What is the best diet or lifestyle food choices to lose weight,

@suspenseful (40326)
Canada
June 10, 2007 12:47pm CST
I have been trying to lose weight. I do weights, walk a lot mostly every day, I cannot run more than a minute at a time, but as for food, I here eat more carbs, eat less carbs, eat more fibre, etc. I know I cannot eat too much stuff with white flour or anything with lots of salt or I go. Where I live the only time we get fresh fruit in season is in the summer and fall, the rest has to be imported from California or Chile. Now can someone tell me the best types of food that will help you lose weight? I know all about junk food.
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
10 Jun 07
You really just need to find something that works for your body. The whole "just eating meat" thing didn't work me and I don't like meat anyway so that was a waste of time. Continue to work out and don't over indulge in any one item. Are you eating enough calories so your body doesn't think it's in starvation mode?
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
10 Jun 07
I probably do not eat enough calories. I was always told if you eat less you lose weight. Besides I have not been feeling that well. However if one eats more calories after less, does one start to lose weight?
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
10 Jun 07
I don't know. I've been cursed with the not eating enough calories thing. I've always had less than 1000 calories a day to eat...just not really hungry enough to eat more. But I find the days I eat more than that, what I would consider pigging out, I actually lose weight! So maybe try adding more calories...if you body isn't getting what it needs it will think it's starving and hold onto the fat rather than burn it.
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@classy56 (2884)
• United States
10 Jun 07
i think the secert to loseing weight is not the pills or what you eat..its how much you eat..i have try alot of diets an none of them worked for me .you need to eat food that fills you up quick an stays with you all most of the day..i started a new diet last week.that my neice gave me."i eat alot of watermellon an peanut butter an honey on wheat bread..an i take a teaspoon full of mustard an eat it to boost my metobalisiom..it works great an so do ginger..try eating a peanut butter an bannana sandwich..its filling.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
10 Jun 07
Sounds like my kind of diet. I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches, but usually the bananas are gone way before we buy groceries.
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@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
10 Jun 07
I think eating something healthy-- cut back on portions on the food you do like- Choosing something that you can stick with forever- if the key- Dieting fails so many times because people just go back to the way they ate prior- Overeating- I eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies- I watch the junk foods- Sure I still have chips and dip once in a while- But I'm more apt to grab an apple now- So find healthy food you like and stick with it- that and the exercise you do should help you! Good lucK!
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
10 Jun 07
That sounds like a good idea. I hate dieting, and I love fruits and veggies, especially the fruit part.
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@SarahPT (136)
• United States
10 Jun 07
That's great that you are doing both cardiovascular exercise and resistance training. You are on the right track there. When it comes to eating, overall calories is the most important factor. We lose weight when we burn more calories than we take in. However, eating too few calories can mean weight loss will slow or even stop because the body is not receiving the nutrition it needs. As for your question about increasing calories...this has to be done delicately and honestly you should work with a professional on it. If you suddenly just start eating more you will gain weight because your body won't know what to do with this. I'm sure this would make you very frustrated. When I work with nutrition clients on increasing calories we do so extremely gradually and we make sure the calories are from the best sources possible. If you aren't eating enough, increasing your calories is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Not only will it better enable you to burn fat, but it will make your body healthy and help it to function much better. However, I can 't stress enough how delicately calories need to be increased. What you eat, while less important than overall calories, does play a role. For example, 2 people can each eat 2000 calories a day. One person eats nothing until lunch, when she has 2 slices of pizza. Then for dinner she has a burger, fries and a soda. The other peson eats 6 small meals, each balanced with carbs, protein and fats from unprocessed food choices. The second person is going to have an easier time burning fat than the first person. Please let me know if I can help more! Sarah Brown www.sarahpersonaltraining.com
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
12 Jun 07
I am trying to cut down the meals into six times a day. I don't usually count calories, but I do look at proportions. However I wonder what would happen if I went out ll afternoon, or all morning. That does happen sometimes. In fact, it happened this morning. I went for a walk and did not get back until almost noon.
@kitkat1 (1227)
• Canada
10 Jun 07
Green tea is something that u can have all u want of a day and the more the better it spike you metabolism and helps u shed unwanted weight quicker. Apple cider vinegar works well to and u can by that in a pill form if you wish and it is all natural. Watch you fat counts and starches and sodium should be no higher than 150mg so reading labels will have to become a habit. Portion control as well. And you have to look at your physical activities and new eating style as a new life style change to keep for life if u dont u will only be back where u started that is why diets dont work. They are used till you achieve what u want and u go back to the same old ways and well u know the rest u have to be committed for life i am and i have lost 50 pounds so far and health wise i feel so much better. Good luck with you weight lose and if you have a question i might be able to help u with you know where i am at ok.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
12 Jun 07
Thanks for the suggestions. Sodium is one thing I have to be careful of. I've started to use salt substitutes. I hate dieting well because sometimes I get invited out and every time there is a shower, they have all this delicious food, although I must say they sometimes have lots of fruit platters. I am a great green tea drinker, but had no idea how much. I usually have two or three cups a day.
@DIXIE444 (123)
• United States
10 Jun 07
Definitely check out Weight Watchers. I have had weight issues most of my life. WW is the best program out there. I have been on WW for 4 months now and have lost 30 lbs. You eat regular food, you count points and you can even have a candy bar if you use the points for it. this is the best and most flexable plan out there. Trust me....I have had weight issues all my life and have been on every fad diet on the market to man, have been on diet pills, etc. Don't do the cut out carbs junk...you can eat carbs on WW. Dont do the cut out oils because on WW, you even get two oils per day. You get milk and everythign.\ Please check out WW. And if you can, do the personal meetings where you go there not the online stuff. If you go to the meetings, you are accountable for yourself but if you do the online stuff, you don't seem to care as much if you cheat.\
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
11 Jun 07
I'll check out Weight watchers. I do get the free emails, but have not joined -- financial problems. I do get very hungry though. I tried the point system, and even though I did lose weight, I kept thinking of food all the time and for me, it would probably changing the type of carbs I eat. I love olive oil, so that won't be a problem. However I did try to cook with using a spray but the food did not taste as good.
• United States
10 Jun 07
Kevin Trudeau http://www.natural-weightloss-cures.com/ I recently bought the book one because I am a supporter of natural cures and two, I am in the Health Industry and always researching for the truth. Understand.. This is NOT A diet, you do not need to exercise and it's a CURE! You can expect to lose 30 pounds in the first month...give or take based on your body weight. I suggest this book to ANYONE who wants to lose weight.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
10 Jun 07
I heard about this in an infocommercial once, but I did not know the name of the book because we were switching channels. I wonder if it is available on Amazon.Ca or at Coles. I live in Manitoba in Canada.
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@franziska (411)
• Italy
12 Aug 07
The best, internationally recognized diet, is the Mediterranean one. You should eat like italians eat...but all in little quantities...the quantity of food is fundamental.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
13 Aug 07
Sounds fine to me. I love Italian.
@wachit14 (3601)
• United States
11 Jun 07
It sounds to me like you are doing all the right things. It's best to try to stick to whole foods like fruits, vegetables and lean meat. Also, try to use whole grains like brown instead of white rice and whole grain cereals and pasta. However, the best advice I could give you is portion control. As long as you control the amount of food you eat, anything is acceptable. I learned this from doing Weight Watchers and it really works.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
13 Aug 07
I wish I could get more fruit though. In the summer it is okay, but the winter is a bit hard.
@angie5 (21)
• United States
11 Jun 07
Sounds like you are on the right start. Instead of just running, try doing intervals..they are the best for fat loss. Intervals are like walking for 1 min and running for 30 sec and doing that about 4-6x with a warm up and cool down. Intervals are the best for fat loss! I also have more great tips for you at my website: http://womensdietandfitness.com If you have any more questions, Ask!
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
20 Jul 07
Thanks. I am doing the interval walk run and I find I lose more weight that way, then just running. I only wish the other people would not comment that I would get a heart attack when I was doing my run interval, like that old lady did the other day.
11 Jun 07
I tried it myself and I can tell you it worked.Take one teaspoon of hone with one teaspoon of lemon juice early in the morning mixed in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning.That helps to take off some weight.Besides that I have heard that a leek diet helps in losing weight.Also most importantly don't get tensed up.Tension or stress contributes to weight gain.Practise relaxing techniques every time you feel that you are stressed.My fav is to keep repeating in my mind,"I am taking one thing at a time today,not rushing and handle things when and as they come" until I feel relaxed.I have also heard of a soup diet helping to lose weight.Keeping off salt is good too as it reduces the retention of water in the body.But whatever you try,make sure to take a multivitamin daily to help you counter vitamin deficiency while dieting.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
13 Aug 07
I do try to avoid salt, I never heard of a leek diet, but the avoiding tension does seem logical because it is when I worry that I eat more.
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
11 Jun 07
mine worked where i dont eat rice anymore. i still eat pasta and i go moderate on breads... i walk about 30 minutes to an hour a day and that's it! i lost a few pounds faster than those drinking diet pills.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
20 Jul 07
I had to use diet pills to get started. Lost ten pounds that I would not have done normally. I guess I have stubborn fat and living where it gets to minus 40 in January does not hel;p. With me it is too much bread and pasta. I now eat whole wheat bread and pasta, but if there were a low cal way to make potato salad.
@tredale (1313)
• Australia
11 Jun 07
This may or may not help and has nothing to do with food. But drinking lots of water helps to keep everything from building up and helps moves toxins quickly. I went on a diet years ago and have never had to go on one since, But the only thing I kept from this diet was drinking lots of water and I have never gone back. Fresh food and veggie are the best.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
20 Jul 07
You know I heard water does help. I could never understand why. I lost some weight and now I find I have to drink more, go figure.
@suman76 (648)
• India
11 Jun 07
THe best way to loose weight is dancing . You try to make your waist moving and moving then you will see the results in on week
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
20 Jul 07
I should try that, even though I am the world's worse dancer. But if I do it alone, no one would notice. Thanks@
@gardengrrl (1445)
• United States
11 Jun 07
Here are a couple of tips that have worked for me in the past: Eat numerous small meals or snacks at regular intervals, this keeps your blood sugar level and helps minimize cravings. Go for fiber, it's filling and sticks with you longer. Did you know that popcorn is considered a whole grain? It's a great diet food, as long as you don't drown it in fats and salt. I like to season it with garlic and onion powder as it comes out of the popper. You have to indulge your sweet-tooth sometimes, so when you do, hold out for the very best kind of whatever you crave. If it's chocolate, don't settle for Hershey's, hold out for Godiva. If you don't indulge in the low-end sweets, you'll save calories because the good stuff is much richer and satisfies much more quickly. When I feel the night-time munchies coming on, I get my hands busy with something. lately its been writing here ay myLot, but lots of things will do the trick. If I can avoid the impulse for five minutes, it'll pass. Popping in a stick of gum helps, too, so does brushing my teeth. Good luck, hope some of this was helpful!
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
12 Jun 07
Thanks for the suggestions. I don't know if they have Godiva here in Manitoba. I will check to see where it is available. I really love dark chocolate. Yes and writing at myLot helps, unless I get up and take a short break. I'll guess I will have to avoid the cupboard and the fridge.
@Zelmarq (11508)
• Cebu City, Philippines
11 Jun 07
If you want to lose weight the food is the first thing to check and make sure that you also have the right exercise to match your diet. You can try this breakfast recipe; I found this online. Easy Egg Scramble Despite the unfounded cholesterol scare of the last 15 years, eggs can be a healthy addition to anyone's diet. They contain all known nutrients except vitamin C! When possible, buy them directly from farms where the chickens are allowed to roam free and eat their natural diet, or purchase eggs marked DHA or or high omega-3 eggs. Ingredients 6 eggs 1/4 cup heavy cream 3 Tbsp. melted butter or extra virgin coconut oil Celtic sea salt, pepper Few grains of cayenne pepper (optional) Instructions Beat eggs well. Add cream. Heat butter in skillet or pan; add egg mixture, cooking slowly, until of a creamy texture. Add salt and pepper to taste. If desired, add 1 cup of chopped turkey bacon, chicken, beef, peppers, or some cayenne pepper for variations in taste. Serves 3–4.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
12 Jun 07
I would love to buy omega 3 eggs. Unfortunately my husband took early retirement and now we have to watch or budget, You should have seen the fit he made when I did not want to stop eating yogurt. I usually have one boiled egg for two days, cereal and milk for another two days, and fruit and rolled oats another. I don't know if I can take six egs at one time though. Thanks.