Shakes/smoothies never satisfied me. I need something to Chew to make me feel as if I ate something. To me, they are glorified childhood milkshake concoctions. OK as a snack but Not a meal in itself. Munching on veggie &.fruit trays in the fridge can also get boring fast. Your body don't care where the calories come from, just that energy runs low when depleated. Such as you car don't care which gas station the fuel comes from, just stops running when empty! Trick is getting the calories from food you need in your range without overeating or overindulging in to many treats-such as the gas you place in your car will spill over if to full.
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1,751 11/13/13 2:13 P
I agree with Russell. Plan on a mid morning snack. I actually plan on a mid afternoon snack too. Apples with the skin; nuts, a low fat cheese stick, celery with a tbsp of peanut butter, a hard boiled egg, a Greek yoghurt. You get the picture. There's a thread in Community on healthy snacks with great ideas.
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11/13/13 5:12 A
This is nice post to update people. A good clean diet with enough quality protein shakes, healthy fats, and good carbs should get you to your goal of a lean belly. Fat loss starts with your diet.
you feel full by keeping your blood sugars from dropping. Protein is most likely going to be used for your muscles, and some can be converted to glucose, but even that would be converted faster due to you eating in a powder form.
It is not important what individual foods you eat, but how fast you turn it into glucose, and burn it off. Since you are eating liquid carbs, and powdered protein, they are used up quicker than if they were from real food. The faster it is used up, the faster you feel hungry again.
You may actually stick to the same amount of carbs, and protein, but stay full 1-2 hours longer just based on how you consume these macronutrients. If you don't like my examples, find another way to get there. Fats, and protein take longer to break down, and so do foods with fiber, so while it may be great to have some of your breakfast easily digestible, to get you going quickly in the morning, you don't want the whole meal to be that way. You want some of it to get used at 8 a.m., and some at 10 p.m., and some used up by noon. That way you are always providing your body with glucose, and don't feel hungry because it just jit rock bottom.
There are lots of foods that fit this description. I just gave a few examples.
omg...I am going through the same thing in my house - we are moving next month and I'm trying to to consume as much of it as possible! I'd rather eat it then pay people $130/hour to move it! We have like 2 TB of olive oil left, so instead of buying a new bottle i'm going to use up the grapeseed, sesame, and coconut oils, or just use chicken broth for sauteing!
For the shakes thing, if you don't like them maybe throw them away? I either have a shake or refrigerator oatmeal in the morning, and then I take a banana for a mid-morning snack. I don't know about heating the banana up, though that might be wierd (without being part of those awesome banana flambe desserts...drool).
I also use almonds for a mid-morning snack, that could totally work for you (if you like them). If I eat 14 almonds and a cup of milk I am good to go for a few hours. I also love 1/2 grapefruit with 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, but I wouldn't eat that warm either.
The whole not eating cold things is very difficult! What about toast with almond/peanut butter with a glass of milk in the morning? It would mean getting up 5 mins. earlier. You could even slice a 1/2 banana or eat it with an apple.
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704 11/12/13 4:16 A
I didn't eat anything with the shake. I just added the protein powder for the benefit of keeping me fuller longer. I am honestly trying to use up the shakes before I move so I don't have to worry about moving them since I have about 3 boxes of 6 each left...
It is something I don't even have to worry about heating up, really. All I have to do is pour it in a cup of ice and go. I have the precooked chicken that you can buy at Kroger and I use that mostly on the weekends when I work if I didn't have time to cook at home.
I kinda wish I had never bought them. They aren't that great tasting. Not as bad as cold chicken, though. I literally CANNOT stand any cold meat or veggies or even fruit! I even heat up my sandwiches! Nothing cold for me but yogurt and...well, nothing else really.
Do you eat anything else at all with that shake? If not, then you would only be getting around 300 calories - maybe not enough if you are on the go.
Have you thought about adding some fruit (banana/berries) and perhaps some Almond Meal to that shake and turning it into a smoothie? The extra fibre should help, but having said that, I have noticed that when I have a smoothie, even laden with all the goodies, I get hungrier more quickly than having some Rolled Oats, (made with 1/2 milk), some fruit, and for me banana is a more filling fruit than most others (Resistant Starch) and maybe some nuts. Others may find wholegrain bread toasted the higher fibre) with peanut butter, baked beans and/or a couple eggs more filling.
Needing some more food after 3yrs is very common for a lot of people - me included. I usually snack 2-3 hours after a meal, but I also accommodate that in my planning.
Maybe you just need to experiment and find what works best for you.
Hunger is controlled by blood sugar, and Insulin. We get hungry when blood sugar approaches 70, and eat, and it spike up, to about 120-130, where we feel full. Insulin is produced, uses the glucose, and we slowly drop back down to 70.. then its lunchtime.
The problem is, when we eat to much food, or food that is easily digested. Our body is now awash in glucose, which it has to get out of the bloodstream. So Insulin is produced as before, but in much greater quantities, and quickly drops the blood sugars. So you get hungry quicker. This happens a lot when people eat breakfast, since there are a lot of high carb, easily digestible foods, and none of it is digested slower, providing energy for those long hours till lunch.
So having a banana and oatmeal might cause this, when 2 sausage links, and the same oatmeal might keep you full till 1 p.m.
What you want is to have some fat/protein along with your carbs, and avoid drinking carbs. You want to provide your body with energy. Some carbs to provide energy immediately, and other foods high in fiber, or that are fats and proteins, that take longer to digest.
The problem with the equate shake is that you burned it off, and now your blood sugar has crashed, and you have nothing being turned into glucose to give you energy.
You have liquid carbs, and powdered protein. They make protein and carbs available in real food you know? lol. Try a cup of raspberries, and 3 ozs. of chicken, and see if it helps. The raspberries have a LOT of fiber, and the both foods will take a while to digest.
When I say chicken, I intend for you to have some pre-cooked, and just eat it cold, but not the pre-cooked you can buy at store, full of salt. Actually cook your own, then just cut it into strips. Divide it into 2-3 oz. baggies, and you have some for the whole family.
This also makes these meals easy, in case you are short on time. If raspberries are not portable enough, try an apple. If chicken is not to your liking, try turkey.
I hope I made my point, and it helps with your problem.
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704 11/11/13 10:22 P
I drank an Equate Weight Loss shake plus one scoop of protein powder to help keep me fuller for my breakfast... however - just 3 hours later my tummy started grumbling and with a few peanuts it went away.
Is it common for even a protein shake to not keep you full? Does there need to be some form of solid food?
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