I need your advice please

Discussion in 'General Health & Wellness' started by martin12, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. martin12

    martin12 Member

    Hey Ladies and Gents,

    I need some advice and I know you guys/gals can help me. Between everyone on the forum, I just know that someone has the answers that I am looking for.

    I recently started dieting; I'm doing high protein and low carb because I have tried everything else under the sun and I am hoping that going "high-protein" will help me.

    I decided not to do an actual diet, but to follow a calorie restriction and not go over 1800 calories a day. I know that sounds odd, but I feel a little be freer and I have more flexibility now that I can choose whatever I want to eat, within this calorie restriction. The result being that if I eat better and leaner, I can eat more food within my calorie range. THIS is specifically why I wanted to do high protein and low carb, because I can eat more proteins and feel fuller than eating less carb and feeling hungrier. I feel as though I have to trick myself.

    Anyhow, my question is this; what supplements are good to take? I am a huge Dr. Oz fan and I literally write down every supplement and diet that comes on his show. I write them down and look them up later. A few weeks ago he had one on Garcinia Cambogia Extract. I have never heard of this before, I was looking into taking carb and fat blockers and ran into Chromium Picolinate and L-carnatine (I hope I spelled that correctly). So, as it happens I am trying to get my hands on as much information as possible. The extract is supposed to be a miracle supplement and I want to know if anyone has tried it. I found an article on the wall street journal http://online.wsj.com/article/HUG1749384.htmll (not a sales or advert link) and did a wikipedia search (I know some of you check wiki too) and it seems legit. Please tell me if you tried it and whether or not it worked and also tell me where I can buy it. There are so many places online that sell these supplements but I'd rather get a good recommendation from you.

    In addition to this I joined Bally's Total Gym, I'll be honest, it's a poor-mans gym and I'm on a budget. I can't complain too much, they have a pool and sauna and they have an aerobics area as well as the usual gym equipment. My question here is this; I have used the Elliptical and I have used the Cross Trainer. I have a bad back and I noticed that the Elliptical bothers my back and my knees, despite the fact that the trainer at the gym (they give you a free session as a new member) told me that the Elliptical would be gentle on my knees. It wasn't! The Cross-Trainer bothered me a little bit, but overall, I noticed that I burn more calories on the Cross Trainer.
    I don't have "trainer" funds so I am hoping that anyone with experience in the gym might be able to tell me how I can get a good workout "that counts" that will help me strengthen my knees and back. I enjoy the Cross-Trainer, I don't mind the Elliptical too much but I absolutely cannot do the Spinning Cycle or Weights. Aerobics also never seem to be in session on my visits and no matter how many times I take a schedule home, I always miss the classes.

    It's hard to lose weight and get fit when you have back and knee problems and this is why the supplement advice is very important for me but in addition, any tips or advice for equipment use would be much appreciated.

    I will keep you updated on my progress, this is my first week back at the gym after one year (give or take a month or two) and I really want to keep going and progressing.

    Thanks for your help in advance [​IMG]
  2. No matter what Keep it...
  3. ChrisKyle

    ChrisKyle Member

    My advice is to you is just eat natural foods.Protein can be taken from eggs, fish and soybean and there are some other products.
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  4. Yes eating natural foods and maintain other good protein diet very beneficial.
  5. bodylisten

    bodylisten Member

    I admire your resolve in joining a gym after taking a year off (give or take). It sounds like even though you don't have a trainer, your body has given you good guidance on what exercises work and what doesn't work for you. I don't have advice to offer on supplements, butwanted to wish you the best and say that it sounds like you are off to a great start!
  6. remon90

    remon90 Member

    Take balance diet, fruits and green vegetables. Try to do some exercise.
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  7. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, Martin,

    Welcome to our site. Our members are the best and should be able to help you. Thing is that we all take different supps because we have different issues and each supp isn't necessarily effective for everyone.

    If you go to the store here, you can see supps which are ones that have been the most helpful to us. There are a lot of them but you can browse by symptom or what you are trying to achieve. The products here are well priced and of the highest quality. Also, a generous part of the profits go to funding research into, and advocacy for, our conditions. There is a wealth of helpful info at the store site here. Be sure to sign up for the e-newsletter.

    My own 30 pound weight loss came about from exercise to help prevent heart disease and cutting bad carbs to help prevent diabetes. The weight loss was not my original goal but a very nice silver lining. If you want to keep your calorie restrictions, please add a goal of eating the healthiest foods you can. Just limiting calories doesn't make it a healthy diet. A variety of fresh veggies, including greens, and fruit are very healthy. Nuts, avocados and lean protein are good too. Exercising and eating well helps to ensure your body gets its nutrients from the food. You may only need a multi-vitamin but, as you noted from the Dr. Oz Show, there are other things which help us get healthy. Good luck to you.

    Love, Mikie