Ramen Noodle Diet??

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Drakkie

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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 16:17
Does this actucally work??? Im totally willing to do this for lunch and dinner. The problem is I get full after 2 blocks, so maybe I'd do 2 blocks per meal then after a few weeks slim it down to one block? Id eat waffles, or cereal for break fast. I add lemon juice to my ramen noodles, and I'd make sure I take my mult vitamin. Let me know what you guys think about this.
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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 16:24
that does not sound healthy.. but I have not looked at a package of ramen noodles in a long time.. but I remember them being not healthy for you.

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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 16:25
sounds a bit silly and pointless to me, but I'm sure it would work because there are very few calories in ramen noodles, and the water in the broth would keep you full.

But the other benefit I see is that it is CHEAP. Smile Good luck with whatever you decide!

I would advise you to take a multi-vitamin and/or to make sure that your third meal (my google research of this has told me that this diet is repalcing breakfast and lunch with ramen noodles and still eating other foods for dinner) a healthy one full of fiber and protein.
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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 16:37
I've been on that diet. I called it the "Poverty Diet". It did not result in weight loss.
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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 16:39
Also, a diet of ramen and waffles would be severely protein deficient. Better to eat a wide variety of fresh, real foods, I think.

Might be worth a thought if you're seriously considering that:

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/soups-sauces-and-gravies/7979/2

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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 16:46
Holy crap PLEASE don't do this! Sure, Ramen noodles are cheap. And 190 calories per serving sounds like it's healthy, right? WRONG! A serving size is 1/2 a block. So if your "meal" consists of 2 packages of Ramen, here's what you're looking at:

760 calories, 252 of which come from fat
28 g fat
3160 mg sodium
104 g carbs
20 g protein


You could have a cup of steamed broccoli, 3 large roasted chicken wings, a cup of steamed rice & soy sauce to taste for pretty much the same amount of calories but here’s the nutritional breakdown:

Fat – about the same
900 mg sodium
Carbs – about the same
48 g protein
Not to mention this is a lot more food. Seriously...you can find much more satisfying meals for the same amount of calories.

Over 3100 mg of sodium is astronomical for one meal...you shouldn't even have that much in a whole DAY. That much sodium will surely make you retain water which kind of goes against the goal of losing weight.

P.S. I saw an episode of Unwrapped where they showed how Ramen noodles are made. The noodle cakes are formed from cooked noodles, then deep fried to harden them into the blocks. For real, you're better off with meal replacement shakes or bars if you're looking for convenience.

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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 16:55
Very unhealthy and high in sodium!
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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 17:02
Blargh...but I love my ramen Sad.
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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 17:04
WHAT if I did cereal for breakfast. ramen for lunch and my combo of brown rice/eggs/fish for dinner. does that make everything up?
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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 17:05
You will need fruits and veggies and a multivitamin but other than that, I think that would be fine.
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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 17:16
i had no idea that was a real diet! i did this once a few years back, i called it my top ramen and egg salad sandwhich diet. it didn't work. now i know that you're body need nutrients not found in top ramen or other processed foods. also check the serving size, i believe its like 150 calories for half a block...who can eat only half a block? eating the 2 blocks you know will fill you is what like 600 calories? add another 600 for dinner and ur already at 1200, there are so many good and good for u foods out there that you could eat instead. i hope you find what works for you! Smile
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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 17:19
[quote=kstubblefield]Holy crap PLEASE don't do this! Sure, Ramen noodles are cheap. And 190 calories per serving sounds like it's healthy, right? WRONG! A serving size is 1/2 a block. So if your "meal" consists of 2 packages of Ramen, here's what you're looking at:

760 calories, 252 of which come from fat
28 g fat
3160 mg sodium
104 g carbs
20 g protein
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sorry didn't see that you beat me to it! Smile
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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 19:17
k8yk wrote:
I've been on that diet. I called it the "Poverty Diet". It did not result in weight loss.


lol..yeah I did that one too...between paychecks when I was 18 living in my first apartment. Everytime I was short after paying bills and only had $5 to buy groceries for the week.

On a serious note I agree with all the others. There are healthier equally inexpensive choices.
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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 19:51
I'm not saying Ramen noodles aren't tasty because I do happen to like them. I just don't eat them anymore because eating any less than 4 servings (i.e. 2 packages) is not going to be satisfying, & if I'm going to "spend" nearly 800 calories on something, there are zillions of more substantial alternatives.

The sodium is not great for you. I won't lecture on that, if you want to know why, Google it. The guideline I follow is that the mg sodium for the day should be close to my total calories for the day. More than that is too much. Yes, I do go over occasionally, but pretty much only when dining out. In that case, I try to keep my sodium super low for a few days to offset & drink plenty of water.

You can eat it as often as you like, but do it acknowledging that you may have a harder time losing weight. Limiting it to once or twice a week would probably be wise, though.

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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 21:51
Drakkie wrote:
WHAT if I did cereal for breakfast. ramen for lunch and my combo of brown rice/eggs/fish for dinner. does that make everything up?



Drakkie, I think that your missing the point. Everyone on here is basically saying that there are so much better food out there then ramen and waffles. Do some exploration and look at all the foods around you. I go to the store and I will spend a few hours there just looking for new things. I read all the labels on the packages and make my choices based on nutrition and ease of preparation. For example I just tried a new frozen veggie product tonight (Alexia's Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Vegetables). I cooked to the directions and threw in some chicken breast that I precooked the other day. It was divine and I didn't even have to chop up all the veggies. 1 serving was 341 calories and I will get 3 meals out of it.

I don't think there is a need to limit yourself to just 3-4 foods to loose weight. If you are truly trying to change then you need to get out of the destructive habits that you were in for all these years. I'm not saying that it is easy but it sounds like you are looking for a quick fix (that won't last) when you should be looking at life altering behavior.

Don't get me wrong I love ramen and I still have a bunch in the cabinet. I just choose not to eat them. If you want to eat ramen and waffles the do so. However if given a few weeks and you don't see any changes on the scale or you feel like crap (due to lack of proper nutrients) then will you please look into real food. I would hate to see you go down a path based on popular diets instead of food education.

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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 23:22
Bump is right, the more you educate yourself on the nutritional value of the foods you eat, the more power you have to control your weight, & you are already on your way just using the food diary here. Once you get more used to seeing how many calories the foods you eat really are, you will recognize opportunities to substitute other foods. For example, one thing that stood out to me was that a King Size Kit Kat is 400 calories. The Asiago Peppercorn Steak dinner at Applebee's, which includes a delicious steak, steamed veggies & roasted potatoes, is only 390 calories.

Keep hangin out here & don't be afraid to browse through other people's food diaries to get ideas. I do it sometimes when I'm tired of what I've been eating & want to find something new. I think the point Bump brought up about limiting yourself to the few foods you like is very valid...if you are hesitant to explore other foods you may want to think about where the foods you've been eating have gotten you thus far. Good luck!

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Posted: 05 Aug 2010, 20:34
TauchaMonique wrote:
k8yk wrote:
I've been on that diet. I called it the "Poverty Diet". It did not result in weight loss.


lol..yeah I did that one too...between paychecks when I was 18 living in my first apartment. Everytime I was short after paying bills and only had $5 to buy groceries for the week.

On a serious note I agree with all the others. There are healthier equally inexpensive choices.


Yeah, I was on that diet a lot in college. I much prefer what I call "poverty soup" - basically you throw a bunch of canned vegetables, pasta and whatever the hell else you have in the house that's cheap, add some chicken or beef broth/boullion and make a giant vat of soup you live off for a week.
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