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6 Steps for Losing Weight at a Convention


I recently attended a convention in Las Vegas, during which I picked up some ideas on how to continue on my weight loss journey. Here are 5 simple steps for losing weight at a convention:

1. Drink tons of water. They give out water bottles, so take them! Make sure to stay hydrated, but not so much that you drown your body. It is possible. So know when enough water is enough.

2. Network your but off. Walk around and meet as many people as you can. You will be astonished by how much walking you actually do as you network.

3. Book your hotel as far away from the event as possible. It’s important to note that I did not plan to do this, but I booked the flight and hotel too late and ended up having to stay 2 miles from the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. I figured it wouldn’t be a bad walk since there was a lot of sight seeing to do, but after a few minutes of lugging around a 20 lb backpack it got pretty tiring. I walked back and forth from my hotel to the Summit. That is 2 miles of walking each way, totaling 4 miles. Add that to the walking you do at the summit from networking and it’s a pretty good workout.

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4. Do Burpees. What the heck are burpees? I learned what burpees were many years ago while in the military. I didn’t know they were referred to as burpees, but a couple of weeks ago Hoodworkout, a reader of Fat Man Unleashed, posted a video of with Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame performing burpees. I did these in the military and they kick your butt. There are several variations of the burrpee. For Example, in basic training they had us go down, perform a push up and alternate kicking our legs back and forth.

5. Wear layers. I wore 3 layers of clothing. I learned that it was always best to where layers, not matter what weather. It’s best to be able to shed layers, then it is to need to add layers. For the summit I wore my undershirt, my shirt, a sweater and then a vest or jacket. Can you say back sweat?

6. Go sightseeing. It’s a no brainer really, but if you are somewhere you have never been it’s a good idea to go sight seeing. Unless you are in some kind of dangerous ghetto or rain forest. Then I would advise you seek professional guides. But, otherwise just go walking and sight seeing, preferably during day light hours. Make sure to keep a map with you and remember your hotel name and address.

Well, that was my quick hitting 5 step list on how to lose weight while at a convention. Hope it helps.

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About the Author

My name is Israel Lagares. I used to be the kind of guy that was always in shape, but over the last few years I've fallen off tremendously. This site is my final attempt to get back into shape. So far I've lost 70.4 lbs. Check out my weight loss chart, weight loss videos and progress pics. Follow my journey, those of others, and read our thoughts on various health topics. Share your thoughts, experience, and journey here on FMU.

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  1. Are these “burpees” related to aceburpee.com by chance?

  2. Blaine MooreNo Gravatar says:

    Last time I went to a convention, I also got in a 5 to 10 mile run each morning. That didn’t help me lose any weight, but it would probably help most folks. Find a hotel with a good trail near by.

  3. I would also add, stay away from the buffets!

    Great list.

    • Hood WorkoutNo Gravatar says:

      I think that is key. Vegas has mad serious buffets. But at the same time the buffets generally have what a Golden Corral will not, healthy/good food, such as your expensive seafoods and fish. The drinks are also killer when they are free at the tables.

      But for a convention in general, you can eat good or get bloated. I gained quite a bit of weight at the last convention I went to in NY. I took taxis everywhere and ate everywhere I went. Plus all the socializing with drinks. I could not do the burpees those notes, but I did knock out 100 pushups each night just to wear myself out to sleep.

    • IsraelNo Gravatar says:

      Fortunately, I did not come across any buffets that were too tempting.

  4. JohnNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Israel, did you get a chance to email me your final numbers for our wager? If you have please resend because I haven’t received anything. Better yet, feel free to just leave them as a comment on my latest blog post and I will pull them form there. Thanks.

  5. argh – burpees – I remember the first time I did them, whew! except it was 4 sets of 12 – but Israel u going to ASE?

  6. ShaunNo Gravatar says:

    I gotta try doing Burpees sometime, no need for special equipment or mass amounts of space.

    Thanks for the tips.

  7. allergycareNo Gravatar says:

    Oh Burpees,i see. It means push up and jump, i ever done when i was young. Little tired but ok.

  8. WebieNo Gravatar says:

    But chinees food is so good!

  9. I saw so much of article about to reduce weight but this one is useful. . thanks for posting this one. .

  10. CharlotteNo Gravatar says:

    I thought burpees were seeds, but I guess I was wrong. I would like to lose 60 – 80 pounds

    • Israel LagaresNo Gravatar says:

      Ha, I didn’t know what those were at first either. You want to lose that weight, but do you have a plan in place?

  11. smithNo Gravatar says:

    Israel Thanks for the nice tips. I’m practicing the same since last 3 months and lost 5 KGs.

  12. IsraelNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks.

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