'Juicing' for breakfast and lunch and healthy eating for dinner?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@stefanielovesjamie:  In all honesty, if it’s not something you plan on doing forever, it’s going to be difficult to maintain the weightloss from juicing.  I highly recommend hiring a trainer if you can afford one.  If not, join a gym that offers free classes (the power lifting classes that mix cardio and weightlifitng are the best.)

If you can’t afford to join a gym, track your calories consumed and exercise using something like My Fitness Pal or Spark People.  You have to figure out how to integrate the exercise (at least three times a week for 30 minutes to an hour) if you want longterm weightloss.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@stefanielovesjamie:  Juicing is great. I juice myself daily. However, juicing is a supplement to your healthy diet. Juicing alone will not give you the right amount of nutrition and calories to sustain your body. Protein powder is great. But again, it is a supplement. You cannot rely on protein powder as your only protein for breakfast and lunch. You need real food and real protein sources( fish, chicken, meat, eggs, tofu, etc). Keep juicing, but in addition to juices eat 5 egg whites for breakfast and some tuna for lunch. Also, you need carbs. Carbs are your friends, they give you energy. And if your goal is to lose weight, eat often. Every 2.5 hours. It will speed up your metabolism which in turn will help burn fat. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

I’m not an expert but I am about your size and I juice for breakfast.  From what you described, I’m worried you won’t get enough calories.  You can slow down your metabolism and hinder your weight loss if you aren’t eating enough. 

I also agree with the PP, I wonder if you’ll be able to maintain such a restricted diet long term.  

Good luck though, I’m trying for about the same goals (5’7″ 165, hoping for 140 but muscular).

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@beachbride1216:  Agreed.

Juicing longterm is not good for your stomach. What you’re making sounds great, but you don’t need to cut out green tea/coffee–those are actually really good for you (as long as you’re not loading them up with sugar/creamers/etc.). This might be okay meal replacements for about a week and then occasional after that, since you’re getting the fiber and whatnot from the actual bodies of the fruits/veg.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

@stefanielovesjamie:  Juicing is awesome.  In all honesty though I think it would be really difficult to maintain that kind of diet in a long-term sense – just veg and protein powder smoothies throughout the whole day with chicken for dinner seems a bit impractical IMO.  

Think about adding some legumes into your diet – lentils, chickpeas, black beans are great.  Also nuts – almonds and walnuts are two of my faves (just don’t overdo it – a 1/4 cup is a serving at around 150-180 cals).  Also, egg-white omelets with maybe one whole egg is an excellent way to get protein without a lot of calories, plus all the nutrients from the yolk.  

As pp has mentioned, you def also need some carbs.  Whole grains can be very healthy if you get anything that’s not processed/has lots of additives.  Think baking with whole-wheat flour, using grains in place of rice or pasta (quinoa, barley, farro are delicious and can taste kind of like wild rice, only with more fiber and less cals).

Remember, weight loss is simple math.  You don’t really have to worry about carbs or anything except the calories really.  You can gain weight even if all you eat is carrots!  Now that said, you have to think about it as: how can you fill yourself up and get the nutrients you need while keeping your daily calorie count low.  That’s where filling, nutrient-dense foods such as legumes, leafy greens, and eggs/egg whites come in.  Don’t be too strict with yourself either – everyone needs some cheese or chocolate now and then too!    

Good luck!  Since adopting a lot of healthier ways of eating I went from 170 lbs to 115 lbs at 5’6″.  Which ended up being way too low for my frame; I had a bit of a wake-up call and scaled back on the running and allowed myself some peanut butter and chocolate.  🙂  I now weigh about 135, which is perfect.  

You can do it!!!!

Post # 12
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Helper bee

@stefanielovesjamie:  I can’t say much about juicing, but I want to comment on dinner. Please please please marinade/put spices on your chicken! If you are trying to eat healthily and make it sustainable, your food needs to taste good! You don’t need much – put in a teaspoon or two of olive oil in a bag with the chicken and shake it up to make sure it’s coated. Put some salt and pepper and oregano or italian spices (or whatever you prefer) and then let it sit for at least 30 minutes. If you just use 1 teaspoon of oil, it’s an extra 40 calories (of healthy fats – they exist and are necessary!) and it makes such a huge difference in the tenderness and flavor! You are going to get beyond bored and unhappy with unseasoned chicken breasts quite quickly and that will push you to unhealthier foods.

ETA: For my dinner tomorrow night, I’m making a spinach salad with chicken breast in a similar marinade, red pepper, strawberries, and a small amount of tortellini. Using one teaspoon of oil as dressing. It has protein, carbs, fats, fruits and vegetables, and it sounds a lot better than plain chicken and kale.

I am not trying to put your plan down at all – just that eating healthy is SO much easier when your food is delicious! It can take a while to figure out how to make it happen, but it’s worth the effort! 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@vorpalette:  huh, interesting! I didn’t know juicing longterm is bad for your stomach. Do you mind me asking why? I juice daily but it is only to supplement my diet. I noticed great results from juicing. My energy levels are up and my skin is so much better! 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

@stefanielovesjamie:  If you’re worried about using too much, just measure everything before eating. Have you heard of MyFitnessPal? It’s a great site that allows you to track your calories and nutrition, and the forums on there have been really helpful for me in attaining a healthier lifestyle. While measuring everything (without actually weighing) isn’t the most accurate, logging your food and tracking your calories is a good way to get started so that you know what you’re actually eating.

Post # 16
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Busy bee

@stefanielovesjamie:  Yeah you’re doing an great job already – you have a plan in place, and you’re starting to exercise – which is awesome!  You’ll start losing in no time.  Just remember to eat enough, and don’t deprive yourself too much.  

Congrats!  Can’t wait to see some before-and-after photos  😉

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