Just the FAQs

For those who want to know more about me and the knowledge I’ve accumulated regarding health and fitness, here is a little FAQ I’ve been putting together. This is no where near being complete, but it’s the basic information people will ask me from time to time.

My Personal Health Questions

How much weight have you lost so far?

As of July 25, 2018, I’ve lost 70 pounds. I’ve had to change my end goal from 180 to 200 pounds because I’ve developed more muscle mass than I thought I would.

The reason it’s taken me so long to lose weight is because I often get lazy with fitness. It’s something I struggle with, but at least I am able to keep myself from ballooning back up to 290 pounds.

Sure, I haven’t lost as much as many other people. But I haven’t gained additional weight, either.

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How much weight have you lost in a week?

As of February 25, 2016, my record weight loss was 10 pounds in seven days. I could have lost more if I would have paid more attention to my calorie intake during three of those seven days.

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Do you eat a lot of Progresso soups when dieting?

I am a strong proponent for Progresso soup. Virtually any can of soup will provide a great deal of nutrition. If it wasn’t for the high levels of sodium, it would be near perfect for losing weight. During most weeks, I’ll eat between four and seven cans of soup. This is usually because I don’t have the money to get some of the other things I’d like to eat. For example, a regular salad from Walmart is a dollar more than a can of Progresso soup.

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Have you suffered from rotten egg burps?

Yes. There are several ways that you can have a rotten egg smell to your burps. In my experiences, it’s caused by overeating. When I monitor how much I eat, I don’t have rotten egg burps.

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What kinds of diets are you on?

I don’t believe in diets that restrict what you can and cannot eat. I know some people need to lay off the sodium, gluten and other things, but I’m not one of them. I haven’t gone on any diets other than the Lean for Life diet a decade ago. Now, I simply monitor my portion sizes and add a bit of healthier choices to my dining. For example, I love putting berries in my Cream of Wheat. I still like to indulge myself once in a while and pick up some Taco Bell or something else nearby, but I work the calories off in order to afford the increase of carbs. As long as junk food isn’t your primary focus, you can enjoy some of the sweeter things in life in moderation.

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What’s your favorite cardio workout?

Currently, my favorite cardio exercise is playing Kinect Sports Season 2. While wearing weighted gloves, I can easily burn more than 12 calories per minute. This means that I can get more of a workout playing games than using the Bowflex Master Trainer machine. That’s because I do a lot of dancing around and flaying while playing. You see, the more physically active you are playing games on the Xbox Kinect, the more you’ll burn. You don’t want to just stand there and move your arms around. You need to get into the game and enjoy yourself. Not all video games are bad for you.

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Can the Xbox Kinect Really Help You Lose Weight?

Absolutely. The Kinect utilizes technology to monitor your body’s movements. The more active you are, the greater the calorie burn will be. For example, I average around 11 calories per minute when I play Kinect Sports Season 2: Tennis. Of course, I dance around a lot when playing. The key to losing weight with the Xbox is making sure you are constantly in motion. Just standing there waving your arms will not burn as much as someone dancing around and getting into the game. You need to be active if you want to get the best results from playing various Kinect games.

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Should I buy an exercise machine?

Exercise machines can be quite helpful, but they can also be quite useless. This all depends on your level of commitment for keeping the exercise machine in the first place. A lot of people will use their devices quite regularly, for about two or three months. If you are 100% certain you will use the machine on a regular basis, it may be one of the greatest investments for personal health. Myself, I know that a machine may not get as much attention in a year as it would if I bought it tomorrow. I would rather invest in the Xbox Kinect and keep my gym membership.

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