Currently 18...

I'm 18 years old and have almost no muscle so I pretty much no it's all fat. I excercise Monday-Friday for 80 minutes a day but I know it's all for nothing if I don't have a good diet. I'm 280 and want to be 180 by September 17th, that means I just want to loose wait and have almost no intention of gaining any muscle. Do you guys think I'm going about this the right way?

Also, can ayone suggest a good diet plan?

hazah69 hazah69
3 Responses Feb 25, 2009

I tend to go for a balanced diet. The idea suggested of following a diet for diabetics seems like a good one. A couple of things to keep in mind:<br />
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1. The best weight loss is relatively small amounts sustained over a long period of time. It may take longer than the time you've set to reach your target weight this way, but you're more likely to stay there when you do reach it. Avoid fad dies that claim impressive amounts of weight lost in a short time.<br />
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2. Muscle is your friend. A pound of muscle at rest burns 10-15x the same amount of calories in a day as a pound of fat. No need to become like Arnie, just a healthy amount of muscle. Core body strength (abdominal and back muscles) also helps prevent a lot of common injuries.<br />
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3. Exercise needs to be a part of your plan. Gentle aerobic exercise such as a moderate to brisk walk for 30 minutes each day is a good start. Also, look to building exercise into your daily life. Instead of driving to the local store for milk or the newspaper, walk there. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator where possible. If travelling by bus, get off a stop early and walk the rest. At work or college, walk around and see people around the office/campus, instead of phoning or emailing. There's lots of little habit changes that help.

Thanks mtvlm, that helped a lot.

Diet plans.....Diet Plans......Lets see......Yes a diet plan is needed and one that takes out the fried foods, also reduce the wheat and dairy in a diet, reduce your soda intake if you have some, biggest thing reduce the sugar or carbohydrates in your current diet.<br />
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The best diet and you can get this info everywhere is start out with a diet for diabetics, that diet will get you started because it reduces the sugars and ups the proteins in your diet.<br />
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Second - If you are working out and not seeing any results then the exercise program may need some tweaking, if you are working out a tip. To build muscle you do 3 to 4 sets of 10 reps or so with more weight. To build lean muscle, so toning, do 3 to 4 set of 15 reps with a lighter weight.<br />
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You can't work out with out gaining muscle and if you get the muscle burning the fat instead of the sugars you will start to see some results.