(Closed) Heres to losing weight n staying healthy!My Diet starts today!

posted 6 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@mamasey:  Congrats on a good start!  I highly recommend joining myfitnesspal.com–there are a bunch of bees there and it’s helped me a lot.  I’ve lost 45 lbs since mid-march with it.  There you can see other peoples’ (including my) diaries and it is good for learning about what foods work/don’t work.

I like that you are doing the 5 meals/day thing, it works great for me.  Try to get as much protein as possible, I try for over 100g a day and it keeps me full.  Great that you’re exercising too, that helps me a lot and the strength combined with cardio works like a charm for both weight loss and to tone up. 

my username there is the same as here if you want to join–add me 🙂

And don’t worry, after a few days the junk cravings subside mostly.  If you really have to have a treat try to have something better for you, like a granola bar, cereal…something not too bad!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i second fitness pal it really helps, i didnt realize how bad i was stuffing my face until i had it! lol

blingfatty is my username lol

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I don’t know how much you have to lose, but I think the best way to eat is to eat clean. That means little to no processed foods. I would also consider cutting out refined carbohydrates. Eating lots of fruit or carbs will only encourage your cravings for more of the same because of the sugar content. When you have a croissant, for example, you get a sudden insulin boost which then quickly converts to fat and creates a craving for more of the same. 

Rather than snacking on something like a cereal bar or croissant, try having a hardboiled egg. The protein will full you up for longer. I would also include good fats in each meal to create a feeling of satiety. This is an example of what i normally eat, and it’s working for me:

B: Three hardboiled eggs mashed with a bit of mayonnaise

L: A big leafy salad with avocado, feta, cucumber and chicken dressed with oil

D: Skin-on chicken thighs roasted with red peppers, a small amount of chorizo and red onions, served with steamed broccoli

I know the fats seem counter-intuitive, but there’s a lot of research to support the idea that some fat is good for you. I drink loads of water, I don’t crave sweets at all and I rarely feel the need to snack. I feel like I’ve been released from constant cycle of hunger and cravings. I really recommend it! 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@mamasey:  I don’t really feel the need to snack, to be honest, because I’m usually not hungry between meals. If you do want a snack, I would have Greek yoghurt (Total is the best and very low carb), maybe ten or so almonds or an egg. 

The thing about fruit is that, although it’s healthy, it still contains sugar in the form of fructose so it still causes insulin boosts that then create more cravings. I used to eat loads of fruit so it was a hard habit to break, but that was psychological more than anything. I was in the habit of eating a good breakfast at home and then going to work and having an apple. After dinner I would always have fruit, either an apple or a fruit salad. It was difficult not to have those treats because my meals didn’t feel complete. It was just part of my habit. But now that I’ve stopped eating them, I don’t miss them. I just feel more in control.

The one thing you need to remember is that you have to either go low carg/high fat or moderate carb/low fat. If you mix moderate carb with high fat you will not lose weight. If you go low carb, focus on eating primarily leafy green veg, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, leeks, etc. Moderate carb you can add in more veg, but still need to stay away from potatoes, butternut squash, etc. There are lots of good resources online to help you. I love this way of eating. Last night I pan fried chicken breasts with leeks, mushrooms and bacon, and then added some feta and cream at the end to make a creamy sauce. I served it with broccoli and it was one of the nicest meals I’ve ever had. Definitely nothing like diet food. Good luck! 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

That’s great, the more you do it the easier it seems, turns into habits!

As for your protein question, I try to get protein for every meal and snacks too.  The more the better!  You can see my diary (don’t look at this weekend, it wasn’t a typical couple of days!) but basically I eat greek yogurt with breakfast which has twice the protein of regular yogurt.  morning snack I usually have an EAS AdvantEDGE shake which has 17g protein, no sugar or carbs etc.  Then lunch I try to have turkey, chicken or tuna, afternoon snack will have a granola bar or some peanut butter on a rice cake, then dinner have beef or chicken or fish.  I don’t eat many carb-y side dishes anymore, if I have rice or potatoes it will be like, an ounce or two.  Load up on veggies, and as for fruit–I eat it in the morning with the yogurt but since some fruits are sugary I try to eat berries (I usually have raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, sometimes some kiwi too) since berries are less sugary.  Lots of water!

I love pizza and ice cream so if I want some, I have it.  I just make sure with pizza I plan ahead and eat well the other 2 meals, and have 2 servings of salad instead of 2 servings of pizza.  Ice cream, well–I just make it fit in when I want it!  Doesn’t kill me…and I also work out almost every day doing 30 mins on my elliptical and 10-20 mins of strength and pilates (although I have been skipping the pilates lately because I’m so pressed for time).  I get stuck at a weight sometimes, then it starts coming off–but overall it’s working fine for me.  I’m down 45 lbs in 3 1/2 months and 99lbs overall.  It takes committment and determination (stubbornness!) but it is so worth the effort.

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