Post # 1
soo i know that i’m not overweight, i don’t want to be bone skinny or unhealthy… and i know that a combo of good eating habits and regular workout keeps you fit and healthy.
i work out 5x a week, eat a yogurt/banana for breakfast, a smartones or lc for lunch, and try to eat a meat, rice, and veggie in moderation for dinner. problem is i SNACK a lot at work… it passes the time and passes my boredom.
i am overeating like WOAH for my usual appetite and i’m not sure how to jumpstart back into my normal routine.
i need to lose 10-15 lbs like WOAH! … not just for the wedding in sept, but for good! esp in my belly area…… !!!
HELP me rid of this pudge!
Post # 3
What are you snacking on? I try to have good snacks around so I can eat during the day but I don’t eat junk like cookies, candies, etc.
Post # 4
I think if you use sparkpeople, caloriecount or thedailyplate to log your food, including the snacks you will be shocked by how many empty calories you are consuming. Just going through that process has a massive psychological effect on you when deciding what to snack on.
My favourite thing to graze on even though I am not much of a snacker is strawberries. They tend to have around 5-8 calories. Awesome.
Post # 5
Snacking is a good thing…when done in moderation and with the right foods. Try to keep your desk stocked with some healthy snacks like almonds, brown rice cakes and peanut butter (my favourite snack of the moment is a brown rice cake with 1 tbsp. of cinnamon raisin peanut butter and half a sliced banana on top). Mixing a complex carb with a protein will keep you full longer.
Also, if you cut out the Smartones/Lean Cuisines you might see a difference. Those meals are extremely high in sodium and can cause some serious water retention.
Good luck — I know those work snacks can be hard to resist!
Post # 6
I would say watch what type of snacking you do and it depends on what your workout regime as well. Watch out for empty carbs and mix up your workouts to keep your metabolism going.
Post # 7
i snack on anything from rice cakes to fruit to crackers to chips, whatever is lying around at the moment.
the thing is, half the time i catch myself snacking, i’m already full and i’m not even hungry. i’m all about snacking or eating more frequent smaller meals a day; but my problem is i eat when im not even hungry… n it’s actually only been since i’ve been at my current job (since sept 2009).
i never used to do this at my last job 🙁
thanks @plantains, i’m definitely going to try keeping track of my food intake. maybe that’s the kick in the butt i need to get back to my old healthy eating habits!
Post # 8
One way to keep yourself from snacking is to occupy your mouth with other things. Try drinking water consantly and chewing gum.
Post # 9
thanks MissAsB… i am definitely bringing my new water jug to work tomorrow.
i need to start packing better lunches/snacks.
i think i’m going to bring back @lees old thread about belly fat… and take a pic of my belly when i get home tonight and see where i progress in the coming weeks.
i’m definitely gona start keeping a food journal. i need to be more conscious of what i eat instead of thinking i can eat whatever whenever with no measure of how much is too much
Post # 10
I recommend checking out the ‘belly fat diet’. I’ve never tried using the full diet (or know if its any good!), but its good to steal a few ideas from. Pretty much, you will have a flatter stomach if you limit simple carbs, and eat good fats. if you’re close to your ideal weight, switching up your foods a tad might help you get a flatter stomach.
Personally, when I limit unhealthy goods, and incorporate lots of protein and healthy fats (such as nuts) my stomach looks a LOT better.
Post # 11
A couple things will really help overall:
1) Record your sodium contents for a few days. You may get way too much, which causes bloat.
2) Skip the Lean Cuisines and other artificial foods. Those not only cause bloat (usually due to high amounts of sodium), they also increase your appetite and aren’t healthy overall.
3) Eat more for breakfast. Try adding a little protein, even if it’s just one egg or half a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter.
4) Cut down on the sugar and refined carbs. If you eat more whole grains and fruits and veggies instead of rice cakes, etc, you’ll notice the bloat go down.
Hope that helps!
Post # 12
Thanks, LilyFaith! i will def be cutting out the artificial foods out as much as i can… and will bulk up the breakfast…i LOVE eggs and wheat anything….
i definitely think the sodium intake is my number 1 problem.
Post # 13
I was just going to say what lilyfaith said 🙂 It may not really be belly fat. It’s probably just belly bloat from all of the sodium you’re taking in from the smartones, LCs and chips. If you cut your sodium down you should see a significant difference.
Post # 14
I agree with MissAsB keeping your mouth occupied will help. Also when you work out do some leg lifts, sit ups, and other core work outs. Running will help a lot also. Or taking advantage of the nice weather we’ve got and going for jogs/walks.
Let us know how it goes! Good luck!