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MELMOMOF4
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4/15/13 7:06 P

I have never heard of this.



MANDIETERRIER1
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4/15/13 6:07 P

Beef is good for you and since you will be eating grass fed beef, that is even better.

There is a lot of conflicting information, everything that you eat will be considered bad by somebody. So you have to eat what you like and track your calories.



GETRESULTSMDMEE
Posts: 1,344
4/15/13 2:29 P

There are many lean cuts of beef available like ground round flank steak etc they can be stir fried with veggies. Moderation is key I don't eat red meat every meal.



SIMPLYME160
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4/15/13 2:01 P

Hi, When I first started my "diet" at well over 330 lbs, I was overwhelmed by all the weight loss information out there. Whenever a plan called for depriving myself of something I was used to eating, or substituting something I had to convince myself of liking, or to strict permitting only specfic foods, I ended up failing. You can eat anything you want in moderation and lose weight. Modifey some of your beef recipes, using a leaner cut of beef. For broiling or grilling, try naked lean beef or add your own spices, no added fats and sugars as in many marinades. I started Spark at 286 lbs and found many recipe ideas here and on other recipe sites.



SUNSHINE6442
Posts: 1,803
4/15/13 10:03 A

Most lean cuts of beef ... Sirloin, pork loin, flank steak, T - Bone steak, Eye of round, Ground sirloin, Filet Mignon, Tenderloin Roast, Beef Sirloin and Tip Steaks. Pork loin...just keep in mind that preparation counts as well...roast, grill or bake instead of frying. Pork can sometimes be leaner or the same in fat as beef or chicken. I only eat red meat twice a month as it cause inflammation in my system.

2 to 3 servings of lean protein each day is healthy...for me I eat eggs for protein in the AM or someother source of protein, 2 ounces of protein at lunchtime, mostly turkey and another portion the size of my palm to stay within range and not have to measure.

Enjoy!



CMCOLE
Posts: 2,667
4/15/13 9:11 A

the more rigid your menu; the more you'll crave what's left off of it, and tend to stray.

Get lots of variety.
This time of the year, many places are beginning to have farmer's markets (can't say the same for here; we've even had snow in the past few days).

However, a variety of protein sources and vegetables are your friend



DIDS70
Posts: 5,070
4/15/13 9:10 A

100% green fed beef is the only kind I eat. I don't touch pork since pigs do not eat a green fed diet. I will eat green fed chicken as well. I don't do farm raised fish or atlantic fish. I choose pacific fish since the sea on that end is cleaner. Less oil spills.



DMJAKES
Posts: 1,583
4/15/13 9:05 A

I second MissRuth's suggestion of USING THE FITNESS TRACKER! I have found it to be the most educational feature of this site.

If you haven't already done so, set up your info in spark and let it compute a calorie range for you. Then, spend the next few weeks just tracking what you eat and familiarizing yourself with how it works, setting some favorites, etc. After a while, you'll start to see patterns and what you need to change should become apparent. Choose one small change and work on that until you have incorporated it into your every day life, then choose another.

You didn't put the weight on overnight---it won't come off that way either. I do agree with the others who warned of being too "rigid"....that's no way to live long term and you're just setting yourself up to fail.

You can do this, but your outlook has to be that it's a journey with no real "end"---these habits ideally will be with you the rest of your life. A healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be boring or confining, but you do have to pay attention.



MISSRUTH
Posts: 3,413
4/15/13 8:18 A

Absolutely nothing wrong with lean red meat-- especially since you live on a farm and presumably have access to lots of meat. If beef wasn't so expensive here, I'd eat more of it. Like a pp suggested, I'd suggest throwing in some fish and chicken and lean pork, plus a vegetarian meal or two, too.

I'd also second the opinion to NOT be rigid. I think that's one of the reasons why, all those times in the past that I lost weight, I did not keep it off. I was okay as long as I stuck to whatever the plan was-- but as soon as I went off it, I just went back to my old ways and gained all the weight back. I never learned how to work within my calorie range, and fit in treats and splurges.

The Nutrition Tracker here on Spark is fabulous! You can turn on the meal plans just to get an idea of the types of food and quantities to eat. Personally I found that it suggested a lot of stuff I either don't like, or is too expensive. But it gives you some ideas. I've always found it helpful to plan my day's meals & snacks in advance, rather than waiting til the end of the day and filling in whatever I happened to eat.

And Spark is a fabulous source of information-- there are articles on just about everything you can think of, nutrition and fitness-wise.




SLIMMERKIWI
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4/15/13 2:10 A

PS - if you create a SparkPage, you will find that you will get loads more support. Others will be able to drop by and leave encouraging little messages (and even the occasional goodie:-) They all help us to reach our goals, and gain some fantastic new friends on the way!!

Kris



SLIMMERKIWI
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4/15/13 2:08 A

Beef is fine - in fact, it is good - so long as you don't go overboard with it and choose lean meat. It has loads of good nutrients in it, and helps a lot to prevent low iron.

Please - I have one cautionary comment - Please DO NOT have a 'rigid' diet - that is the best way to fall off the wagon and undo any good that you might do! This is not about deprivation, and it isn't about starvation. It isn't even a diet, per se! All things are allowed - just use common sense, good portion control, and with the treats, like confectionery, soda, etc., treat them exactly as a 'treat!' This means only occasionally, not every day!

I strongly suggest that you start this process of with baby steps, changing only one or two things to start with and only add something else to the mix when your mind/body has gotten used to the changes. Weigh all of your food for increased accuracy, and enter it into the Nutrition Tracker. THEN you will have the power to tweak your intake as and when necessary to ensure that you stay within the guidelines that SP has set for you.

Don't expect any sudden drop with your weight, because often it takes a while for this to start happening. It doesn't mean that there are good things happening, tho'! There are other factors involved in judging success - a lower BP; healthier cholesterol levels; better blood sugars; more energy; better quality of sleep; ........... and the list goes on. Weight is only one factor of many.

Good luck, and keep in touch on the message boards because that is how you will get the most benefit from this site :-)

Take care
Kris



UNIDENT
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4/15/13 1:58 A

It doesn't matter anywhere near as much WHAT you eat, as it does HOW MUCH you eat.

Weight is about total calories. Lean red meat is a perfectly healthy way to take in protein. Try to include a vegetarian meal now and then, perhaps once a week, and use lean chicken or fish 1-2 meals as well, but there's absolutely no need at all to cut out beef entirely!



MICHELLEXXXX
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4/15/13 1:54 A

Grass fed beef is a yes-yes.



DRAGONCHILDE
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4/14/13 9:07 P

You will read a lot of conflicting advice when you start the diet train. My advice? Skip them. ALL of thsoe diets. Why? DIETS DON'T WORK!

So many of us have been on the yo-yo diet train.

The fact of the matter is, anything is going to fit in your "diet" if you have a certain calorie range. It's not about perfection, either; there's no room for perfection in a healthy lifestyle. You can have sweets, treats, and yes, even red meat, as long as you plan for it, meet your minimum nutritional goals, and use your range.

Stop Dieting and Start Living!
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_ar
ticles.asp?id=620


Here's the thing about rigid, restrictive meal plan.

What do you do when you stop dieting?



ELENGIL
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4/14/13 8:58 P

Yes, red meat is just fine. Everything is fine, you just need to moderate portion sizes. If you're having trouble with where to start, turn on Spark's meal plans which can suggest whole meals for you. Then go from there. If you don't like that, you can give ideas of what you usually eat and we can suggest alternatives that may be healthier or more calorie friendly?



NCBLONDIE
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4/14/13 8:57 P

I eat all kinds of meat, including beef, and have still been losing weight. Instead of focusing on eliminating specific foods, just watch your portion size and make sure you're eating a balanced diet within your calorie range. Add in some exercise and you should see results.



REUASABORAH
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4/14/13 8:33 P

Hi, I have about 100 lbs to lose, but haven't had much success (yet!). I need a fairly rigid or specific diet/menu plan in order to be effective, but I'm not sure which ones work well. Also, most plans I've seen say to cut out all meat or at least all red meat, which is pretty much impossible for me since I live on an all natural beef farm. Is red meat okay? Since our beef is almost entirely grass fed, its very lean. Help! I want to find a good plan, but haven't a clue where to start.



 
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