mrspackrat

Start Weight:(29 Jul 11) 176.0 lb
Current Weight:(23 Feb 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 in my late 40's. My husband and I are watching what we 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 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 Latest Member Challenges

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  Making It Through The Holidays Part 1 Halloween
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  10 lbs in 10 weeks
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last weighin: steady Steady
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last weighin: losing 1.1 lb a week Down
 
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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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mrspackrat's Latest Posts

Dieting + working out with no results, help
[quote=dayberndt]Try to almost completely eliminate fat from your diet for a week, then the next week any sugar/carbs (max of 20 netcarbs a day).quote]

I don't even know if it's even possible to eliminate all fat from your diet but every cell in your body has a layer of fat and when that layer is made up of good fats it helps prevent insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes) and insulin sensitivity (most common reason for gaining fat). Fat also slows down digestion, assimulates those fat solubale vitamens, helps you lost fat, etc. So fat is not bad, too many calories is.
posted 25 Feb 2015, 09:48
Egg Whites
I agree with mummydee and eggs yolks are great for you (see article below). The yolk is also rich in B12 (not the white) which is key to a healthy metabolism.

http://paleoleap.com/an-egg-yolk-a-day-keeps-the-doctor-away/

If you are going to forego fat skip the kind that comes in processed/packaged foods which are all packed with bad fats. But fat is so important to losing weight and people should educate themselves on why low fat diets won't help with your weightloss. And if they are worried about cholesterol, it's not eggs they should stay away from but the breads, baked goods, cereals and pastries.
posted 23 Feb 2015, 16:01
Dieting + working out with no results, help
I read this question recently--if you put 5 lbs of muscle on a scale and 5 lbs of fat, do they weigh the same? Ummm, yes Smile I had people tell me for years I was gaining muscle in lieu of fat or I was on a plateau. The truth was, it was a combination of eating too much and eating the wrong foods so my body wouldn't let go of the extra weight. I was fat and fit.

You need to truly log everything you eat (and maybe you do). If you are under your RDI, look to what you are eating. I posted this in another thread but feel it's worth repeating. Don't over eat, don't eat foods that spike insulin. Instead replace processed/carb-filled and/or sugary foods with low sugar/low glycemic options.

It is impossible to have high levels of insulin in your system while burning fat at the same time. If you eat a meal that has too high of a glycemic index, your blood sugar will spike, causing a large release in insulin. During this period of time your body can't use fat for fuel (even if you are operating under a calorie deficit and even if you workout like crazy). You can get everything else right and not make good progress if you allow your insulin levels to get out of whack.
posted 18 Feb 2015, 13:01
Free Popular Workout Ebook (limited time only)
Posting this about 20 times is not a way to win people over.
posted 13 Feb 2015, 07:36
Food Intake vs Calorie Counting please help im stuck lol
I'll keep it more simple. Don't over eat, don't eat foods that spike insulin. Instead replace processed/carb-filled and/or sugary foods with low sugar/low glycemic options.

It is impossible to have high levels of insulin in your system while burning fat at the same time. If you eat a meal that has too high of a glycemic index, your blood sugar will spike, causing a large release in insulin. During this period of time your body can't use fat for fuel (even if you are operating under a calorie deficit and even if you workout like crazy). You can get everything else right and not make good progress if you allow your insulin levels to get out of whack.

Bottom line, take a good hard look at what you are eating and make some better choices. And don't go low fat, instead replace bad fats with omega 3 fats which help improve insulin sensitivity.
posted 12 Feb 2015, 13:36
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30 May 2014

Just had the worst lunch ever. If everyone was forced to eat my cooking, the world would NOT have a weight problem :)

02 February 2014

Despite being laid up, holding steady :)
on diet It's Not a Diet! It's a Lifestyle!  steady weight

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5:2 Lifestyle
Group for people who have embarked on the 5:2 lifestyle (5 feed days, 2 fast days a week)

Alternate Day Dieting
For anyone interested in alternate day fast, The Fast Diet, The Longevity diet, 5:2 Diet or any similar fasting program

Lose Weight with Hypothyroid
A group for all of us suffering from hypothyroid,which make most of us look like hippo!

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mrspackrat replied to Crystal cardona's post - Dieting + working out with no results, help.
mrspackrat replied to kristyanne3's post - Egg Whites.
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mrspackrat replied to Crystal cardona's post - Dieting + working out with no results, help.

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