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SLIMMERKIWI
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3/1/13 4:08 P

ANGELA-2013 - are you using your Nutrition Tracker? I went to have a peek but your SparkPage isn't open for a visit.

It sounds like your breakfast isn't enough calories to sustain you. Try throwing in a piece of quality wholegrain toast and a piece of fruit. Or try Rolled Oats with at least 1/2 the liquid from low fat milk, and add a piece of fruit.

Protein shakes are all very well, but most people don't need them. you need some good carbs and fibre in the mix as well . Rather than buying them, why not make your own smoothies - with fruit, low fat yoghurt, low-fat milk and maybe adding in some nuts. Then you get some healthy fats, too, which is important.

Kris



ANGELA-2014
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3/1/13 9:05 A

well I've noticed reading a lot of these messages that I maybe the only one who still don't know what fills me up! I'm sitting trying to understand what I make like, tilapia, spinach and corkscrew pasta...but I'm still hungry. Breakfast is like protein shakes from krogers or even 2 medium eggs, and turkey bacon. Is there something wrong w/ me? emoticon



CLARK971
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3/1/13 8:54 A

for me, usually, the junk food would be extra calories. i would have the cake, ice cream, cookies or whatever after i had already had enough calories for the day.

a greek yogurt (130 cal) fills me up more than 4 thin mint girl scout cookies. (160 cal). (which i still eat sometimes) If I have the girl scout cookies for breakfast, chances are i am going to still be hungry and eat something else too.

In college, I ate a lot of processed foods. Breakfast was often a poptart. Sometimes, I wouldn't eat again until lunch. I didn't gain weight like some of my friends. Looking back, I was still within my range, even if the calories were a lot of junk. (I'm not saying that is a good nutrition plan.)

Edited by: CLARK971 at: 3/1/2013 (08:55)


ANARIE
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3/1/13 8:52 A

You know, as scientists do more research, they're finding out that it's possible that a calorie is NOT just a calorie. People who eat huge amounts of junk food can be both obese and malnourished, and there's some evidence to suggest that if you're malnourished, your body might go into what we call "starvation mode," where your metabolism slows because the body is trying to protect itself from starvation. It's hard to know for sure, because people who eat huge amounts of junk food have other bad habits or physical difficulties that might influence their weight (especially sleep problems), and they're also not generally the kind of people who sign up for research studies. Usually the people who participate in obesity research are people who have decided they want to try to get better. The only way to know for sure whether an all-junk-food low-calorie diet would work is to take a bunch of obese people, divide them randomly, and put 1/3 of them on a healthy diet, 1/3 on an unhealthy diet, and the other 1/3 on no diet. But that's unethical; you can't have a study where you tell people to do something you know is harmful.

Can you lose weight on a junk food diet? Maybe, maybe not. Can you improve your health on a junk food diet? No. If you're not already obese, you might lose weight for a while, but you won't be doing much to help your body in any other way. And one thing we do know about weight loss is that people who do it just to look better generally fail. You need the motivation of improving health to be able to stick to it long term.



CMCOLE
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3/1/13 7:54 A

I don't think "easier" is the better word.

Sure, limiting calories can achieve weight loss, especially because the volume of chips and junk that you're eating is much smaller than the equivalent calories in healthier options (which is why they try and trick your eyes by encouraging you to eat packets containing 100 calories of cookies, etc.)

However, how it makes you feel, and reacts with your body is a better consideration.



GLH1980
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3/1/13 7:44 A

Sure you can eat junk and lose weight but you also have to consider that the amount of sodium in the junk/processed foods can be counterproductive. Also, you will be hungrier and more likely to binge if all you're eating is junk/processed foods. Now, I'm not saying don't indulge in the occasional processed junk food item but don't make it your only food choice.



SLIMMERKIWI
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3/1/13 3:56 A

Calories is calories regardless of where it comes from, however nutrients are a different story. You don't get much benefit from eating junk - you miss vital nutrients - vitamins and minerals, fibre etc., and you overload on unhealthy stuff. Ultimately THAT would affect your energy and your overall health, so odds are you wouldn't do the exercise you should, either. You are far better off to eat 1500 calories of HEALTHY, balanced food, rather than 1500 calories of junk. Your body WILL thank you for it!

Kris



UNIDENT
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2/28/13 10:36 P

Neither is "easier".

We don't eat healthy "to help our weight loss". We eat healthy because it's better for our bodies and easier to stick to a healthy total range!

The person on 1500 calories of junk would lose weight equally but would feel hungry all the time, not be very happy, and have terrible energy levels, skin and hair. They'd look awful, they'd feel awful.

But they'd weigh the same as the person on 1500 calories of a balanced diet.



DRAGONCHILDE
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2/28/13 9:47 P

Honestly? Not the way you would think. The first 15 pounds I lost eating junk food. :) Seriously! Pizza, Burger King, few vegetables, you name it.

It's only as I've gotten healthier that I've started making healthier choices. That doesn't mean all calories are created equally; junk foods are high in sodium, lack nutrients, and over time, are going to affect your overall health. But yes, you can lose weight eating junk food. Losing weight is about burning more calories than you eat.



AILEBBELIA
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2/28/13 9:25 P

No, didn't you read about the professor who did the "twinkie diet?"






8HEATHER
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2/28/13 9:18 P

I think it's still calories in calories out but it's much harder to stick to your range when eating junk. When you don't get the nutrients you will never feel satisfied on 1500 cals for example....



GRATTECIELLA
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2/28/13 9:16 P

Weight loss is a simple equation - calories in - calories out. So technically, yes, you could eat 1500 calories of junk food and lose weight. But you might not feel satisfied after 1500 "empty" calories of junk food -- eating fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean meats (plus a little fat) will help you feel satisfied and healthy for 1500 calories!



BOOKWORM87
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2/28/13 9:13 P

Would a person lose weight easier if they ate 1500 calories of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats than if they ate 1500 calories of processed junk food?



 
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