Allegedly, when it comes to losing weight, it's calories in versus calories out. I've come to know that by my many years of experience. The trick is, to eat the most filling food so that you can stay in your calorie allotment. I would totally go over my calories if I ate doritoes and doughnuts because I would not get full and there's nothing worse than being unsatisfied and still hungry. That's why I gained weight in the first place. I have a co-worker that thinks he can eat like a pig because he goes to the gym 3 times a week. He's still overweight, but he has such a big ego that he doesn't admit that.
I saw Fork Over Knives also but the science is a bit shaky. Take a look at rawfoodsos.com/2011/09/22/forks-over-knive s-is-the-science-legit-a-review-and-cr itique/ , it does a good job at talking to that movie. Not that there isn't some good info there but their assertions aren't strongly founded in good science. The real take away from it is that a diet based on junk food is bad and that one based whole foods including fruits, vegetables and, even though the movie says otherwise, wholesome sources of protein is good.
Lately, I've become interested in the Paleo Diet as described by Dr. Loren Cordain in his book. I've tried it for several weeks now and I've felt better than I have in quite a while. Energy is up, sleep is better and several pounds lost.
You sound like me! I keep thinking that will all the calories I burn at the gym that I can eat more. Diet will always be a struggle for me. I love exercise but I love eating too. I mostly eat very healthy with tons of fruits and veggies. Sometimes I eat a little extra, not everyday of the week but sometimes just because I think my exercise will compensate. I need to get myself out of this mindset because the scale hasn't budged in literally several months. Good luck to you!
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519 2/21/13 10:01 A
It's not just what you eat (which is still very important), but how much you eat. Portion control is a key ingredient in any successful weight-reduction/lifestyle changing program. Check the label to see what an ACTUAL portion is then use measuring cups, measuring spoons and a kitchen scale to measure everything out. Once you start measuring EVERYTHING (and not guessing or estimating) you will be amazed at how fast the pounds and inches will come off.
We all have the "a-ha" moment when the lightbulb goes off and we realize how something is supposed to work. Remember, a healthy nutrition-based diet AND a well rounded exercise program go hand-in-hand toward a happy healthier you.
Thanks for all the insight. It is hard to get into the mindset that it is the quality as well as the quantity of the food that we eat. We CAN eat so much more food if we are making the right choices i.e. fresh fruits and vegetables as opposed to processed foods. Keep Sparking!!
Anyone who has eaten those food products, though, has to realize that. The food products TRICK your body into thinking it's full, and it isn't nutrient rich, so of course, you're going to feel hungry later. :( That's why, I'm learning, vegetables and fruits are soooo important.
If you're American, I can guess why. Look at the GIGANTIC portions that we've been getting since we were kids! Look at the giant portions that are still served in so many restaurants.
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21 2/20/13 7:58 P
Right now I'm trying to control portions....I feel like if I can do that then I can start thinking of different ways of eating. Telling myself I only NEED this amount of food....no more...its not easy. I really don't know y I struggle with it so much.....
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22 2/20/13 9:22 A
I've experienced the same thing Cosmo. When I am going at it, in the gym, for over a month steady my appetite will sky-rocket. After a few years of on and off gym commitments I've come to expect the increase in appetite.
Hey! If you get a chance, watch "Forks Over Knives." I just did yesterday and even though I've already been working on having a plant-based diet, with less and less meat, I found the program to be extremely enlightening. As with any documentary, you want to try to do some of your own research on the subject matter, but based on my experiences with eating more edible plants rather than meat or refined flours or sugars and dairy, I feel better and better about myself when I eat more plants. I am glad that you've had your epiphany. I wish you all the best on your journey to a better and healthier lifestyle.
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11,822 2/20/13 9:11 A
losing weight is mostly about what you eat not your exercise which is for your health.
You are correct! I know that cardio is good for the heart, eating healthy is for losing weight and strength training is for lean muscle (which is a great fat burner)
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21 2/20/13 5:16 A
I've been thinking lately. I have been working out more now than I ever have in my life....yet I still have gained some weight. My body is getting toned but I'm not losing anything. I just can't get my mind into eating less....I realized that I have been having the wrong thoughts....I have been working out thinking that if I work out more then I can eat more. Like the harder you work and the more calories you burn....the more you can treat yourself with food. OMG I cannot believe this. I don't know why I would even start thinking this. Knowing this now....I want to contnue to exercise but I realize my focus needs to be on my DIET not my exercising....if you aren't eating properly then no matter what you do you will still be unhealthy....
Here's to a new beginning! hopefully this thought process will help me!
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