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  1. I know. Fruit juice has as many (sometimes more) calories as soda. I was so surprised when I found that out.
  2. If you feel queasy and light headed when exercising on an empty stomach, then don't do it. Some people exercise fasted because they believe it helps them to lose more weight. While there are a few studies that support this, there are also tons that show it doesn't really matter. If working out fasted works for you, then great. But if it doesn't, then don't do it. I always work out with something in my stomach. Always. I have the same problem with you. If I'm hungry I get a little nausea and somnolence. And most importantly, my workouts suffer. When I have something in my stomach I am able to focus on what's important: my workout. Unless you are a competitive bodybuilder, meal timing doesn't seem to be very important. The benefits of working out fasted are small, if they exist at all. Do whatever you are most comfortable doing. In your case, it seems, that would be to have something in your stomach when you workout. It doesn't have to be a 4 course meal. Just have a little snack (maybe some protein and carbs) before you work out.
  3. I agree. Bacon is magical. Every time I'm around it it causes -5 to my willpower stat. And sometimes it magically disappears. Weird.
  4. There are some delicious BCAAs out there. If they weren't so expensive, I'd drink blueberry BCAAs all day long! So good.
  5. I eat eggs every day. I, personally, like them. But I prepare them differently every day. That way I don't get sick of them. One day I'll make hard boiled eggs. I'll put a little bit of celery salt on them. Delicious. Then the next day I'll make scrambled eggs with some chopped up peppers and tomatoes in them. Keep it interesting.
  6. Interesting. Please tell me about this "best supplement for muscle growth." You see, it's my understanding that all HGH boosting supplements are complete and utter bull$*#t. So, tell me, why is this one different?
  7. Once you have stretch marks, you're unlikely to get rid of them. However, I highly recommend using cocoa butter once a day to prevent further stretch marks. It works really well. I apply it to the areas that are likely to get stretch marks. Ever since I started using it a couple of years ago I haven't gotten any new stretch marks.
  8. I know I'm late to the game, but I thought I'd chime in. I'm super motivated, strong willed, and focused. But, like everyone, I get tripped up every once in a while. My biggest obstacle? Sweets. I love sweets. Chocolate, soda, candy, pie, cake, etc. Love em. What I do when I want sweets is just do an IIFYM day. I'll eat nothing but protein all day long, then at night pig out on carbs and fat. As long as I get my protein and don't go over my calories, I'm all good.
  9. My Zombie Apocalypse survival plan is to befriend the OP and hope for the best! All kidding aside, great goals. Good luck!
  10. I wanted to mention that I've recently discovered Powerade Zero. As the name implies, zero calories. I strongly prefer Gatorade to Powerade, but unfortunately Gatorade's low calorie sports drink has 30 calories in it. That's about 30 too many.
  11. I have 2 suggestions. Suggestion 1: Suck it up and just do it. Dieting doesn't have to suck. You can eat tons of awesome healthy food and lose weight. I'm in the same boat as you. I looooovvvvveee sweets. Soda. Candy. Cake. Pie. Mmmmm, piieeee..... But I just do it. I have 2 mental tricks that I use when I get cravings for sweets. One, I remind myself that this diet is not forever. Mountain Dew Livewire isn't going anywhere. It'll still be here in a few months after I've reached my goal. And two (I got this one from Arnold), whenever I want something, say pumpkin pie, I just think to myself, "do I want to get ripped and look awesome at the beach this summer and get attention from girls and feel good.... or do I want to eat this pie?" The answer is always the same. Suggestion 2: Healthy substitutions. I've been satisfying my sweet tooth once per day with either a Quest bar, a bag of Quest protein chips, or Quest peanut butter cups (no, I don't work for Quest Nutrition. I just love their products). Sometimes I'll bake a batch of low-carb high protein brownies. Find a way to make it work for you. Hope this helps!
  12. Wow. Thank you to everyone who responded. I've gotten a few good ideas on how to add a little more low-calorie variety to my beverages. Thanks again! I'm lovin' this forum!
  13. I do a good amount of hiking in the spring and summertime. What I do, personally, is two things: Lots of cardio and and fat loss. For cardio I do a lot of things that mimic hiking. I'll use the dreaded stair-climber for a while, or I'll get on the treadmill and vary the incline to simulate hiking. I'll set it to 15 (incline) for a few minutes, then drop the elevation to 5, then up to 12 for a few minutes, then down to 3, then back to 15.... you get the idea. As far as why I always get my BF% down before hiking season is that the less you weight, the easier it is to carry that weight around. A 5-10lb difference isn't noticeable in day-to-day life. But on a 10 hour hike that weight can make a huge difference. Especially when carrying a backpack with 50lbs of gear. Anyway, that's what I do. Hope this helps!
  14. Hi everyone! So, I've been dieting for over 4 months now (slow cut). During that time the only things I've been drinking are black coffee, water, unsweetened green tea, skim milk (in my protein shakes), and occasionally low-calorie drink mix. I was wondering, what do you guys drink when you are dieting? Or, what do you drink in general? Does anyone have any low/no calorie beverage ideas? Thank you in advance, Mike
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