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Spinach recipes
I usually blend a banana with frozen blueberries or strawberries with a cup if unsweetened soy milk and a scoop of vegan protein powder. If I feel like adding some green I just throw in a handful if baby spinach...still tastes like fruit.
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
Spinach recipes
If you enjoy any type of smoothie throw in a handful or two of fresh baby spinach and you hardly taste it. The colour is something you learn to ignore.
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
TOM
Getting enough protein really helps. Also make sure you are eating enough fibre rich veggies and fruits (they don't cost you many calories and keep you full longer). TOM for me is also the worst for cravings and appetite.
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
am i eating enough calories?
You and me both Bbody! I did a round of p90x last year and a p90x/insanity hybrid. Started p90x2 Monday. If i was 18 again that would have been all i needed for weight loss without worrying about a calorie deficit. Just eat your RDI or close too it...try to burn about 300cal a workout and you'll see the weight slowly come off. You will tone up with resistance training and still maintain a healthy relationship with food. Don't do the 1100 cal route yet.... 1600-1800cal and a solid workout schedule and you'll be fine.
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
Menopause ;
The Dukan diet works...there is a section on menopause. The first two phases where you lose the weight are essentially low carb high protein but not high fat like Atkins. I always had trouble losing on atkins but Dukan worked.
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
Excuses
Well put FullaBella.
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
Excuses
I hit a low a little over two months before my 40th birthday. I knew I didn't want to be big any more...had the baby 6 months prior (c-section)...no one is sleeping....tired all the time etc. I was failing miserably at dieting even though I wasn't cheating. My twin brother who is a personal trainer came in May of last year for a quick visit and called me on every excuse. I can't believe I was actually angry with him after he left...I was happy he left. He helped change my life. I could hear these lame excuses leaving my mouth "how can I keep up with two small children with only 1400 calories"..."there is no time to work out...the toddler doesn't always nap"...."I'm tired all the time"..... He left and a couple weeks later after having a pity party for myself I set my alarm for 5 am and got up and started P90X (obviously with modifications)...I have pushed play every day since then (missed only 3 days due to illness).....ya the first 2 weeks were rough but I stopped making excuses and I've changed my life. My boys deserve a healthy mom that is around for as long as they need me.Every last "big" clothes I had are now gone to the diabetic society. I'm a size 4 (I've never ever been a size four). I have no "back-up" clothes in case I slip. I refuse to slip up now.
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
Low Carb - when will the cravings disappear? Acting like a complete animal!
My doctor recommended me Dukan and gaffed at the kidney and gallstone issue. She said you would have to have pre existing issues to make that an issue. Then the question....is obesity better? ...is prediabetes or diabetes worth the risk of not losing the weight?
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
Low Carb - when will the cravings disappear? Acting like a complete animal!
Only the attack and cruise are considered low fat. But in actuality if you plug in all the foods, 20-30% of your daily caloric intake is fat....not so low fat after all. Choosing lean protein does not eliminate fat....... Consolidation allows more foods...bread, fruit, full fat cheese, etc....so again 20-25% of my calories came from fat. So not really low fat. It just doesn't have the gobs of fat that atkins has.....i didn't lose on atkins
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
Low Carb - when will the cravings disappear? Acting like a complete animal!
The first two phases are restrictive...I agree. The other two bring back what you've been missing. Trust me...stick with it...you'll get your reward! I now eat pretty much what I want and portion control just sorta happened.
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
Low Carb - when will the cravings disappear? Acting like a complete animal!
I'm in the last phase of Dukan and I agree with Bbody... I used a chocolate 100% whey protein isolate chocolate flavour when I needed a chocolate fix. I mixed it with a low fat soy milk if weight loss was going well or with water if weight loss was slower. I had a vanilla one as well to add to greek yogurt since I don't like the flavour of plain. It took about 2 weeks for my cravings to go away and I had to rid the house of everything because I felt like some kind of sneaky chocolate-sweet fiend looking for stuff in the cupboards. Once it was gone...the shake was all I needed to let it pass. I would heat it up if I wanted a warm hot chocolate drink. I also knew that when cruise was over I was going to enjoy a slice of chocolate cake for my first celebration meal and that kept me for trying to find low sugar..icky..alternatives. Keep at it. You will get GREAT RESULTS if you stick with and get through this. Make sure you are eating when you are hungry because sometimes hunger can cause cravings. After a workout I too had a shake to maximize my recovery. This WOE rocks! trust me.
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
What diet?? Theres so many to choose :/
I was doing P90X when I switched from Atkins to Dukan. I had plenty of energy. In times of real need your body will go after stored fat for energy.....isn't that what you want??? I had to work out for a couple of weeks before my body took me seriously and started burning fat. During cruise I chose veggies like carrots and beets (which are allowed) to help restore glycogen stores. At your size 600cal is way too low and you will find it hard to sustain it...I'm only 5 foot 4 inches and I never could eat that low.....I eat closer to 1800 cal. Right now I eat about 45%-50% of my calorie intake (1600 cal) from protein. If I go any lower the scale creeps up again (I produce too much insulin). I'm in the last phase of dukan and can eat pretty much everything I want but only have starch (like rice, potatoe or pasta) 1 to 2 times per week or the scale creeps on me again. You'll find what works for you. With exercise you'll feel your metabolism start to get going and may find yourself getting hungrier. Eating protein will help curb any highs and lows and if you want to stay away from starches then add more starchy veggies ...still lower in carb than a piece of bread.
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
Muscle gain???
Give your body some time to tone up so when the fat starts going you have some nice lean muscle to show for it. I am looking forward to tank tops and shorts (shorts...I never wear shorts)..this summer to show off how toned I've gotten. I should have done weights years ago!!! Just get past the first few weeks...keep at it....you will lose and you'll look great doing it. Be strong and you will feel strong!
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
Looking for a buddy
Dukan worked for me far better than Atkins. I was always leary about the amount of fat on atkins.
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
Looking for a buddy
That was me! I struggled after having my last baby. Started 2012 at 173lbs. I produce too much insulin and have a "sluggish" thyroid...as my doctor put it. started 2013 just under 125 so it can be done!
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
Muscle gain???
it is common after weight training for the scale to go up a bit. If you have any muscle soreness you'll be retaining some water as your body is trying to repair the muscle. Usually after a few days it goes away. Remember....a female does not have the testosterone to really gain muscle to an appreciable degree so don't lighten up on the weights or give up too soon. Keep at it and you will be rewarded. I'm the strongest I;ve been in a very long time and although it looks like I have muscular arms...they've come down 3 inches.
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
Muscle gain???
Keep at it and you will see a loss.....but inches count too. So if the scale is not moving, make sure you take your measurements....that should keep you motivated. I did P90X (3 days of weight training, 1 day yoga and 2 days cardio) starting in June but it took a bit for the scale to cooperate...I knew I was shrinking because my clothes were getting looser. I then did insanity which was ALOT of cardio but didn't get the weight loss I was hoping for so started a hybrid program of the two. Weights made the difference.
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
Workout DVD - "Slim in 6" Does it work?
I used to be a gym rat in my 20's. I now prefer to work out at home. I do P90X, P90X2 and Insanity....I have a library of tae-bo videos stretching over 10 years at least. From what I understand of slim in 6 it is great for people who are "new" to working out. If you don't work out often or plan to just get started Slim in 6 sounds like the program to get you going....workouts that are too intense will likely put you off (most people that jump in and try Insanity of even P90X without really modifying the program or working up to their fitness test, usually bail out after a couple of weeks due to soreness, injury..etc.). Good luck and enjoy. Keep pushing play!
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
New Year, new start: Dukan Diet - have you been successful? Easy? Comments?
I have been following Dukan since July. I have just entered the last phase of the plan as of yesterday. I encourage you to read the book from beginning to end before deciding if this works for you. You have to know it is something you can stick with. The first two phases are very strict but if you follow the plan exactly you will stay motivated as the scale continues to move down....it is super easy to follow and I felt like I was eating ALL THE TIME. I did P90X during the first two phases as well so I had lots of energy to do that even though his recommendation is only 30-40 minutes of walking. to this day I still exercise 6-7 days/week. It takes planning on your part to rid the house of anything not Dukan friendly and have enough of the Dukan friendly foods available. The third phase is where you really need to follow it properly because as eKatherine said...you could have a binge and ruin all your hard work. I had tried Atkins but never really found as much success because I'd stall and start gaining...for me I think it had to do with the fat. My doctor recommended I read Dukan and I knew after finishing to book that it was for me. I did NOT pay for the coaching....I had enough motivation myself to stick with it. Knowing that I wasn't going to eat like the first two phases forever kept me motivated enough to wait until consolidation phase. Consolidation had its ups and downs but mostly downs. I feel great...I eat everything I want and portion control just kind of happened. I now don't feel like I am on a diet but rather a way of life that works well for me. Ironically it seems that the way of eating (higher protein lower fat) is how my husband always eats (no sweet tooth for him) and he has never had a weight issue. He laughed when I described the plan and said I should have just followed along with him the whole time. My doctor suspected I had some hormone issues and it was determined through testing that I produce too much insulin. That's why this plan works well for me. Daily my protein is roughly 40% of my intake.
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
New Year, new start: Dukan Diet - have you been successful? Easy? Comments?
I have been following Dukan since July. I have just entered the last phase of the plan as of yesterday. I encourage you to read the book from beginning to end before deciding if this works for you. You have to know it is something you can stick with. The first two phases are very strict but if you follow the plan exactly you will stay motivated as the scale continues to move down....it is super easy to follow and I felt like I was eating ALL THE TIME. I did P90X during the first two phases as well so I had lots of energy to do that even though his recommendation is only 30-40 minutes of walking. to this day I still exercise 6-7 days/week. It takes planning on your part to rid the house of anything not Dukan friendly and have enough of the Dukan friendly foods available. The third phase is where you really need to follow it properly because as eKatherine said...you could have a binge and ruin all your hard work. I had tried Atkins but never really found as much success because I'd stall and start gaining...for me I think it had to do with the fat. My doctor recommended I read Dukan and I knew after finishing to book that it was for me. I did NOT pay for the coaching....I had enough motivation myself to stick with it. Knowing that I wasn't going to eat like the first two phases forever kept me motivated enough to wait until consolidation phase. Consolidation had its ups and downs but mostly downs. I feel great...I eat everything I want and portion control just kind of happened. I now don't feel like I am on a diet but rather a way of life that works well for me. Ironically it seems that the way of eating (higher protein lower fat) is how my husband always eats (no sweet tooth for him) and he has never had a weight issue. He laughed when I described the plan and said I should have just followed along with him the whole time. My doctor suspected I had some hormone issues and it was determined through testing that I produce too much insulin. That's why this plan works well for me. Daily my protein is roughly 40% of my intake.
by Preggo38 (submitted a year ago)
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