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IanG
05-29-2013, 01:59 PM
Do you ever have the odd day where you knuckle down, get really focused and go a little extreme on the weight loss?

I do, normally at the weekend to see how much I can move the scale.

Some of my hardcore moves include: i) going smaller on portion sizes for the day; and, ii) doing much more exercise than usual, to the point of feeling quite tired.

Anyone else?


elvislover324
05-29-2013, 02:06 PM
I have tried hardcore several times and it's backfired on me.

The harder I exercise and the less I eat, the less I lose. It's a vicious circle some weeks when I feel like I could take on the world via exercise and am trying to learn to eat when I'm hungry vs. a timed schedule.

Moderate exercise and about 1200 calories (less about 300-400 in exercise) seems to be the sweet spot.

Shouldn't I be happy that I don't have to break my neck to lose weight? I guess I am. :?: I wish the scale didn't own me but it does. And that's one of the major ways I measure my success.

Remington90
05-29-2013, 02:20 PM
I too have tried going hardcore and it has backfire as well. Not every time, but 90% of the time. I wish I could go "normal-core" on weekends, as I'd be further along in this journey if I could just shut the door on my social-life-leading-to-alcohol-binge lifestyle. DANG though, it's hard haha.

I'd love to go balls to the wall, but it just never works for me. Although I am starting a heavy weight regimen so that might make my life "hardcore".


ReillyJ
05-29-2013, 02:20 PM
No, and disclaimer: this will probably not work for most, but i am strict 6 days of the week and on fridays i go all out, eat whatever i want and how much i want, thousands of calories. And then i reign it in immediately on Saturday through Thursday, eating "clean" and never over eating (but not extremely restrictive, making sure i eat enough macro nutrients, etc.) and i lost all my weight that way, i think it kept my set point from sticking if that makes sense.

elvislover324
05-29-2013, 02:46 PM
No, and disclaimer: this will probably not work for most, but i am strict 6 days of the week and on fridays i go all out, eat whatever i want and how much i want, thousands of calories. And then i reign it in immediately on Saturday through Thursday, eating "clean" and never over eating (but not extremely restrictive, making sure i eat enough macro nutrients, etc.) and i lost all my weight that way, i think it kept my set point from sticking if that makes sense.

I'm so jealous of you! I wish I could trust myself to have even 1 cheat day, nevermind one a week. And you had tremendous success so obviously it works, you look awesome!!

NorthernChick13
05-29-2013, 04:23 PM
i hear you guys! I think I was going hardcore on the eating for the past two days and I noticed my energy dropped! I ate about 1000 for two days. I didn't try too...I ate a big dinner but was too full to have my full day's worth. I kinda felt secretly good about it, but today I have already eaten 850 and it's only 2 pm. I FEEL WAY BETTER TODAY!


I think hardcore for a day or two is good mentally, as we feel badass, but it's not sustainable. lol so...do we aim for...mediumcore?!

Arctic Mama
05-29-2013, 04:25 PM
I go hard core on occasion, but not to the point of 'feeling' it. Some days I'll choose a particularly difficult workout (like the floor T-tap workout, it is so brutal a beginner might not be able to lift their leg up in some of the positions, because just holding correct form is already taking so much strength) if I'm feeling good. Or yesterday, because of my food choices I was satiated and so I chose not to eat when not hungry and came up short on my calorie amount. Given that I'm already dieting under a fair bit of physical demand (nursing and all that), being down at around 15-1600 calories is a very extreme deficit and not one I could maintain long term. But I can do it every few days without feeling overly depleted or sluggish, just like those challenging workouts.

I push it a bit daily, in intermittent fasting. I force myself to go just a little ways beyond what I can easily tolerate in terms of hunger, to make my eating window more condensed (and thus more mentally satisfying - that feeling of a truly grand meal as opposed to nibbling/grazing). But again, that's as far as I can go. I don't want to burn my adrenals out or short my daughter on nutrition by tanking my milk supply, so I am careful to judiciously apply extra oomph and not go whole hog until it boomerangs on me.

krampus
05-29-2013, 04:26 PM
I went to a music festival over the weekend, danced like 12 hours a day and hardly ate and lost like 3 pounds and my torso looks better than ever - this was coming off of a week eating < 1500 calories a day. It's tempting to "keep it up" but I know logically I gotta EAT to NOURISH to minimize the revenge of the appetite and do pre-emptive damage control.

crispin
05-29-2013, 05:08 PM
I used to only go hardcore. So eventually I'd let up, go back to my old ways, and regain. I changed a few years ago and took a moderate approach. I lost more than I'd ever been able to before and maintained it for a couple of years. I still go hard core sometimes when the mood strikes, but that's balanced out with me spending far more time going...soft core (?). :dizzy:

The past 6 months I've been going too heavy on beer and too light on exercise (and by that, I mean no exercise). So I put on 8 pounds, which I'm working on getting rid of mainly by making better choices in those two areas.

novangel
05-29-2013, 07:18 PM
I was very hardcore w/exercise for a year then right around March-April I started flaking out when I saw the scale hit goal. I figured I could ease up and then I (very easily) lost a few pounds past my goal. Exercise was making me too hungry all the time and I'd wind up going over in calories. Now I exercise less and eat less and I'm maintaining. :crossed:

100Mother
05-29-2013, 07:33 PM
I used to go hard core on eating/calorie counting/restricting...but it just doesn't work for me anymore. There is nothing to motivate me to be that OCD about it.

Now, what I WILL go hardcore on is exercise, because I LOVE it! Yesterday I woke up and did a P90 workout, then after work I went and did a spin workout at the gym, and when I got home while I was waiting on the boyfriend to show up I did my C25K workout! Woohoo! And I really wanted to do some burpees after that, hehe. I love pushing myself that way, it feels great! And I don't even THINK about my weight. All I do is think about how good I feel. What a nice break :)

Emma4545
05-29-2013, 08:57 PM
Yes on the weekends I go hard core. Eating substantially lower calories and also eating only during about 6-8 hours in a day. Even going to the gym so on those days I may low net calories. I always find my body loses weight on these days and generally it stays off. I find it is kind of a shock to the system AND helps make up for any extras that mistakenly happen during the week.

Of course I can't do it every weekend.

It is kind of like a calorie cycling thing.

IanG
05-29-2013, 09:30 PM
Thanks Emma. That's like what I do too. I find the weekend gives me the opportunity to push things a little without the pressures of work and sitting at a desk all day.

TurboMammoth
05-29-2013, 10:11 PM
Yup, definitely guilty of going hardcore, specially in the last few months, between January-March. Started training again in a quite intense way and eating around 1500 calories... I don't even want to think about what kind of calories log I was really getting after putting in the workout negative calories in the lot.

It backfired massively, if I can say so. I am still facing some physiological problems since I went a bit bad cr*p crazy on losing the few pounds that I was aiming to lose.

KittyKatFan
05-29-2013, 10:14 PM
Yeah, I go hardcore often. And it sometimes leads to me going overboard with binging. So moderation is the direction I need to go.

alizarin
05-29-2013, 10:29 PM
Not really anymore. I used to be anorectic 10 years ago - naturally that involved being hardcore every day. The last time I lost weight, I went hardcore every day (by that I mean > 2 hours of exercising and eating 500 calories or so). This time around, my goal is moderation. I'm not terribly good at it, and my 30 minutes a day of exercise often turn into 70, but that's still a far shot off the pathological behavior I had before. I'm quite happy that I'm not counting calories at all anymore. But this time around, I treasure consistency and maintainability much much more over the intense stressed-out push-through mindset I had before. I'm reluctant to do anything now I wouldn't want to keep up as long as I'm alive.

I'm probably not representative though. So, if you can "go hardcore" without it impacting your mind negatively, please do! Reap the benefits, enjoy them. Just be aware of what you're doing, and things will fall into place.

SuperHeroTeacher
05-29-2013, 11:19 PM
There isn't a lot of room to go hardcore on Medifast. My caloric intake is only between 800-1000 daily, and I haven't really gotten into a good exercise routine yet (it's time!).

I tend to get a tad bit obsessive though, and have definitely one hardcore in the past - 3-4 hour workout sessions, days with 600 calories or less, etc... That was something I could never maintain

Amarantha2
05-30-2013, 03:27 AM
Lol, I am getting old, hardcore isn't what it used to be for me but yes re exercise & not meaning for weight purposes but rather I have periods where I crave more & more exercise. These used to translate into hardcore gym sessions but now the joints tell me to cool it but I do go longer & more intense sometimes than others.

Emma4545
05-30-2013, 04:49 AM
Thanks Emma. That's like what I do too. I find the weekend gives me the opportunity to push things a little without the pressures of work and sitting at a desk all day.

Same thing for me. I also do it if I have a day off. It works really well. Sometimes if I am doing this I don't really go out at all (as much as I can) to avoid temptation.

To avoid binging I may give myself a "high" day during the week where I eat more calories -- enough to make me feel satisfied but not enough to gain.

freelancemomma
05-30-2013, 09:39 AM
Not anymore. It makes me miserable and usually ends up backfiring, so it's lose-lose for me.

F.

Woodstock
05-30-2013, 09:54 AM
I kicked off the year (jan 1st) with a 10 day Juice Fast (a la Fat Sick & Nearly Dead). Given the extreme calorie restriction I lost 15lbs. It isn't the way I want to lose weight but having been heavier then I ever was, I decided to try something extreme to kick off my losses. Interestingly I sit today at my maximum weight minus 15lbs, so despite all the exercise and calorie counting I've done, since finishing the juice fast, I haven't been able to maintain any additional progress. The main reason is eating/drinking on weekends.

Chronostasis
05-30-2013, 10:09 AM
Hardcore tends to backfire on me quite quickly, so I try to avoid it. My brain goes into emotional meltdown mode when it's been too long since I've eaten (or eaten anything substantial, anyway), and when I get back to eating I may be tempted to binge. Overdoing exercise can be expected to cause a minor injury for me, which will prevent any additional exercise for a while. So both undereating/overexercising are very counterproductive to me personally, which is why I believe that consistency is far better than intensity.

Gonna Get There Soon
05-30-2013, 03:16 PM
I do go hardcore, but never on the weekends. This is the time when dh and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen experimenting on different meals we've been wanting to make. It's generally during the week, if I go hardcore, that I do that. I can really focus on me. Weekends are family time, week days are me time.

JollyGreenSteen19
05-30-2013, 05:33 PM
I've lost most of my weight in pockets of being hardcore, and probably another chunk of it just with day to day incremental lifestyle changes when not being hardcore. I'd usually eat very small portions and work out 45-90 mins a day, daily weigh ins. It's easier for me to stay on track with a military schedule, though I find that it rarely lasts more than a month at a time unfortunately. I have to be really motivated to stay that focus and motivation waxes and wanes with me like the wind.

magical
05-30-2013, 06:25 PM
Lol, I am getting old, hardcore isn't what it used to be for me but yes re exercise & not meaning for weight purposes but rather I have periods where I crave more & more exercise. These used to translate into hardcore gym sessions but now the joints tell me to cool it but I do go longer & more intense sometimes than others.

Gosh, I so know what you mean!

Hardcore was extreme dieting and extreme exercising for me too. It worked for a while but then when I stopped, I went hardcore the other way, lol (binging way!).

I don't know how so many on 3FC who are older than me can do so much more than me! Exercising especially since I'm so slack at doing it, not to mention that so much is going on at the moment.

35X35
05-30-2013, 08:40 PM
I go hardcore but only in short bursts. For example, I have family coming in next week and I know I'm going to be indulging a bit while they're here so for the two weeks leading up to it, I'm doing damage control and eating more strictly than usual. For example, I can lose 1.5lbs per week eating around 1700 cal per day, but for the last two weeks I've been eating 1200 per day which is probably not "hardcore" to some, but for me being so large and losing comfortably at 1700cal per day -- it is.

Again, I only do it for short bursts (1-2 weeks at a time, max) because doing it long term backfires in so many ways and can lead to bingeing or eating disorder'ish behavior for me.

Catherine54321
05-30-2013, 11:29 PM
yes to be honest for years i have been focused on weight loss and it's always been inconistant and extreme. like i will be fuly focused on weight loss for a bit, and i will go and like cut out everything except vegetables and do hours of exercise a day and then sometimes it's like i just still think im trying to lose weight but im not doing anything. i am finally in a place (since yesterday) where i am just doing the three meals a day and going to bed early thing which i have never done. i was always going on websites tryna find awesome diet and exercise plans and never thought to do it the old fashioned way but none of the other ones worked so here i am. argh!! long answer lol

celigirl88
05-31-2013, 03:57 PM
I usually try to be that way everyday, but let's face it, that doesn't happen. If I had a big weekend where there was a lot going on and I wasn't able to get to the gym or I devoured food the day before I always make sure I work extra hard the next couple days. For instance, this weekend with the holiday my gym closed early Saturday & Sunday and was closed Monday - so I wasn't able to get in great workouts since I had work and other various things to do. So the last couple days I've been basically killing myself trying to make up for it.

Aidanqm
05-31-2013, 04:07 PM
Yes, I'm a clean eating diet **** at times. I can go stretches of months at a time where I socially isolate myself from all lunch dates for the sake of being "on my diet!!" Not saying it's healthy but it brings results quickly.

SunnySide99
06-01-2013, 09:26 AM
Anytime I've gone hardcore I eventually ended up weighing more than when started. This time I went 360 degrees. No hardcore anything (diets, workouts, mindset etc.) The weight flew off and I'm doing a great job maintaining the range where I want to be.