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11/19/13 7:54 P

Sorry to offend. It means you look thin but have the same potential for health problems as a very heavy person. This usually results from no exercise at all. I think everyone should do whatever mix of cardio and strength training works for them. Preferably not none of either.

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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11/18/13 5:18 P

Apropos of nothing, I really despise that term "skinnyfat". It's like, yay, now we have a way to body-shame thin women as well as fat women. This is supposed to be useful? Not to mention that -- whatever it's supposed to mean -- what it usually means as people speak it is "somebody who's normal weight and does more cardio/less weight lifting than I approve of".

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11/18/13 4:48 P

Absolutely... they call that "skinnyfat," right?

Processed foods are no good for us. Real food is. You are what you eat and all of that... I'd rather be real and good than convenient and fatty emoticon

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11/18/13 2:17 P

For me, healthy food has to be part of a healthy life style. I love eating fresh and whole. I do go off the beaten track once in a while, but I know that I feel best when I eat healthy.

11/18/13 1:34 P

I think it's 90% about food quality, 10% quantity. When you eat a diet that contains 8-10 servings of vegetables a day, 3 quality portions of protein and a generous amount of healthy fat it is so difficult to overeat because you are just too full of nutritious food!

For me eating a real foods based diet makes me sleep better, increases my energy and makes me feel great!

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11/18/13 12:57 P

It sure does. Two weeks ago, I decided to go back to eating at least six servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and already I have more energy.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,297
11/15/13 8:02 A

Vegetables can decrease fluid retention...drink water... but veggies and most fruits hydrate too.

Anyone trying to lose weight needs water...why?

Water reduces sodium buildup in the body and insures proper blood volume....Water helps convert food into energy and assists in metabolizing stored fat. Water also regulates blood sugar because if your body gets low on water, everything becomes concentrated. This includes a persons blood sugar. When you are dehydrated, your urine gets darker, you become constipated and your blood sugars go up....and the insulin hormone is responsible for fat storage in the body

Avoid high glycemic foods like soda, processed carbs, sugar as they just raise your insulin levels which makes your body want to hold onto fat.

Even mild dehydration can stall weight loss...

11/14/13 8:57 P

Research has shown that eating foods in a more whole state (vs highly refined, overly processed foods) require that the body burn "hottier" to digest and use the food. This then brings about more calories burned and more weight loss. This is called thermogenesis.

So while calories are king with weight loss; the quality of those calories can bring about an even greater weight loss. Takes more calories to digest and apple, than apple juice.(for example)

Hope this helps

your SP Registered Dietitian

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11/14/13 8:03 P

I don't think it would have much of an effect on "fat"-loss but eating high sugar/high sodium foods would definitely cause a lot of bloating/fluid retention.

I know any time I've had a sugar binge my weight sky-rockets the following day. I've gained as much as 6 lbs in 24 hours even though I didn't go over my TDEE by even enough cals to equal 1 lb+. It takes up to a good week of clean eating to lose depending on how much sugar was eaten. Fluid weight can definitely fudge the numbers.

There's a few studies out there that conclude "not all calories are created equal" and more that conclude "all calories are created equal". I think the current accepted theory is that they are created equal. Adequate protein plays a role however in metabolic rate and how much of weight loss comes from muscle vs. fat.

As others have noted; the main reason it is hard to lose weight while choosing certain foods over others is due to satiety. Eating 1500 cals of jelly beans is not going to fill a person up and the havoc that sugar plays on insulin levels will leave them starving and prone to overeating. If I eat a highly refined, sugary breakfast cereal with a banana (pure carb overload!) I am starving again in 30 mins tops and I will and have gone for an extra 3-4 servings before filling full.

AGILEDOBE Posts: 428
11/14/13 7:08 P

I believe the quality of the food makes a BIG difference & it has to be accompanied by some exercise. Once I started to eat healthy with reasonable portions of fruit, meat and veggies, I no longer was compelled to nap at 2 pm every day. Now I sleep at night without pills for 8 hours and wake up with a clear head. My blood pressure is better on the days I exercise. I am losing about 1 pound weekly and use the treadmill or outdoors to walk 3-5 x week & I lift weights moderately given my back issues ( improving with walking). I am switching to high fat, low carb to further improve my health and my energy has improved even more this week. Carbs and sugars just don't help me. You have to do what works for you individually. The scales and tape measure will reflect your efforts too.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,275
11/14/13 6:09 P

it depends on how much you have to lose. if you have 100+lbs to lose cutting calories enough to lose and actually losing is going to eclipse the what portion. the fewer pounds you have to lose the more being in the best shape possible is going to count and the more you're going to notice how what you eat makes a difference.
so for the first part of a long journey it doesn't matter as much what you eat. but the more you lose and the less you have left to lose the more important the what becomes.

JUSTIMEEM Posts: 137
11/14/13 5:59 P

Yes. It's tested on my body, eating healthy makes a difference (physical and also in my mood).

Edited by: JUSTIMEEM at: 11/14/2013 (17:59)
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11/14/13 12:43 P

I believe that most people would still lose weight when eating at a calorie deficit, even if what they're eating isn't healthy.


The person eating 1500 calories of lean meats, veggies, fruits, etc., is going to be healthier, have more energy, and look and feel better. The person eating 1500 calories of Twinkies is going to be hungry (would 10 Twinkies fill you up for an entire day?) and be lacking many, many nutrients.

So, does what you eat make a difference in whether or not you lose weight? Maybe not. Does it make a difference in your life? Absolutely!

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11/14/13 11:18 A

I certainly feel much better when I am eating well. Night-and-day better.

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11/14/13 11:11 A

I can't speak for anyone else, but I definitely notice a difference between when I eat like crap and when I eat relatively clean, even when the overall calories taken in remain the same. My energy level is much better and I'm in a better mood over the course of the day. I've noticed it over the long term too. As my diet has gotten better, my skin is clearer, my hair is stronger, thicker, and less frizzy, and my nails are stronger.

RKING10 Posts: 152
11/14/13 10:35 A

Do you believe what you eat makes a difference?

For instance if someone were to stay in their calorie range-but were not eating any fruits or veggies, not drinking their water, etc. Do you think their results would be different than someone who ate within their ranges but were eating healthier options such as their fruits and veggies, lean cuts of meat, etc?

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