Start Weight:(29 Jul 11) 176.0 lb
Current Weight:(04 May 15) 137.0 lb
Goal Weight:137.1 lb
following: It's Not a Diet! It's a Lifestyle!
performance: Steady

Proudly in "maintenance" mode.

I'm a mom of 2 just turning 50. I'm watching what I eat for better health and weight loss. Never really overweight most of my life as I got older the weight just didn't seem to shed as easily. I made modifications to my diet going from a high carb diet (rich in cereals, breads, rice, pasta) to a better balanced diet of quality meats and lots of veggies.

I chose intermittent fasting to lose/maintain my weight. I follow the either the 16:8 (16 hr fast, 8 hr normal eating) or 5:2 way of eating (2 days, 500 calories fasting, 5 days normal eating). My "diet" or lifestyle as far as eating includes lots of nutrient-rich foods focused around fresh veggies, berries, nuts, quality proteins, good fats. I still eat some refined/packaged foods and sugar but on a limited basis.

My journey started when saw a vacation picture and realized it was nearly 90 degrees and I was covered head-to-toe in clothing. I was so angry when I saw that picture and from that point was determined to make a change.

FatSecret member since: 30 Aug 10

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mrspackrat's Cookbook

cals: 301kcal | fat: 10.26g | carbs: 23.87g | prot: 26.33g
Turkey Enchilada Casserole
Sensational layered tortillas and ground turkey with enchilada sauce and reduced fat cheese.
cals: 378kcal | fat: 6.71g | carbs: 65.09g | prot: 16.97g
Mexican Style Quinoa and Black Beans
A yummy, healthy main dish with black beans and quinoa.
cals: 124kcal | fat: 1.11g | carbs: 11.90g | prot: 16.46g
Chicken Soup with Whole Grain Noodles
Perfect for cold and flu season, with plenty of natural flavor and vegetables.
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Low carb question
To calculate total calories, I've always taken my goal weight x 10 to lose weight. Stick to your 50 g for carbs. Protein depends on how active you are. I take my lean body mass x .5 (sedentary)or .8 (moderately active) or 1 g (active) to determine total grams of lean protein daily. Fill the rest of your calories with fats.
posted 18 Nov 2016, 14:27
Help! What am I doing wrong?
You also indicate that you are eating 1300 calories but do you deduct calories for your workout to get to that total? I find people overestimate the calories they burn at the gym. Most good/solid workouts burn only about 250-300 calories. I wouldn't even count that against my total calorie count for the day. Also, the types of foods you consume can make a difference when it comes to storing fat. High glycemic foods drive up insulin which promotes fat storage. So if you are eating at the top of your calorie range and eating foods that promote fat storage, you're not going to see much as far as fat loss. More maintenance of your current weight.

A really good way to burn stored fat is not to eat. So many people eat from the time they rise to the time they go to bed. Instead, take advantage of that fast state your body naturally goes into each night after your last meal and before your "breakfast" the next day. Try and go 16 hours if you can (eat within an 8 hour window). Makes a big difference.
posted 18 Nov 2016, 10:10
a lot more to go
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
posted 07 Jul 2016, 10:25
Diets do not work.......
I define diet as the kinds of food that a person eats Smile 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.
posted 01 Jul 2016, 08:17
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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.
posted 29 Jun 2016, 09:23
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4 years ago today I had a picture taken of me that was eye-opening and kick-started me on my journey to lose weight. I reached my breaking point, I was ...

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