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5:2 Diet Christmas Feast
Once you start losing and keep it off, it gets addicting and you get a much bigger high from the scale going down as opposed to eating something sinful. Stick to it, it's only a couple of weeks and when you are done, you'll be glad you did it. Fasting has taught me so much about the quantity and quality of food and how bad I ate. I now see that I consumed way too much food or calorie-packed foods. When you are given 500 calories a day, it's a real eye opener. My old way was just cutting back on the same bad foods with lots of exercise but that never worked. More people should try fasting even if for a few months.
by mrspackrat (submitted a week ago)
5:2 Diet Christmas Feast
During this time, it is a dicipline game. For me, it was easy to stick to 2 fast days during the week and the other weekdays eating relatively healthy. The weekends are what killed me but even so, enjoy as long as Monday you can get back on track. I did not gain any weight over the holidays last year. If you have parties all throughout the week, maybe switch to alternative day fasting for a while and fast only on days without parties. When you do alternative day fasting, I believe you can eat up to 175% of your RDI on non fast days. But if you have control issues, you may end up derailed. If you can just tell yourself...short term pain for long term gain. Is that cheeese, cookie, cake, cocktail really worth packing back on all the fat? To me, the answer was clearly no. This year, I'm wearing all the cute dresses and outfits that I always longed to wear and I'm happy I stuck to it. I knew at the end of the holidays that I was back in square 1 I would have been so angry at myself. Good luck.
by mrspackrat (submitted a week ago)
Logging everything everyday, or not?
I don't mind logging everything but I make all my own food so I have to enter in a recipe (which isn't always the same) or log every ingredient. It's a pain. Most of the foods that are in the database are packaged foods which I try and eat little of. What's also annoying is when I do enter a packaged food, the calories on the site differ from the ones on the package for the same thing (size and all).
by mrspackrat (submitted 3 weeks ago)
Why can't I loose weight faster
I believe in quality of food too--high quality protein and good fats, little to no processed foods. Many people cut fat in order to reduce calories which is a big mistake. Your body needs good fats in order to produce the hormones that help your body regulate fat storage. You only need to log what you eat for a while to get a true sense of how many calories you are consuming and what types of foods. When I started, I was shocked to see so little protein and lots of carbs. I worked my butt off at the gym and didn't lose 1 lb. I changed my diet and now just get activity vs extereme workouts and I'm down about 40 lbs.
by mrspackrat (submitted a month ago)
I keep gaining weight despite gyming.
Great article NB. That's what happened to me when I hit the gym 4-5 times a week doing spinning, hardcore full body weight workouts, I got fatter and I was starving all the time. When I hear of people long cardio sessions I cringe. Unless your training for something, quality of workout is far more effective than quantity. Performing intervals and full-body exercises can be done in as little as 20-30 minutes. Although, diet should be addressed first because as they say, you can't work off a bad diet.
by mrspackrat (submitted 2 months ago)
Am I eating too little calories?
Protein is so important, you need at least .4 g per for each pound you weigh. Protein deficiency is no laughing matter as your body begins to break down existing proteins as a source of amino acids. Prolonged protein deficiency means tissue loss, especially muscle tissue. As a side note, I don't recommend soy as protein, it's poison in my mind (although I have a thyroid disorder and soy is the worst food you can eat).
by mrspackrat (submitted 2 months ago)
I keep gaining weight despite gyming.
There is the possibility you are overconsuming calories (people make that mistake when they workout and think they can eat more because they think they are burning more than they really are). But if you have a good daily calorie intake that isn't too much, then you are most likely ovrweight due to metabolic syndrome/insulin resistance and exercise can worsen the condition making it even harder to lose weight. Start with diet first--get lean proteins with every meal, eat good fats, lots of veggies, low sugar fruits, some complex carbs (but unless you are training for something, keep total carbs below 100-125g daily). Our bodies are not designed to live on processed food and often our diets are completely carb heavy which don't provide the proper nutrients and good fats. Revisit what you are eating and google insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome. There are many good tips on how to reverse it, suggested supplements, etc., which will get your body back to functioning properly and it will no longer store excess fat.
by mrspackrat (submitted 2 months ago)
Am I eating too little calories?
Amen mahjohn!
by mrspackrat (submitted 2 months ago)
shake meal replacement
I mix a high-quality whey protein powder with organic mixed greens (like super greens) with some berries in a blender. It will nourish your body without taxing your digestive system. The brand I buy is Reserveage Grass-Fed Whey protein, it's non GMO, gluten and soy free (never eat soy), sweetened with stevia.
by mrspackrat (submitted 3 months ago)
Low Calorie Diet with no results??? *frustrated*
The only way you can get away with low calories is when you have a super nutient-rich diet (no empty calories). Most people don't eat that way and I never met a teenage that does :) But body inflammation will make it hard to lose body fat and getting good fats/increasing omega 3 fats through seeds, nuts, oils, fish, etc., is essential in reducing body inflammation. But also decrease your omega 6 fats (think unhealthy oils like, peanut oil, soybean oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oil--many packaged foods are packed with omega 6 as well as chicken, beef, pork, etc). Also eating low calorie means you could be deficient in many important vitamins and minerals your body needs to communicate/function properly like magnesium and vitamin D. Your body is not a simple machine and the types of foods we eat help your body produce the right hormones that help regulate body fat. Add in a little exercise, even if it's walking, and you'll be good to go.
by mrspackrat (submitted 3 months ago)
Low Calorie Diet with no results??? *frustrated*
Not sure if you are doing this but sometimes when people go low calorie they also go low fat when it's really the processed carbs they should be cutting to save calories. Besides getting a good amount of protein, eat plenty of good fats, they are needed to produce the hormones which help your body burn fat.
by mrspackrat (submitted 3 months ago)
Cauliflower pizza
[quote=laner68]I steam the cauliflower so it get a lot of water in it. Then cool it and try to get all the water out. I add 1 egg, 1/2 cup parmesan grated and a little garlic powder. Then form it onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment, paper towel blot it again to get more water out, then bake about 25 min at 425 It's super yummy, but I want it a little crispier, w/o burning it (that's the water problem I think)[/quote] There's really no reason to cook the cauliflower beforehand. Just mix your ingredients and bake.
by mrspackrat (submitted 4 months ago)
Cauliflower pizza
I've never had that problem. Maybe there's an ingredient I use that you don't? Here's my recipe: 2-3 cups grated cauliflower 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (crush it even more between your fingers) 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (crust it even more between you fingers) 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder optional a few shakes of crushed red pepper 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese 1 egg We actually eat it as a side dish rather than using it as pizza crust.
by mrspackrat (submitted 4 months ago)
STARVING!!!!
Yes, the simple/processed carbs are what are driving your cravings. You need to find a way to replace them with other foods and the cravings will go away. But don't be afraid to skip breakfast. There was a time I would have NEVER done that but I practice intermittent fasting where skipping breakfast is a normal way of life. I just consume most of my calories within an 8 hour window and often my "breakfast" is around noon. You still have to watch total calories for the day. If you care to read, here's an article that explains what IF is and how do do it: http://www.businessinsider.com...
by mrspackrat (submitted 4 months ago)
ideas please
I don't know what diet you are on but my question is why low fat? Is it because of the calories? Increasing omega 3 fats reduces body inflammation which could help alievate some of your chronic pain and we need fat in our diet to lose fat--just not the omega 6 fats which most diets are too rich in. If you can afford the calories, switch up processed foods (cereals, breads, rices, etc) for healthy fats. They are also very satifying. I make my own guacamole and eat with fresh cut veggies, eat seeds or nuts, berries, wild rice (which is actually a grass not a rice). Just some food for thought.
by mrspackrat (submitted 4 months ago)
Slimming power of coconut oil
The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase energy compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats. MCTs also metabolize differently than longer chains and it's been said to improve metabolism. They are sent straight to the liver from the digestive tract (so that's why they are used for energy right away). I would not consume fats like this with a high amount of carbs (cereals, breads, pastas or foods high in sugar). I eat coconut oil nearly every morning. It's unflavored and I put it in my coffee too.
by mrspackrat (submitted 4 months ago)
Sleep Aids
[quote=Instantcrazy]Interestin... As someone who SUFFERS from ADHD and axiety, I have never heard of these. When you say dietary forms, do you mean like a supplement or actual food forms? I also have a girlfriend who has REALLY bad PMS so I definitely want to learn about GABA. [/quote] GABA is in supplement form. I believe there are foods rich in GABA too. Certain teas (you'd have to research as I'm not sure what kind) and fermented foods like yogurt or kefir are good sources of GABA.
by mrspackrat (submitted 5 months ago)
Sleep Aids
GABA is a chemical that is made in the brain and has a claming effect on nerve impulses. This makes you more tranquil, a sense of wellbeing. Without it, you'd constantly remain on edge and anxious with no ability to relax (think of people with ADHD). There are dietary forms of GABA which can be taken for relieving anxiety, improving mood, reducing PMS, and of couse ADHD. They apparenlty help the brain produce GABA.
by mrspackrat (submitted 5 months ago)
Sleep Aids
Again, I'm not a proponent of pills but rather finding natural ways. A newsletter that I got just had tips on sleeping. Maybe one of these may help. 1.Make sure that you’re getting enough magnesium in your diet. Taking 300 -500 mg of magnesium supplement can really help. Most people (something like 80%) are deficient in magnesium. 2.If you’re on a low carb diet eating a little fat before bed can help you fall asleep faster and have a more restful night. Try getting a teaspoon of MCT oil or a tablespoon of coconut butter or almond butter either with your last meal or snack before you sleep. 3.A tablespoon of raw honey can also help if you’re on a low carb diet and can’t sleep. 4.A cup of warm (non-caffeinated) drink can help calm you down and help you sleep--an herbal tea like chamomile tea. 5.GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that really calms you down and helps you sleep. It’s especially good if you end up staying up late working or doing something that’s stimulating before going to sleep. 6.Try sleeping in the dark without any ambient light. The darker the better, especially for quality deep (REM) sleep. 7.If possible, try and get to bed before 11pm so that you can take advantage of the melatonin hormone which peaks at around 11pm. Melatonin helps you fall asleep faster and get a better quality of sleep.
by mrspackrat (submitted 5 months ago)
Day 3 - Low carb Journey
We all have days like that, changing the way you eat for life takes time. Eventually that cereal won't look so appealing :) Actually most processed foods are not that appealing to me anymore, you'll get there.
by mrspackrat (submitted 5 months ago)
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