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Old 04-27-2012, 11:38 PM
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So my boyfriend is trying to lose weight. He's seeing a doctor, but they just told him to diet. For the last week, he's been writing down everything he eats, without trying to change his diet at all--just to get a baseline for how many calories, and things he's taking in. He's averaging 1500cal/day. That's fewer than Elsie eats, and she weighs 38lbs. He used to run every other day (1-3 miles), but he's stopped doing that because his knee is hurting him too much (he broke it when he was 16 and it wasn't set), but he's been biking every few days, and he lifts weights every day.

He's 6'1 and weighs 275lbs.

Basically, I'm wondering if there's any websites with good nutrition/dieting information that he can look at before his next doctor's appointment, so he can go in with educated questions.

I've been reading quite a bit about low-carb diets, and they seem to help a lot of people who are in a similar boat as him--low calorie intake, high weight, trouble losing it. Are there any good websites out there? Or even journal articles, because I think I still have online access to them through my school.

Googling gets me so much contradictory information, it's mind boggling.

Again, he's going to discuss all this with his doctor at his next appointment, but we're just looking for some information to take with him.

I'm not even sure that dieting is what he needs to be doing, because it can't be the case that he needs to eat less, right? I'm here with him during the day, and he isn't lying when he says that's how much he eats.

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Old 04-28-2012, 04:44 AM
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I am 5'4" and I eat around 1500 cals a days to maintain my weight at ~100lbs.

You are going to get all kinds of contradictory advice here as well , but my first question would be what is he eating? Is he getting enough protein, veggies, healthy fats and the right kind of carbs?

http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_...he_simple_diet

http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_...youre_not_lean

Also, if he's weight training while starving himself, he's most definitely not going to build muscle or see results. So, IMO, he should waaayy up the calories, lift heavy weights regularly, and introduce some high-intensity interval training.

I'd research more on bodybuilding forums as well, there are so many awesome body transformation stories out there. I also feel that most doctors are absolutely clueless when it comes to nutrition (just like most vets are). I might research personal trainers/nutrition counselors in your area, but you also have to be careful that they actually know their stuff as well.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:22 AM
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I'm agreeing with too little calories. You don't want more calories to come from junk food, but he does need more to eat. If you don't provide enough calories, your body feels it's being depleted and your metabolism slows down.
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I really love using MyFitnessPal for losing weight. It tells me the calories I should eat a day, as well as a few other things.

I too agree it sounds like he may not be eating enough calories for his body to lose weight. (I just played around on my profile and changed it to a 6'1, 275lb man, and it suggested for 2 lbs a week to eat 1850 calories/day).
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:13 AM
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Thanks everyone! I do all of the grocery shopping, so I know I have to be involved in the planning of all of this, but it's kind of overwhelming.

He's lost about 20lbs in the last year, and he's gone down three shirt sizes. The major change was that he moved in with me, and stopped eating so much fast food (his mom would get take-out 3-7 nights/week). He probably does need a lot more protein.

He was going to try to get a referral from his doctor to a nutritionist that would be covered by his insurance.
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My DH was in a similar position in college after an injury. He swears by a program called the Hacker's Diet - uses math and such so it really appealed to his engineering background. He lost 70lbs in a year! Dunno if that sort of thing might appeal to your bf, but figured I'd throw it out there.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:16 AM
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I think that would, actually. I got him a mechanical engineering textbook from the 40s, and he went through it and did all of the example problems for fun. Thanks!
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I was in the same kind of situation until I bit the bullet and cut any gluten out of my life. It has made a HUGE difference.

From there it was an easy step to cut carbs way back. White starchy food is evil for some of us
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:39 AM
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He's been thinking about cutting back on carbs and upping his protein and stuff for a while now. It's hard because I live on carbs (mm pasta) so I'm not sure how we'll work having that stuff in the house.
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I am 5'4" and I eat around 1500 cals a days to maintain my weight at ~100lbs.

You are going to get all kinds of contradictory advice here as well , but my first question would be what is he eating? Is he getting enough protein, veggies, healthy fats and the right kind of carbs?

http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_...he_simple_diet

http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_...youre_not_lean

Also, if he's weight training while starving himself, he's most definitely not going to build muscle or see results. So, IMO, he should waaayy up the calories, lift heavy weights regularly, and introduce some high-intensity interval training.

I'd research more on bodybuilding forums as well, there are so many awesome body transformation stories out there. I also feel that most doctors are absolutely clueless when it comes to nutrition (just like most vets are). I might research personal trainers/nutrition counselors in your area, but you also have to be careful that they actually know their stuff as well.
100% agree with this! Men usually need more calories than women, due to their metabolism and muscle mass - I'm 5'9"ish, not exactly small, but smaller than him and I maintain around 2000-2200 calories. So, he's not eating enough for sure. The key is definitely in eating whole, unprocessed foods and keeping yourself active.
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