Post # 1
I have been working out for a while now, and while I am starting to feel better about myself, I havent lost the weight that I hoped. I think my main problem is my diet. I do well for breakfast, but then lunch and dinner are hard for me! I usually have lunch with my mom or a friend and I always want to eat fattening stuff. Then dinner comes along and my Boyfriend or Best Friend eats whatever he wants and doesnt gain an ounce (isn’t that so annoying lol) While I gain weight just by looking at a cinnamon roll.
I guess I just need some good ideas as to what to eat for lunch and dinner that are healthy!!! Maybe stuff that yall have eaten and successfully lost weight with? I dunno, Im just kinda bummed and need ideas….and will power lol
So right now this is what my eating day looks like:
breakfast: oatmeal and an apple
lunch: tortilla soup or grilled chicken salad/ maybe a turkey sandwich depending on where I am
dinner: something yummy and fattening lol
Post # 3
Hey there! I too am trying to get in shape and lose some pounds. It’s not easy is it? One of my favorite things I recently discovered (can’t remember where I found it) is a grapefruit/avocado slaw. It sounds weird, but I promise it’s so yummy. You just peel a grapefruit and separate the fruit from the casing (that thin peel stuff lol) and separate it into small bite size pieces. Then cut up an avacado into bite size pieces. Add diced red onion and fresh cilantro (both to taste) and mix all the ingredients together. I’ve found that it typically makes about two servings. I’ve served it over broiled fish and also just eaten it with crackers. The grapefruit will keep the avocado fresh, so you can also make it the night before and use it as a lunch the next day. I recently started a weightloss blog to keep me in check and it’s been working great! I add new healthy recipes to it several times a week. If you want the address, let me know and I’d love to send it onto you.
Oh, another yummy recipe I’ve used is just making a simple mediterranean pizza. I got a store bought whole wheat crust and put a thin layer of tomato sauce on the crust. Then I topped w/ fresh roma tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms (sautee in light olive oil), fresh basil leaves, and feta cheese…i think i baked it at 450 for 11 minutes. If you want to add more protein, you can always add some chicken.
Post # 4
Do you always eat out? I have found I do better when I have more control of what I am eating – meaning I pack my lunch. Dinner is the same story – take out is evil! The more I cook, the better I eat.
Post # 5
What about salads for lunch? Some people put tuna or baked chicken in them and it gives it a little bit something extra. There are also loads of low-cal dressing options!
Post # 6
First you aren’t getting enough protein for your breakfast, which just magnifies itself through the day! I love eating oatmeal for breafast but I make it with a cup of skim milk instead of hot water to get some protein in. Other easy and yummy breakfast options are nonfat yogurt with granola and fresh fruit, egg white omlets, or all natural peanut butter on toast. Eating a fulfilling breakfast will really make eating better the rest of the day much easier 🙂
I try to make lunch my biggest meal of the day (try is the key word :p). If I am at school I will pack myself a turkey sandwhich on whole wheat with a side of nonfat yogurt and some veggies. If I am at home I will usually eat leftovers from the night before or some lowfat egg salad with crackers (4 boiled egg whites, one boiled egg yolk, and 1/2T of miracle whip, makes two servings). Try to go for a good mix of proteins and complex carbs.
I would also throw a healthy snack in their somewhere to curb your hunger for dinner. I like low fat string cheese and crackers, peanut butter and celery, or a luna bar if I’m running short on time.
I used to eat really well all day and splurge on dinner so I started planning out my meals on Sunday. I plan for 4 dinners during the week and then only shop for those ingredients. That way when Tuesday rolls around I’m more likely to make what I planned instead of indulging in the first thing that sounds yummy. I really like sparkrecipes.com, both for their recipes and their nutrition calculator.
Overall I try to hit 50% carb, 30% lean protein, 20% healthy fats per meal/day. It keeps me full an energized on my 1300 calorie a day allowance!
Sorry that got so long, and I know this isn’t exactly what you asked for, but I promise a balance throughout the day will make not splurging on dinner soo much easier 🙂
Post # 7
I am a big fan of eating smaller meals throughout the day. I do a small bowl of whole grain cereal with fat free milk for breakfast at 5:30, a piece of fruit at 9:30, small lunch like cottage cheese and veggies at noon, veggies or nuts at 3:00 and a regular dinner with smaller portions at 5:30, usually a small lean protein, whole grain side and lots of veggies or salad on the side.
To help with the time that this involves I spend an hour or so on the weekend or Monday night and pack containers in the refrigerator. It makes it easy to eat healthy during the week!
My biggest problem is portion control. I didn’t realize for a long time that I was really eating twice as big servings as I was supposed to. I don’t measure things, but I do take half as much as I want and tell myself that if I am still hungry ten minutes after eating I can have more.
Post # 8
I agree with getting more protein during breakfast. Then for the rest of your meals, the best thing is to just plan ahead. That way you know what you are going to be eating beforehand. Keeping track of calories is a pain but it is a great way to lose weight and keep track of what you are eating.