I appreciate that my parents never bought us diet/fake-sugar anything...I can't stand it now. Never been an issue.
I don't 'diet' because that easily turns into obsessive behavior, but between buying a treadmill and skating more (fitting in two days a week now) I both have less craving for bad things (I allow myself one "bad" entree on a weekend and today indulged in a carb sweets binge, probably triggered by being freezing cold) and burn more calories. Since the more I skate the better I get at it and then the more fun it is, the more I want to do it, I'm highly motivated to exercise. Knowing I have one day a week where if I want the cheeseburger I can have it makes it easy to eat well the rest of the time.
Comp is over...time to get back into workouts. So hard when you get a break. I have to say, my fitness and exercise routine prior to comp really made a huge difference at comp time. I had tons of energy and endurance and did not feel tired despite of long hours in the ballroom. Came home and discovered I had lost another couple of pounds!
Just thought for you, when you "starve" your body it begins to store fat instead of use it because it triggers a famine response. You should eat every 2-3 hours, mostly raw or lightly steamed veggies of all colors, drink the Green Goodness juice from Bolthouse(found in the cooler section of produce), and mixed nuts/seeds. If you are a meat eater then just grilled or baked chicken breasts, but anytime of day you want! Also drink abt 80-90 oz of water a day. This triggers your metabolism and you will burn calories all day long! Easiest diet because you are never hungry
In my experience, the main problem with fruit juice is that it is WAY to easy to drink it to excess. I could down 12 ounces of orange juice, and not blink an eye about it. Therefore, I don't drink straight, commercial fruit juice. I have my own mixture of fruits (small amounts) and veggies I run through my juicer. Much better than ANYTHING off a store shelf. I have that, with one piece of whole grain toast with Smart Balance Spread, as breakfast when I'm trying to get as much nutrition as possible into as few calories as possible.
Amen, and to note anything on the shelf is required to be pasteurized via the FDA, our 'health' protection agency, whatever, so therefore has
Lost most of its enzymes and many vitamins in the process, as well as changed the flavor. So fresh juicing is the healthiest alternative when possible.
Yea, for a guy, and someone who is able to do two a days and wanting to build muscle, otherwise protein shakes are not necessary for the average person. The vitamins and antioxidants from vegetables, especially dark greens is most Important. I haven't had sugar or milk products and only 3 meats a week for over 7 years and my nutrition panel is perfect. I have it tested every summer. I was low in vitamin B12 for awhile because of no red meat, yeast or eggs in my diet but I put eggs back in and now it's fine. Key is everyone should research how much they should need of protein and all nutrients based on their age and activity level before assessing their diet changes.
Still struggling to manage my food intake. If I don't eat sufficient portions and frequently enough, I crash energy-wise and have a tendancy to eat terrible-for me things. Trouble is, I'm struggling to find a portion size and meal composition that is healthy, keeps me full but not too full, can be made in advance and packed, and lasts 3 or so hours before the hunger returns... and while I've manged to stop the unintentional weight loss, I'm doing it by adding in food that I really shouldn't be eating.
Yesterday I e-mailed a few nutritionists to set up consultations. I've decided that I need help with this.
That's good to consult nutritionists. I did when I first changed my diet, but be cautious because they may try to sell you on all kinds of supplements. I pack dried fruits sometimes, but mostly a nut/seed mixture from Whole Foods,fresh veggies, Bolthouse Green Goodness and stove popped popcorn. I munch/graze all day and am never "hungry" because like you said, that is when we make bad choices.
Starting this week to switch my gym routine to do more core work and a bit less arms/legs. The core work is already showing major improvements, and my right knee has been grateful for a bit of a break.