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4/2/13 9:20 P

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Stock up on nuts, seeds, and healthy oils.

Your fruits and veggies shouldn't spoil if they go unrefrigerated for a few days. Just make sure you use them up.

Make salads with veggies, and add some of the nuts, seeds, and oils for extra nutrition.

Also, use your toaster oven to grill veggies.

If you can, invest in a hot plate and have your mini fridge fixed.



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12/14/12 11:26 P

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BETHANN,

here is what I have learned about weight loss, by personal experience and through a lot of reading up on the biochemistry of weight loss:

To burn body fat that has been stored, you need to get your body to switch from sugar-burning to fat-burning mode. That switch takes time and we usually don't go from one to the other, throughout the day.

Your body can only enter fat-burning mode once there is no significant insulin production. So, you have to stop eating sugars and starches. Let's say you do that, starting on Monday. Then here is roughly what will happen:

1) You have about 2-3 days worth of glycogen (sugar) stored in your muscles and liver. You'll be using those up, first. This will cause you to quickly lose a few pounds of water, since each gram of glycogen holds on to 3-4 grams of water.

2) Once you run out of glycogen, and there is very little insulin being produced because you are not eating sugars and starches, your pancreas will produce enzymes that get you into fat-burning mode. Those enzymes will break down the big triglyceride molecules that are trapped in your fat cells into smaller fatty acid molecules, which are release from your fat cells and burned for energy.

3) From here on, you will be losing weight steadily, as long as you stay away from sugars and starches. So, you need to cut out all fruit, because it has a lot of fructose. Also, most dairy has to go, if it contains lactose. And unfortunately, anything else that might contain sugars and starches (grains, beans, lentils, even starchy vegetables like corn, peas, and carrots)

4) This leaves all non-starchy vegetables and many protein foods, such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, etc.

This may seem like an "unbalanced" diet, but the body adapts to it quite well. Personally, I haven't had any sugars or starches in over 6 months. I make sure I get adequate amounts of fat through avocados, nuts, and olive oil. This increases my daily calorie intake a bit and therefore limits my weight loss to about 1.5 pounds per week now, but I think that's still a pretty good number.

Why don't you read up a bit on the Atkins diet, the Paleo diet, and the Ideal Protein diet, which are all low-carb diets, and then decide whether this is something you want to try.

As long as you eat fruit or whole grains, for example, which are considered a healthy clean food, you'll never stop producing insulin, so you'll never really get into fat burning mode. If you simply reduce your calorie intake without eliminating sugars and starches, insulin keeps your fat "locked up" and your body then turns to burning muscle, which really isn't what you want! And you'll lose the same few pounds over and over......

Mona

PS. I simplified a lot of the science, above, but that's roughly what it boils down to.









Highest weight ever: 220 pounds

Followed the IP protocol from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.

In Maintenance mode since January 2013. Still eating very low carb (25-40g per day). Increased my fat intake (nuts, cheese). Have been able to maintain my weight.

Hoping to lose another 20 pounds when the time is right (my body will tell me)


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12/14/12 1:24 P

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Thanks for the tips! I do need to invest in a few appliances like that... I have been trying to figure out how to lose the weight... I just keep fluctuating and I think it may be because of what I eat? I eat fairly healthy, though - I try to eat a lot of fruit and veggies and such, even though I can't really cook. Maybe a low-carb diet would work.

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.
I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.
We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.
~ T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock


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12/13/12 10:35 P

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BETHANN,

I'll assume that you are allowed to cook in your apartment, but that you don't have much space and lack the right appliances. If that's the case, I would make it a priority to replace the mini-fridge and get a microwave, a little propane camping stove, and possibly an electric wok.

Until then, pick up fresh vegetables more frequently for your salads. Most fruit and vegetables do well without refrigeration for short periods of time, if you keep them in a dark but well-ventilated space. I like to keep mine wrapped in paper towel inside a half-open plastic bag.

Buy enough for 2-3 days at a time, and you should be OK. Eggs also don't need refrigeration. Meat or fish, on the other hand, need to be kept cold. Without a fridge, you should only buy enough for your next meal.

Keep your meals simple. Salads and sandwiches are the obvious choices, but you can also prepare soups in a single pot on a camping stove or in a microwave. If you like stir-fries, you could invest in an electric wok or use a deep frying pan on the camping stove

I read your blog and you mentioned that you have some weight to lose. I am not sure whether "clean eating" alone can accomplish that, or whether you need to tweak this further. Personally, I have had great success with low-carb eating, which is easy to combine with "clean-eating" principles.


Highest weight ever: 220 pounds

Followed the IP protocol from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.

In Maintenance mode since January 2013. Still eating very low carb (25-40g per day). Increased my fat intake (nuts, cheese). Have been able to maintain my weight.

Hoping to lose another 20 pounds when the time is right (my body will tell me)


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12/11/12 1:21 A

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I live in a tiny apartment and I have no access to a kitchen or a fridge. My minifridge broke... I do have a little toaster oven, but it's very hard to cook anything in it. I can't really buy fruit and veggies to store, because I have no refridgerator, and I can't cook, because... I have no kitchen... And so I usually end up just buying pre-made salads (which are expensive) or eating cheaper, but not so clean... How do you eat clean at least relatively cheaply, when you can't really grocery shop or cook?

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.
I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.
We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.
~ T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock


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