counting calories and exercise.....HELP!

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Sweetalot

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Posted: 08 Nov 2013, 10:31
Don't worry too much about it; basically, you need to burn 3,500 calories if you want to lose 1 lb. a week. Just make sure you're eating enough to fuel your body's needs.
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chadlius88

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Posted: 08 Nov 2013, 10:55
Eat based on your activities. As long as you eat less calories than you burn you will lose weight. If youre doing a lot of cardio its a good idea to eat a diet high in protein and carbohydrates with a smaller amount of healthy fats. If youre doing a lot of weight training then you will want to calm down the carbs a little bit and raise the fats. If youre burning 3000 calories a day with execise then its a good idea to eat between 2500-2800 calories per day, this promotes a fast metabolism and keeps energy levels high.
chadlius88

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Posted: 08 Nov 2013, 12:04
Its not only calories that are the issue, its the quality of foods that youre getting the calories from. You shouldn't be eating any processed food, no salt, no bread, no sugar. Your fats and proteins should be coming from healthy sources (lean meats, fish, avacado, olive/coconut oil) and your carbs should be coming from whole wheat pasta, oatmeal, brown rice. Also you should be eating green vegetables with every meal (no corn or other high-carb vegetables). Eating at any restaurant is a BIG nono, because you have no idea what is being put in your food.
chadlius88

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Posted: 09 Nov 2013, 09:22
Lean quisine is the problem. That stuff is low fat and low calorie but its LOADED with sodium, which will actually cause your body to bloat and retain water. This makes weight loss very difficult. Replace the lean quisine with whole foods.
Glaun

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Posted: 09 Nov 2013, 12:01
Lets not be too quick to judge others way of trying to control calories. There are many paths to weight loss. My style of living calls for me to eat 90% prepared foods, such as Lean Cuisine, prepared foreign meals (Tasty Bite) and such. It is the only way to exactly measure the amount of Calories I take in. Sure they are high in salt, but I can manage salt reduction in other ways.

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wholefoodnut

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Posted: 09 Nov 2013, 14:05
YUP, everyone's method is different and it only works if it fits your life style. I love to cook and even though I live alone I do not use pre-prepared foods and rarely eat out.

I often make multiple meals and freeze them--I have some really good veggie lasagna with homemade spinach noodles in my freezer--less than 300 cal per serving. My asthma does not like the additives used in processed foods so I try my best to avoid them and stick to whole fresh foods. Making tamales tomorrow, cooking off the pumpkins today, and every week make homemade bread sometimes an extra loaf for a friend. I've lost weight slowly but that's fine with me 30 lbs over the past year still 25 or so to go will see where I end up feeling good and feeling fit. I don't stress much over it--sometimes I just don't worry about it--ie off for a weekend at my daughter's. Tracking though does help me stay focused on eating what's good for me.

"Its not enough for the food to just be nutritious. It must also be delicious, or eating will feel like a punishment." Meg Galvin, Smartpeople Cookbook.

Jeri
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 09 Nov 2013, 17:27
Hey, it's working for Glaun!! Don't give up!! everyone has different lifestyles and bodies.

"Its not enough for the food to just be nutritious. It must also be delicious, or eating will feel like a punishment." Meg Galvin, Smartpeople Cookbook.

Jeri
Glaun

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Posted: 09 Nov 2013, 20:02
sis143,
I m going to be frank here sis, and I don't want to hurt your feelings. It appears to me (my opinion only) that you are not reading our answers to your questions. We would really like to help you, but check out our suggestions and then your replies. I only read "I want to quit" Try some of the advice given.
In answer to your question how to use or read the site, let us know by specific questions so we can try to answer.
We all know the difficulties you are going thru, we are having the same problems. But the bottom line is, those of us who stick with the program are willing to go to any lengths, and I mean ANY lengths to lose and keep off our common enemy, overweight. The bottom line is you have to learn, read,and understand the problem and not just say, :I give up"
You can write any of us personally, or post in this thread. Good luck,
Glaun

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Perfect speed, my son, is being there.”
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wholefoodnut

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Posted: 09 Nov 2013, 21:58
Don't give up. you have come so far. Try something to change what you are doing. My friend's doc is having her eat more protien, I have to add more exercise as I've been stuck for awhile also as far as lbs go but my clothes are looser and I added a straw back into my water at work so I drink more. Wt is again decreasing,

"Its not enough for the food to just be nutritious. It must also be delicious, or eating will feel like a punishment." Meg Galvin, Smartpeople Cookbook.

Jeri
ClassicRocke...

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Posted: 09 Nov 2013, 22:12
One note about lean cuisine and the salt. From what I read and was told by my hubby's nurse, if you drink lots of water and pee a lot, the salt is not an issue because you're constantly flushing your system. Her dad has a severe heart problem and still eats salt, but drinks about a gallon a day and his daily intake is around 2100. Which, I consider that to be pretty high for a healthy person.

Sis. Wish I could see your food diary. Then we could get an idea of what you're eating and could make healthy recommendations. Giving up??? Why? All of us have hit the dreaded plateau. I maintained around the same weight for 3 months. But, the thing is I am still eating healthy. I keep telling myself I can't give up because I sure don't want to regain the 70 odd lbs. I've lost in the past 2 years.

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mummydee

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Posted: 10 Nov 2013, 08:06
Click on the green bar at the top, My Fat Secret, open the very bottom bar,go to my fat secret , at the right side of the page will be Toolbox, click on My Settings. on that page is a space allocating who can see your weight, etc. It can be private, which I believe you are right now, or buddies only or open to all.
If you're inputting your food and asking for advice then I'd suggest leaving it open to all.
I completely agree with all here, it's not just how much you put into your body but what. I checked out just 3 lean cuisine ingredient lists, and the 2nd or 3rd ingredient in all is high fructose corn syrup! poison!

I think if you take a little time on Sunday night, buy real food, cook up a few dinners and freeze them, you'll enjoy them so much more, save money and be healthy.... and lose weight too!

good luck.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 10 Nov 2013, 09:48
mummydee, great suggestion about cooking ahead. I have a very stressful job so come home mentally exhausted most days. It's really handy for dinners and lunches to have some helathy meals either done on the weekend in the frig or make extra and freeze. Just gear them to whatever plan you are following and measure the portions if that's part of your plan. I cook on Sat or Sunday. If I make something during the week I often make extra.

"Its not enough for the food to just be nutritious. It must also be delicious, or eating will feel like a punishment." Meg Galvin, Smartpeople Cookbook.

Jeri
mummydee

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Posted: 10 Nov 2013, 10:23
My favourite is chicken breasts, If you cook a few up on Sunday, you can make so many different meals with them thru the week, add stir fried veggies and you've got chinese, shred it up and add taco seasoning, (not packaged, fresh) and you've got mexican, make quick chicken chili with fresh tomatoes and peppers and beans if they're in your plan or just make a quick chicken soup with fresh broth and the root veggies that are out right now.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 10 Nov 2013, 10:59
I like making a pot of soup, or stew and then you can freeze it as well. You can portion it and freeze it in plastic cups ie: those re solo cups or paper cups. I like the plastic ones cause I wash them and re-use. A quick spray of something like PAM in the plastic ones I use the olive oil spray from Aldis and once they are frozen you can pop them out and stick them in a labeled freezer bag. Doing some red lentil and butternut squash soup at the moment. Abt 150 calories per serving.

"Its not enough for the food to just be nutritious. It must also be delicious, or eating will feel like a punishment." Meg Galvin, Smartpeople Cookbook.

Jeri
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 10 Nov 2013, 13:15
Protiens are great to have on hand already cooked. Great to add to salads and omlets also. I keep a container of cooked cut up chicken in the freezer-buy it when it's on sale.

"Its not enough for the food to just be nutritious. It must also be delicious, or eating will feel like a punishment." Meg Galvin, Smartpeople Cookbook.

Jeri
chadlius88

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Posted: 12 Nov 2013, 09:13
ClassicRocker wrote:
One note about lean cuisine and the salt. From what I read and was told by my hubby's nurse, if you drink lots of water and pee a lot, the salt is not an issue because you're constantly flushing your system. Her dad has a severe heart problem and still eats salt, but drinks about a gallon a day and his daily intake is around 2100. Which, I consider that to be pretty high for a healthy person.

Sis. Wish I could see your food diary. Then we could get an idea of what you're eating and could make healthy recommendations. Giving up??? Why? All of us have hit the dreaded plateau. I maintained around the same weight for 3 months. But, the thing is I am still eating healthy. I keep telling myself I can't give up because I sure don't want to regain the 70 odd lbs. I've lost in the past 2 years.


While I agree with this, you will still bloat and retain water from the salt. You flush it out, you add more. You never really get rid of it. Better off cutting salt that you don't get naturally completely from your diet.
mummydee

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Posted: 12 Nov 2013, 14:47
The Atkins eating plan does work but you must read the book or the website to understand how and why you are doing what you are doing on each phase.
Too many people think it's eating all the bacon and eggs you want. Others eat way too low carb intake on induction ignoring the rule that you really must get at least 15 net gms of carbs a day from veggies. Others like to 'cheat' with only one beer but that puts you back to day 1 of the program. So you really need to learn a little and then if it makes sense to your lifestyle , go for it.

I've been doing low carb for years,I feel great and cholestrol is great and bp is lowered.

I don't know what is the lesser of two evils, but Healthy Choice dinners are packed separately, the meat, the veggies and the sauce. It's the sauce that has all the killer additives in it. So if you can refrain or cut down on it, then it might be a better choice instead of lean cuisine. (i can't believe i'm recommending a processed food! Shock ) But if that's what fits into your lifestyle then go for it.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 12 Nov 2013, 20:40
Atkins does work lost 30# a few years ago. I agree read the books and learn the reasons and follow the actual plan. I think you need to be able to follow with sticking to the maintanence phase to have it be truely successful I had trouble doing that since I'm not much of a meat eater.

Loved having a meal mostly prepared tonite when I came home. Sauteed 4 oz of chicken in a teeny bit of olive oil just to brown it added a bit of chicken broth to finish cooking. Grabbed my stuffed eggplant from the frig and heated that in the microwave Lots of veggies protien and i only ate 1/2 of the eggplant portion cause I couldn't eat any more. Took all of 10 min.and a super easy clean up. Rest of eggplant will be lunch tomorrow with a small portion of homemade spinach noodles I had made extra a few days ago. I try to get lunch and snacks set up the night before.

"Its not enough for the food to just be nutritious. It must also be delicious, or eating will feel like a punishment." Meg Galvin, Smartpeople Cookbook.

Jeri
mummydee

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Posted: 12 Nov 2013, 21:11
Yeah you wholefood!, just read your bio, good for you! I'm only at 2 grandkids and hope I can keep up with just them!
Luckily I've been healthy eating for many years and just love seeing my daughter teaching her kids healthy habits. My grandson was with me for two days and he said "mimi you have the best treats for me" I said, where are the treats.... he pointed to the fruit bowl and said "clementines" can I have 2?? best treat ever knowing that they love good healthy real food...
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 13 Nov 2013, 13:36
Good for you! My grandkids are getting to the point they are soo dang busy with sports etc that they can't spend much time at gramma's. 2 are grown up 1 girl is 14 (abt 2 hrs away ) 1 is 13 about 1/2 hr away and her 3 brothers all 12, and another 12 yo and 6 yo abt an hour away. My 2 girls and the triplets walk in and drag the somoothie maker out and head for the frozen bannanas. That crew all like to cook. MR Nick is getting a smoothie maker for his birthday, another is a good knife to add to his collection, the other welding gloves (he likes helping dad)

"Its not enough for the food to just be nutritious. It must also be delicious, or eating will feel like a punishment." Meg Galvin, Smartpeople Cookbook.

Jeri



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