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Larry T

North Carolina, USA

Dr. Darden,

What do you recommend for someone who wants to go from 300lb to 230lb? My brother is almost 50 and he's 6'4. Based on my calculations he's approximately 37% BF and is an experienced HITer - just fat.
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Ellington Darden

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Ellington Darden

Get him a copy of "Living Longer Stronger" and have him read and study it. The program in this book will probably work for him -- but he's going to need lots of help.

Ellington
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Larry T

North Carolina, USA

Dr. D,

You don't sound overly optimistic. Here's his history: He's lost 30 lbs since January while keeping his strength about the same. He's torn between using lower carbs for fat loss but thinks he needs higher carbs for muscle growth or at least keeping what he has. I think he needs to cut his training back a bit. You say he'll need lots of help. Anything specific in light of his current situation?
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Larry T wrote:
Dr. D,

You don't sound overly optimistic. Here's his history: He's lost 30 lbs since January while keeping his strength about the same. He's torn between using lower carbs for fat loss but thinks he needs higher carbs for muscle growth or at least keeping what he has. I think he needs to cut his training back a bit. You say he'll need lots of help. Anything specific in light of his current situation?


Your brother needs to lose bodyfat so don't overanalyze to much! Get him on a diet and if he loses some muscle along with 60-80 pounds of fat it will not be a problem because he will gain back the muscle quickly when he starts to eat a little more after the diet has ended!

Good luck!

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Ellington Darden

Larry T wrote:
Dr. D,

You don't sound overly optimistic. Here's his history: He's lost 30 lbs since January while keeping his strength about the same. He's torn between using lower carbs for fat loss but thinks he needs higher carbs for muscle growth or at least keeping what he has. I think he needs to cut his training back a bit. You say he'll need lots of help. Anything specific in light of his current situation?


People, who have that much body fat, are subject to all types of "reasons" why they are obese. To be successful at losing fat and keeping it off, they must understand and learn to deal with those reasons. That's the difficult part, much more so than the strength training.

Ellington

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Yes

The key to sucess here is to completely change ones thinking in regards to food, and from there change the habits.

It's not about choosing the right kind of diet and worrying about different macronutrients. It's much more about a balanced lifestyle.

I also think that the single one most important thing is learning how to actually enjoy this new lifestyle. I mean, no one can go 20 years constantly craving junk food but forcing themselves to eat healthy.

That's why the whole thinking and reasoning must change first.

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I say this from experience since I have lost around 75lbs myself. I doubt that I will ever go back to where I was before, because I simply enjoy the way i'm living now - I have found a balance that works good for me.

With all of this said, however, I think that Dr. Darden has some good dieatary guidelines. Just, focus on the other issues first so you don't complicate things too much.
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