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  1. ComingToAmerica

    All-Purpose Health and Fitness Thread

    Basically, cutting weight for me has been a 3 stage crusade. I weighed myself on 26th December and I was about 262lbs iirc. It had gone up in December as I had just started a contract in Belgium and was eating a lot of bread + meat + cheese in the evening, plus not really exercising much. Now I wasn't a complete lardass, there was a decent amount of muscle from a Steve Corino '7 days a month' gym schedule. But I knew things were getting out of hand. I started the 'Slow Carb Diet' in mid-January (living in Brussels). I was lucky as we had a really good canteen at work which offered a plat du jour with a great selection of serve yourself vegetables and salad. I would bring in my own beans/lentils. You get a cheat day on that diet where you can eat whatever you like, which I very much enjoyed. I dropped at a reasonable pace. I did that for about 3 months. By the end I was about 225lbs, though I hadn't been lifting as hard and some of that would have been muscle loss. I think this is a good diet for those who find the idea of 'no carbs' unconscionable, but in some ways it is actually more limiting than keto due to whey/casein protein not being an option yet having to eat 30g of protein within 30 minutes of waking. I then went to America of course. My aim in America was not not let it all go to shit. Now I ate a big fucking deep pan pizza within hours of touching down at O'Haire, and had my dogs and italian beef. And I drank a lot of beer. Once I got to New Orleans, I started drinking a lot of sugary tea in a can too. In Athen, GA I ate some big plates. But mostly, I ate big once a day, with maybe a small proteiny snack at some other point. Because I didn't want to eat train food, and didn't trust myself with snacks - I actually fasted during my train rides from Chicago-Seattle-LA (I had bone broth and green drink and chia seeds sometimes, also a little MCT oil); I think this really saved me tbh. I worked out here and there until Athens GA, but mostly I walked around a lot. In Athens GA, I did a lot of gym and also hot yoga - I didn't weigh myself but I certainly didn't look any worse. My Father died (Fuck you Cancer etc) and last week or so in America I probably ate a bit more, then I visited Glasgow and I ate some bad food but lifted hardcore. By the time I got back to London I was 240lbs. To be honest, I was probably in better shape than I was at 225lbs - but my clothes were feeling tight again and I knew my ageing ass had to carry less weight. So I decided it was time to try full keto. I think I wasn't getting it right at first. I thought it would be okay, if I drank lemon water with a lot of lemons and a 'dribble' of maple syrup. Probably not. After a couple of weeks, I started trying to get really low in terms of daily carbs. There was definitely a hump period, despite me taking in a lot of electrolytes. But I eventually got with it, and 13-14 weeks later I weighed in at 200 yesterday - and that's without significant muscle loss (I'm still a 44inch chest). I could lose a bit more, but I will actually concentrate more on improving my cardio and my lifts for a bit. I do cheat sometimes, but I usually fast afterwards to get back into ketosis. The lack of sugar spikes make calorie control a shit load easier, skipping meals is no longer a trauma. And yes, there's a lot you can't eat - but there's a lot you can. Broccoli with parmesan is good, mayo on everything (within reason) is good, casein protein with heavy cream is good, lard.....don't get me started. I honestly believe keto + cheating + fasting IS a sustainable diet long-term, more sustainable than 'good carb/bad carb' diets (South Beach was designed for people with cardiac issues who couldn't do Atkins because of the saturated fats). I keep stevia in my kitchen, but I rarely feel the need to use it. I recommend checking out Siim Land and Cole 'Stop Eating, Fatty!' Robinson on YouTube. The latter is hilarious. There's a video where he eats only McDonalds for 30 days, but because he skips the fries (he eats the buns) and only eats once a day (one day he eats twice as much and then fasts for 48 hours lol), he fares a helluva lot differently from Morgan Spurlock - this chimes with my own experience. Keto isn't for everyone, but it's the best diet for some people no doubt about it.
  2. ComingToAmerica

    All-Purpose Health and Fitness Thread

    Stick with the Keto, don't be afraid of he butter and the heavy whipping cream. Get that ketosis rolling. Make sure you are getting your electrolytes. Also get psyllium husks for fibre.
  3. ComingToAmerica

    Raw Is Busting Down Cena's Doors - 10/15/2018

    No. That being said, Nikki never really stole any of John Cena's moves. I mean she did a STF like once, but it was much better than John Cena's version and not really the same at all. See for yourself
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    Crown Jewel - 11/2/18 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    I think you have a bit of nerve justifying snarkiness for the 'futurecrime' of accusing people of 'virtue signalling' when you have very tediously, & incorrectly, accused me of whataboutery. China is obviously really nice to journalists lol. I'm not saying that people are being hypocrities as such, & I accept it's natural to be influenced by high-profile things such as this. I am just suggesting that under a more considered analysis the distinctions between their dealings in Saudi Arabia and their dealings in China largely fall away.
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    Crown Jewel - 11/2/18 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Ultimately they work do in China won't be done without involvement of the State censors, being involved in ticket sales potentially brings them into contact with the social credit system pilots etc etc. You can make distinctions sprinkled with sarcasm, but I don't think the distinction is particularly significant. I repeat; Saudi Arabia is a liberalising regime, China is not. The ticket company for the events is owned by Alibaba, who definitely spout state propaganda in terms of promoting China as a great place to do business. So the relationship to state propaganda is more indirect, but it is there. The presence of WWE, even if they don't explicitly spout 'propaganda', normalises China - which is an increasingly authoritarian country (and it's not like it wasn't authoritarian to begin with).
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    Crown Jewel - 11/2/18 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Whilst I have no love for Saudi Arabia, it's on a (slow) path towards liberalisation. Better than you can say about China. I don't recall anyone complaining much about their interest in expanding there.
  7. ComingToAmerica

    #205LIVE

    Balor will be getting paid too much to go on 205 Live, and they don't want to kill a merch seller. Kanellis and Murphy are believable at 205. Being cut to hell makes them look like they weigh more than if they had the same muscle with higher bodyfat. I am 205, but have 35lbs of body fat - if I was to take half of that body fat and exchange it for muscle then honestly I wouldn't look that much different. The difference between a decent shoulder peak and a totally sick one is not a ton of weight;.
  8. ComingToAmerica

    All-Purpose Health and Fitness Thread

    I actually don't intend to stop, I like the feeling of ketosis. I cheated last Saturday a little bit, and three weeks ago I had an epic cheat day 3 weeks ago and there will be one in 2 weeks. I know I can get myself back into ketosis by fasting, and cheating helps in a few ways (some will say it hinders deeper keto adaption but I do want to eat lasagne etc occasionally so fuck it). I actually fasted from yesterday lunchtime to this evening. I then had 170g of steak with butter and cayenne (after some apple cider vinegar in sparkling water), went to the gym, then ate another 130g of steak. I will now fast until Monday lunchtime.
  9. ComingToAmerica

    All-Purpose Health and Fitness Thread

    260 at Xmas, I am now a cruiserweight! I did full Keto and started doing cardio days alongside my weight training. My arms are still sick.
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    #205LIVE

    He kinda looks like CM Punk with the new build. 205 Live is as good a spot as any I suppose. Maria remains in my Fave Five.
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