Hi Terry, Congrats! You have done something you can be very proud of. Obviously, you can't cut calories or you'd be starving yourself. The only things that I can suggest are increasing exercise to burn more calories and try calorie cycling. I did that and it kept me from hitting any extended plateaus during weigh removal. I, too, restricted myself to 1200 nutritious calories per day, but once a week (usually on the weekend) I would eat 1400 or 1500 calories. Supposedly, it keeps your body from settling into a pattern. i lost 115 lbs. and have now maintained the loss for 1 year.View Thread
Hi Friendly, Kim gave you some good advice. I had borderline high LDL and changed some things in my diet. My doctor was pessimistic about me being able to lower it through diet, but let me try before prescribing meds. Guess what? I did it. I now eat oatmeal with blueberries, walnuts and fat free milk 5 days a week for breakfast. I've reduced the amount of cheese I eat (love it and just wouldn't give it up completely). I've also gone meatless one day a week and have chicken as my protein most nights for dinner. I do still have red meat once a week. I avoid most processed foods, white carbs and have added more veggies. I have at least one serving of a dark green veggie daily - most days more than one serving as I love broccoli. Hope this helps.View Thread
Thanks for asking these questions, Brunosbud. I'm just trying quinoa as well. Also, I had no idea you could store rice for several days in the rice cooker. Does it not dry out? I make brown rice rarely because I'm not particularly fond of it after it's been stored in the fridge.View Thread
Brunosbud, I have a family history of heart disease, so I do have concerns about the cholesterol. I agree that we are in charge of our health and should make decisions on what is best for us by educating ourselves as well as listening to our doctors. Here's to making good choices!View Thread
1. Interesting term, food cravings...since I cleaned my house out of all the foods that are unhealthy and possibly binge-producing, I don't really have a problem with cravings. It's eating out, social events, etc. when I don't have control over what is served where I have run into problems. I deal with these events by looking online at the restaurant menus ahead of time to make a good choice; I am realistic about overindulging at parties so I cut back a bit the day before and the day after and try to keep the splurge to a minimum. I've had many slips, but the important thing is I get right back on track.
2. I don't mind answering personal questions, Brunosbud, if it will help someone else. Yes, I have yearly physicals. My physician, to whom I have gone for 20 plus years, is very supportive, but not much guidance (typical, I believe). My blood work is great except for cholesterol which has improved, but after checking every 3 months is not where it needs to be. Triglycerides are great, ratio between HDL and LDL is good, but LDL is still too high (not outrageously, that's why Doc gave me a year with careful monitoring to get it down with diet and exercise). Although he was willing to let me try, he was not optimistic that diet and exercise alone would do the trick. I was determined to prove him wrong with dietary changes appropriate for improving cholesterol numbers. We shall see in March.View Thread
Thanks for posting these articles. I have been reading as much research on weight loss and maintenance as my busy schedule allows over the past couple of year. Knowledge IS power, While I find much of the research interesting, I have found none of it as enlightening as reading the success stories on the National Weight Control Registry. These are real people who have been successful in losing significant amounts of weight and have kept it off. There is a common theme among these success stories and while it includes daily exercise and weighing one's self routinely; it also includes being vigilant about food intake.
For me, I know "absolutely and unequivocally," that logging my food in a tracker and being mindful of my nutrition and CALORIES has been the key to my 115 lb. weight loss which I am now maintaining. I am not arguing the point that exercise is extremely important to overall health, just that if a food addict, like me, does not get control of the food part, weight loss is not going to happen.View Thread
Hi, Comparing one's self to another person is never a good idea in any area, but especially food intake. Yes, you will have some hunger at 1400 cals, but it is doable if you make the right food choices. I have gone from 265 to 150 since June 2011. It took me a while and I only ate 1200 cals most days, but I did it and have now been maintaining for about 3 months. I eat no processed foods, lots of fresh or frozen veggies, some fruit, whole grains, lean proteins and low fat dairy. I do not keep any junk food in my house as I know I cannot resist those chips!
I'm not as good about logging my food now, but I have learned what I need to consume for nutrition and I keep up with everything I consume even if I don't log it or write it down. The food log kept me honest at first.
Eating well may not be "fair" or easy, but I promise you it is worth it for your health!!View Thread
I'm not a golfer, but I understand what you mean. It's like how people treat secretaries or waiters/waitresses. It tells you a lot about a person's true character. IMHO, you can also tell a lot about the part of a person's character that I care about by how they treat animals.
Obviously, I care more about how people treat others than what's in their trash or the cleanliness of their microwave. Those things basically only impact that person, kindness can change the world.View Thread