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Phil Drolet (@phildrolet)    2 years ago

Hey guys!

Summer is right around the corner and I’m sure many of you are looking to looking to lose some weight, or to dust off that 6-pack that’s been buried in the winter months.

To break through all the misinformation provided by the weight loss industry, I’ve written an article highlighting 21 Weight Loss tips that actually work and that will have the (awesome) added benefit of boosting your health+energy.

You can check it out here: http://www.thefeelgoodlifestyle.com/21-weight-loss-tips-that-really-work.html

As you know though, information is only a small piece of the puzzle. Ultimately it’s consistent action and a great lifestyle that’ll provide the results.

So I have a question for you: in the past, what have been your biggest challenges around weight loss? What’s been stopping you from getting the body you want?

I’m asking because I want to keep creating better resources and help more people through my writing. I really appreciate you taking the time to share with me.

Cheers and here’s to looking good+feeling good this summer! :)
Phil

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nhusain09 (@nhusain09)2 years ago ago

My biggest weakness is food. That and trying to get into a routine that lasts more than a couple weeks without being thrown off. :-/

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Anonymous (@)2 years ago ago

I was wondering about a way to gain weight fast. So if you know any good workouts for your arms and abs. Post em up.

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No secrets. Just move more, eat less.

@loc2dabrain, Fast is relative, and you can’t muscle without fat super fast. Also keep in mind that just working abs and arms is not the way to go. Train your whole body. Finally to gain weight, eat more.

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Anonymous (@)2 years ago ago

The two things I struggled most with when trying to lose weight/get fit was firstly my will-power! I tried to make every excuse to myself under the sun as to why a slice of cake wouldn’t hurt, or why I shouldn’t work out that day. Figured it was all about mental strength/determination and PMA! (positive mental attitude). Secondly was variation in the foods I was eating, I got stuck into a little bit of a rut of eating the same boring foods day in day out.

Just read your post on intermittent fasting Phil and it sounds awesome! Will definitely be giving it a go. 2 days a week at the moment I drop my calories to about 400 per day, so curious to see how IF might work out for me! Thanks :)

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dylan (@dylmill)2 years ago ago

I used to have a hard time on my cuts (losing body fat) until I just began fasting until at least 5:30pm every day. I never thought that I could go for so long without food, being the culinary man that I am lololol. I tried IF but had a hard time not eating past that last hour when I wanted to cut. But now I don’t really get hungry and have much more productive days, and my cut is going great. I’m envisioning joining a bodybuilding comp. now with realistic thoughts of victory :)

Food intake will change your size, as muscles will change your shape.

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Sean (@wilymexican)2 years ago ago

Diet/financial issues are my biggest two. Smell you food before you eat it. I’ve read that this tricks your brain. Can you elaborate more on fasting concept? I used to be big on power lifting and body building before I injured my back, but when I was doing that I would eat all the time. Still even when you’re cutting I’ve been told that you want to eat all the time but change what you are eating. Foods that create a negative calorie so to speak. (broccoli, celery, lettuce,)

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Phil Drolet (@phildrolet)2 years ago ago

@loc2dabrain, I’d recommend you check this out: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2007/04/29/from-geek-to-freak-how-i-gained-34-lbs-of-muscle-in-4-weeks/

Whatever you do, focus on exercises that use big muscles groups, such as squats, deadlfts and bench press.

@inawakeofadream, glad you loved the IF post, it’s definitely an awesome practice and It hike you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results!

@dylmill, amen to that brother, I’m in exactly the same boat! I fast from 1am to 5pm daily and it’s really not that hard anymore! and is SO liberating not that have to worry about food during the day!!

@wilymexican, you can read all about it here: http://www.thefeelgoodlifestyle.com/fasting-for-fast-weight-loss-superior-fitness-and-better-health.html :)

I used to think eating many small means was the way to go but I’ve totally changed my mind since discovering IF. Eating lots of veggies is definitely beneficial though (hence my trick #1 with the big salad)

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Hitomi (@kidvisions)2 years ago ago

@phildrolet, Hey! Thank you so much for starting this thread! I was thinking about starting one and there you did it! :) :)
I’ve been trying to lose weight and I found myself facing the same problem over and over again which is : getting bored with untasety foods & getting exhausted & bored from exercises (since I don’t exercise very much) I will read the answers to this thread and I hope to find a solution for my problems!

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Hitomi (@kidvisions)2 years ago ago

hank you for the article. I’ve learned a lot of things!

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Anonymous (@)2 years ago ago

@phildrolet , when you did your 28 day IF challenge, when it was time to eat did you try and hit a certain number of calories or just ate until you were full? and how did it go by the way?

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Phil Drolet (@phildrolet)2 years ago ago

@kidvisions, I definitely think the “boring” part of food can be overcome. It just takes a bit of creativity :) There are a lot of healthy recipes out there that are DELICIOUS! I think it’s a false dichotomy to think that healthy and tasty are separate. Glad you enjoyed the article :)

@inawakeofadream, Elley, I’m actually back doing IF everyday for April.. and it’s A LOT easier this time around. I would generally just eat 3 meals with one big snack before bed time..

5pm = Superfood smoothie

8pm = Big Dinner (after training)

11pm = Medium meal (generally wheat toast with scrambled organic eggs and a salad)

1am = 3 cookie + 1 big glass of organic milk

The biggest challenge I find is that sometime when I break the fast, I get a pretty big energy crash as all the blood rushes to my stomach.. so it’s important to give myself 20-30 minutes to chill out after my smoothie.

Definitely worth trying it out though (if only a couple times a week!)

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Alex Eastman (@alex)2 years ago ago

I honestly don’t know what my problem is with losing weight. I cut all pop off completely (used to drink 3-5 cans a day), then lowered my calorie intake to roughly 1600, and wasn’t sedentary. I did pushups tuesday, thrsday, sunday, and situps mon, wed, fri, and I still didn’t lose much weight. I only lost 6 pounds over 3 months. When the warm days came, I took a month break from watching what I eat and gained it all back again :/
I’ll try this diet next, I’d like to weigh about 170, but currently weight 185. I was 180 only two months ago. :P

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Anonymous (@)2 years ago ago

i’ve read quite a bit around it today (including all the health literature you provided links to in your article, so thanks) and i think i’m going to dive right in at the deep end and continue to do it tomorrow and into the foreseeable future (unless negative experiences ensue). my fasting time will be from around midnight to 4pm, then feeding window from 4pm – midnight again.

today went really well actually i felt generally in a better mood and a lot less sluggish! (probably because during my feeding window i ate a pretty low amount of carbs). didn’t even feel as hungry as i predicted. ill continue to do it tomorrow and monitor my progress, but thanks very much for your posts they’ve been a great help and introduction to IF!

@alex hmm maybe some cardio is needed? i love HIIT as you can kick your own ass in a relatively short amount of time, but then again any cardio is good, as long as it gets your heart pumping! as you probably know weight loss is simply calories in vs calories out (simply, if you dont put as many calories in your body as it needs to maintain your weight it will shrink, to adapt) so the only reason i would think why your progress was so steady was because you weren’t in enough of a calorie deficit? then again, i am not a professional so there may be a completely different reason haha. read around, the web is literally busting with info on health and fitness!
best wishes and good luck!

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