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    weight vs height?

    so im 5'8" and 255lbs and my suit is almost done but im feeling funny about looking stupid in it. i have been losing weight ,20lbs since may,
    but am i too fat for fett. i am sewing my flightsuit now so i can dress up for halloween but will wait until next summer to apply to 501st. the problem ive got is not enough space between stuff like my shin tool pockets,spatsand knees are stacked on top of each other. sorry to just ramble on but ive spent alot of time on everything and just suddenly realized that i might look out of scale its bothering me. Ive even got a girdle to pull in my gut for halloween. Ive been hitting nthe treadmill everyday too but i cant grow taller.

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    Re: weight vs height?

    High protein, low carbs worked for me. I ate no bread, pasta, potatoes and dessert for a bit while trying to loose weight to join the Army. That and lots and lots of running.

    It's tough, but you'll loose the weight.

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    Just keep running, at least 3 times a week for a mile and a half to two miles. I would highly recommend moving the running off the treadmill. It will make a significant difference

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    Hey bud. Like these guys said, Cardio is key. Diet is important as well. Try to cut carbs before bed. When you eat carbs before bed, your body turns them into fats when you sleep. Thats bad. With some excercise and a good diet you should see results pretty quick. I cant wait to see your Fett bud!

    El1te

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    And when they say protein, steer towards lighter meat -- fish and fowl and game. Red meat (like cow and buffalo and elk) are harder to digest and will put on weight rather than taking it off if you eat it every day. Every so often is fine, though. Also, feed hunger with things like nuts or sliced smoked turkey -- not processed food.

    Very important is to steer clear of any sodium compounds except actual sodium chloride (salt), especially monosodium glutemate (MSG). And high fructose corn syrup. That interferes with uptake of the "stop eating now" hormone the stomach puts out. A general rule is to look for short and simple lists of ingredients. If possible, buy local and fresh. I know it's hard the way things are now, but food is one area where you ave to spend for quality.

    --Jonah

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    And salads, even though they get old after a while, will be your best friend.

    Like TC85 said, running off the treadmill will make an insane amount of difference. So will finding a decent place to run. For me, running on a track was murder. Round and round and round, and you never get anywhere?! What the? Shab that!

    I can't run a track with any enthusiasm. Even if it's a half mile track and I only have to do it four times. It just kills me. That's why I prefer out and back running. Find a spot. Just about any will do, and drive a mile down the road. Or half a mile, if you're not up to running a mile yet. Park your car/truck/AT-ST, get out, stretch, and start heading back to that mile mark. That way, when you get there, you still have to make it all the way back to pick up your car. It's not just a quick walk across the track to an easy escape when you don't feel so motivated (and you WILL have those days).

    Start off slow. Walk, if you don't jog or run regularly. Do this for the first few days. Then, on day 4 or 5, when you're feeling energetic and energized, jog a little bit. I prefer the "Airborne Shuffle", myself. Short steps, no long strides. It's designed to protect a paratrooper's knees, and for someone who hasn't done much running lately, it's a good way to start. You can build up from there.

    The key is motivation, concentration, and safety. If you're not safe excercizing, you're gonna get hurt. And nobody wants that, vod.

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    Re: weight vs height?

    thanks for the feedback guys!

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    Main thing is don't get discouraged and switch up your workout every so often. Your body will get used to a constant routine, and your not going to lose nearly as well as if you have a varying workout. When I was actively losing weight I started out running for about a month, then moved to elliptical (metal knee really didn't like running) machines, then moved to spin class. All in all I dropped 60lbs in 6 months, and moved from a size 40 to a size 36.

    When you see a plateau, that means it's time to switch your workout up. I found that most plateaus once broken lead to a good 5lb drop in a week for me. I've always been a big guy, but being 270 at 5'10" was just to big.

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    Re: weight vs height?

    Peregrinus said: View Post
    Red meat (like cow and buffalo and elk) h
    who gets to eat buffalo and elk all the time?!
    not fair!!!

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    I lost 9 1/2 stone in 6 months eating a low carb diet and 30 minutes on a crosstrainer 3 days a week.

    It comes off mate, just stick to it, before you realise you have lost it

    Just remember, it's really all about PMA.

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    Ok, since everyone else addressed one of the two issues let me say something on the other. Where are you wearing your knee armor? If you wear it right above the knee cap it may alleviate some of the issues with everything looking piled up.

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    Re: weight vs height?

    DeepCFett said: View Post
    who gets to eat buffalo and elk all the time?!
    not fair!!!
    I eat a fair amount. Not too much elk, but buffalo once in a while. I eat more deer than anything. Pretty lean and much better for you than beef, but, it is still red meat, so not as good for you as fish/chicken!!

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    Re: weight vs height?

    If you follow a low carb diet red meat is actually good for you. I wouldn't mind eating more deer, but I don't hunt or know anyone locally who does either.

    I have lost 80lbs since the end of june 08...most of it, if not all of it was in the first 6 months or so following a LC diet and exercising. I've fallen off the exercise wagon and am in sort of a maintenance phase eating wise and haven't lost anything more since the beginning of the this year although I really need to loose another ~50ish lbs.

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    Re: weight vs height?

    Personally for me the trick to cardio (since I hate it) is HIIT. High Intensity Interval Training. What that means is when you go for a run instead of running for 30-40 minutes or longer at a constant pace, you jog at a fair pace for a minute then sprint for 30 seconds (or a min if you can), alternate between the two for 15 minutes and your done. The change in pace makes your heart rate change faster and slower, thus making your body work harder, thus making you burn more calories faster. It can be done on any sort of cardio (bike, swim, run etc) just change the intensity you work out with as your doing it.

    Also in terms of diets, while low carb is good it's also important to watch the type of carbs you eat. If you eat low carb but all the carbs come from white bread and sugar...not so good. Switch to whole grains for bread, pasta, brown rice etc. The whole grains are digested more slowly then their processed brothers, also they are used for energy and not stored as fat like white breads and sugars are. Another important note is that low carb is not the same as no carb, those are bad (I don't care what the Adkins people say it's bad for you) carbs are what your body uses as energy, and you need at least some in order to be able to excercise. The longest you should really go super low/no carb is about 2 weeks and only if you are trying to cut weight for a specific reason (body building event, weigh-ins for a boxing/mma event) as it really isn't good for your system.

    Also drink more water, lots more water. Cut stuff like sodas, gatoraid, beer (sorry guys but it's called a beer gut for a reason) out of your diet. All of those are full of sugar and aren't helping you lose weight. Water will help speed up your matoblism, which in turn will help you lose weight.

    Oh and just incase your wondering why I know all this...I used to be 225lbs and over 30% body fat. I am now 155lbs and 10% and can cut down to 6% for events.

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    Re: weight vs height?

    you guys are great friends!

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    Re: weight vs height?

    Predatormv said: View Post
    beer (sorry guys but it's called a beer gut for a reason) All of those are full of sugar and aren't helping you lose weight.
    yup, thats the part I have trouble with!!!

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    beer is liquid bread

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    Also if you want to lose weight you also need to lift weights. Doing cardio alone will help but if you do weight training it will go faster. Muscle burns more calories just to exist then fat does. So the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn day to day. That is why once you get in shape it's easier to stay in shape (I know it's not fair). If you don't know what your doing in the gym, and that is ok, ask for help, hire a personal trainer if you can afford to. It's better to have someone show you what to do then hurt your self (and that is a very real possiblity, trust me, I know from experience, I had to have shoulder surgery recentally and I know how to workout). Plus having a trainer helps motivate you.

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    Re: weight vs height?

    Also on the weight lifting topic; your body burns calories at an elevated rate after you stop exercising for an hour or 2 after lifting weights, but it goes back to it's regular rate of burning almost imediately after a cardio workout.

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    Re: weight vs height?

    I'm 5' 8", 225 lbs. so I know what it feels like. I've been losing weight bit by bit too. Don't let the height issue worry you. For starters, the boots add a bit, maybe 1/2 inch to an inch, I'm not sure as I don't have mine yet. You can get lifts online, I've seen them in 1", 1 1/2 ", and 2" increments. If you pad the top of your helmet right, you gain an inch or two there.

    In our local costume group http://scifi.meetup.com/364/ I'm the short, stocky trooper. On the other hand, Our Vader is about 6' 5" -ish out of costume, obviously a bit more in it, when I stand next to him, it makes him appear taller. Our other guys are near or at 6' + in costume, so Vader doesn't look quite as tall in perspective.

    When I finish my Boba, if I'm taller than our R2 and shorter than Vader, I'm happy !!!

    Thanks to you guys for the exercise tips too !

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    I CANT stick to a gym workout. I don't think it has to do with discipline since in other areas of my life Im quite disciplined. I paddle and hike and walk and used to rock climb a fair bit...thats the best gym (FOR ME). But
    everyones different I suppose. I was asking around buddies at work (they
    hit the gym but know that I wont) cause I want to take 5-7lbs ish off my
    midsection. The gym crowd told me to swim. Almost everyone I know had the same answer -gr8 cardio, low impact (unlike road-running), good for the joints etc. Swimming....thats my .02 ...now off to the pool to follow my own advice....yeah right....canoe trip up 1st week of Sept
    Mike

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    6'1" and ~180 lbs. here. I should be more around 200, but... *shrug*

    Another thought about the costume end of the equation -- have you considered wearing the knee armour upside-down? With the rounded part up. The way it was originally intended to be worn, and was worn in that one shot in ESB... That'd give you at least another inch or two of useful shin space.

    --Jonah

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    Re: weight vs height?

    I'm not going to give up and i'm sure it will take a while to get to where i want to be.
    What kind of lifting are you guys talking about? i have a coulpe of bar bells should i do
    over the shoulder curls and stuff like that. my weight is all in my chest neck and gut. my neck is 19" and my chest is 50". anyway time will tell.

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    i eat whatever the heck i want and run everyday

    and i'm still my sexy 190 lb 6'5"

    exercise combats every diet, but if you HAVE to lose weight, everyone's suggestions should work.


    salads only get old if you use lettuce, now spinach based salads....mmmm...i have one everyday!

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    Re: weight vs height?

    Great motivation for working on yourself! You can do it!

    Not only will you be happier with your Fett, but your whole quality of life will improve as you work on your health. Everyone has a different body type of course, but we can all improve to some degree.

    Steady....steady....okay really sorry for the Jar Jar reference.

    Good luck with your Fett!

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