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Old 07-08-2011, 05:08 PM
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You can spend hundreds of dollars and hundreds of hours on a Na'vi cosplay, but the effort is spoiled when it's put on a flabby body. I lost about 20 pounds before I first started doing mine, but I'm not even done. Weight loss is a long process (especially when I take diet vacations) and even when the final goal is achieved, it must be maintained. This thread is for people to help address these things and get support from fellow avatar fans.

Here is a very complete webpage about body improvement:
Beginner's Health and Fitness Guide
From trimming down to toning up, diets, nutrition, and exercise this page is a great jumping of point for all important aspects of physical health. I by no means follow everything on this page, for I neither have the will power nor money, but it's a good read for people just getting started and don't know the basics. It's got a good FAQ too.

For people who don't want to read all that there's this:
thenobulls hitdiet.com Remove the space.
It's only way I could get it around the sensors.
Keep in mind extreme outliers in height DO make a difference in calories burned, shorter people need to eat less and taller people can eat a bit more, and many people GROSSLY underestimate calories consumed, and overestimate calories burned.

Please post whatever you want related to this topic: Starting weight, goal weight, progress, pictures, diet plans, exercise schedule, whatever, let's have fun with this.

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Old 07-08-2011, 05:39 PM
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Good for you for actually posting what has needed to be said.

Avatar actually inspired me to lose about 85 pounds since I saw it. I weighed around 260 during the June of 2010, and I was down to 180 that fall.

I got some of it back (about 15-20 pounds. Damn you winter food...), but I'm back on track with what I had been doing before, so it shouldn't take long to finish getting to where I wanted with it.
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:52 PM
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85 pounds! That's fantastic! Great job, and everyone slips up, so don't get discouraged and let it avalanche. What did you do to lose the weight?
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:58 PM
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hmm, I may have to have a go - I'm relatively thin (no idea on actual numbers), but could always do better. Being tall makes it a bit harder though, I guess.
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85 pounds! That's fantastic! Great job, and everyone slips up, so don't get discouraged and let it avalanche. What did you do to lose the weight?
Jogging, weight lifting, hiking, biking...

And most importantly, I stopped eating a lot of junk food.

I was eating...probably 3000 calories a day, and only really needed a third of that.

I started eating a third of that and started doing all of the other things I said, so it disappeared pretty quick.
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:04 PM
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hmm, I may have to have a go - I'm relatively thin (no idea on actual numbers), but could always do better. Being tall makes it a bit harder though, I guess.
Not really.

Make a schedule for yourself, find a local gym when you have a chance, and get started.

Also, you'd have to drop a lot of the alcohol and energy drinks, if you still drink that stuff a lot.

You would basically have to switch to a diet of mostly lean protein, fruits, and veggies.

Basically, try eating like a Na'vi for a month while working out.
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:06 PM
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Being tall makes weight loss easier, we burn more calories by doing nothing than a shorter person also doing nothing, simply by having a longer body that requires more energy. If you're talking about muscling up, then yes, it takes longer to bulk up the muscle because taller people need more muscle for it to visibly show and look proportionate. That's a bad explanation, but I don't feel like properly explaining it right now.

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Also, you'd have to drop a lot of the alcohol and energy drinks, if you still drink that stuff a lot.
If you must have caffeine there are a lot of zero calorie energy drinks available, also if you're trying to drink on a diet a 1 oz shot of vodka is 65 calories, and mixing it with a diet soda would still yield 65 calories. Keep in mind once a lot of people get drunk, the will to control a diet goes right out the window and you'll probably end up snacking.

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Old 07-08-2011, 06:23 PM
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Great way to lose fat without muscle is finding you Daily reccomended calorie intake, and eating 500 calories less than that. with cardio and weight lifting.

any less than 500 and your body tends to store fat.
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If only eating chocolate helped.


I'm consciously thinking about what I eat a little more now. Not not really dieting hard, or seeing much result obviously.

Needs moar willpower.

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Avatar inspired me to lose weight too. I was at 210 before Avatar and now I'm down to 160. Still a little more to go yet but these last 10 pounds are very hard. I run a few miles about 2-3 times a week, lead an active lifestyle, and watch what I eat and it still won't come off. Either way, I'm going to keep trying.

It also helps everytime I see a picture of Tsu'tey I'm like, "Thats where I need to be."

Maybe not quite that extreme but close.

Being a farmer has let me build a good bit of muscle, I was probably in the top 25% muscle wise in my class without even working out, but I just had a lot of fat covering it up. I'm working on that now though and the muscles are coming through more.
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Eating like a Na'vi can help enormously.

Paleolithic diet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

My personal cutting up recommendations: do heavy, regular, intense resistance training (men & women*), eat multiple (6-7) small high protein meals, have low carbs in all meals other than your pre and post workout meals (targeted carbs**). Make sure you consume adequate quantities of healthy fats as well.

*You won't get thighs that look like they can handle Ikran riding without significant leg training.

**The idea is that your body is in a catabolic state for most of the day but becomes briefly anabolic in the period around weight training.


This is me at about 10% BF, 89.5kg. Dileep Rao (Max) asked me how I got so ripped!

http://www.tree-of-souls.com/members...f_costume.html

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*You won't get thighs that can handle Ikran riding without significant leg training.
Damn.. I'd better get my skates on.
I actually need to gain a kilo or two..I must have a high metabolism or something..
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Looking good there! Where was this? I'd love to do a photo shoot with you after I loose a few more pounds.

EDIT: I said "looking go there" when I meant to say good, I didn't notice my stupid typo 'til it was quoted by someone else later arg.

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Irayo! This was Supanova in Brisbane, Australia (April 2011). Wrote a little report here:

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Remember. Squats. Squats are the miracle excersize.
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