Post # 1
Okay ladies, I am plus size. No if ands or buts, I need to lose weight. I have something important coming up within the next 2 months. I need to lose weight regardless of this apt. My problem, is I am a very picky eater. So most veggies, I dislike. I like some fruits. I grew up in a house that ate meat and potatoes. I quit drinking soda/pop and have cut down quite a bit of coffee. I am slowly starting back up on the elliptitcal (we own one).
What can I do/eat to help this process?
Post # 2
I would do a high protein/ low carb diet and focus on the veggies you do like and salads. You may need to try new things to broaden you palet. Start by identifying the foods you like and then find lower cal versions and work on eating smaller portion sized.
I do a high protein diet and I find it is very easy to loose weight and keep it off. I eat a lot of avacodoes, fish and seafood as well. A typical day’s meals for me looks like:
Eggs (omlet with grilled chicken or steak no cheese) , strawberries , greek yogurt and walnuts for breakfast
Romaine, boiled eggs, grilled chicken or steak and tomato salad for lunch
grilled chicken or steak skewers with broccoli for dinner
fruit & nuts with brown suggar for an after dinner snack
Post # 3
Sassygrn: Personally I don’t believe you need to eat healthy or exercise to lose weight. Losing weight is all about calories. I lost 50 lbs eating occasional fast food, dessert, pizza, and more all by eating within my calorie limits. It works! (Google ‘Twinkie diet’ – a professor of nutrition lost 27 lbs in 10 weeks eating junk but counting calories). Join a weight loss community like MyFitnessPal.com and it will give you the amount of calories you need to eat to lose weight based on your gender, height, goals, etc. Good luck!
Post # 4
I’m in a similar boat but I don’t eat fruit [I have texture issues] I try to stick to the few veggies I do like such as romaine lettuce, baby spinach, tomato, carrots, broccolini and eventually after force feeding myself until I stopped gagging brocoli. I try to stick to lean meats and whole grains and just watching my caloric intake.
Post # 5
Get some information on a ketogenic diet, basically low carb high fat – give up the carbs and replace them with fats. I’ve been on this diet for a few months and am losing wuite a bit of weight from it. I still exercise and lift heavy weights but that’s just cause I want to.
If you’re interested, Google names like Jimmy Moore and Christine Croneau.
Post # 6
Give those veggies you don’t like a second try. There will be some things you just don’t like no matter what and that’s ok, but you might be surprised that you DO like some veggies you thought you didn’t if they are prepared and presented a different way. I know a lot of people who think they don’t like tomatoes and then when they actually have a fresh, ripe, juicy one (i.e. fresh from the garden, NOT from the grocery store) they realize they’ve never actually tasted one the way it’s supposed to be eaten. Have you tried all these veggies roasted, baked, blanched, in casseroles, raw, dipped in hummus, lightly fried, drizzled with some olive oil and rosemary, etc? Try new recipes. When you go to restaurants try new things. Just because you didn’t like carrots as a kid, or you didn’t like the way your mom prepared broccoli, doesn’t mean you don’t like them. Try them again in a different way. Make sure it’s fresh and in season.
Post # 7
- Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery
ABL12490: While this may be true, you do need to eat healthily to be healthy. This really isn’t great advice…
Sassygrn: I would not take the junk food but reduced calories route, it will back fire on you. And sugar is in no way going to get you the results you want. Find food you do like. Find ways to make veggies more palatable. Garlic, balsamic vinegar, or (no salt) italian seasoning can do wonders in making veggies taste more appealing! Grilling veggies is a way to make them tastier as well. Make smoothies to change the texture of fruits you don’t like (just use 2% milk or a milk alternative–even water!)—if you get brave add some green stuff to your smoothies. You put enough blueberries in, you won’t even see or taste a 1/2 cup of spinach or kale. You can even try “hiding” veggies in food (http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Recipes-Hide-Vegetables-31898056#photo-31898056)
Try lean protiens like PPs have said, grilled chicken, lean steak or fish. Black beans have a lot of protein and so does quinoa (a great rice substitute). And watch what you snack on! While not a perfect solution, if you like chips and dip, try carrots or celery and hummus. If you like chips, try air popped popcorn with garlic powder. For dessert, skip ice cream and have greek yogurt (high in protein!) with fruit and or a little honey.
Check out the Skinny Taste recipies on Pinterest or here http://www.skinnytaste.com/, they have a ton of “normal” foods, lightened up.
Then try to sneak in extra exercise. Do floor exercises (leg lifts, squats, sit ups, etc) while you’re watching tv. Take the stairs. Park far away instead of up close when you drive places.
Sometimes just little lifestyle changes can make a BIG difference.
Post # 8
Everyone’s body is different and loses weight differently. What works for me and what works for my fiance (also female) are very different.
I have to make sure I count my calories. I use myfitnesspal like many others to keep track of what I am eating. This works for me because I am very short so if I eat just a tiny bit too much, I will gain.
I focus on eating a high protein diet as well. I eat a lot of fish, chicken, and seafood. I focus on getting in as many green vegetables as possible. You need to try things even if you didn’t like them before. I train myself to like things. I hated sweet potatos a few months ago and now they have grown on me. For healthy grain I try quinoa or brown rice.
And I treat myself. I am not always strict because I know I can’t live the rest of my life saying no to an ice cream sundae. It is all about moderation and overall good choices.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
I’m picky too, but I was surprised at what I did like or could at least tolerate! Don’t be afraid to try some new things. I truly shocked myself!
I also try to mix my veggies with my other food so it isn’t as noticable haha.