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post #21 of 37 Old 02-26-2014, 10:36 AM
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Iseul, with the amount of work you are doing you need both protein and carbs at every meal. By protein, that's an egg, beans, beef, poultry (no ham). Good whole grain breads are good and are more filling. Your protein helps tide you over between meals and the carbs help sustain your energy. One of my favorite sandwiches is thin sliced meat, only a couple of ounces, a smear of mayo (you need some fat) and as much crispy lettuce as the two slices will hold. Complete meal. If pack along, keep the lettuce in a separate baggy until you're ready to eat. Carbs are not the energy. The bread I buy has 12 grains. It seems expensive but when I have a slice it is much more filling than the regular wheat or white. I can't see you surviving on a 1600 cal diet because of your energy needs. The problem with WW is you caloric intake is reduced and the body will begin to adjust by slowing the metabolism. If you count calories, bounce them, two days with higher then a day lower and jumble it up. You can reduce calories for no more than a week then up it for a couple of days. A doctor once told me it does the body good to have only clear fluids for three days once or twice a year.
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post #22 of 37 Old 02-26-2014, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Iseul View Post
Lady, I do like chicken.

So I'll have to keep my mtn dews or brisk teas..I can't drink just water anymore..I use to only have water to drink, and use to drink 8 bottles a day, but it's a chore to drink it now if there's another option, haha. I do still drink water, just not solely water anymore. I drink a lot of coffee coffee bad?

Zexious, I'm debating on a gym membership at our 24/7 one..But I honestly don't have the energy by the time I get home..and I'd rather not go workout at 2.30 in the morning, LOL. I just don't have enough time in the day to do everything I want to.

So say I eat the 1600 it good or bad if I end up working off 1700 or more? Or is that near impossible? XD

I think last time I uses MFP I was using 1200 calories a day as my goal, and I was burning about 800 with exercise, plus whatever I burn off just doing daily things. Granted, I didn't see any results since I only kept with it for a week, haha.

This time I'm going to do it though..I want to be able to wear my tight shirts and tuck my school shirt in and not worry about chub showing, hahah.
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Good instead of the ham see if your grocery store carries chicken breast in the deli. Just an example Boar's head has several really tastie deli sliced chicken breast.

I don't see why you couldn't cut your calorie intake to between 1100 and 1400. The most important thing I have found that helps with weightloss is protein. The more protein you get in the fuller you feel. I would really try and get protein in first, then veggies/fruit, whole grains and try to stay away from white floured things, fried foods, high fat foods.

You would have to be workingout most of the day to burn 1700 calories that is a lot to burn.

Drinking the brisk tea and mountian dew are really going to be counter productive in the weightloss. Way to many carbs/sugar in them. I would try to find something you can mix with water and make your own flavored water. You will see a big difference just cutting them out.
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post #23 of 37 Old 02-26-2014, 01:15 PM
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try hummus instead of mayo. it's less fat and tastes good.

try instant iced tea mixes in water instead of bottled. cheaper and you can control the amount of sugar in it. I like a ginger tea mix.

avoid sugar substitutes. they mess up your metabolism and make weight loss more difficult.

prep big bunches of fruits a veggies on days off and bag them. get an apple slicer, they are worth it! I love sliced honeycrisp apples and carrots for snacks, and so do my horses!

if its processed/made in a factory, don't eat it.
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post #24 of 37 Old 02-26-2014, 01:27 PM
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It is hard, I'm not trying to lose weight. I'm currently just trying to change my eating habits.

Do you have pinterest?? If not I would join, find some smoothie recipes, healthy recipes. It's a great site.

I work hard, I also have a hard time sleeping. So easy food for me to take is essential or something that's easy to cook. For breakfast I'll make a smoothie, I bought a bunch of frozen fruits. They're pretty filling, adding some protein powder would make it a meal. I've made some super yummy smoothies. Also you can throw some spinach in the smoothies, you'll never know.

For snacks, apples. oranges, pears etc. They're still good to eat right now. YOu can also cut them up and throw it in a container to eat along with your dinner.
Red rice is really healthy it takes longer to cook. Get a mini rice cooker if you want. Mine has a steamer with it. So I just steam veggies and rice, I'll add a bit of garlic and butter and I'm happy.

Bake them, steam them, Buy frozen and fresh stuff. Prepare and think about what you're going to eat!!

Drink lots of water.
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post #25 of 37 Old 02-26-2014, 01:31 PM
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I lost 22 pounds in 6 months by simply cutting my food in half. Basically, at lunch I would eat half a sandwich and eat the other half the next day. At dinner, my husband would fix himself a big plate of whatever I cooked, and I would get a small plate. I allowed myself 2 pieces of chocolate after lunch and after dinner. I also worked out 20 minutes on most days. This really worked for me because I didn't have to make any drastic changes to my every day life. Plus I saved money on lunch by cutting everything in half and eating it the next day.
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post #26 of 37 Old 02-26-2014, 02:17 PM
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Food is 80% of the weight loss battle. Exercise is only 20% or so. But, exercise is still important because you want to build muscle, because muscle burns fat. Have you heard of high-intensity workouts? You can get your entire workout in only 30 minutes or less. I would do a couple sessions with a personal trainer who can come up with a few workouts for you. Circuit training is also a great way to incorporate both weights and cardio in one workout to save time.

But you need to do some sort of exercise. Not only to lose weight, but to be HEALTHY overall. Exercise is good for your heart and lungs, and your mind. Plus it really does wonders for energy. You don't have to work out every day, but shoot for 3 to 5 times a week.

Preparation is key for eating. If you aren't prepared, you're just going to hit up the McDonald's drive through.

I'll give you an example of an ideal day for myself:

Breakfast: oatmeal with milk and flaxseed
1 piece of fruit
1 hard boiled egg

Snack: Non-Fat greek yogurt
Low-fat mozzarella string cheese

Lunch: Tilapia Fillet
Frozen veggies

Snack: Almonds
Pure Protein Protein Shake (if I will be exercising after work)

Dinner: Chicken Breast
Brown Rice
Spinach Salad

Lots of protein and veggies, with minimal carbs. You don't want to eliminate carbs all together, because your body needs them, but they are calorie heavy and you need to pay attention to how much you are eating and make sure they come from a good source.

I prepare all my fish and chicken on Sunday so I have them ready for the week ahead. Preparation is key!

I also agree to avoid "fake stuff" like splenda, can't believe it's not butter, and hamburger helper. Instead, use natural products and make it yourself. I'd rather eat a little bit of REAL sugar or REAL butter, than the fake stuff. I always feel bloated and weird after eating fake stuff.

And that includes Special K. Have you ever actually read the labels to their "weight loss" products? They are LOADED with sugar and very little protein. They are garbage, including their shakes. Stick to plain cereal that has whole ingredients like oatmeal.

Totally agree with whoever said swapping miracle whip or mayo for hummus. You really have to be careful of condiments like mayo. They are loaded with calories and most people aren't honest about using 1 TABLESPOON. A loaded spoonful usually is much more than that.

Stay away from Ramen noodles -----> SALT. Oh my gosh are they loaded with salt!! In that aspect, be careful of soup too and make sure you read the label, because broth is loaded with salt. Honestly, if I eat too much salt, I won't lose weight. Be really careful of your salt intake. That includes sandwich meat. Just be aware of it.

Be careful of Subway. It's easy to add a bunch of saucses to your sub that will sky rocket and calories and fat. Those calorie number they post? Look closely because that's for a basic plain-jane sub without extras on it. If you do it right, it can be fine, but be careful of the things you can add to it.

Lose the Mountain Dew and the tea. And most of the coffee. If you REALLY want to lose weight, then just drink water. Moutain Dew is one of the worst things you can put into your body with all the sugar. If you absolutely need coffee, only do ONE cup (not a thermos ... only 1 cup) and do not use creamer or sugar. Just depends how badly you want to lose weight, and only you can decide that.

And little things like grabbing PLAIN almonds instead of SALTED almonds. Or making homemeade spaghetti sauce with no-sodium-added tomato sauce, instead of Ragu. Or not putting any ketchup on your chicken or hamburger. Etc. All those little tiny things add up calories (and extras) very quick.
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post #27 of 37 Old 02-26-2014, 06:08 PM
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eat REAL food. Any thing in a package, or that has been processed should be cut out. so really avoid flours, sugar and most dairy. Fermented dairy is ok in moderation. same with natural sweeteners and carb heavy foods.

Fill up on colorful veggies, especially leafy greens, lean proteins and fruit. The more processed something is, the less often you should be eating it. For example, fruit juice is missing all the fiber and a lot of the vitamins and minerals of the original fruit, making it a big dose of natural sugars without the filling fiber that helps regulate blood sugar. The closer to the plant you are, the better. I'm also young and not married, with a time consuming job. Making meals ahead of time, and always making multiple servings that I can take the next couple days for lunch or freeze for later is important. Carrying healthy snacks, like unsalted nuts, fruits, veggies, and cheese.

I've lost 17lb in the last two months, despite being on vacation for 16 days, and not being able to exercise much, by just eating real, unprocessed food 90% of the time.
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post #28 of 37 Old 02-27-2014, 05:27 PM
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you can cut down on meats and carbs (breads, pastas, etc), and add more fruit and veges.
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post #29 of 37 Old 04-05-2014, 09:54 PM
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I've lost 10lbs over the last 3 weeks, 7lbs this week. I've been keeping a food diary and going to the gym 5 times a week. Me and my friend decided to do a local slimaton to raise money for local charities and since i've started i find if i dont get to the gym i'm like a ragin bull long may it last. It's only taken me 10yrs to get into the mindset and i'm doing it if it kills me. I've cut out all crap everything and started eating more veg,fruit and salads.

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post #30 of 37 Old 04-06-2014, 10:29 AM
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Did anyone realize that at Subway, what appears to be whole grain buns are actually white flour colored with caramel which makes them high in sugars. Canada has an excellent tv show called Marketplace that investigates all kinds of stuff and this was one of them. The last time I was in there my partner was most knowledgeable about fish, freshwater and ocean. We ordered the chicken subs, he took a bite and said it was tuna. We opened up the buns to have a better look and he was right. With all the condiments it would be difficult to tell the diff but we didn't have any.
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