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GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/23/13 7:11 A

I'm totally a carnivore, too-but, the base of my pyramid is vegetables and fruits!!

SPORTYLAWGIRL SparkPoints: (11,853)
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1/23/13 12:18 A

There is a learning curve is figuring out how to eat low calorie, on budget, and on time. Tracking is just the first step, so you are on your way to figuring out the most filling meals that work for you. It takes time. And everyone eats more that than they should once (or twice) in a while. Keep at it! emoticon

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (554,206)
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1/22/13 11:42 P

I know it's hard, but try eating smaller meals, and more fruits and vegetables.

JUSTKLH Posts: 1,489
1/22/13 11:06 P

I found that the more fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains I eat the better and fuller I feel. It's when I am eating processed foods (100-cal snack packs, chips, fast food), I am ravenous after consuming way more calories than I would eating other foods.

I would recommend approaching food so that you get the most nutrients for your calorie. Juice has a lot of calories in it for instance, but isn't very filling and can have some added sugar. You can eat an apple (about 110 calories for a large apple) for the same amount of calories in 8oz of apple juice (about 120 calories) but you will be much more full. Also measuring and weighing has really helped me get a better concept of true portion sizes

Good luck and stick with it.

Edited by: JUSTKLH at: 1/22/2013 (23:09)
ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (73,365)
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1/22/13 10:31 P

I am a carnivore, too. Go ahead and eat some meat if that's what you want. I just had some lunchmeat roll-ups for dinner. I took a few slices of sliced turkey (100 calories) and put a little salsa on them and just rolled them up. It's a great healthy low-calorie snack that won't pack on the pounds.

Meat is a good source of protein. However, it doesn't have much fiber. Fiber helps you feel full. Add some salad to that meat ... or some low calorie veggies ... or a little high fiber grains. They will help you feel full.

I will often build a salad by starting with some meat or fish ... then add some chopped onions and peppers ... then put that all over some lettuce and baby spinach leaves.. Add a little low-calorie dressing and you have a tasty, filling, low calorie meal featuring one of your favorite meats.

Be patient. It takes to learn (and get used to) a new way of eating. As long as you are heading in the right direction by making positive changes in your lifestyle, you will eventually get where you want to go.

Edited by: ONLINEASLLOU at: 1/22/2013 (22:33)
1/22/13 8:46 P

Fiber can help you feel full, are you eating enough of that? Make sure you are eating whole grains instead of refined grain products and are getting enough fruits and veggies. Many veggies are super low in calories but when included as part of a balanced meal, they can help you feel full longer. Also, try decreasing your calories slowly. 2000 calories is probably not going to cause weight gain and depending on your basal metabolic rate and activity level may still result in slow and steady weight loss. If you cannot sustain a 1500 calorie diet for long because you are just too hungry, it may not work for you. I know I cannot eat only 1500 calories a day and maintain my current activity level; I would just feel fatigued. Perhaps try aiming for 1800 instead, and see how you handle that. It may just take some time for your body to adjust to the lower calorie diet. Best of luck!!!

SOTIREDOFTHIS SparkPoints: (4,969)
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1/22/13 7:52 P

Are you tracking everything you eat? I bet you are lacking in protein and fiber.

If so try to eat more of it.......The protein should stave off hunger and the fiber should make you feel full. I made black bean soup tonight. This was the first time I had it and actually liked/enjoyed it. I just added extra cilantro, because I love it and it was very tasty. I got the recipe on here and it was very quick and easy. It has loads of protein and fiber and very few calories.

So, I guess what I am saying is experiment. Look under Spark recipes and see if something catches your eye. If time is an issue during the week, plan and make some of the meals on the weekend.

Good luck and I hope this helps.

Edited by: SOTIREDOFTHIS at: 1/22/2013 (19:53)
KAITLYNN51 Posts: 762
1/22/13 7:27 P

You may want to talk with a registered dietitian to help choose the right foods and combinations to keep you full. Most days I fill satisfied, but there are days when I'm not. Thankfully those days are few. When I still feel like I need something else it's usually because I've come up short on protein. Low fat cheese or turkey usually will do it for me. That's why I try to plan my meals for the day, keeping all my meals balanced. I also drink hot tea at night (decaf), which keeps me full and lasts longer than a glass of water!
Good luck to you!

CHAYA121 Posts: 51
1/22/13 6:56 P

I hate to seem rude but I am a carnivore. I eat a lot of meat and I have done a lot of tossing meat . And I lost nothing...zilch. I tossed pork and pork chops,and I eat a lot of chicken and fish. Does that apply to anything.I rarely eat steak or hamburgers unless it is put under my nose which is rarely. I feel hungry, I drink water or do a cleanse. I need something that will kill the urge to fill up, not curb the appetite for a few hours.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/22/13 12:12 P

What KINDS of things are you eating? I highly recommend taking advantage of public markets for fresh produce. Don't buy any more white bread or anything with refined flour or lots of refined sugar. They're basically the same thing....crap. Vegetables keep you way more full than anything else, because you can eat more of them without any of the guilt. If you don't like them plain, you can make awesome dips using non-fat plain Greek yogurt, which has the same texture, and nearly the same flavor, as sour cream, and it's MUCH better for you than the light or fat free sour creams-which contain additives and junk that just isn't good for you. You take the Greek yogurt, season it how you like-I use garlic and onion powder, pepper, salt, and dill weed. You could make a spicy one with cayenne or chipotle, chilli powder, cumin...Two tablespoons equals SIXTEEN calories! JUST 16!
Getting processed "diet" products are one option, but I really don't recommend it. They foster cravings still, and have lots of not-so-good-for-you things. I have found that the less processed stuff I eat, the less I crave it.
I have faith in you. It's going to still be a struggle every now and then, but we can do this.

CHAYA121 Posts: 51
1/22/13 11:43 A

Thank you all for the support I am thankful I workout by belly dancing at home and salsa. I also am a housecleaning nut while chasing a baby and juggling a at home job...alot of exercise but gotta stop eatting...its hard...

ROBINRHODES SparkPoints: (0)
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1/22/13 11:43 A

I know just how you feel. I tried fresh fruit with a little Reddi whip and cinnamon sprinkled over them for an evening snack when water just wasn't enough. It's just enough to satisfy that sugar want and the fruit taste really good.

CHERYLL1949 SparkPoints: (54,770)
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1/22/13 11:41 A

So True!

KAITLYNN51 Posts: 762
1/22/13 11:40 A

I agree with all the other replies. Give up the processed foods, eat whole foods. Eating more veg/fruits, low fat protein, low carb choices gives you a lot more food to eat for a lot less calories.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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1/22/13 11:21 A

emoticon I think the planning ahead would help and also getting certain foods out of the house would be helpful so you are not tempted to eat them when your resistance is low.

LILYSMOM08 Posts: 1,142
1/22/13 11:16 A

I agree with both of the two previous posts--- especially the parrts about throwing out all your processed foods and planning ahead what you'll be eating. I used both of those strategies and lost 50 pounds in about a year. (And I've kept those pounds off for nearly 6 years now).........You'll find if you fill ip first on low calorie water based foods (like veggies and fruits), you'll have no room left for the "evil" less healthy things. Also a cup of tea or hot water with lemon will fill you up before a meal or when you have a snack attack. Good luck ! Spark is a great place to go to for support !

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (207,623)
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1/22/13 11:04 A

SP works... if you work hard at it There is no quick and easy way to lose weight... or at least no healthy quick way. It's simply a matter of eating fewer calories tha you are burning.

You're probably a busy person, perhaps with a family to look after and/or a very busy job, but unless you make your own health and fitness a priority, it isn't going to work.

Take time to plan at least some of your meals before grocery shopping. Plan to use left-overs for another meal rather than having a second helping. Avoid prepared, processed foods as much as possible - in most supermarkets, that means most of your purchases should be from the perimeter of the store, not the middle aisles.

Schedule in 3 healthy meals and 2 snacks (including an evening snack) every day. If you have children, don't clean up their plates (one of my bad habits when my children were young).
Schedule some exercise time for yourself, alone or with family or friends. It's can be as simple as a 10-minute walk around the block. Start with 10 minutes doing something that you enjoy, then build up until you are doing 30 minutes at least 3 times a week

If you are eating in the evening because you're bored, find a new hobby. If you eat because you're tired, maybe you should go to bed earlier. If you're frustrated or feeling low (emotional eating), try to figure out the real problem instead of going for the ice cream.

You really can do it, if you work hard. I hope you stick to it.
Gail emoticon

NEPTUNE1939 Posts: 16,574
1/22/13 10:55 A

I did not start losing weight until I stopped eating unhealthy procedded foods. Hope it helps, Earl emoticon

CHAYA121 Posts: 51
1/22/13 10:52 A

I'm still eating at 2000 calories instead of 1500. I am working really hard. I get hungry around the evening time and I took out the snack time equation by drinking water and juice to no avail. I eat ice cream when I am feeling low or I may fix a salad. What else can I do to help myself? I feel so low...

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