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  1. MeanSleevedMachine

    How many calories do you eat a day?

    14 months out, I am eating 2650 calories a day which is still 187 calories below my BMR. So I am still losing, just slowing it down because I want to cruise into 250 and stay there.
  2. MeanSleevedMachine

    What Food Is Your Kryptonite?

    Ice cream. Without question.
  3. MeanSleevedMachine

    One year mark

    If you need any help on your journey let me know. I don’t check this website often but I usually check it a couple times a month. So I may not respond right away but I will respond to any questions you send my way.
  4. MeanSleevedMachine

    One year mark

    Good luck on your journey and if you need any help on what to eat, how much and any exercise programs just let me know. Since we have similar starting stats I probably have more to share with you than the average person on here since you will no doubt be eating more protein and calories earlier on than the rest of the folks having the surgery to avoid stalls.
  5. I would say never but that is not technically true. 99.9% of the time it is true. Sometimes if I am somewhere amazing food exists and i mean truly amazing, it really bothers me I can only eat a small amount and I am done. At those times and only those times, I think of how amazing it would be to eat as much as I wanted. But that is a small sacrifice for the other 99.9% of the time I feel absolutely amazing and the extra 25 years I’ll live to see my babies grow up. A trade I would make 1000 times out of 1000.
  6. MeanSleevedMachine

    Realizing just how fat I was...and still am

    I often feel this way too. I honestly think some of it is we do not see ourselves the way others do. I constantly lament to my wife about my “big belly” after losing over 240 pounds... I stand in disbelief that I still have a belly. A belly that looks huge to me now. She always shoots back “boy, you don’t have a belly anymore.” I look at my clothes... my new clothes, and think there is no way this will fit me. Then it not only does, it is loose. I honestly have the hardest time seeing myself as a non-fat person no matter how many people I love and trust that tell me otherwise. Logically and rationally I know I am smaller. You don’t lose as much as I do and not look smaller. So I know people aren’t lying to me. It’s just... I was fat for so long and I still see myself as fat. So man, I understand where you are coming from. I’m just now getting to where I look at my photos and see real progress. Unless you were morbidly obese it is really difficult to understand this. I get that. But it just goes to show that being morbidly obese affects more than just your physical health. It really damages you mentally too.
  7. MeanSleevedMachine

    One year mark

    Here is a recent photo at 13.5 months out. All of the working out is starting to pay off. I was telling my wife (who has been telling me this for months now) that I can finally tell how muscular I am getting in photos. It is really amazing considering the blob I had become after a decade of inactivity.
  8. I had zero loose skin and zero hair loss. My wife, who also had the surgery, has some loose skin on her arms but had zero hair loss. Our surgeon told us to eat tons of protein 140 for her and 200 for me to prevent hair loss. We did that along with starting a workout routine. My advice, prioritize protein and start working out if you want to minimize these issues.
  9. Before WLS I took 9 pills a day for high blood pressure, I had severe sleep apnea and I had to take medicine to keep fluid off my legs because of lymphedema. As of 10 months post surgery I take zero pills, no longer have sleep apnea and have zero fluid issues.
  10. MeanSleevedMachine

    I Want To See Before & After Pics! (Cont'd)

    Still working on adding muscle but I am happy with my current weight. I have surpassed my goal weight. Now it is all about body composition.
  11. MeanSleevedMachine

    When did you reach your goal weight?

    I set 3 goals. Only two were weight related. #1 was to be off all medication and my c-pap. I hit that goal at month 9. #2 was my realistic weight goal which was to be the same weight I was when I was at the peak of my physical fitness as a college football player — that was 310 lbs. I hit thar goal at month 7-ish. #3 was my vanity goal that I doubted I would hit. I wanted to weight 265 and finally be a normal BMI. I hit that goal in month 13.
  12. MeanSleevedMachine

    Overtraining & Stalls???? Frustrated.....

    My issue with what was said is what is directly in the quote. That weight lifting only burns a couple hundred calories an hour as if that were the only benefit to doing it. It isn’t. If we take the example of converting 20 lbs of fat to 20 lbs of muscle. The cumulative effects of that in a year without any extra effort is over 70,000 extra calories burned at rest. So that is 15 lbs of weight lost or 15 lbs of weight not gained (however you want to look at it depending on where you are in your weight loss) from no extra effort. Just carrying muscle instead of fat. The benefits to weight lifting go far beyond the calories burned while weight lifting.
  13. MeanSleevedMachine

    Overtraining & Stalls???? Frustrated.....

    Yeah, no. That guy has zero credentials to make him an authority on that. It is a scientific fact that 1 pound of muscle burns 7-10 calories a day and 1 pound of fat burns 2-3 calories a day. If you replace 20 pounds of fat with 20 pounds of muscle, the muscle will burn 140-200 calories a day just existing compared to the fat burning 40-60. This doesn't account for activity level and other things in which engaged muscles expend more energy, too. This is also in addition to the activity burn when building the muscle which is probably 4-600 calories a week. Muscle just burns more energy. I find it unlikely he is burning 4500-5500 calories a day, too. Although, if he were taller it is possible. Not everyone fits into the little boxes everyone wants to put people in on this site. Some of us DO burn a lot of calories because we are large, have a low body fat % and are active. I'd put this guy in that category. He is probably burning ~3500 calories a day. Maybe a little more, maybe a little less. My advice to him is to take the money (only costs me about $300 every six months) to get his BMR and body composition tested so he knows exactly what his body is made up of and how many calories he burns a day just existing, and with varied levels of exercise. I wouldn't listen to anyone on this forum -- and yes, that includes me -- I'd see what the numbers say from people that specialize in doing this.
  14. MeanSleevedMachine

    Overtraining & Stalls???? Frustrated.....

    The difference between lifting and walking (I do both) is that the calorie burn benefit to lifting doesn't stop and end during the activity. Increased muscle mass has a calorie burn effect that goes 24/7/365. So while you may only burn 200 calories during an hour of lifting weights, added muscle will consume more kCals than the fat it replaces. Which in turn ups your caloric daily burn. If this guy is 20% body fat as he claims and he is working out like this, he is probably burning 3700 calories a day or more.
  15. MeanSleevedMachine

    Overtraining & Stalls???? Frustrated.....

    I think your caloric intake is too low to promote weight loss and muscle gain. Your regimen seems very similar to mine as far as exercise. Granted, I am 6'7" but I consistently eat 2300-2500 calories a day and I still lose weight. In order to build muscles you have to feed them. I had a BMR test done and just sitting on my butt I burn 2947 calories a day. That is if I don't move out of bed. So don't listen to people saying 1400 calories is 'too much.' Go see an actual dietician if you want an educated opinion on the matter. What I can tell you is that I'd bet my bottom dollar if you did they'd tell you to eat more.

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