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Any tricks or tips on how to lose THE LAST FEW LBS faster??

I am a guy. I was 175lbs in high school 185 in college but then I got up to 220 a few years ago. I took up running and ate better and got down to 185 again but I really want to take off that last ten, but it is hard. This is what I do...

Diet:
Weekdays: 1/4c. oatmeal w/ 1/8thc. dried fruit, 1/2 can tuna w/ hot sauce, low sodium V-8 & multi-vitamin, 1 serv. cottage cheese 1 tbsp peanut butter ½ banana, 1/2 can tuna w/ hot sauce, 600 calorie dinner
Weekend: Breakfast: 1/4c. oatmeal w/ 1/8thc. dried fruit + 1 protein shake. Lunch and dinner: moderate portions for 600 calories each meal. No snacks or other meals.

I run 25 miles a week, lift weights 2.5 hours a week, eliptical 3.5 hours a week

This is actually what I do, no joke. Any tricks and tips out there to lose weight faster than the above can manage?


Wed. Mar 12, 10:58am

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first off - lose the dried fruit. Very high in sugar. Try switching to regular fruit.

How much water are you drinking in an average day?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 11:22 AM

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thanks...
1/8th cup of dried fruit in the oatmeal so i can bear to eat it every single day for 18 months (so far)...I am pretty sure I don't eat much sugar though
I try to drink 1 gallon a day, I keep a gallon jug nearby.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 11:28 AM

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Best way to get off a plateau is to shake things up!

1) Don't eat the same things/ # of calories every day. "Zig-zag" high-low.

2) The more you do something like elliptical, the more efficient you get at it and the less good it does you. Get off the elliptical and onto the basketball court or the rowing machine -- something you're not good at. Also, run intervals! Don't just go out for 25 miles total, but run fartlek or if you are on a track run timed intervals.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 11:38 AM

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I love the advice 11:38!

So true about shaking up the running (and other exercises). It's easy to get into a zone, yet minimize the challenge, when logging so many miles in a week. Same with those machines - shake it up!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 2:05 PM

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2:05 again...

BTW - congrats OP on losing all that weight and getting into shape!



Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 2:06 PM

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