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Comment: Re:No Magic Bullets (Score 1) 635

by DragonIV (#43202457) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?
I bet it varies quite a bit from one person to the next. I don't really have a major issue with carbs and satiation. My issue was simply this--I was a skinny ass kid growing up, and trained myself to eat more to be able to get stronger & bigger to compete at the college level in hockey. Mission accomplished, but after college came a desk job, and it turns out it's far easier to turn on a larger appetite than turn it off one you don't need it anymore.

Fast forward almost two decades, and while my vitals are excellent even today, there's no question that staying at that original weight of mine was not likely to end well. It had also become painfully obvious to me that if I planned to continue to play hockey in beer leagues against 20-somethings, I wasn't going to do that in this shape. :)

Decided to go the exercise route first, and surprise--running long distances again drove my appetite way down. Combine a run that chews up about a kcal 3x a week, and significantly less intake, and presto, the weight is coming off. The nice thing here is that this doesn't feel like a diet. I even ended up skipping two weeks of exercise at one point--and while I didn't lose any weight during that time, I also didn't gain any back. That right there is a victory in my book--one that has been elusive for much of the past 20 years.

Good to see you've also found a way that works for you, Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

Comment: Re:No Magic Bullets (Score 1) 635

by DragonIV (#43182557) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?
I'm not saying that you're eating crap, literally. I'm saying if you're eating something in unlimited fashion, it has no caloric uptake to your body, and as such, probably pretty limited value to it, too. The point of eating is to consume calories for your body to use for work. Eating stuff that doesn't stick is kind of a waste of effort. :)

Comment: Re:No Magic Bullets (Score 1) 635

by DragonIV (#43181613) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?
If you only eat crap your body doesn't digest, or has next to no calories, congratulations, you can lose lots of weight without portion control. If you eat calorie dense food that your body happily absorbs, carbs or not, with no portion control, then you gain lots of weight. This isn't rocket science, but there is some pretty basic conservation of energy stuff going on here.
I'm not saying you cannot lose weight on a low carb diet. I am saying that if you don't fix the primary issue of ingesting more calories than you exert, you cannot lose weight. Carbs are a calorie dense food, so limiting your intake of them isn't a bad approach, but it's far from the only approach.

Comment: Re:No Magic Bullets (Score 2) 635

by DragonIV (#43175159) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?
Ah yes, the fad diet advice. Losing weight is fairly scientific--if you ingest more calories than you spend, you gain weight. To lose it, you have to do the other direction. As for energy--I don't have energy issues. People with energy issues don't run fifteen miles a week. Blood pressure and cholesterol? Both were excellent even before I began this program. There isn't much room for them to get better. I'm not trying to lose weight to be healthy (though it's a nice side benefit)--I'm losing weight and gaining strength to keep up with these 20-somethings in my hockey league. :)

Comment: Re:No Magic Bullets (Score 5, Informative) 635

by DragonIV (#43173753) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?
Exactly right. I'm 5'10", and was tipping the scales around 225lbs with a diet and lifestyle like the submitter. Here's what worked for me:

1. Ditched high calorie drinks (soda/juices) and limited snacking. Mornings, I switched to eating a single bowl of cheerios or two shredded wheat biscuits or a banana. Lunch is simple, sandwich, less than 400 cal. Dinner--I rarely eat out, and eating at home I have stopped eating dessert and eat smaller portions at dinner, with no second helpings.
2. Exercise. I run M/W/F for 60 minutes in the morning before work. Tu/Th, I do weigh training (pull ups, push ups, sit ups, other simple stuff), which takes me about 45 minutes. Google Evil Cyber's beginner workout if you want details.

In three months, I've dropped to 207lbs. I'd probably be lighter if I could break myself of *#!*$"&!! cookies, but one needs to be reasonable. My hope is to be below 200 by the end of May, and down to 190 by the end of the summer. You pretty much just have to build on your success, and if you fall off the horse by missing a few days in a row, get back on as soon as you can...but don't beat yourself up about it.

Comment: So long as I have natural gas... (Score 1) 328

by DragonIV (#35228150) Attached to: In case of a blackout, batteries etc. will give me ...
I have power. Thanks, Generac. What's that, you say? Your standby power generator takes a few seconds to power up, and your VPN drops? Nothing an APC battery hooked to your modem, router, and IP phone modem can't fix. Oh, and my laptop battery. Yup, I'm good. And no, the generator isn't for computer issues--it's the water level higher than my basement. Gotta love beavers.

Comment: Assuming you can add... (Score 1) 497

by DragonIV (#35149788) Attached to: Maximum Items You've Powered From a Single Outlet
Add up the maximum amperage--and find out the ratings for your circuit, and each strip being used. Make sure the respective loads do not exceed what is connected to them. What's that, you say? You're using those brown extension cords to power your 800W amp? And your TV? Somebody get the marshmallows!

Comment: Re:Satan's Game? (Score 1) 353

by DragonIV (#35022470) Attached to: Court Rules Dungeons and Dragons Threatens Prison Security
Sorry, didn't read it as a reference, rather an incorrect assertion by the author. Perhaps due to overdosing on perl coding today, dunno. I was an AD&D DM for most of the early to mid 80s and certainly saw no legit references along those lines back then or prior. Didn't pay much attention to the media whores demonizing the game--they could have called it Dragon Lance for all I cared.

Comment: Re:Satan's Game? (Score 1) 353

by DragonIV (#35022404) Attached to: Court Rules Dungeons and Dragons Threatens Prison Security
As a matter of fact, my parents made me watch Mazes and Monsters with them--and to their credit, they thought the movie was as bad as I thought it was. That was the beginning and end of any Satan Panic in our house, at least up until I went all atheist on them. :) I have no doubt media commentators may have called it Satan's Game back in the day, but Gygax never referred to his game as such that I'm aware of. Thus, it wasn't originally known as such.

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