M.M. asks from Chicago, IL on August 10, 2012
Diet Related Questions
I want to lose about 20 lbs and was looking at diet plans online. I read a LOT of tips/suggestions from a LOT of different websites/forums and I am now not sure which advise to follow. For ex: many suggest avoiding banana but I see a crash diet which asks to eat just bananas for a day. Also confused about wheat and rice. Both are a part of my present diet and its difficult for M. to leave both out. I was thinking of going for whole wheat or multigrain toast etc but read some reviews where people say they lost weight when they took wheat out of their diet. Same with raisins, almonds and also coconut, avacados etc. Some say it's too high in calories and that we should avaoid including them in our diet whereas some say it's good fat and helps in weight loss. Also I am confused on what complex carbohydrates are? Is white rice or brown rice incuded in this?
I am looking at the General motors diet. If you have done it, would you recommend it? I don't think I can follow it to a T as it's very strict (many people mentioned that they feel dizzy while on the diet)and I don't want to starve myself while taking care of my little one. So I am trying to come up with my own diet plan from all the info I find online. I would love to see a dietician but as of now it's not possible, so I am turning to you moms for help.
Can you please share the information or direct M. to a website that you trust and that works.If there is a website out there which says whats ok to eat, what to avoid , the reasons for doing both - that would be great.
Also the other question I have is, If I have a daily limit of 1500 calories and as long as I eat within this range , is it ok to eat a little of the food that are on the 'must avoid ' list ?? For ex: eat rice/wheat once a day , fried chicken once a week , Nuttella with toast for sweet cravings or an occassional ice cream. Would that make a big difference in weight loss?
I LOVE food , and it's very difficult to avoid all the yummy food but I am gonna try my best atleast for a month.
F.H. answers from Phoenix on August 11, 2012
If you are active on Facebook, search for the group "Be My Diet Buddy". Its a great online support and there are always great tips and help from others going thru the same thing. Good luck!
A.M. answers from Kansas City on August 11, 2012
my suggestion would be quit googling "diet" and just look into living healthier. any "diet" is going to fail because it's not forever. a healthy lifestyle will help with the weight loss and then you won't gain it back because you've made PERMANENT changes. such as portion control, healthier ways to cook meals at home, eating more fruits and veggies, making sure you get at least an hour of exercise a day, etc. these are lifestyle changes. 20 lbs is nothing, i started exercising every day and watched what i ate and lost 20 lbs over a few months last fall. i haven't gained it back.
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J.C. answers from Philadelphia on August 11, 2012
I lost 15 lbs in 10 weeks starting this past January. I don't count calories. I simply do not eat any junk food (no cake, candy, ice cream, chips or pretzels). I also cut all bread, crackers, pasta and rice out of my diet. I eat lots of berries (all kinds) nuts, chicken, steak and even bacon. I eat as much as I want as long as it is not simple carbs (junk food). Although I did not follow a plan other people have told M. I am following the Paleo Diet plan. I think there are many books out there on this subject. Good luck!
Edit- I also have a protein shake for breakfast every morning. ( I use whey protein that I purchase from the health food store.).
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S.T. answers from Washington DC on August 11, 2012
first off, no one diet works for all people except the best one- eat less and move more. but some people have issues with sugar, others with fat, others with not enough protein and so forth. so you will almost certainly have to experiment a little to find what works best for you. i myself find i can have quite a bit of fat so long as it's reasonably good fat, ie olive oil, avocados and raw milk. but i can go totally fat free and still put on weight if i'm not watching sugar. and nothing will help if i'm not running. however, running alone won't do it either.
it's a complex calculation that you will figure out over time. lots of time. like, way more than a month.
do NOT try to avoid 'all the yummy food' for a month. this is almost guaranteed to backfire on you horribly. you can't not eat. depriving yourself will create a ravening treat monster who will emerge the day before your 'diet' is supposed to end and sabotage all of your hard work. go in the opposite direction and take one small step in the right direction and plan to KEEP it, not ditch it on some magical non-existent future day.
i suggest sparkpeople.com to keep track and keep yourself motivated.
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S.E. answers from New York on August 11, 2012
i never did any specific diets, just my own thing.. 2 years ago when i was going to school i was pakin on the pounds.. i started eating small meals more often, instead of starving myself, that never works.. i counted calories- made sure i didnt go over 1200 a day and i ran on my eliptical machine for 45 minutes every other day- oh and the big one for M. was not eating after dinner- that bowl of icecream at 10pm never did M. anygood.. the first 2 weeks i lost 10 lbs .. the bottom line with losing weight (to M. anyway) is that you have to want it .. u cant do it for a week, get pissed off because youre not losing as much as u wanted and say oh screw it im going to eat 3 pieces of pizza for dinner and half a box of oreos.. if you really want to lose the weight youll put in the effort and do it
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T.S. answers from Philadelphia on August 10, 2012
I have been doing Weight Watchers since January and I LOVE it!! I eat whatever I want, but I watch my portions and eat in moderation. Based on what you posted about loving foods and not wanting to give up things, this would be perfect!! Seriously, what if you went on one of these crash diets and lost the 20 pounds... how would you maintain that weight loss? My WW leader always says 'Lose the weight the way you want to keep it off'... and it's really true. I go to the weekly meetings, but they also have a program you can follow online (if you do that, you cannot attend meetings and you also don't get the literature that people who joined the 'meetings' group receive). I know this because my neighbor saw M. losing weight and decided to do the online program (she said it was cheaper too). The most important thing with making the program work, is I have to track all my food. If it goes in my mouth, I have to write it down. I use a tracking app on my Droid and that makes it much easier. I too have little kids (4 and 1) and my mom comes over (during the summer) and watches them while I attend the meeting (when I have to bring my kids, I find that I can't devote my attention to what is being said because I am trying to keep my kids in one place) and when my son is in preschool, M. and the little one go to the meeting. I just make sure I have a snack and something to keep her occupied. Please.... ditch the diet idea and try weight watchers (I should be getting paid to advertise them like this) but the program is really good and you can have your nutella on toast, and your ice cream, and banana, and rice.... whatever you want BUT some foods have a higher 'points plus' value than others (WW doesn't do calories, they figure food in points) so like, when it was my son's birthday, I had cake (my biggest addiction), BUT, since it was more points, I had to compensate my food choices to make up for my big indulgence (yes, I still lost weight that week too). Read up on the program. You can message M. if you have questions.
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C.R. answers from Seattle on August 10, 2012
Sorry - I didn't have time to read everyone's response, but here's how I've lost 17 pounds... For 6 weeks I gave up bread. I did nothing else differently - still ate ice cream, pasta, everything I normally did - just gave up bread. I lost 8 pounds! That was just to kick start myself.
Now I use MyFitnessPal app on my phone (you can do it on the computer, too). It is nothing fancy; it is just a way to very easily record ALL of your calories for the day. This is the ONLY thing that has worked long term for M.. I've been using it since February and it's still working. Obviously, it's slow for M., but I have a BMI of 21, so I'm in my "ideal" or "healthy" weight bracket now, so it slows down.
I eat whatever I want now... Even bread. But it's a lot easier to stay away from double stuff oreos when you know that two of them are almost 200 calories!! It's also easy to stay away from treats because every time I log in it says, "You have 230 calories left in your day." I get to decide how I want to use those calories! I've even got the husband doing it now. :) It also tells you how much protein, fiber, etc. you need to have in your day and you can check in to see how much more you should have or if you're over the daily recommendation. Good luck!
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M.L. answers from Redding on August 10, 2012
I joined Weight Watchers in late Feb of this year and have lost 45 pounds. Its really easy, and fun, and Im enjoying the meetings and the online tools they have now. I agree with someone else who said you lose the weight the way you plan to keep it off later. You cant expect to change your habits and lose the weight, and then go back to how you ate before and stay slim. Eating the way you have been, is what made you over weight to start with. It will again unless you change your ideas about food and how you eat it. I think most people need the support of a group, and need to be accountable to someone. Sometimes its the price of the meetings that make you stick with it and sometimes its friends watching for your success that keeps you going. I joined with a friend and we email eachother every day every meal and discuss what we had and how we are doing. Its great and we are both doing wonderful. You can try it and see how it goes, but I highly suggest you not start some weird diet that isnt going to be possible to live with for the rest of your life.
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L.C. answers from Washington DC on August 10, 2012
A lot of moms on here are gonna suggest a lot of things you are not going to be able to do. Sounds like you are nursing so what I would do if i were your is start making small changes, don't give up when you make small mistakes and continue to make them saying oh its just one ice cream cone another wont hurt the next day or so...
After I had stopped losing weight after diets, gym, and such I went to a diet doctor who told M. that I was insulant resistant, which basically means sugar and bad carbs are not my friend. So for two weeks, no bad carbs, and eat a diet high in fiber, and good carbs. my weakness is ice cream. So no ice cream or thing that are sweet. I can eat sweet things that are i dont know how to say this but "naturally sweet" like bananas, and other fruits, but you have to be careful how much of that you consume also! because too much will have the same effect. I eat much more veggies now, sauteed most the time, no boiling or deep frying anything. i use olive oil, a long time ago when i do fry something i use canola oil. I do drink special K drinks when I am on the go, but be careful they have a good amount of sugar in them. If you can tollerate the atkins ones they are better for you. I will usually eat a piece of fruit or something with it. I eat more salads when I eat out, either at restaurants or fast food chains. I experiment with veggies making different dishes, to M. its all about seasoning them so I can enjoy them. I bake chicken ahead of time and refridgerate it and chop it up for salads or to make veggie stir fry.
I try to avoid:
Bread (very hard to do)
cereal (IKR doctors orders!) I eat eggs in the morning instead.
Ice cream, candy
even juice (took M. up till about a week ago to fully let go if this one) lost 2 pounds already doing that!
You have to leave the rice alone! bad carbs! What I now is I take culiflower, boil it for a few minutes, drain, cool it, chopp it up small with food chopper, to the consistancey that it looks like rice and i use it as a substitute. i usually sautee it with olive oil or a slice of butter, (a very small slice or real butter!) season it and its good to go, your can even add soy sauce to it and add it to stir fry as the rice!
So what i would do is decide what good foods there are that you like and can eat regularly and then google healthy recipes to use.
Sorry if there are a lot of typos Im tired and need to be in the bed.
Good luck on your voayage, dont look at this as a diet but a lifestyle change and it won't seem so bad and you will be teaching your kids how to eat well early.
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