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Thought it could be interesting to see what food plan/diet/guidelines people are using and how much weight they've lost on it.

Mon. Dec 19, 11:49am

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I lost 20 pounds by following one guiding principle:

I HAD to get 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies EVERY SINGLE DAY, and they had to be prepared healthfully.

In order to ensure I was doing that I began measuring all my food, and thus also learned what a serving was. My portion control became incredibly good and what was more I discovered that I felt quite satisfied without the extra bites here and there.

Even with strict portion control, that's alot of food and by the time I got those incorporated - everything else just kinda fell into place. However it does take planning and shopping and preparation, so the challenge has been to keep it up, because I am big on eating out and convenience, and preparing fresh veggies every day does get to be a burden when you're tired and stressed. I really don't care for frozen - I am very particular about the texture and consistency of my food and frozen veggies with a couple exceptions, almost always turn out kinda limp and soggy which I hate! Logging my food here has really helped keep me on track and is a very visible reminder of just how many times I decide I'm too busy to prepare a decent meal and that 'just this once' happens more often than I'd like.

I have about 15 more to go, and that's been a bit harder. About a month ago I began exerising almost every day for 1/2 hour and that has really toned and flattened things quite a bit :-) I am beginning to question whether or not I actually need to lose more weight or if exercise and toning will give me the desired end result. The changes in the way my clothes fit are becoming more evident every day.

Monday, December 19, 2005, 12:39 PM

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Several weeks back a couple of members requested that I post my food plan, and also that I make my log public.

The link below will take you to my food plan. You can find my log under "dwillard" in the blogs.

I definitely agree with what the previous poster said about measuring portions, weighing things out, etc. And as with the previous poster, I also eat enormous quantities of fruits and veggies --- on the order of 15-20 servings/day, I think it comes out to. I just really like fruits & veggies, which makes it a lot easier.

It is hard to answer how much weight I have lost, as I have been following something similar to the same food plan for almost 5 years. I originally lost 30-35 pounds at a steady pound per week in 2001.

In mid-November, I joined PeerTrainer to help me thru the holidays. I have a tendency to eat too much, drink too much beer and slack off on my workouts when the days get short and cold, and I was looking for a bit of added motivation.

When I joined PeerTrainer I reduced the calories in my basic mealplan from 2800/day to 2000/day, and also added a bit more workout time. I have lost 5 pounds since joining PeerTrainer, and have also reduced my bodyfat to a very low level.

Hope this helps.



Monday, December 19, 2005, 2:17 PM

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I just count calories. I hate cooking, so I eat a lot of frozen meals and take-out. I now stick mostly to chain restaurants so I can check online for nutritional info first and make my selections in advance. Also, since I work out a lot, I make sure I consume lots of protein.

Monday, December 19, 2005, 2:23 PM

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I assign how many calories I'm allowed to eat at a meal. I'm "allowed" to eat 300 calories at breakfast, and another 500 calories during the time I'm at work (8:30am-5pm, including lunch). Then I have to eat a healthy dinner w/o much snacking/dessert, but I'm not sure how many calories are in most of my dinners.

In order for the restrictive number of calories to work, w/o being hungry and feeling munchy all day (I have no willpower when I'm hungry!) I need to get in enough fats and proteins, and pretty much zero simple carbs.

For breakfast, I typically have a low carb bagel (either Weight Watchers brand or Thomas's low-carb variety) with some light cheese (light laughing cow is my favorite) and either 2 pieces of turkey sausage or turkey bacon, or else I have a bowl of cereal (either Smart Start Soy Protein or Kashi Go-Lean Crunch), which I measure the serving size on the box with a measuring cup, and that's all I get, with some skim milk, and then I add frozen raspberries to the bowl or a banana, to "fill it up." Sometimes I add the turkey bacon or turkey sausage to this too, and reduce the amount of cereal by a bit.

For lunch, I typically do a soup-and-salad, with some protein and fats in the salad (usually beans and cheese, or turkey) but with light dressing on the side, and a broth-based soup. Or sometimes a heavier soup with fruit on the side (usually grapes), and either low-carb bread or some wasa crackers. But i switch it up.

It's working!

Monday, December 19, 2005, 2:31 PM

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Works for me!

I stick to 1200 calories a day;
no white carbs except for Saturdays, and then only within 1200 cals;
workout 5-6x/week with at least 1/2 hr. cardio each time;
limited packaged foods, if any;
major holidays are freebies (x-mas, thanksgiving, YOUR b-day only).
So far I've lost 5 lbs. in the last week on this plan.
I was only going to do this until New Years, but it's very do-able for me long-term.

Monday, December 19, 2005, 3:38 PM

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No measuring cups!

I hate to weigh, measure or count my food so I just eat as many vegs and fruits as I can in any given day. Like Digby, I probably have a good 15 servings each day and a great variety. I also limit the amount of animal protein I have to no more than 3 oz per day (and many days I don't even have that). I only have no-fat dairy products and not every day (except for a little bit of parmesan here and there).

I drink a great protein and fiber shake every morning with fruit (usually berries) and added flax for heart health. I also take vitamins and supplements regularly.

About the only thing I drink is herbal tea and water. I just don't like the taste of sodas anymore. It's something about the carbonation that doesn't appeal to me.

My diet is a conglomeration of the Pritikin program, the AHA diet, the anti-inflammation diet, and the Mayo Clinic diet. I lost 20 lbs in the first month and I will weigh again at the end of this month. You can follow my weight loss journey by visiting my public log.

OP....good topic! - Trish


Monday, December 19, 2005, 3:55 PM

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Trish, you're doing awesome! Keep it up!

Monday, December 19, 2005, 4:07 PM

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Trish- I just visited your log- a year later, how has your diet helped you? I recently started an anti-inflammation diet, and am having grea results. It works so well I want to wander the earth and spread the message.

Sunday, November 19, 2006, 10:34 AM

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I don't have a specific food plan, but I have lost 17lbs since August. I monitor my calories and eat a lot of whole foods - chicken, whole grain bread, bananas, peanut butter. Nothing is off limits to me, I eat ice cream (light or fat free variety) almost every day. I drink a lot of water and allow myself a specific set of calories each day. I aim for 1300, but typically end up around 1700. I do cardio 5-7 days a week for 45-60 minutes each time.

Monday, November 20, 2006, 3:27 PM

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I'm all about counting calories. I've lost 14 pounds.

Monday, November 20, 2006, 4:25 PM

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