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Ellington Darden

jweeks wrote:
Dr. Darden,

I am 44 yrs. old. I have been following your diet for Phase 1 of the New HIT since Dec. 27. I began at 208 and 26% bodyfat. I am now at 171.5 lbs at 6.7% bf. I actually do have abs. I can't believe it. 37 pounds lost and it feels great and I thank you. I have taken two weeks off and am ready to begin phase 2 monday March 24. I've been on 1300 cals for the last month and half.

I have two questions. I plan on adding 800 cals, 400 from food and 400 from your suggested creatine solution with sugar. I plan on using 3 500 meals and 2 100 snacks at 3 hour intervals for at total of 2100 cals.

Is this enough cals for maximum muscle gain and is my daily calorie distribution ok or should I increase the snacks and lower the meals. Thanks for any input you can provide and thanks for the great book. It is changing my life for the better. Thanks again!


I think you'll be fine with your planning. Report back in two weeks.

Ellington

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admnautilus

Washington, USA

jweeks wrote:
Dr. Darden,

I am 44 yrs. old. I have been following your diet for Phase 1 of the New HIT since Dec. 27. I began at 208 and 26% bodyfat. I am now at 171.5 lbs at 6.7% bf. I actually do have abs. I can't believe it. 37 pounds lost and it feels great and I thank you. I have taken two weeks off and am ready to begin phase 2 monday March 24. I've been on 1300 cals for the last month and half.

I have two questions. I plan on adding 800 cals, 400 from food and 400 from your suggested creatine solution with sugar. I plan on using 3 500 meals and 2 100 snacks at 3 hour intervals for at total of 2100 cals.

Is this enough cals for maximum muscle gain and is my daily calorie distribution ok or should I increase the snacks and lower the meals. Thanks for any input you can provide and thanks for the great book. It is changing my life for the better. Thanks again!

Hello Jweeks,
I am impressed. You have done an incredible job with that loss. Great job. I know how hard this can be. You have blown away my loss!! Way to make me look like a light weight. (pun intended).I hope all those that are watching this thread read your post and are encouraged. Keep it up and keep us updated as you start you next phase. I am intrigued to see what changes come along.
Dr.Dardens program works and if people will actually do it with a little planning and commitment they too will see a dramatic change. again great job! Jeff

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rrd

Dr. Darden, started HIT a couple of weeks ago, and already feel great improvements in strength. I started at a very high body weight (315lbs, 6'3", 36 years). Would you recommend any changes considering this weight, in relation to the 1500 calories/day outlined in your book (The New High Intensity Training)? Thanks in advance for your help. Rene (from Uruguay).
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jweeks

Thanks Jeff,

It hasn't been easy but I have lots of incentive. I have three boys, two of which are teenagers that play football and lift at their high school three days a week. The past year or so I've been getting alot of good natured ribbing being referred to as old man and fat boy and I've decided to show these young guns the "old man" isn't quite ready to lay down yet.

Of course the last couple of weeks they have switched it to "wimpy" because of the weight loss. That's ok because hopefully in a couple of weeks they are going to have to come up with something new because I'm determined to add at least 10 pounds of muscle. I'll report back in two weeks and let you know how things are going. Thanks for the thread and all the inspiration this site provides.
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admnautilus

Washington, USA

I did a waist measure this A.M. I have now lost 12 3/4" off my waist. This is a total of the 3 measurements. At the beginning I was: 2" above navel-41 1/4": now I am 36 1/4". At navel I was:
42 1/4": now I am 36 1/2". At 2" below navel I was: 37": now I am 35".

I am at that point where I can't fit comfortably in my clothes I wore when I started this. I feel much better with less stomach and actually look a little younger. That feels good also. Jeff
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spud

Hi Jeff,

I know that you are seeing Dr Darden on Friday.

I just wondered if you were still managing, at this late stage, to stick to all the component parts of your program i.e. workouts, diet, superhydration and extra sleep?

Is it still going well or is your discipline wavering?
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admnautilus

Washington, USA

spud wrote:
Hi Jeff,

I know that you are seeing Dr Darden on Friday.

I just wondered if you were still managing, at this late stage, to stick to all the component parts of your program i.e. workouts, diet, superhydration and extra sleep?

Is it still going well or is your discipline wavering?


Hey Spud,
I am still on track. I have had a few slips like anyone else but have maintained a 90% on track rating. I weighed in today, Saturday the 29th and am down 2 more lbs. My total loss so far is 24 1/2 lbs. I lost another inch or so on my waist measurements.

I am going to still work hard before Friday meeting with Dr. Darden. I hope to lose a little more. I did go out and by new pants and am now in 32 waist jeans. I am only 1/2 a pound from the goal that Dr. Darden and I set at the beginning of this program.
I hope to beat that goal by Friday. Yes I am still trying to do those extras to add to loss. Jeff

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Blashy

Quebec, CAN

Excellent progress.

A 32 inch waist is incredible work!
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admnautilus

Washington, USA

Blashy wrote:
Excellent progress.

A 32 inch waist is incredible work!

Thank you, Blashly.
It has been a process but with Dr. Darden's help and accountability it really not that difficult. The walking after the evening me, dressing cooler and drinking the cold water has helped me structure a plan to win.

You know what else? Having the knowledge that i am being watched by others on this site has helped tremendously. It really is the SECRET to not falling off my program.

The next part of this will really require Dr. Darden's help and expertise. I need him to help me increase my calories while maintaining my fat loss. I know what I should do but he will help me do it right. Wait till you guys see the before and after picts! My before were not pretty.
Jeff


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AJFan

The progress mentioned in this thread, is awesome, inspirational.

Thanks.
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admnautilus

Washington, USA

AJFan wrote:
The progress mentioned in this thread, is awesome, inspirational.

Thanks.

Thanks AJFan;
It has been a real help to know that people like you are are out there watching. I have been able to keep myself focused on the task thanks to you guys. Of course it doesn't hurt to have Dr.Darden there either.Ha Ha!!
I am very happy that this has been an inspiration to others and I thank you for saying so. Most all have been very supportive. Keep watching for those before picts. Oh boy! Jeff

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Dynamic

I'm on a similar path as Jeff so I thought I'd get on the board and share my progress.

I started my focused training on August 1, 2007. I'm 42 years old, 5'10" and my goal is to get to a body weight of 180 pounds with a 30.5" waist. I train at a SuperSlow center with a SuperSlow trainer twice a week on Monday and Friday afternoons.

The center has 9 MedX/SuperSlow machines but we typically train on 6 of the 9 per session, one set to failure with some set extenders like assisted reps and negatives, no time between exercises, time under load between 60-90 secs per set with total time 15 minutes or less. Rep speed is approximately 6/6, 5-7 reps with very slow turnarounds at the bottom and top (no momentum). The workouts are brief and intense and I'm breathing like a freight train at the end.

My measurements are always taken first thing in morning on an empty stomach/bladder. Here's my progress so far listed as weight/waist measurement/cals per day:

8/1/07 159/32.000/3000
9/1/07 161/32.125/1500
10/1/07 154/30.375/2300
11/1/07 157/30.625/3500
12/1/07 163/31.625/3500
1/1/08 168/32.500/3500
2/1/08 168/33.250/2000
3/1/08 165/32.875/1700
4/1/08 155/31.375/1700

My strength as measured by progress on the machines has steadily improved from start to present but is starting to slow recently.

My body composition goal of a weight of 180 pounds with a 30.500 waist in 9 months however has not been reached.

Here's what happened. When I started on 8/1/07 I was eating 3000 cals per day. Weight went up a little and so did the waist. 9/1/07 I dropped to 1500 cals and weight and waist came down to 154/30.375. My waist goal of 30.500 had been met and all I had to do was gain 26 pounds of muscle with no increase in waist to reach the goal of 180/30.500. So I upped my cals to 2300 on 10/1/07.

By 11/1/07 I was 157/30.625 and thought I wasn't gaining weight fast enough so I upped my cals to 3500. 3 months later on 2/1/08 my weight was up to 168 but my waist was 33.250 inches. That's a waist increase of 2.875 inches from my low at 30.375.

So I dropped my cals to 2000 and on 3/1/08 I was 165/32.875. Then I dropped back to 1700 cals and on 4/1/08 I'm at 155/31.375.

So on 10/1/07 I'm 154/30.375 and 6 months later on 4/1/08 I'm 155/31.375.

I've read Dr. Darden's New Hit and Old School books many times and several articles on this site like Florida Dreaming for example. I follow all the rules: my HIT workouts are supervised, intense and 20 minutes or less. I sleep 9 hours per night. I drink a gallon of cold water per day and split my calories over 5 meals.

To sum up, the positives are; I feel great, I'm stronger and my posture and mobility are good. And I can handle HIT workouts physically and mentally.

My mistake of taking my calories to 3500 on 11/1/07 seems obvious now. I probably should have stayed at 2300 cals and been satisfied with gains of 3 pounds per month.

I believed I could do better however, after reading the stories in the books and articles about gains much higher than that per month. I put great effort and focus into following the HIT guidelines to a T and recording my progress.

Had I gained 3 pounds of muscle per month with little gain in waist measurement, I would have been at 172/30.500 on 4/1/08 instead of 155/31.375.

Hopefully everyone can learn from my mistakes. I'll keep posting my progress as I go. I will reach the goal!

Dr. Darden and all on the board, thanks for reading my story.

Dr. Darden, what would you recommend I do now?


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Butters

Dynamic wrote:
Had I gained 3 pounds of muscle per month with little gain in waist measurement, I would have been at 172/30.500 on 4/1/08 instead of 155/31.375.


I wouldn't get too discouraged if you don't see results like in Darden's books. Most of those guys are in their twenties (peak hormonal years) and also have above average genetics. Three pounds of muscle in a month with no fat gain is phenomenal for an average trainee. If you could maintain that for the whole year, you would have exceeded your goal. Just be patient, this is a life long commitment, not a 3-4 month project.
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AJFan

Hi Dynamic,

Thanks for the report, I'll keep some of that in mind when I go on my lean building phase.
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txiron

Dr. Darden,

When can we expect the Jeff Turner before & after shots?

Also, any progress reports on the guy in the "10 lbs. of muscle" article ?

Thanks for all of your insight.
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admnautilus

Washington, USA

txiron wrote:
Dr. Darden,

When can we expect the Jeff Turner before & after shots?

Also, any progress reports on the guy in the "10 lbs. of muscle" article ?

Thanks for all of your insight.

Hi txiron,
Dr.Darden will be updating soon. I know he has been very busy with his Intensive Coaching. We took pics and measurements and they will be on shortly. In the meantime here is a shot of me just after being at Dr.Dardens. It was in the hotel room so not a great shot. I will post a before also. Jeff

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admnautilus

Washington, USA

txiron wrote:
Dr. Darden,

When can we expect the Jeff Turner before & after shots?

Also, any progress reports on the guy in the "10 lbs. of muscle" article ?

Thanks for all of your insight.

As I promised here is a pic from florida trip in December 2007. This is just before start of my program with Dr.Darden. I was at the Medx factory inspecting a Medx Medical machine to be rephurbished. My face was a little chubby don't you think? Also nice gut overhang!!

I have lost around 12" total off my waist. I am weighing 186 lbs. without clothes. I started at 210.5 lbs. without clothes.My goal now is to be h 180 lbs. by May 7th my 48th birthday. Jeff

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txiron

Jeff,

Thanks for posting those shots. You have alot to be proud of. Your comments here are greatly appreciated.
I am sure that people would love to hear anything you have to offer regarding your personal diet & training regimen.
What did you consider to be the most difficult part of your transformation program? Thanks again for sharing your experience.
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DownUnderLifter

admnautilus wrote:
txiron wrote:
Dr. Darden,

When can we expect the Jeff Turner before & after shots?

Also, any progress reports on the guy in the "10 lbs. of muscle" article ?

Thanks for all of your insight.
Hi txiron,
Dr.Darden will be updating soon. I know he has been very busy with his Intensive Coaching. We took pics and measurements and they will be on shortly. In the meantime here is a shot of me just after being at Dr.Dardens. It was in the hotel room so not a great shot. I will post a before also. Jeff



Looking good Jeff, congratulations on your success. You have worked very hard and it shows!
I'm sure you will get to 180lb no problems at all.

All the best

DUL
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Ciccio

Great job, Jeff (and Ellington)!

Now show us the "official" progress pix.

Franco
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admnautilus

Washington, USA

txiron wrote:
Jeff,

Thanks for posting those shots. You have alot to be proud of. Your comments here are greatly appreciated.
I am sure that people would love to hear anything you have to offer regarding your personal diet & training regimen.
What did you consider to be the most difficult part of your transformation program? Thanks again for sharing your experience.

Thank you very much!! txiron.
I will update some more about program and I am sure that Dr.Darden will add some comments also. Just wanted to thank everyone again for support. I have had to stay strict because of everyone watching this thread.
The hardest part for me was to stay on the calories even when we were at Disneyland. Sooo much temptation! Also doing the walks after the evening meal was hard. Not because that they were hard, just that I get home late from work and by the time I was done eating my walks took place around 8:30PM.
Really, I had my challenges but not too bad once I got past the second week. I stayed on the program probably 85% of time. If I would have done everyhting Dr.Darden had suggested I would have lost even more.
I am going to continue program till I get the rest of fat off. I will put a follow up picture after I hit 180lbs. Dr. Darden has raised my calories by 200-250 and will continue diet from there. I am also cutting my training back to 3 times in 2 weeks instead of 4 sessions. This will help with recovery. Thanks again-Jeff

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admnautilus

Washington, USA

DownUnderLifter wrote:
admnautilus wrote:
txiron wrote:
Dr. Darden,

When can we expect the Jeff Turner before & after shots?

Also, any progress reports on the guy in the "10 lbs. of muscle" article ?

Thanks for all of your insight.
Hi txiron,
Dr.Darden will be updating soon. I know he has been very busy with his Intensive Coaching. We took pics and measurements and they will be on shortly. In the meantime here is a shot of me just after being at Dr.Dardens. It was in the hotel room so not a great shot. I will post a before also. Jeff



Looking good Jeff, congratulations on your success. You have worked very hard and it shows!
I'm sure you will get to 180lb no problems at all.

All the best

DUL

Thank you to DUL! This is what has made losing the fat easier. People like you watching me do it. Thanks for all the great encouragment.
It is has been fun and a great experience to do Dr. Dardens program.
Like most here, I grew up reading all of his books. He has been a great mentor for me. The hardest part now is to lose the last few pounds and stay there. Train Hard-Jeff

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gettinginshape

My question is what do you feel that is contained in a 1500 calorie a day workout that is safe yet healthy and helps with sustained weight loss?
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admnautilus

Washington, USA

gettinginshape wrote:
My question is what do you feel that is contained in a 1500 calorie a day workout that is safe yet healthy and helps with sustained weight loss?


Hi!
Not sure I understand your question? Are you asking about nutrition or the exercise? Thanks Jeff

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valeron

Greetings, such simulators as at you can be envied only. On account HIT I shall tell only positively, works. Here only I ectomorf, whether am special procedures in system Hit for ectomorf a constitution? Yours faithfully Valery.
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