Thanks so much for your responses. I will use the recipe builder for my soup and start tracking. It was so much easier NOT to track though. I will stop whining and start tracking. Thanks to all who posted. Jules.
Fitness Minutes: (12,551)
70 2/19/13 4:00 P
I am on the ETL plan too.
I found that when I was not following it perfectly, I was not losing. If I add more than 1 cup of starchy veggies/grains, more than 1000 mg of sodium, don't eat at least 1 cup of beans, eat added sugar, or exceed the 1 ounce of nuts/seeds, my weight loss stalls.
The most important thing for me is to eat the raw vegetables. I have a hard time getting in all the veggies since I'm just not hungry.
Also it helps me to track everything. Even those suggested recipes exceed the plan guidelines on occasion for excessive weight loss.
Initially, I would eat until I was really full just to eat everything required. When I stopped doing that, the scale started to budge.
I also saw a big change with exercise.
I was getting really frustrated but using that magnifying glass helped me find the hidden errors.
I hope this helps.
Fitness Minutes: (120)
2/19/13 3:11 P
You can build the recipe for your soup in the recipe builder on sparkrecipes. That way you know how many calories it is.
I would wonder if you're not eating enough, and that is why your weight loss is slow.
I didn't think it was appropriate to mention which plan I was following: Dr Fuhrmans eat to live plan. I never used the food tracker since starting but I suppose I should for guidance. I tend to do best when I follow a consistent eating habit so this is what I typically eat: breakfast is a smoothie w two cups of frozen fruit, four cups of greens and a banana. Lunch is a bean n veggie soup I've homemade over the weekend and dinner is a ginormous salad made up of every veggie I can find. I do add 5-6 black olives and two mini packs of raisins. Snacks are fruit, apples, bananas, grapefruit, oranges, kiwi, etc. I live in IN so produce is not great right now. I have had almonds or walnuts off n on but never more than one oz and occasionally a larabar tossed in for a dessert. Hope this helps.
Fitness Minutes: (81,641)
4,397 2/19/13 2:40 P
Jules, I don't know this plan either, but one thing I notice is that when I eat more plants, my diet is very high in carbs and low in protein and fats (unless I take steps specifically to add more proteins and fats). I find that I need more fats and proteins in my diet to feel good and to lose weight. Not sure if this helps, but I thought I'd mention it.
I am not familiar with this plan. Are you using the SP nutrition tracker? If you make yours public, I can look and see if there are helpful tips I can share. Let me know if you need the steps to do this.
I have been following Dr. So and so plant based plan since the beginning of the year with very little weight loss. Do I see my family physician about my slower than molasses metabolism or do I just hang in there and the results will come? I am almost 55 years young and in the 170's range. I have never lost weight quickly no matter what plan I follow. Any suggestions? Thanks Sparkies!
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