I tried it around '94. After that I never followed it so not sure how it's portrayed now. Could be completely different. At the time that I tried it though, it was clearly marketed as a weight gaining diet. The weight gain would be lean muscle however, and very little to no fat. Not saying it's unhealthy, I've gone back and forth on that in my mind and haven't come to a conclusion. I just know that my experience was not the best, hah.
*Edit* Ah! I just found the picture of the manual that came with it. I remember looking at that and thinking, "Damn, that's a big vein!"
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One has to consider mercury ( and perhaps PCB's and dioxin as well, I don't know if there are
other poisons or not ). If one thinks of 'seafood' (ie. not just fish) there are some creatures that
are low in mercury and some, supposedly, that contain no mercury. I can try to find some info if
anyone wants me to try.
The Japanese people are known to eat large amounts of seafood. I never checked out if there was
ever a study of how much mercury they take in and how it has or has not affected their health. I
think this would be helpful in knowing just how bad mercury really is. Mercury is indeed bad stuff, but
the human body can deal with it to an extent. As far as PCB's and dioxin (and other poisons???) I
really don't know.
If you have arthritis these are my 2 suggestions, for what they're worth.
1) Stop Pain Extra Strength
The active ingredient in Stopain is menthol, recognized by the FDA as an analgesic indicated for the temporary relief for minor pains and stiffness of arthritis, muscle aches, strains and simple backaches....
Stop Pain Extra Strength is available at Wal-Mart and Rite Aid (and maybe other places).
2) MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)
MSM is taken by mouth. I've heard of very high amounts for this product. You can of course consult
your health care professional about MSM. However if you ask him/her about it and the response you get is:
"What is MSM?" you know you're in trouble. They obviously don't know what it is supposed to do, how it
does it, what the side effects are, etc.
Be advised MSM has blood thinning properties from what I've read. (A number of natural supplements do also.)
MSM has been taken in amounts of 45,000 mg a day. That is a lot. One should start off at a lower dose and
increase. A naturopathic physician would probably be the way to go. Apparently Texas, and many other states,
don't have naturopathic physicians. Of course a state bordering yours might.
Just another update. I've lost 10 lbs now, and am having no problem with the diet. Slow and steady. Getting excited about getting the elliptical machine to help further the process, but realistically it will be a bit before I can buy it. I've spent toooo much money on this house remodel and at some point, I just have to stop spending money! Will revisit it in about 30-60 days.
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Headed out for a run after work, 2 miles. Last night had lentil pasta, and leftovers for lunch. Doing a show on March 12th, am aiming to lose 7lbs by then. I'm 195-200 lbs now. Eating less and better. Lots of raw greens and veggies. Cut out soda and fast food and am drinking 2-5 cups of green tea daily. Sliced chicken breast sandwiches for lunch. Vegetarian (or almost) dinner on weeknights. I'm also practicing my contact staff work alot, which is helping my up my caloric consumption. I'm also cycling 2-3 days a week. Running will help more than cycling though.
At my heaviest I was 255lbs, but it wasn't fat. Well, some was. But the majority of the weight was the 2-3 hours I spent in the gym on a daily basis. My arms were bigger than my head. My lowest was 159lbs coming out of bootcamp. Man....sometimes I miss being single....being able to do what you want and when.
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I just want to reiterate that exercise is super important as the health benefits are so vast.
There are the regular benefits that we have known of for a long time:
Increased bone strength;
Increased physical work capacity (one's ability to perform physical work);
Increased joint range of motion or flexibility;
Improved sense of well being;
Increased muscular strength;
Improved glucose regulation (very favourable for diabetics);
Decreased blood pressure;
Improved sleep patterns and levels of anxiety.
Reduced risk of heart disease.
But recent research shows it helps with mental capacity greatly. In other words exercise makes you smarter.
Also, since the exercise in combination with a healthy diet will accelerate the weight loss vastly, it helps a lot with motivation when you seen the results.
It then creates a positive feedback cycle:
Exercise --> feel better --> feeling better makes it easier to want to exercise ---> exercise --> feel better --> feeling better makes it easier to want to exercise etc etc on and on in a greatly beneficial cycle.
I would recommend you try do minimum 30 mins a day of whatever kind of exercise you can find, while you wait for your eliptical machine.
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As I mentioned before, you could go to a fitness center first and try out their equipment. Sometimes things
look good on paper but don't work out (hee hee) in real life. I've done one or two exercises at home over the years
that shouldn't have caused me any problems of any sort, but they did, so they're abandoned. The elliptical machine
idea might not be a good one. I'm sure you don't want to blow another grand. Anyway, because you're in a big
city, you have Bally and Planet Fitness.
I didn't read the fine print, but I guess Bally has a 7 day free offer. Regardless, if there is a location that is very close to you, you could consider being a member of either Bally or Planet Fitness. Several months
of fees isn't that much. Personally, I wouldn't join a fitness center, it's just an idea, nothing more.
I did suggest walking a number of posts back. I don't know if this bothers your knees or not. If not, 10 minutes
a day, 5 days a week of brisk walking would provide some benefit to you. This is close to the minimum
however, but it is better than nothing. (Just watch out for cars, seriously.)
We purchased an elliptical a few years ago for our exercise room and I had used it several times. Now it just sits there next to the treadmill not being used at all other than one of the kids may use it. It has always killed my left knee. At first I thought that it was something my knees had to get used to, but after several times and it never went away I stopped using it all together. I think it is a restriction on the normal knee movement because I never have the issue when using the treadmill or squatting heavy weight. This has just been my experience.
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