(Closed) I need help with my diet!!!!

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
Member
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

What are you currently eating?

What exercises do you currently do at the gym?

Post # 4
Member
6112 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Eat lots of lean protein like chicken and fish. Just because you’re eating only those meats doesn’t mean they have to be boring either. Marinate chicken in italian dressing, or lemon pepper, or things like that to give it some variety. Just avoid “creamy” toppings. Eat lots of veggies and fruits (great for snacks). If you don’t like eating veggies plain (I know I don’t lol) you can make a really easy Ranch or French Onion dip using greek yougurt (if you want these recipes, let me know). Cut out any drinks besides water. (sodas/fruit juices = bad).  

 

While the number on the scale might not be changing you did mention that your body is. That is great! As our bodies lose fat and gain muscle we tend to get more lean while maintaining a relatively similar weight (unless you have a large amount of weight to lose. In that case your weight will obviously drop). A pound of muscle takes up less space as a pound of fat.

 

 

So just because your weight hasn’t changed, doesn’t mean you aren’t getting progress!!

 

Post # 7
Member
6112 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@jseg11:ย ย just saw your update…

Yes! You need to eat breakfast! Even if it’s only some yogurt and fruit. Breakfast gets your metabolism going and it is very important.

As far as your dinners, I would suggest eating brown rice or quinoa. Not sure what to advise about the beans though.

I would suggest bumping up your cardio to at least 30 minutes. That is the recommended minimum.

Post # 8
Member
6112 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Here are the recipes…in case anyone else wants them too ๐Ÿ™‚

Ranch dip:
16 oz Chobani non-fat Plain yogurt
1 pack Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix (dry packet located on salad dressing aisle)
0% milk (this is used to thin out the dip. I don’t use it as I like my dip a little thicker than salad dressing)

French Onion dip:
16 oz Chobani non-fat Plain yogurt
1 pack Knorr French Onion dip (dry packet – NOT the soup mix)
0% milk (this is used to thin out the dip. I don’t use it as I like my dip a little thicker than salad dressing)

I just put the yogurt in a mixing bowl and mix in the packet (ranch or french onion). Make sure to mix them thoroughly. Then I put it back into the Chobani container since it has a lid ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
Member
3566 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Beans are ok, it’s all about the portions! 

Cut out sodas/juice if you can, and drink lots of water.

Cut out as much white foods as possible (potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, mayo). Instead, opt for whole grain rice/pastas and wheat breads or sweet potatoes are good too. 

I started a 5 meal a day diet that works well.  It’s supposed to keep your metabolism going throughout the day.  I’ve lost 10lbs so far, and I can tell the difference in inches.  (I also go to the gym at least 3-4 times a week.)

Breakfast:  I usually eat yogurt or some type of breakfast bar like the oatmeal squares by Quaker Oats, or the Belvita cookies because I’m not a big breakfast person either and this is quick and easy.  I’m not a big cereal person, but you could eat a healthy cereal with skim milk or cook some egg whites or something if you have time for that.  

Mid-Morning snack:  If I didn’t eat yogurt for breakfast, I’d eat it as a snack.  Just plain vanilla yogurt with some granola.  You could also snack on some fruit, or sometimes I’ll have half a wheat bagel with low-fat cream cheese.

Lunch: I usually eat leftovers from dinner, a healthy choice meal or I make sandwiches using 100% whole wheat tortillas and use salsas instead of creamy spreads/dressings like mayo or ranch.  I bring containers of cut fruits or veggies with me to work. If I didn’t bring lunch, I go grab a salad and avoid creamy dressings, or get a grilled chicken sandwhich and eat it without the bun.

Mid-Afternoon snack:  I usually get that “2:30 feeling” at work and I get a sweet tooth.  Most of the time I keep Nutella in my desk and put a little on some apple slices. If I need something crunchy, I get those 100 calorie Special K chips.

Dinner:  I just pretty much changed the way I cooked things.  I use olive oil instead of veg. oil to sautee veggies, or steam them.  Bake or grill your meats instead of frying.  Drink a glass of water before eating.  It will make you feel more full, and keep you from eating too much.

Post # 10
Member
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I know one of my biggest struggles used to be breakfast. I read a super awesome book called “Eating Alive” It’s written by a naturopath and its very enlightening! (And fun to read too, which is a bonus) I highly recommend getting your hands on it, its a journey of health and body function awareness and it is quite frankly amazing!

One of the things I learned from the book was the “mini fast” Don’t worry, it doesn’t really involve any more fasting than you’re going! Basically, when you get up you start your day with a lemon cayenne drink (1/8 tsp cayenne, juice of half a lemon, lukewarm water, honey if it is too bitter for you to choke down as is :-p ) This gives your body the jump start it needs to get your digestive juices working properly and give the body achance to get warmed up. An hour later, you have some kind of fruit and two hours later, bck to healthy meals for the day! Eat a green salad with lunch and dinner, everyday. Spice up the flavours if salads bore yu but eat your leafy greens! They’re packed with essential vitamins and minerals (try kale, its a powerhouse!) provide essential forage for proper digestion and help keep you full of delicious healthy food longer!

Good luck on your journey! Remember the scale is a number that is part of a much bigger picture. You are feeling and looking healthier and that is the number one priority! Keep it up ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 11
Member
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

i personally just really hate eating breakfast (which is funny since i love all breakfast foods) and i’ve lost a lot of weight without adding in breakfast. for me, i work out 6 days a week (usually a mix of yoga, cardio, and core work depending on the day) and for the first month i saw ZERO change on the scale! i was so frustrated! here i was, busting my butt and eating 1200cals/day and it wasn’t making a difference. then i started noticing that my clothes were really loose, and that i could feel muscle tone beneath the layer of flab ;).  then i upped my caloric intake to 1400cals/day and… i lost 3 lbs in one week! and i’ve continued that and have lost a total of 12 lbs so far since starting to work out 2 months ago.  i think that for that first month, i just wasn’t eating enough food throughout the day and was also gaining muscle and those two things combined resulted in no change on the scale.

my favorite low calorie snacks/desserts (i’m a huge dessert person and absolutely need something sweet after dinner to feel satisfied):

nonfat plain yogurt with fresh fruit sliced up and a sprinkle of granola (if you do this right, a whole cup plus fruit and granola is under 130 calories)

banana with yogurt on top (200 cals)

banana with all natural peanut butter (200 cals)

frozen yogurt bar (80 cals)- yoplait has new greek ones that are amazingggg. seriously so creamy and satisfying! ๐Ÿ™‚

hope this helps give you some ideas of how you can spice up your diet and exercise.

Post # 12
Member
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Try Weight Watchers Online…no need to go to meetings. I’ve lost close to 30 lbs since the end of January and am feeling great. If you do WW + keep working out, you will see success.

Post # 13
Member
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

You may be eating too little believe it or not. Cut back on as much sodium as possible and make sure you are eating breakfast (some eggs, toast, or my fave oatmeal with honey and cinnamon) and drink lots of water. Don’t do prepackaged meals as much as you can.

Post # 14
Member
2564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Great ideas, all – commenting to follow.

A lot of these I incorporate already but I have a huge sweet tooth and especially so around that time of the month…

Post # 15
Member
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m not a fan of breakfast either. I just cant be arsed + don’t feel like eating much first thing in the morning. I now have a protein shake for breakfast and I love it. I pop it in the cup, fill up with cold water and a splash of milk, add ice and shake it all about. It’s like having an ice coffee for breakfast but with no sugar or carbs. I like it personally ๐Ÿ™‚

I recently started adding in coconut oil, you would think thats a bad idea but it just goes all frosty like. Not oily at all ๐Ÿ™‚

The topic ‘I need help with my diet!!!!’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors