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lose 2 pounds a week
This may come off as slightly harsh and I apologize but this is a pet peeve of mine. I struggle with this message with my clients and it's hard to get this message disseminated. :) Calories are too simplistic of an approach. You can cut to some low number, whatever that might be, but your body is not going to continue to lose "weight" continually. Besides, be careful what "weight" really is. In a reduced calorie situation you are going to shed that which is metabolically expensive - yes, muscle. A great book I can recommend is "Calorie Myth" by Jonathan Bailor. There's more to it than calories. Focus on real food, metabolic improvement, and the weight will come off. Focusing on the numbers can lead to short-term success and long-term failure. Quality life over quantity.
by mcarthey (submitted 4 years ago)
Throwback Thursday!
Great progress on the numbers! I'll have to post a pic. Didn't know that was possible here.
by mcarthey (submitted 4 years ago)
Intermittent Fasting & Coffee?
I should have noted that it's important to understand that coconut oil is not really an MCT, though. It's probably mostly C12 and better. Still, it's highly available and cheap.
by mcarthey (submitted 4 years ago)
Intermittent Fasting & Coffee?
Check out Bulletproof Coffee. That's the actual protocol. MCTs and butter.
by mcarthey (submitted 4 years ago)
my at home tough program
I'm doing something similar with the DailyHIIT. I love it.
by mcarthey (submitted 5 years ago)
I did it!
Incredible focus and effort! Way to go! We'd all love to see before/after pics if you're so inclined. Very proud of you!
by mcarthey (submitted 5 years ago)
A month stucked at the same weight after three months of weight loss
While I generally agree that if you're eating too little you can lock yourself into a slow loss or simply get stuck at a weight, I'm not sure that's your issue. It seems like you're eating quite a bit of calories most days (I'm not sure if you're recording everything). When I get stuck, I try to limit my carbohydrates to around 100g for the day, and get nearly half my body weight in protein. I've never really been stuck for long but everyone is different. This is what works for me. Good luck!
by mcarthey (submitted 6 years ago)
Move over Facebook, here is FS!
I completely agree with you. I only wish that the mobile apps included the forums!
by mcarthey (submitted 6 years ago)
17 day diet
Great response tntmom and that's exactly how I feel about the 17 Day. It's how we should be eating. Lots of healthy fruits and veggies, limited (if any) "junk" carbs and healthy portions of lean proteins. I can hardly call this a diet, which is why I often call it simply a way of eating or way of life. Thanks!
by mcarthey (submitted 7 years ago)
17 day diet
I'm actually on this diet (not the Fat Smash my profile indicates) but it's not available as a choice here. It's been said here already but I just wanted to reiterate that it's important to find one that works for you. I've tried many different plans and I feel this is the first that has *really* worked for me. I'm loving it! I'm not hungry. I have lots of energy for both day-to-day things and exercise. I feel better and am losing weight in a way that makes me happy. Give it a try and if you need advice let me know! Good luck!
by mcarthey (submitted 7 years ago)
Over by 93 calories? Come on... Relax! You're going to drive yourself crazy if you micromanage your diet so carefully. We all want to lose weight but remember this is a LIFESTYLE change. There will be days you won't have any idea what the calorie content of your meal is, and I'm skeptical that I ever record every single calorie anyway. I give myself a range to work in and am satisfied with that. Try to get sufficient protein and exercise and you'll see the weight come off. Relax, enjoy discovering your new WOL and WOE and keep smiling! Good luck!
by mcarthey (submitted 7 years ago)
The world has gone mad! Woman TRYING to be the world's fattest!!
My favorite is that she does light exercise around the house so she is a "healthy fat". Sure, just like people can be a Catholic Jew.
by mcarthey (submitted 7 years ago)
How Often Do you weigh yourself?
Once a week, on Monday, at the same time (in the morning right after getting out of bed). I find that weighing on Monday helps me stay honest over the weekend.
by mcarthey (submitted 7 years ago)
protein diet
Research shows that generally under 100g is sufficient... and, yes, for those that ask I could get the references but I just don't have them handy now. I find a high protein diet a great mindset to keep even if you're not truly on a "High Protein" diet since carbs are so easy to get and cheap to buy. When you're looking for something to eat just think 'protein' rather than 'convenience' and you'll do fine. I should qualify this by saying that by "convenience" I mean prepackaged and junk. An apple, while not protein, is a good choice. ;)
by mcarthey (submitted 7 years ago)
Sucralose (Splenda) and Headaches?
I love Stevia and use it nearly daily but I would argue the "natural" claim. It's derived from plants but it's also naturally bitter. A lot of work goes into masking the bitter taste so I don't know how natural an engineered product can be. Apparently the manufacturers are working hard, though, to not mess with the current tag of "natural" received from the FDA so until things change I suppose it's the best choice for general sweetening. You can bake with it but it doesn't brown like sugar so don't expect similar behavior.
by mcarthey (submitted 7 years ago)
Healthy and convenient snacks for work?
My choices are lots of fruits and vegetables. There is always nuts and dried vegetables are great instead of chips. Protein and fruit drinks and bars can be ok in moderation (sometimes a lot of sugar). How about cheese sticks or even a frozen yogurt (not the ice cream version but the one in a tube) for a special treat?
by mcarthey (submitted 7 years ago)
I find it's easiest to copy recently eaten items into the same meal the next day then simply go to that meal for the current day then adjust the meal period. I agree it's a bit of a pain, too, but I've reduced it to 2 steps so it's doable.
by mcarthey (submitted 7 years ago)
protein shakes
I recommend whey protein as well, but stick with the vanilla flavor. Depending upon the brand the other flavors can be nasty and then you're stuck with a large container of something you don't like. You're better off getting vanilla and then adding your own flavors. Experiment and have fun!
by mcarthey (submitted 7 years ago)
If you view my journal you will see that I average around 100 grams of carbohydrates a day so I'm sorry if my brain is impaired due to my lack of energy and brain fog but I believe that you're doing great! Any amount of monitoring you do in regards to intake is a great step in the right direction. I have found that I feel great when I keep my carbs lower and I have a lot more energy so I would only suggest you do what works for you. There is a lot to say about the effects of carbs on insulin uptake and exercise and timing of carbs, along with ketosis and the prescribed low-carb diets of those with epilepsy, and how ketones are the preferred energy source of the brain, and so on and on. Educate yourself and you'll do great! Keep looking for answers! Good luck!
by mcarthey (submitted 7 years ago)
weight gain
I don't know if this applies to you so please don't take offense, but I'm curious about the treadmill. Many people go for a walk and call that working out. Are you working hard enough that it's difficult to hold a normal conversation? You shouldn't be able to freely chat away. Maybe using a heart monitor could help you gauge your progress. Try and up the intensity levels for a week and see if there is any difference.
by mcarthey (submitted 7 years ago)
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