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Thursday, September 07, 2006

The "Real" Day Four: Learning Goes on: AEROBICS, and When Weight Starts to Drop


I woke up this morning feeling rather morose, on account of the fact that it was beginning to be increasingly difficult to lose the weight I want to lose.


So I stepped on the scales, only to see that I was STILL 110kg!


I promptly woke up, went outside and did the following exercises:


  1. 20 sit-ups
  2. 20 skips
  3. I rode the exercise bike for a good ten minutes till I started sweating profusely
  4. stretching exercises that made me sweat (wow!)


I then came back, convinced that I would have lost a bit.




I was a good…110Kg still!


I know for a fact that when I empty myself (go to the toilet) it reduces weight in me, but this was REALLY taking the biscuit!


Imagine how good it felt to come to the office, check Yahoo answers, and get these responses:



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when you start exercising, how many days before you start visibly losing weight?

I started exercising more vigorously, and seriously cutting on fatty foods, and eating in between meals. My lunch is very small. Every morning, I ride the exercise bike to the point of exhaustion, skip twenty times; do 20 sit-ups and then walk my dog in the evening. Yet my weight is STILL the same of Day Four of my weight loss programme. Why?

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I would expect to wait about 2 weeks before I saw any visible weight loss.

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you won't see the result so soon

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It can take several weeks or longer to see a diference.

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day four seems too soon to expect a change, maybe your metabolism is yet to pick up, don't get swayed by these planned programs, everyones body is different and responds differently to diet and exercise. just eat healthy, watch the snacks, exercise and persevere, it will happen. dont push yourself so hard.

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Firstly, you shouldn't eat between meals. You should be eating normally and with a healthy diet (ie. morning cereal, salad/fruit lunch, red meat or fish dinner). Fruit snacks in between are good in between meals. Energy bars are also good for your cause.

Secondly, 20 skips and 20 sit-ups is only a start to losing weight. Gradually you'll have to increase that number to 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, etc etc. Also I don't know what you mean riding an exercise bike to the point of exhaustion means. If you ride very hard for 10 minutes and you're "exhausted" that doesn't help either. You should be on the bike at least 30 minutes to start out with.

Thirdly, you can't really expect to dramatically lose a lot of weight in 4 days time. Losing weight takes weeks, even months to complete. You're body is still adjusting to your new program, and once it's full adjusted, you will feel more conditioned and stronger, and be able to exercise longer. You just need to be patient and continue with the same routine, if not a little more. Gradually you'll be able to see results.

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hey rome wasn't built in a day. give it atleast a week. maybe you are expecting too much to soon. besides it's not healthy to drop weight very fast.

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for visual results it will take a few weeks. why don't you measure yourself. this is going to be a better method that weight and will tell you how you are doing. as for the food. go to the store and get some healthy snacks like fruit and veggies. put them in a bag for work. it is better to eat about 6 small meals during the day instead of just 3 big meals. you body will start to burn more energy this way. you are already doing enough physically. take 2 days off a week at least to let your muscle rest and heal. good luck.

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Do yourself a favor get a personal trainer to explain things to you at the local gym. The worst thing you can do is become frustrated over something that you probably know little about. Working out to lose weight is complicated and not as easy as one thinks. See a trainer, he answer your questions, get you exercises to do, show you how to do them properly, Push you past your limits and Fine tune your Diet. Exercise and diet should be about as fun as a small child playing at the neighborhood park.



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Do tae-bo with Billy Blanks. That man is a genius. You see results right away. And you feel it....in a good way.



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SO great has been my joy that at least, it will take some time before:


  1. my metabolism starts getting used to my regime
  2. my weight starts going down


…that I was tempted to be naughty and go find some fatty food!:-) I desisted ofcourse…it was the morning after all…


Now, some useful links I am finding important are on AEROBIC EXERCISES et al.


I am writing this after having drunk a litre of water in one go.




  • Yeah, I think it will take some weeks.

    Two hints (though I'm not an expert):

    - When doing aerobic exercise, it takes about 20 minutes for your body to switch from burning sugar to burning fat. In other words, the first 20 minutes are "lost" as your body seeks for "easily accessible" sugar running around in your blood or in your cells, and does not bother to consume your reserve of fat, which is more difficult, but ultimately what you really want to do.

    This seems to be a residual behaviour from when man was living a more wild life. If you suddenly needed to sprint, your body would go for the easy sugars to give you the energy, it wouldn't try to burn up fat.

    But from minute 21 and on you are really burning fat (this is to be taken with a pinch of salt of course, and times are not exact, but you get the general idea), which is what you want to do.

    So target aerobic exercising for stretches of 30 mins at least, non-stop, so you'll get a good 10 mins of fat burning! If you usually get exhausted before that, go more easily about it. But make sure you are into aerobic exercise. E.g. walking fast usually won't do you any good, but cycling, or running, will.

    Swimming is probably the best, though. I used to go to a swimming pool 2-3 times a week for 45 minutes at a time, and saw some impressive results both in weight loss, general physical condition, stamina, feeling well etc.

    - If you are like me, you will at some point start losing interest, getting tired, bored, lazy etc. (if you are not like, me, all the better). So what I did to keep myself into it, is i turned it into a "project"! I made an excel sheet where i documented hours of exercise per day, a graph of my weight, other data that could be correlated (e.g. spent a week sick in bed, or went to this wedding banquet and stuffed myself silly etc). You could even blog some of this stuff. It makes it more fun, and hopefully makes you stick with it longer.

    Well, good luck!

    By Blogger Steph, at 7 September 2006 at 23:36:00 GMT-7  

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    By Blogger Jeff's Page, at 9 September 2006 at 03:05:00 GMT-7  

  • Emmanuel, I've been enjoying checking out your blogs (found you through Ethan Zuckerman's blog). I grew up in N. Ghana although I'm American.

    I have to say don't lose hope! I was 120 in Feb. and I'm now down to 96 (i'm just under 6 feet 2 inches).

    I don't do exercise, just walk a lot, probably a mile a day. I eat granola (musli) in the morning and some pasta or bread at night.

    During the day I drink sweet mint tea or coffee. I live in Tangier, Morocco, so the tea is everywhere, and it's actually an appetite suppressor (both the green tea and the mint).

    Anyway, keep working on it!

    By Blogger John Schaefer, at 20 September 2006 at 11:42:00 GMT-7  

  • steph!! THANKYOU!!! AM so embarrassed:-( ...ok, only a teeny bit;-) Thank you SO much for the encouragement...gotta get back to blogging about this...yeah...thanks!

    John, nice to meet you!!! I will bear in mind the tea--and also be checking your blog;-) thankyou 4 the advice!!

    By Blogger Emmanuel.K.Bensah II, at 4 October 2006 at 10:37:00 GMT-7  

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