (looking) shape? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Dec 27, 2010 - 22 answers

DietFilter: How do I balance food and heavy exercise while still losing weight?

Can you help me diet while remaining extra-active? I lost lots of weight with mild exercise but now that I've stepped things up, I'm stuck... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2010 - 11 answers

Did i just eat that??

What should i do post eating an unhealthy meal or 3 to curb its effects on my brain and body? [more inside]
posted by AMP583 on Jul 15, 2010 - 13 answers

Getting sick of the slow burn...

Despite trying pretty hard, my weight's been staying at a flat line for the past solid month. What's up? [more inside]
posted by bookwo3107 on Jun 28, 2010 - 32 answers

Optimize my cardio, Hivemind Trainers

I've been fairly successful with my diet/exercise plan since mid March, but I know I could be doing better. Tips? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on May 2, 2010 - 11 answers

Weight loss challenge websites wanted

My office wants to a "Biggest Loser" style weight loss challenge. Any good websites we could use to track people's progress? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Mar 5, 2010 - 15 answers

Yet Another DietFilter (I think this is a decent one.)

What are some great little diet and exercise tips and tricks to push weight loss and fitness progress over the edge? Not looking for a whole plan, just your favorite "diet hacks." [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Feb 25, 2010 - 63 answers

Is Green Tea Good for You even when it's cold?

I heard Green Tea is extremely good for you. If I drink it cold, will it give me the same benefits as hot green tea? I like the Snapple Green tea drink you can get in a glass bottle and you drink it cold. Thanks, Lynnie-the-pooh
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Nov 2, 2009 - 31 answers

How to avoid gaining weight when you become a couple?

How to avoid gaining weight when you become a couple? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Sep 8, 2009 - 17 answers

A plan for getting back in shape?

Help me get back in shape! Specific recommendations for diet/exercise books or plans. [more inside]
posted by Dilemma on Jun 13, 2009 - 14 answers

Help a vegetarian lose weight!

Smart fitness people help a vegetarian lose weight! Is there a veggie atkins? Other suggestions wanted! Rambling details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ponderance on May 21, 2009 - 16 answers

How can I get fit properly?

How can I get fit properly? [more inside]
posted by Fluffy654 on Dec 26, 2008 - 9 answers

How does a 19 year old couch potato lose 50 pounds?

Ok I’m an overweight college student here. I’m a male coming in at 6’2” weighing 275 pounds. I want to lose 30 in 30. Ideally I want to shed 50 pounds and get down to 225 lbs, which is what I was back in highschool. [more inside]
posted by BoldStepDesign on Dec 9, 2008 - 54 answers

Please make me fit, oh MeFi

Workout filter: where you, yes you, lucky intarwebs, get to judge my fitness + diet regimen (long, detailed) [more inside]
posted by paultopia on Jul 6, 2008 - 17 answers

Telecommuting made me gain 30 lbs in 6 months. HELP me stop the spread!

Please help me stop the butt spread and weight gain related to my 12 hour/day telecommuting computer job before I am relegated to a muumuu. [more inside]
posted by citystalk on May 3, 2008 - 36 answers

What's recommended to consume right after a work-out ?

What should i consume immediately after a work-out ? If i'm not a fan of powdered protein ? [more inside]
posted by hboogz on Jan 25, 2008 - 28 answers

Weight, weight, don't tell me...

Cardio isn't doing it for me. The diet change is working verrry slowly, but I want to lose 10 pounds. Problem is, I can't lift anything heavier than 15 pounds, so is weight training even an option? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Oct 22, 2007 - 20 answers

Calorie intake and gaining modest amounts of muscle

Calorie intake and gaining modest amounts of muscle (i.e. not hardcore body-building). Plus, what is happening when your muscles are getting stronger and harder, but you've been running on a calorie deficit and losing weight? [more inside]
posted by peep on Jun 20, 2007 - 12 answers

Desperate to set up an effective weight loss strategy

I badly need some help / advice on getting my weight under control. I get mixed messages everywhere I turn, but I feel like I don't have time to play around anymore. I'm completely desperate to get myself to do something and stick with it so I can at least get from "obese" to "overweight" if not to "normal". [more inside]
posted by catfood on May 29, 2007 - 51 answers

Seeking data about the health effects of dieting for non-overweight people interested in moderate weight loss.

Is there data about moderate weight loss for the relatively thin? For example, we all know that yo-yo dieting is bad, etc., etc. But is there any data about whether it's bad for a not-overweight person to gain five pounds every winter and then lose it every spring? It seems like all the healthy eating and weight loss stuff I read is based on studies of fat people.
posted by croutonsupafreak on Apr 23, 2007 - 7 answers

How should a weight-lifting, running, vegetarian woman eat to have energy and life forever?

The more I work out, the more I realize that nutrition has a huge impact on my energy. When is the best time to eat various foods during the day so I have the most energy when I get to the gym at 5:30 p.m.? And how can I meet my nutritional needs, given that I'm a vegetarian who likes less-processed foods but doesn't have a lot of time for cooking (and can't handle eating beans every day)? I feel like I need a lot more protein all of a sudden. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Jan 22, 2007 - 25 answers

How To Get A Before & After Weight Loss Testimonial Gig?

How do the weight-loss companies choose their before & after spokespersons/guinea pigs for their diet product testimonials? [more inside]
posted by citystalk on Sep 5, 2006 - 13 answers

How to make this time (losing weight) work?

Ever since college I have been working to lose a fairly significant amount of weight (> 75 lbs). I'm looking for suggestions as to how I can make *this* time be the *last* time I ever have to try. [more inside]
posted by catfood on Apr 3, 2006 - 27 answers

What's the best/safest diet pill?

I'm considering taking a weight loss supplement (something like TrimSpa or Ripped Fuel), and was wondering if anyone had personal recommendations or knew of an independent site that reviewed supplements for effectiveness and safety/side-effects. Now that Ephedra has been banned, I'm operating under the assumption that these supplements are more or less safe, is that correct? What are the differences between the different brands? Any ingredients that I should look for or avoid? [my google-fu has failed miserably, what with all of the sites trying to sell this stuff]
posted by rorycberger on Feb 22, 2005 - 9 answers

How do you accurately count calories?

How do you accurately limit calories when exercising a whole lot? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Apr 22, 2004 - 9 answers

Gaining Instead of Losing

Oddball question about diet/exercise and weightloss.
(More inside, obviously) [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Mar 30, 2004 - 11 answers

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