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I’ve read some of the threads on here about losing weight and it seems like there are some pretty knowledgeable people on healthy eating here so I was hoping I could get some advice on how to improve my diet. I work out regularly and I don’t really need to lose weight, but I feel like my college diet of frozen pizzas and ez-mac is not sustainable in the long-run. Anyways if anyone has advice on foods I should start eating or dishes I should make or just where to start in general I would love it hear it. I don’t know much about this topic so if there are any good websites to start at I would love to give them a read too.
Reduced fat oreos.
Birthday Cake oreos. Calories don't count on your birthday.
Well the one thing I do know is Oreos cause cancer so I obviously don't eat them unless its my birthday
Google "John Berardi 7 habits."
Even though I don't think its that great of a diet for someone doing a lot of cardio-type stuff, since I'm sidelined with a sprained neck and need to counter my horrible habit of over-eating while injured I've decided to go paleo for the next 60 days and then when I (hopefully) get back up to speed I'll just add a lot of rice. I have some fundamental issues with the whole "eat like a caveman" zealotry bullshit but I don't really feel like micromanaging anything and its better than what I've been eating the last month or so.
I'm also doing the 100pushups workout (along with an equa number of rows and squats). Again, not because I think its particularly great or because I even really care if I can do a lot of pushups, but just to give me something to do until my neck heals.
(btw, I wasn't referring to Tiffles with this post)
Not an expert by any means, but try changing your snacking habits. When I was in college almost all of my snacking involved junk food. Now I do my best to replace the junk with fruits, vegetables and nuts.
It all starts with grocery shopping. You can't eat healthy if you don't keep healthy food around.
I was kind of in your same boat about 6 years ago when I graduated in that I didn't need to lose weight, but I did want to make improvements to what I was eating. As you said, a college diet wasn't getting it done anymore.
These are general tips, but I gradually made improvements to certain areas of my diet (improved breakfast, healthier snacks, reduction in soda consumption) without going cold turkey in any one area in particular. I bring snacks from home in for work so I'm not tempted to go to the gas station or vending machine, and I've found some good dishes I can make pretty easily that I like and are repeatable/quick so I can always make something decent for dinner.
Bringing in your my snacks to work is one thing that I've really found has helped - work is the best place to get rid of baked goods and junk food, so people bring stuff in all the time. Having carrot sticks or almonds or an apple at my desk helps me avoid getting a donut or bagel or whatever is in the office at the time.
You don't need to necessarily change what you're eating, just eat less. I still do the frozen stuff, ez mac bc I'm buying food for myself...no need to waste money on a bunch of ingredients that would end up being cheaper to eat out. Just don't snack. You'll be alright.
I'm an expert having lost 55 lbs on 2006. The only way to successfully lose weight is to keep a log of food intake. There are tons of apps for your phone and PC. 2 good ones are Loseit and Fitday.
Healthy stuff like red beans and rice are cheaper than the junk equivalent.
Eat oatmeal for breakfast, a salad for lunch, two pieces of fruit a day.
Three nights a week, do beans and rice, whole wheat pasta, etc.
Drink at least 1/2 gallon of water a day.
The rest of the time eat whatever you want.
Edited to add: between all that fiber and water you may want to plan out some emergency poop stops.
This post was edited by RandomTerp 14 months ago
Chicken breast and brown rice and water
Thanks for all the responses!
I'd check out the P-90X diet. Its basically low fat high protein with veggies. Moving from beer to liquer also helps IMO.
shots fired/salt thrown
Yeah, for anybody who drinks a lot, this "more bang for your buck" can make a difference. Wine, too. You'll get used to it.
Just stop drinking any kind of soda, diet included, stop eating sweets of any kind, and stop eating bread and pasta.
It's actually incredibly easy.
The easiest thing to do is to know how many calories you should be eating a day to lose 1-2 lbs a week and how many calories you're actually eating a day. Cutting out beverages that have calories is an easy one to start with. If you have a smart phone, get an app that tracks your calories and just do it.
eliminating soda is a big change you can make without too much effort
protein keeps you full, so eat lots of it.
I agree with this. The only time I drink soda is with rum. Which is also rare.
tf22-- Are you just trying to lose X pounds or are you just looking to make changes to have a healthier, more sustainable diet?
Remember that alcohol calories don't count.
Why don't you just say: "live on tree bark and water"
Give up bread and pasta? Never!
According to the original post, the latter.
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