(Closed) I need some diet tips.

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

skinnytaste.com has a lot of good recipes!  I also like to use myfitnesspal.  There are several threads with bees exchanging information for that site so you can become friends and encourage each other.  It basically tracks your food calories and information each day and gives you an idea of how many calories a day you should be eating to meet your goals. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

WATER. Water….water…water….water….water πŸ™‚

 

Oh and water! πŸ™‚ haha. Flushing out your system is so important when you’re on a new lifestyle change. Watching your portion sizes can make a huge difference in a weight loss regimen. I lost 20 pounds by changing my habits from the stuffed feeling to a just “full” feeling. I found that by eating slower, I would eat less so that I could register that I was full! Also, watch your sugar or carbohydrate intake. MyFitnessPal is a great tool to figure out some goals and how to get there!

 

My best suggestion however, Bodyrock.tv. They have the most amazing workout videos. Their concept is based on Interval Training which is becoming more and more popular since research has shown that it keeps your metabolic rate going faster for longer after your workout is over. Their concept is 12 minutes of 50 second reps with 10 second breaks, just enough time to get your heart rate up and going and get a sweat going. They frequently have monthly programs with video workouts posted and if they aren’t currently running one (which they’re not now), they have them all archived for you to go back and use over and over again! The best part is, all of the workouts are done in the comfort of your own living room (or the gym πŸ™‚ whichever you prefer), because they are mainly bodyweight workouts. Check it out and make sure to look at the success stories on their page as well πŸ™‚ they have a huge body-rocking fan base πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I find that healthy recipes really help me to maintain a goal weight, but they do nothing for me losing.  The only way I’ve ever lost weight, diet-wise, was to do the following (kind of a paleo-based thing):

1) Eliminate all wheat, limit oatmeal and corn, and eat starchy vegetables (sweet potatoes) prior to 5pm, never later.  

2) Raw veggies and canned tuna or boiled chicken for lunch.  I mean as many raw bell peppers, onions, lettuces, spinaches :), tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots as I can fit into my body.  

3) Completely eliminate refined sugar in any way- no honey, granulated sugar, agave nectar, and certainly no high fructose corn syrup.  This means I probably use too much artificial sweetener (Splenda), but it’s short-term so I don’t feel that bad about it. 

4) Heavy on the protein, and I don’t worry about fat that much.  Tuna, chicken, tilapia are the best, but when I’m feeling especially hungry I’ll make some fresh salmon, pork or even a steak.  Almond butter or almonds help too. 

5) Snack on boiled eggs. In addition to eating them for breakfast.

6) Drink more water than I could ever enjoy drinking.  And then drink some more.  (I’m not a water-drinker)

I LOVE to cook and I LOVE to eat, but I find that if I indulge my fancies, even with healthy things, I still wind up eating too much, too late, and I don’t lose.  It’s a psychological thing for me.  Following these rules, when I’m in maintenance-mode, I can start cooking again and making yummy things that I’ll still be thinking about two days later.

Once my diet is in place, I weight train HEAVY.  Even if it means I have to do 3 sets of only 8 reps, I like my weights heavy because that’s when I start to feel a difference in my muscles. It’s good for your bones too πŸ™‚ When I feel stronger, I feel more beautiful, and am then more inclined to keep eating healthy and workout.  It’s a cycle.

Training heavy also makes cardio far less dismal.  I hate cardio in its many forms, but if I feel strong doing it, at least I feel like i’m getting something accomplished. 

 

And power/hot yoga for peace of mind.  Nothing makes me want to be better to my body than enduring an intense yoga class and being able to appreciate the strength my body gives me. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@MrsBoPerry:  Bodyrock.tv is great if you’re already semi-in shape, but if you’re around the ~200 lb mark, it’s a bit discouraging (at least it was for me). I preferred blogilates.com videos, because they didn’t make me puke lol.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MrsBoPerry:  YAYYYY Bodyrock.tv.!!!!  Bodyrock is amazing, and so fast.  I kind of feel like I might die during the workouts, but you can do anything for 12 minutes. 

Some people find the site to be a bit oversexed, and it probably is, but Lisa’s body is just motivation for me.  Go go girls with muscle tone!  I’ll never look anything like her because our bodies are shaped so differently, but seeing her muscles work through the routines reminds me that I have those same muscles and they make me beautiful.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@pharmy:  I guess I can see that.  How do you feel about Jamie Eason’s Live Fit trainer?  It’s less intense and she is so amazing at lining out all of the details of every move she has you do. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@bells219:  I honestly have no idea who or what that is, so I can’t really comment Embarassed

One of my friends who was looking to tone and lose about 10 lbs does bodyrock workouts and she loves them. I tried them several times, but I just feel like I have to get down another 10-20ish lbs before I can really give them my all without puking or overdoing it. I do think she is great motivation though!

I get my cardio from Just Dance 3 (game for Kinect), Zumba Rush (again for Kinect) and riding the stationary bike, then blogilates is great for toning and stretching out the muscles.

OP, if you’re looking to lose lbs, do your workouts in the morning before eating, and try to work out for as long as possible at a moderate pace. The longer the duration, the more fat vs. glycogen and carbs you are using for energy.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

I highly recommend the book wheat belly. I lost about 20 pounds in the rest two months of eating that way with minimal exercise. And you really don’t feel hungry or deprived once you learn to get creative and eat that way. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@pharmy:  

@SouthernGirl:  

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jamie-eason-livefit-trainer.html

Check it out… might be just what you’re looking for.  It’s more time-taxing than Bodyrock, but definitely eases into more intense workouts.  Nothing like Lisa’s acrobatics.  

And Jamie has a very comprehensive list of acceptable foods, and a diet plan.  All for free, it’s pretty much the best internet coach I’ve ever seen. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Honestly, try weight watchers (the in person meeting one). Its a great way to learn to live forever. It teaches you the right choices, the right portions and how to live life normally with birthday cake and cocktails. 

That being said its really important to know and understand nutrition. Not just “tricks” but the whys. Pick up You on a Diet by Dr. Oz and/or Nutrition for Dummies. You should be able to get these at your local library,

As for flavored water they sell plenty out there. Just be sure to buy ones not chock ful of chemicals. Like Metromint Water or making your own with a splash of juice. Or iced tea.

you cant out exercise a bad diet so be sure you arent allowing youself “extra treats” because you worked out that day.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@SouthernGirl: Try flavoring your own water. Get a pitcher of water, fill it with various fruits and let it sit over night. You can also add some herbs. I love a combination of lemon, cucumber, mint and fresh grated ginger. It’s so freshing and a lot better for you than manufactured flavored water, which often contains aspartame or something similar. 

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

You have to find something you can maintain over time.  So you already know- high (lean) protein, lots of veggies.  I still eat sugar- but make it from a natural source (fruit!).  If you HAVE to have something, go for dark chocolate.  I make veggie smoothies and use a banana as sweetener.  Be kind to yourself.  Start at XXXX calories a day, then take off a hundred a day, then work down to a healthy amount every day.  Just rememeber it takes a lot of time, and that you can do it, and focus on being good to yourself and eating healthy things for your cells and your body, and that helps take the pressure off.

ETA:  Keep it simple.  Eat only what you really need and are hungry for.  Snack on veggies!!!  Incorporate healthy fats!  Try to cap your carbs at 150 a day!  Take out all processed foods- (pasta, bread, grains in general.)  Just keep it simple.  Eat two eggs for breakfast with tomato.  Carrots.  Pistachios.  Think protein and veggies, and that is pretty much it.  Get as many veggies down the hatch as you can handle.  Stop eating 3 hours before bed (it might make your grouchy, but-) wake up hungry and eat most of your food earlier in the day- go to bed early.  If you have to have a snack, make it veggies and nuts.

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