Advice on losing weight

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Re: Advice on losing weight

Postby ChrisPBacon » April 20th, 2015, 12:51 pm

hjs wrote:
ChrisPBacon wrote:Just remember that diet influences weight and exercise influences body composition. People often assume the reverse.

Dr. Hamwi's method is a good guideline to aim for.

The Hamwi method is used to calculate the ideal body weight of the general adult. For men, the Hamwi method ideal body weight is 106 pounds (48 kg) plus 6 pounds (2.7 kg) for every inch (2.54 cm) over 5 feet (1.5 m). For women, it is 100 pounds (45 kg) plus 5 pounds (2.3 kg) for every inch over 5 feet.


Height is not enough, we have three dimensions.


Yes, Dr. Hamwi stated you could +/- 10% for frame size.
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Re: Advice on losing weight

Postby Porky lad » April 23rd, 2015, 8:39 am

Weight is still dropping off.

Just did 5kms in 24;36 - I realise this is nothing amazing, but it's a real improvement for me - especially after so little time.

Next step - under 24 mins.
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Re: Advice on losing weight

Postby hjs » April 23rd, 2015, 3:08 pm

Porky lad wrote:Weight is still dropping off.

Just did 5kms in 24;36 - I realise this is nothing amazing, but it's a real improvement for me - especially after so little time.

Next step - under 24 mins.


Nice, good work
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Re: Advice on losing weight

Postby Porky lad » May 2nd, 2015, 7:29 am

Still going, still losing weight and noticing more changes - mainly my traps are really dramatically different, and my face is more defined, and I'm closer to getting in 34" jeans. Long way to go though!

What Muscle groups does rowing not work? I kind of feel I need to do some other work on my shoulders before my traps start to look a bit daft.

Are there any good free weight or calisthenics excercises I should start doing that compliment rowing? Push ups, squats and chin ups/pull ups? Just ordered a chin up bar - before I went from 1 - 10 in the space of a few weeks - keen to get back on it and not stop this time!

Thanks for all the help, you're a good bunch.
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Re: Advice on losing weight

Postby hjs » May 2nd, 2015, 8:02 am

Porky lad wrote:Still going, still losing weight and noticing more changes - mainly my traps are really dramatically different, and my face is more defined, and I'm closer to getting in 34" jeans. Long way to go though!

What Muscle groups does rowing not work? I kind of feel I need to do some other work on my shoulders before my traps start to look a bit daft.

Are there any good free weight or calisthenics excercises I should start doing that compliment rowing? Push ups, squats and chin ups/pull ups? Just ordered a chin up bar - before I went from 1 - 10 in the space of a few weeks - keen to get back on it and not stop this time!

Thanks for all the help, you're a good bunch.


Bit depending on how fast you erg, sprinting is different.

Roughly speaking, erging does not work the chest and triceps. And not the frontshoulders. And also often not so much the glutes. If you sprint ot does though.

Pushups or any other press woud help. Pull ups etc are tough when you are heavy, so watch out.

Glutes, squats, hiptrusting, stepups etc would work
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Re: Advice on losing weight

Postby pdevries » September 15th, 2015, 9:13 am

I noticed you said you are using fitnesspal. I am a cyclist and new to rowing and always have had issues staying in a good weight zone for racing. No matter what exercise I would do, I would always seem to gain weight at times. Once I started using Fitnesspal and put EVERYTHING in the log, I found out I was eating 500-700 of useless snack calories per day! You know...a few tortilla chips here...a cookie there...maybe a glass of orange juice....

I changed to snacks like veggies and hummous etc and cut out all juices and stupid junk like sugar snacks and BAM...the weight came off!

I would add some pushups (maybe 2-3 sets of 25 or so) and core (planks and various sit ups for 5-10 minutes) right after the rowing workout and you will be getting a very good all around look in no time.
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Re: Advice on losing weight

Postby mdpfirrman » October 9th, 2015, 8:46 am

I started using Loseit around four years ago. I had a devastating knee injury when I was 40 that left me unable to walk for a year and I had to limp around for two more (I'm 50 going on 51 now). I started very slowly working exercise back in by walking what I could first, then bought a home spinner for therapy, then started going back to the gym and then doing classes and lifting at the gym regularly. I went from 240 to 210 within about three years. I started using Loseit four years ago and tracking calories / macros very closely. It's easy to do and many times you just use the bar scanner on your phone. After a while, most of your food is in it. Now I'm 185 and probably 15% body fat (I was over 35% at my biggest). I even started trail running and when my good knee started hurting with runner's knee, I found rowing and love it.

Went from a fat depressed guy to a guy that looks 5 years younger than I am. Went on vacation recently and saw a guy with my old college alum shirt on and said hi. He and his wife asked me immediately "did you play ball there?". From obese to that in a few years is hard for me to imagine but just hard work and tracking calories and it's easy.
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