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I've been "corrected" here. You can eat whatever you want, you body doesn't know the difference and metabolizes/treats all food the same. Food is food. So eat all the candy you want, it has no affect on your body. LOL
by mrspackrat (submitted 3 months ago)
Diets do not work.......
I define diet as the kinds of food that a person eats :) I spent months tracking my calories meticulously, working out like they say. I lost nothing. I dropped my calories, maintained my workout, I lost nothing. I was convinced I was born to be fat. I was what I like to call a "carbivore" where I primarily ate potatoes, breads, cereals, rice, pasta. I didn't eat much protein or fruits/veggies. I was not a believer that what you ate mattered. I thought I could work off anything I ate. I refused to give up the foods I love. But the weight was not coming off so I did the unthinkable and took someone's advice an changed what I ate. I replaced all those processed carbs with fresh veggies, low sugar fruits, healthy proteins, good fats. I learned to love new foods and my family now does too. I think short term or in moderation, those other foods are ok but for me, a diet rich in those foods over a long period of time took a toll on my body and I also gained a lot of weight. They say those foods can create hormonal responses in your body that make your body want to hold onto fat. While it wasn't immediate, once I eliminated most of these foods, I suddenly saw a steady decline in my weight and I never looked back. I occasionally will eat some of my old foods but my body bloats and I feel horrible. I don't really enjoy them much anymore. I would take a serious look at what you eat and make some changes. Maybe you were not as imbalanced as I was but making permanent changes to how you eat will give you long term health benefits.
by mrspackrat (submitted 3 months ago)
Top 5 Biggest Fast Food Offenders
There are some here that say eat what you want, it doesn't matter as long as you don't eat too many calories so your list of foods would be fine to eat. I personally believe food triggers hormonal responses that control metabolic processes in your body (the amount of fat burned/the amount of fat stored). By eating the right foods, you can trigger the right metabolic response such as increasing your body╩╝s ability to burn fat and lose weight. Eating those foods on your list occasionally will not hurt you but if your diet is primarily made up of those foods or processed/refined or foods filled with sugars/artificial sweeteners, I think it may prevent you from seeing real weightloss or would slow that process considerably.
by mrspackrat (submitted 4 months ago)
Newbie Keto question..Help, Please
Net carbs (carbs - fiber)
by mrspackrat (submitted 4 months ago)
Don't reduce fats, or at least the healthy ones. Just get rid of processed/refined carbs, they are useless to your body anyway and are extra calories you don't need.
by mrspackrat (submitted 4 months ago)
Body designed to store fat rather than burn it for some
The video covers metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. AMA statistics say that 34% of the adult population in the US suffer from metabolic syndrome. The older we get the more prone we are to getting this. I'm not going to post a boat load of research and site a bunch of websites. This is very real and this way of eating can help reduce body fat and improve overall health. Anyone with the symptoms may opt to change their diet and it may just help them. You young kids who eat what you want and hit the gym to drop a few have no idea what you're in for the older you get. Maybe you are healthy and can lose weigh easily, this wasn't directed at you.
by mrspackrat (submitted 6 months ago)
Body designed to store fat rather than burn it for some
Ummm, the researcher is skinnier than you. Dr. Manny is just the host of the show. Sometimes we should first see the story before we open our big mouth and spew hogwash?
by mrspackrat (submitted 6 months ago)
Body designed to store fat rather than burn it for some
Interesting Dr. Manny segment where his guest discusses how for some, sugars and carbs get stored more readily rather than being burned. For those people, it's not as simple as calories in/out. They need to focus on eating fat burning foods (leafy greens, broccoli, fresh meats, fish, healthy fats) to lose weight. Eliminate the fat storing foods (pastas, breads, even healthy whole grains like oats) because your body can't process them. Also a few myths he addresses: You can't work out on an empty stomach - Myth, it's actually better for fat burning All fruit is good for you - Myth avoid the high sugar ones/high glycemic A good workout means you have to sweat a lot - Myth, we've been tricked by the gyms to think you have to work out hard to lose weight, short interval workouts are more effective
by mrspackrat (submitted 6 months ago)
How to determine a Goal Weight
I just set mine based on when I last felt great and I surpassed that. Just watch total calories supposedly "burned" through exercise tracker on this site. It's not accurate at all. Just set your ideal calories for the day and just watch that despite exercise. In setting total calories for the day, I was told to use your current weight x 12. That is the total calories to maintain your current weight. Any less than that and you should lose weight.
by mrspackrat (submitted 7 months ago)
Favorite free fitness videos/trainers?
Shin Ohtake with MaxWorkouts- simple, can do at home with little equipment, super effective. He teaches you how to work out doing intervals, no long workouts or laboring at the gym. He also doesn't keep selling you more workout tapes or food and supplements. Best program IMO.
by mrspackrat (submitted 7 months ago)
Normal Diet of 3 meals a day + snacks?
A great article and much of what is here was also in the documentary "Eat, Fast and Live Longer." There are so many health benefits to fasting and weightloss is one of them. When I see people struggling to lose weight I just want to tell them to put the fork down and walk away! You will not starve but instead, many great things will start to happen.
by mrspackrat (submitted 7 months ago)
Dr. Pepper
Whether it's sugar or artificial sweeteners, either will raise insulin levels.
by mrspackrat (submitted 7 months ago)
Believe it or not
I don't use the exercise piece. It's garbage and completely overestimates calories burned. I relied on the "calorie deficit" it calculated for months and didn't lose a pound. A great workout in the gym for most of us burns about 200-300 calories, period. Most people eat that in calories in their after-workout snack (so net-net). Take your goal weight x 10 and aim to get those calories regardless of your working out. That's what I did.
by mrspackrat (submitted 7 months ago)
strugging with fat
On fats, try adding nuts, seeds, avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, eggs.
by mrspackrat (submitted 7 months ago)
A bit frustrated
Your placenta produces a hormone called HCG. The HCG controls the metabolism, food digestion, energy and nutrition distribution. Then there's your hypothalamus which controls food digestion, sleep, where to store fat, when to store, and when to release a fat reserve for energy. The HCG overrides the hypothalamus functions during pregnancy to ensure the baby is being fed. Once you give birth, the HCG is expelled from the body along with the placenta but it can take a while for your hypothalamus to start functioning normally again (it forgets) even with proper nutrition and exercise. So during this time, weightloss can be difficult. You need to be sure you get plenty of rest, reduce stress while maintaining a healthy diet. In time you should be able to drop that extra baby weight when your body starts functioning normally again.
by mrspackrat (submitted 7 months ago)
Coffee Creamer
My husband uses unsweetened vanilla coconut milk (SoDelicious). You have to be careful about the brand and I would avoid canned due to the additives they add to canned milk.
by mrspackrat (submitted 7 months ago)
I agree with MrsTofu, I started logging everything first which was an eye opener (total daily calories and massive carb grams of 250+). Each meal I started to think about what I was eating, replacing the food on my plate with better choices (took a 2nd helping of veggies vs more pasta). I eliminated certain foods that were just a waste of calories (or had them occasionally--I like the 80/20 rule when it comes to food). It's definitely a process to learn how to eat again where it's a lifestyle and not a temporary diet.
by mrspackrat (submitted 7 months ago)
Measuring Food
Like I said, I do 500 calorie fasting days so foods/calories add up quickly. On a non-fast day, I would just throw stuff into my Ninja and not care as long as it's veggies. To make my soup, I start with organic chicken stock (entire box). I add to that cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, celery, onion, garlic cloves, any dark greens I have on hand (chard, beet greens, etc), and 1/4 cup of raw cashews. Simmer 20 minutes. Let cool then throw in my Ninja and it makes a great creamy veggie soup. Can add more salt/pepper to taste but usually I'm good. How do you make yours?
by mrspackrat (submitted 7 months ago)
I had to retrain myself how to eat. I was heavy into the carbs. Little quality protein, a little fruit and an occasional vegetable. I ate so many calories because most were empty calories due to a high amount of carbs. I now eat so much less but my food is nutrient rich and much more filling. I now have protein at every meal with low sugar fruits/berries or veggies, greens (gone is the bowl of cereal which is mainly fillers). I snack on nuts, seeds, guacamole, hummus, vegetables, low sugar smoothies. I stick to nonprocessed grains--quinoa, wild rice, black rice, etc. I've discovered so many good/delicious foods that I no longer miss the heavy processed food diet I used to be on. When you eat good, you have less cravings, more energy, naturally reduce calories, have good blood sugar/insulin and your body just naturally responds with weightloss. Oh and getting some exercise helps too but you don't need to be a gym rat to make this happen. Good luck!
by mrspackrat (submitted 7 months ago)
Measuring Food
I made homemade veggie soup the other day and could have used this. I throw in a lot of stuff but don't weigh or measure it because it's a pain. I also have 2 fast days a week where I only eat 500 calories. On those days I like to be fairly accurate since 500 adds up quickly. I'll have to ask for this for Mother's Day.
by mrspackrat (submitted 7 months ago)
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