Eyeballin' the Calories


 Summary:

This diet is a mix of regular old school calorie counting and zigzagging. Alternating calorie amounts keeps the metabolism revved, and keeping within the limits of the maintanance goal speeds weight loss. This diet has worked for me.

(Jessica Rabbit's food tips)

 Foods you can have

Breads, Grains, Cereals, Pasta, Rice
Meat and Fish
Fruit and Fruit Juices
Vegetables and Legumes (e.g. Beans)
Dairy Products - Milk, Cheese, etc
Eggs and Egg Substitutes
Nuts and Seeds
Fats and Oils
Herbs, Spices, Sauces
Beverages
Others, Snacks, Sweets, etc

Not OK
Unfavorable
Moderation
OK
Favorable

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 How To Follow Eyeballin' the Calories:

Eat healthy foods like whole grains, lean protein, vegetables, and fruits as much as possible.
A percentage of 25-30% fat is ideal.
Nothing, however, is disallowed, as long as you fit it into your daily calorie count. To find your calorie range, multiply your goal weight by 15. That is your calorie max. Now subtract 450-500 from that. That is your calorie low. Every few days, switch it up. Obviously if you have many more max days, your weight loss will probably slow down, but even so, if you stay within those limits, you will still get there.
     
  by member Jessica Rabbit
I am 28 years old with a great husband of 8 years and a four year old daughter. I like to cook, work out, read, and chat. I have been dieting for years. I am sick of the rollercoaster, and I don't want to ride it any longer. I am in fact already in a healthy ...
member since: 28 Apr 10
 

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Recent Recipes

FatSecret members recently rated these recipes for Eyeballin' the Calories:
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Cheesy Beef Bake
A quick toss-together and bake meal that's great for hungry families.
cals: 304kcal | fat: 12.43g | carbs: 6.55g | prot: 40.16g
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Apple Pie Pockets
Surprisingly delicious apple pie filling and peanut butter wrapped up in a whole wheat tortilla.
cals: 345kcal | fat: 10.50g | carbs: 56.00g | prot: 8.00g
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Bran Brownies
Super moist brownies.
cals: 130kcal | fat: 3.87g | carbs: 24.24g | prot: 1.75g
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Jessica Rabbit's top tips

1.Don't go too long at very low calories or the weight loss will slow down or even stop. Every few days you need to carefully up the calories(not too high! to maintainance level for your goal!) This helps to keep your metabolism from slowing down too much.
2.To figure out your maintainance calories, multiply your goal weight by 15 for a moderately active person.
3.Exercise, but don't overdo it. Vary your workouts. Don't do too many strenuous strength training sessions in a row in any given week. Your muscles need time to recover and build. If they do not get a chance to rest they can not grow. Alternate cardio and strength. Moderate light weight training is usually fine for every day in addition to cardio.
4.Treat yourself every day in a controlled way. I like to have a measured portion of regular full fat ice cream in a cone,(or chips, or whatever!) every day. It is my way of telling my brain that I am not deprived, therefore there is no need to binge! If the low fat versions float your boat that is fine too, but you are not doing yourself any favors in the long run if it does not truly satisfy.
5.You can eat anything on this sort of diet, but of course some foods will rack up the calories faster than others. Plan ahead for your day. If you know you will eat out, or serve a high calorie meal in the evening, go online and plan your meal, then split the rest of the calories for your day among your meals and snacks. Planning ahead is always a good idea, and it also helps with willpower. If you know you can have pizza at 6:30, you can resist chips and soda at 3:30(that is the theory anyway). The point is, don't deprive youreslf, but be smart.
6.Don't beat yourself up if you go over your calorie max one day. It happens. Just go back to a moderate amount the next day, and don't cut too low or fast to try to make up for it! That has backfired for me so many times I can't even tell you.

About / History

I used to just restrict calories, but it would always slow down dramatically. No I have found that many times when the weight loss slows down, you just need to change it up, and sometimes that means eat more, not less!

     
  Why choose "Eyeballin' the Calories"?
 Promotes long term weight loss
 Maintain your goal weight
 A healthy living alternative
 Teaches sustainable weight loss skills
 Provides an energy boost
 A roadmap for a healthier lifestyle

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