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Im lookin for an easy solution to lose weight!

what if I eat...
2 slices of wheat bread with peanut butter, with fruit
bowl of oatmeal, with fruit
can of peas, and a piece of fruit
and that would be it for a day, is this enough and balanced enoughed to lose weight and stay healthy?

Wed. Dec 7, 2:28am

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I am not an expert on the subject at all, but I do know that the menu you suggested does not have enough calories to sustain an adult. Going below 1200 calories (for most people, depending on your current size and height) puts you at risk for malnourishment. The body is designed to feed off of itself if it is not given enough calories per day. In fact, the body will burn muscle before it gets around to burning any fat because it thinks it is in starvation mode, and will need the fat for later. Please take a look at the food pyramid ( for some excellent ideas. There is no quick fix or easy solution to losing weight...less calories in, more calories burned. Best of luck!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005, 4:44 AM

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So are you saying this is what you want to eat every day? Or is this just what you ate today? It's not horrible, just for one day I think, but I would tend to think it's not enough calories and nutrients for you. All of these can be great foods in a diet, but variety is healthy and so much more fun. I think some veggies are needed - not just peas. Good luck!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005, 4:56 AM

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First, there is no easy quick fix. Usually the easy, quick fixes, 95% of the time, the weight comes back on plus more. Could you really sustain eating the same thing over and over again? Maybe to get some ideas, you could look at some group members logs? or some of the members in the spotlight?

Wednesday, December 07, 2005, 7:07 AM

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I don't see much protein in your choices. Protein is an essential part of any balanced diet.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005, 7:12 AM

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Body for life gives you a lot of great ideas of how to lose weight and develop a real energy for the things you like to do. It's easy to flip through and read.


Wednesday, December 07, 2005, 7:19 AM

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Pretty much your whole diet is carbohydrates - two pieces of bread, oatmeal, and all the fruits. You are only getting a little protein and fat from the peanut butter. You need 1200 calories a day (definitely not less than 1000), and you need a relatively even balance of where the calories come from!

Right now,
2 slices of ww bread = 200 calories
2T peanut butter = 180 cals
bowl of oatmeal = 150 cals (for 1/2 cup dry rolled oats)
3 pieces of fruit, maybe = 300 calories, probably less
can of peas = 100 cals

total = 930 calories
750 of these calories are from carbohydrates! That means that over 80% of your calories are coming from carbohydrates - far too many! The Zone diet, for example, tells you to have 40% calories from carbs, 30% from fat and 30% from protein. Fats and proteins are more filling than carbs, and are harder for your body to break down. You'll feel better if you add some of each, and cut the carbs. Maybe either have toast OR oatmeal, not both, but add some cheese and a chicken breast cooked with a little oil, on a bed of spinach leaves, and you'll be much better off! Also, veggies that are fresh (or even frozen) are much better for you than canned, which usually have a lot of salt and not as much nutrients.

Good luck! And add some calories, protein and fat!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005, 10:55 AM

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Dieting vs Behavior Change

To the original poster:

There is a thread in the community forum with the subject "Dieting vs Behavior Change. It has a lot of comments from a lot of different people on how best to go about losing weight.

If you take a look at this thread, I'm sure you will could get a lot of insight on the subject of how best to go about losing weight and keeping it off.

Good luck!


Wednesday, December 07, 2005, 3:44 PM

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There is no quick fix, losing weight takes time and planning and a lot of work. I'm surprise that you would even ask, is this some sort of joke? If not I highly suggest you seek professional help with a diet and exercise program.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005, 10:04 PM

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I agree with the previous poster. When I read this I just shook my head. Just that fact that you have asked it makes me think you know that it's really not a good diet.

Thursday, December 08, 2005, 9:06 AM

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The above two posts seem a little harsh to me, although I do agree with the thought that there is no quick fix to weight loss - if there was, we'd all be skinny!

To the original poster: PeerTrainer is a very supportive community with a huge amount of collective knowledge about what works and what doesn't in weight loss. Please follow the above suggestions about looking at past threads and checking out the spotlight members (I know Kissmekate has lost a lot, I'm sure others have also, but I haven't been following them as closely). Also check out the logs that have been made public (you can find a list in the blog). Finally, join several groups, and keep asking questions here!

If you are ready to commit to a lifetime (or even just one day :) of improving yourself and your habits, we are ready to support you every step of the way.


Thursday, December 08, 2005, 10:20 AM

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