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Comment: Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 2) 274

by master_kaos (#49375553) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You

We have that in canada, and it really is confusing on what is taxable and what isnt.
"Basic" groceries are not taxable. But then there are some items that wouldn't be considered basic groceries that are exempt from tax (such as an unbaked pizza from the grocery store, but a frozen pizza is taxable).

https://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/...

Comment: Re:Best buy (Score 1) 194

by master_kaos (#49366395) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

What, do you live in Nunavut? Canadian tire is everywhere. I still go by the saying "if it ain't in the flyer, don't but it at the tire" as their regular price on a lot of items (especially their in-house mastercraft bran)d is ridiculous, but then they always have 50-75% off sales.
Their return policy is very good, and never had issues.

Comment: Re: What Would be a Trivial Amount? (Score 1) 194

My parents installed geothermal as well. Since they were out in the country the only way to heat the home was oil and wood. Well with the combination of old air leaking home, and the rising price of oil it was costing them $800 every 3 weeks in oil. So they installed geothermal, and replaced a bunch of windows, doors, and reinsulated attic and basement, now they only go through 1.5 tanks worth of oil per winter, obviously eletric bill went up a bit but no where near the cost of oil. This was about 6 years ago. They calculated payback would probably be about 7-8 years. Well with the continue rising in oil, payback was done in 5.

Comment: Re:It's simple. Eat less and eat less crap (Score 1) 493

by master_kaos (#49335829) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

Yup, before winter came I was walking 1 hour 5 times a week at a brisk pace(6.3km/hour). I was losing 4lbs/week at 340lbs. Too bad I only started walking a few weeks before snow hit and -20 degree weather. Just started walking(and jogging) again this week so we will see if it ramps back up again.

Comment: Re:Move more, eat less (Score 1) 493

by master_kaos (#49335759) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

If you do want to eat a lot. Put a lb of brocolli on your plate. Whats that, like 150 calories? and you sure as hell will feel full.
Also drinking more water helps a lot. Most people probably drink 1 litre per day. Up that to at least 3L if not 4L (1 gallon) and that will help cravings a lot.

Comment: Re:Move more, eat less (Score 1) 493

by master_kaos (#49335733) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

I think that is the major problem. People think just because it is on your plate you need to eat it. As soon as you are satiated (NOT FULL) just stop. Who cares if it is half left or a couple bites, just set it aside for later.

People like to think in units. Most people wont eat 1/2 an apple, they will eat until gone. This doesn't matter if it is a really small apple or a huge apple. "no leaving the table until your plate is empty!" was engrained while growing up.

Comment: Re:eliminate extra sugar (Score 1) 493

by master_kaos (#49335709) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

Just cutting out sugar is not some magic that makes you lose weight, if you still eat too much you will not lose weight.

The advantage of cutting out carbs is that protein and fat is a lot more satiating than simple carbs. So you can feel full by eating less. But if you still in the mindset where you eat even if you aren't hungry... well you still won't lose weight.

You also cannot out exercise a bad diet. You can be in the gym 2 hours every day, but if you eating an extra 2000 calories it isn't going to do squat for weightloss.

Some other benefits I noticed by cutting out carbs (mind you some of it may be attributed to weight loss as well) --
Lower heart rate
Blood Cholesterol levels way down (HDL up)
Blood Glucose levels way down.
I have WAY more energy when I wake up. -- I used to want to just stay sleeping even though I had 8 hours of sleep, brain would be foggy, now I can get up after 5 or 6 hours of sleep with almost full energy, and fully alert.

Comment: Re:eliminate extra sugar (Score 1) 493

by master_kaos (#49335633) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

I think it depends. I started off 345lbs 6 months ago. Now I am 287. I compared pictures to what I am now, to what I was. I know I will never ever go back to the way I was. I think starting off so obese actually does give me an advantage as I see how much better I fit in clothes, and even though I am still very obese, I already notice people treating me better, since I am not quite as disgusting.

I have been doing a "diet" very low carb, and I don't plan on sticking to it if I dont have to. But I have learned self control, moderation, and more importantly, the importance of nutrition.

That's not to say once I hit my goal weight I wont maybe gain back a few lbs. But I have also been going to the gym for weightlifting and actually enjoy it. It is something I will continue doing. Just started C25K and right now I hate it (as I did weightlifting when I started) but I know once I start seeing significant improvements with my running where it doesn't feel like my lungs are exploding after 45 seconds of jogging that I will enjoy it to.
Also when other people who don't know I was focusing on weight loss see me and congratulate me it is such a motivation booster as well.

The only comments I do hate is people saying "oh you're thin!" when clearly I am not since I am still 287lbs.

Comment: Re:eliminate extra sugar (Score 1) 493

by master_kaos (#49335579) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

I have been eating keto diet, and it helps so much. Figure out how much protein you need to eat. Meet this goal. Set max net carbs to 20-30g (or if doing low carb instead, maybe 100g). This is a max, so you don't need to actually hit it. The rest is filled with fats.
This keto diet has been a life saver for me, as pure calorie counting was too hard (always hungry).

Comment: Re:eliminate extra sugar (Score 1) 493

by master_kaos (#49335545) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

But it is difficult, the thing is you dont know how much calories are in food. You also have no idea how much calories you burn (sure you can use a TDEE calculator to give a rough idea, but again you have no clue how accurate that is)

Ok so you get a 12 ounce ribeye from the butcher. How much of it is water content, how much of it is actual protein, does it contain a 1/8 layer of fat on the edge or 1/4 inch? How marbled is it. All these factors could easily change the calorie content of the steak by hundreds of calories!

You go to grocery store to buy a boneless skinless chicken breast. Now it is common that they pump those things full of water to make it look more plump/add weight. You weigh it raw. Now you could be eating less protein/calories than you thought you were.
Now good luck if someone else is doing the cooking, or you decide to go to a restuarant.
I have lost 60lbs in past 6 months and I eat out 3x per week.

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