Did Calacanis just call me fat?

Yeah, Jason Calacanis just called me fat and challenged me to lose weight in a program titled “fat bloggers.” Ahh, I just ate a piece of Swiss chocolate. How am I gonna lose weight with the Swiss stuff around? Anyway, I weigh 214 pounds and would like to get down to 190. Of course, that’d require not eating Swiss chocolate and getting off my lazy behind and do some exercise. That reminds me of this Wellsphere conversation I had recently.

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  1. You don’t have to exercise to lose weight. But you’ll probably feel better with moderate exercise, and you’ll lose weight faster.

  2. You don’t have to exercise to lose weight. But you’ll probably feel better with moderate exercise, and you’ll lose weight faster.

  3. If you haven’t checked it out yet, Traineo.com is a great source for fitness tracking and advice as well..

    It won’t do the situps for you, but it will let your friends know when you do (or don’t) do them and give them an opportunity to “motivate” you..

  4. If you haven’t checked it out yet, Traineo.com is a great source for fitness tracking and advice as well..

    It won’t do the situps for you, but it will let your friends know when you do (or don’t) do them and give them an opportunity to “motivate” you..

  5. It’ll seem like a “fad diet”, but there’s this thing called the Shangri-La diet which basically involves taking flavourless (or near-flavourless) calories, which act as an appetite suppressant and make you want to eat less. The book’s fairly cheap, and there’s a large community of people on the forums at http://www.sethroberts.net/, the website of the guy who worked it out. It’s worth visiting that page just to look at the graphs of weight loss.

    Hope this helps, or at least is interesting…

  6. It’ll seem like a “fad diet”, but there’s this thing called the Shangri-La diet which basically involves taking flavourless (or near-flavourless) calories, which act as an appetite suppressant and make you want to eat less. The book’s fairly cheap, and there’s a large community of people on the forums at http://www.sethroberts.net/, the website of the guy who worked it out. It’s worth visiting that page just to look at the graphs of weight loss.

    Hope this helps, or at least is interesting…

  7. just try to eat “a bit” less than you do now.

    if you eat 1 bar of chocolate a day, only eat 2/3 each day.

    DO NOT try to hunger the weight away! (it does not work)

    eat a piece of bread (without anything on it) about 1/2 hour before your normal meals (spoil your appetite)

    just small things. they do not need much of discipline and they help. (at least they helped me)

    oh, and do a little excell sheed where you insert your weight each morning after you stand up and do a diagram with a trendline in it and DO NOT think about it if you weight more one day than you did the day before, that just happens.

    have fun ;)

  8. just try to eat “a bit” less than you do now.

    if you eat 1 bar of chocolate a day, only eat 2/3 each day.

    DO NOT try to hunger the weight away! (it does not work)

    eat a piece of bread (without anything on it) about 1/2 hour before your normal meals (spoil your appetite)

    just small things. they do not need much of discipline and they help. (at least they helped me)

    oh, and do a little excell sheed where you insert your weight each morning after you stand up and do a diagram with a trendline in it and DO NOT think about it if you weight more one day than you did the day before, that just happens.

    have fun ;)

  9. Dec 9th – 240, Feb 16th – 202. height 6’4.5″. My target was 208, but I’m going to try to go sub 200 just because :)

    I did it all by cutting down, snacking on oranges, and exercising – before it got too cold, 1/2 hour walks in the morning and evening, now the treadmill for an hour a night 3 nights a week.

  10. Dec 9th – 240, Feb 16th – 202. height 6’4.5″. My target was 208, but I’m going to try to go sub 200 just because :)

    I did it all by cutting down, snacking on oranges, and exercising – before it got too cold, 1/2 hour walks in the morning and evening, now the treadmill for an hour a night 3 nights a week.

  11. Yeah, the getting off your heiny and doing something really helps. I dropped from 230 down to ~207…would love to drop another 20, but that’s being a pain.

    My method of choice for going on 17 years now has been a fun take on Korean Martial Arts, Kuk Sool Won. There’s a school in your area, KSW of Half Moon Bay. The web site is at: http://www.hmbksw.com/wp/

    Warning: Martial Arts web sites tend to be TOTALLY hokey. Lots of enthusiasm and sincerity, not so much on the design sensibility. They also don’t tend to really care about tech, so you may have some culture shock if you go.

    However…

    standard martial arts warning

    Regardless of style, go and watch a class, maybe even two. Get a feel for the instructor(s) and the other students. If you aren’t feeling it, don’t sign up and hope it’ll get better. This kind of thing is really reliant on the personalities of the instructor and student. If they don’t mesh, you’re going to not be having fun.

    If they try to get you to sign a contract and that seems to be the only way to take classes, walk. The average percentage of people going from start to first degree black belt is 1%. That’s not something you want to bet on.

    Oh, don’t try to judge the fitness aspect of things by how…overtly hard it looks. This is, in a lot of ways, like Yoga. It doesn’t look hard, but trust me, you do a hundred kicks or so across the course of an hour or two a few times a week for a few years, and you’ll notice it ;-)

    The Half Moon Bay school looks like a fun one for families. There’s another one at 2450 Sutter St. in S.F., that’s run by one of the grandmaster’s kids, (or maybe his brother, I forget). No web site, so I’m not sure about how the school is.

    Anyway, think about it. Stuff you can do as a family or with other people tends to be easier than trying to go it solo.

  12. Yeah, the getting off your heiny and doing something really helps. I dropped from 230 down to ~207…would love to drop another 20, but that’s being a pain.

    My method of choice for going on 17 years now has been a fun take on Korean Martial Arts, Kuk Sool Won. There’s a school in your area, KSW of Half Moon Bay. The web site is at: http://www.hmbksw.com/wp/

    Warning: Martial Arts web sites tend to be TOTALLY hokey. Lots of enthusiasm and sincerity, not so much on the design sensibility. They also don’t tend to really care about tech, so you may have some culture shock if you go.

    However…

    standard martial arts warning

    Regardless of style, go and watch a class, maybe even two. Get a feel for the instructor(s) and the other students. If you aren’t feeling it, don’t sign up and hope it’ll get better. This kind of thing is really reliant on the personalities of the instructor and student. If they don’t mesh, you’re going to not be having fun.

    If they try to get you to sign a contract and that seems to be the only way to take classes, walk. The average percentage of people going from start to first degree black belt is 1%. That’s not something you want to bet on.

    Oh, don’t try to judge the fitness aspect of things by how…overtly hard it looks. This is, in a lot of ways, like Yoga. It doesn’t look hard, but trust me, you do a hundred kicks or so across the course of an hour or two a few times a week for a few years, and you’ll notice it ;-)

    The Half Moon Bay school looks like a fun one for families. There’s another one at 2450 Sutter St. in S.F., that’s run by one of the grandmaster’s kids, (or maybe his brother, I forget). No web site, so I’m not sure about how the school is.

    Anyway, think about it. Stuff you can do as a family or with other people tends to be easier than trying to go it solo.

  13. OK, I have to say this. If you really wanted to get off of the swiss chocolate, get on the phone with me for 20 minutes [free]. I can help so that when you think of chocolate, you would instead think of dog poop.

    Craving deleted. :)

  14. OK, I have to say this. If you really wanted to get off of the swiss chocolate, get on the phone with me for 20 minutes [free]. I can help so that when you think of chocolate, you would instead think of dog poop.

    Craving deleted. :)

  15. I’ve lost 128 pounds in 15 months. I did it by cutting calories and using a moving average of my daily weigh-ins to monitor my progress (The Hacker’s Diet).

    You do not have to exercise to lose weight. In fact exercise is a very inefficient way to lose weight. But exercise is the only way to become fit. It is also a great way to manage stress.

    You can see my diet progress here: http://www.physicsdiet.com/Public.aspx?u=matt

    You can watch the progress of 140 or so public users here:
    http://www.physicsdiet.com/PublicProfiles.aspx

    Right now the Top 10 Biggest Losers (by weight lost) have all lost more than 60 pounds. The top 4 have all lost more than 100 pounds. That list is a great source of inspiration.

    Good luck Robert! You can absolutely reach your goal. And you can do it without giving up Swiss chocolate. You just can’t eat too much Swiss chocolate.

    Disclaimer: I created the PhysicsDiet.com site and I do make some money from advertising on the site.

  16. I’ve lost 128 pounds in 15 months. I did it by cutting calories and using a moving average of my daily weigh-ins to monitor my progress (The Hacker’s Diet).

    You do not have to exercise to lose weight. In fact exercise is a very inefficient way to lose weight. But exercise is the only way to become fit. It is also a great way to manage stress.

    You can see my diet progress here: http://www.physicsdiet.com/Public.aspx?u=matt

    You can watch the progress of 140 or so public users here:
    http://www.physicsdiet.com/PublicProfiles.aspx

    Right now the Top 10 Biggest Losers (by weight lost) have all lost more than 60 pounds. The top 4 have all lost more than 100 pounds. That list is a great source of inspiration.

    Good luck Robert! You can absolutely reach your goal. And you can do it without giving up Swiss chocolate. You just can’t eat too much Swiss chocolate.

    Disclaimer: I created the PhysicsDiet.com site and I do make some money from advertising on the site.

  17. I’m at 190 and supposedly ought to be 175. That’d involve eating less though. 214 isn’t bad for six feet.

    You could get one of those dance mats.

  18. I’m at 190 and supposedly ought to be 175. That’d involve eating less though. 214 isn’t bad for six feet.

    You could get one of those dance mats.

  19. I’m 5’11 and weigh 153 pounds. In 2003 I weighed 205 pounds. I lost 50 pounds on the South Beach diet and keep it off by going to the gym regularly.

  20. I’m 5’11 and weigh 153 pounds. In 2003 I weighed 205 pounds. I lost 50 pounds on the South Beach diet and keep it off by going to the gym regularly.

  21. Well, I need to get to a scales to find out how much damage a week in the US is doing to my progress. You can see my tips and progress on my blog.

  22. Well, I need to get to a scales to find out how much damage a week in the US is doing to my progress. You can see my tips and progress on my blog.

  23. Don’t drop the chocolate, drop drop the duck with sauce. Just tell me where to send you a Wii. And your shoe size, so I can bundle that with the coolest pair of tennis ever.

  24. Don’t drop the chocolate, drop drop the duck with sauce. Just tell me where to send you a Wii. And your shoe size, so I can bundle that with the coolest pair of tennis ever.

  25. One small thing that helps: LOTS of icewater. Four quick reasons: (1) If you normally drink soda (even diet), the icewater helps get you UNaccustomed to so much sweetness throughout the day. (2) Ample hydration abets any fitness program. (3) More water tends to suppress appetite somewhat. (4) Icewater actually costs you a few calories to drink as your body invests energy in bringing c. 35-degree water up to your body temperature. It’s a small thing, but one that you can do all day, every day.

  26. One small thing that helps: LOTS of icewater. Four quick reasons: (1) If you normally drink soda (even diet), the icewater helps get you UNaccustomed to so much sweetness throughout the day. (2) Ample hydration abets any fitness program. (3) More water tends to suppress appetite somewhat. (4) Icewater actually costs you a few calories to drink as your body invests energy in bringing c. 35-degree water up to your body temperature. It’s a small thing, but one that you can do all day, every day.

  27. Shangri-la. Kathy Sierra turned me onto this last May in a blog post. Go to http://www.sethroberts.net. I eat what I want and do not excercise. Went from 230 lbs to 197 lbs with no effort. I’m working on the last 20 lbs now…

    I just take 3 tablespoons of flavorless olive oil every morning and don’t eat anything 1 hour before and 1 hour after. Appetite is suppressed and “set point” is lowering with the weight. It’s the perfect “diet” for the person who is perched behind a computer most of the day…

    Seth is local to you (a Berkeley prof). You should do a show on him. He is amazing!

  28. Shangri-la. Kathy Sierra turned me onto this last May in a blog post. Go to http://www.sethroberts.net. I eat what I want and do not excercise. Went from 230 lbs to 197 lbs with no effort. I’m working on the last 20 lbs now…

    I just take 3 tablespoons of flavorless olive oil every morning and don’t eat anything 1 hour before and 1 hour after. Appetite is suppressed and “set point” is lowering with the weight. It’s the perfect “diet” for the person who is perched behind a computer most of the day…

    Seth is local to you (a Berkeley prof). You should do a show on him. He is amazing!

  29. I’m going to second the Martial Arts – I’m partial to Tae Kwon Do. One class can knock of 900 calories and a lot of sweat. A lot of places offer a 2 week or 4 week trial to see if you like it.

    And since you love the gadgets I have to recommend also getting the Nike+iPod Sport kit addon for your iPod. The Nike site tells you how many calories you burned – walking or running 3 miles gets you 600 calories down and can only take 30-40 minutes.

    Also, the first thing you can do is drop any sodas you are currently drinking. Drinking ice water is supposed to use 70 calories per glass plus saves you the 120 calories you would have gained from the soda. Multiply that by the number of sodas you normally drink and you are well into savings on that 2000 or 2500 calorie diet.

  30. I’m going to second the Martial Arts – I’m partial to Tae Kwon Do. One class can knock of 900 calories and a lot of sweat. A lot of places offer a 2 week or 4 week trial to see if you like it.

    And since you love the gadgets I have to recommend also getting the Nike+iPod Sport kit addon for your iPod. The Nike site tells you how many calories you burned – walking or running 3 miles gets you 600 calories down and can only take 30-40 minutes.

    Also, the first thing you can do is drop any sodas you are currently drinking. Drinking ice water is supposed to use 70 calories per glass plus saves you the 120 calories you would have gained from the soda. Multiply that by the number of sodas you normally drink and you are well into savings on that 2000 or 2500 calorie diet.

  31. Robert,

    If you want to lose weight, you need to make small but persistant changes in what you eat. People who make big changes or “go on a diet” tend to gain any weight back that they lose.

    I suggest South Beach, which has some good peer-reviewed studies behind it about the benefit both to weight and health. Shangri-la is too weird to me, and AFAIK doesn’t have any clinical research behind it. You can eat small amounts of chocolate on South Beach, though you have to watch the sugar.

    Exercise does help, though it’s more for health than for weight loss. There are lots of fat fit people.

    Eric
    6’2″, 162 pounds
    That puts me at around 10% body fat.

  32. Robert,

    If you want to lose weight, you need to make small but persistant changes in what you eat. People who make big changes or “go on a diet” tend to gain any weight back that they lose.

    I suggest South Beach, which has some good peer-reviewed studies behind it about the benefit both to weight and health. Shangri-la is too weird to me, and AFAIK doesn’t have any clinical research behind it. You can eat small amounts of chocolate on South Beach, though you have to watch the sugar.

    Exercise does help, though it’s more for health than for weight loss. There are lots of fat fit people.

    Eric
    6’2″, 162 pounds
    That puts me at around 10% body fat.

  33. I would never ever pass on swiss chocolate just to loose some pounds. And as I’ve experienced myself you don’t need to. The secret is to get the fat burning rate up. But you won’t get this done without hopping into your sneakers and start running or cycling or whatever gets your cardio up and running. Cheers, Jan

  34. I would never ever pass on swiss chocolate just to loose some pounds. And as I’ve experienced myself you don’t need to. The secret is to get the fat burning rate up. But you won’t get this done without hopping into your sneakers and start running or cycling or whatever gets your cardio up and running. Cheers, Jan