Do you want to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, Alheimer's disease or cancer?
To go through that would be very stressful, torturous, expensive, debilitating, horrific, saddening...the adjectives go on and on!
Or, do you want to be an energetic, sprightly, quick on your feet, fast-thinking centenarian?
That's my goal and my desire, to live a long, happy, healthy life! Not to be sick and debilitated, always hobbling to the hosptial emergency room or to the doctor's office.
Also, losing weight is critical, but doing it in a sane, safe way is just as critical. Overexercising, undereating and obsessing about food is NOT the way to go and will soon cause medical problems, too. It's called compulsive exercising and orthorexia.
Increase the number of fruits and veggies in your diet.
Eat a balanced diet of mostly complex carbs, some protein, and some healthy, unprocessed fats. Vegetable oils are highly processed and are toxic and clog arteries! Healthy fats are nuts, seeds, avocados.
Avoid all processed foods. Yes, sliced whole wheat bread is a processed food! So is your "healthy," "whole grain" cereal!
Avoid sugar. Period.
Don't even think about fast food or soda (including diet!).
Keep restaurant eating down to a minimum (make low-calorie choices).
Get active! Move! Stand up! Find activities you love to do...and do them!
Finally, enjoy your food, savor it, and don't feel guilty if you break the rules every once in a while. The point is to not obsess about "eating healthy," and to just eat to live, eat for enjoyment, and eat for a healthy, long, and vibrant life!View Thread
Agree. I always used to say I had a sweet tooth. Ended up, I was just addicted to sugar, plain and simple. Now I don't eat any refined sugar/sugary products...I fill my plate and bowl with sweet potatoes, dates, apples, berries, bananas, etc, and feel that those foods are very satisfying to my revised "sweet tooth!"View Thread
I haven't read anywhere that you have to be off of medications to do an elimination diet. The antihistamines makes sense now that you mention it, but I think you are fine to do the elimination diet while on your other meds.
P.S. I found out that I am sensitive to wheat gluten, dairy, and corn. Good luck on your quest.View Thread
1. Don't take the diet pills! Trust your instincts...you are right for hesitating...
2. You are gravitating to carbs because your body is telling you that you need them for survival, for energy...for living!
3. Now, the issue is which kind of carbs. Rid yourself of refined carbs and stock your house with only complex carbs like sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown rice, squash, any and all veggies, apples and berries and other fruit.
4. BUT don't make foods forbidden or off-limits. Someone who says, "I can't control my appetite," is sure to feel guilty, and feeling guilty leads to more binges. So if you are craving a cookie every once in a while...have it, eat it, savor it! Pretty soon, you'll realize you don't crave junk food anymore.
5. "Control your appetite" by eating the right combination of carbs, healthy fat, and protein at each meal. Eating mainly protein is only going to make you constantly hungry and in a state of constant craving, because the human body is designed to eat mostly carbs, some protein, and some healthy fat.
6. "Control your appetite" by making sure you have a set time to eat each meal of the day, stick to that routine day in and day out, and don't skip meals!
7. "Control your appetite" by having snacks in between meals if you feel truly hungry. Fruit, veggies, a small handful of nuts or seeds. Snacks like chips, cookies, pretzels, rice cakes, bread, candy, donuts are only going to make you hungry right after you consume them! Again, complex carbs like fruit with a bit of protein and healthy fat--like nuts--is a great snack that will keep you full until your next meal.
8. "Control your appetite" by doing something fun and distracting when you think you are hungry. Go for a walk, call or visit a friend, dance to music, do a scrapbooking project, go window shopping. If you are watching TV and get "hungry," stand up and do some exercises or stretches, or turn off the TV and distract yourself some other way. Resist those empty carbs!
9. Again, keep those empty carbs out of the house! The ice cream, too! If they are your weakness, they have no business in your cupboard or pantry! If you live with others who eat them, then refer to number 4.
10. Check out some health books from the library to get inspired. Some good authors include Dr. Joel Fuhrmann, Dr. Mark Hyman, Michael Pollan, Kathy Freston, Dr. Daniel Amen. They stress the importance of health and longevity...a side effect of working on that is...weight loss!
Your body has a mind of it's own and is saying that it likes being 140lbs, it's a healthy weight! Those last 10 pounds are hard to lose, because in our minds, we have a goal weight--that weight were we're happy and think we will look perfect, but our bodies are saying, "Eh, I'm going to regulate myself now and stay at this weight, this is perfect."
Here's what I did for those 10 pounds I rid myself of and have kept off ever since. Maybe it'll work for you. Don't kill yourself! Do weight loss in increments. That means, right now, stop dieting! Consume the number of calories your body requires to maintain weight for the amount of activity you do. Do this for a month or so. Then cut calories again for a month or so. Then consume the number of calories you need to maintain your new weight for another month or so. Repeat until desired weight loss is reached. The timing is up to you-- every 3 weeks, or every 2 months. Just do weight loss in increments. In a way, you are tricking your body. Slow and steady wins the race. Good luck!View Thread
Based on the replies, you can see the all the confusion...because your question was confusing! Your question doesn't quite make sense.
Do you mean fat on your body, or calories from fat?
Do you mean burn more fat on your body than calories consumed?
Or did you mean to write "muscle" and ask if you can burn more fat rather than lose muscle?
Anyways, calories are a unit of energy. We constantly need to consume calories from food, and we constantly burn calories to survive and function.
Exercise burns calories. Daily activities like walking, sitting, and cleaning, burn calories. Digesting food, maintaining heartbeat, brain function, etc, uses calories as well. We should typically consume enough calories on a daily basis to maintain our weight.
And if you consume less calories than what it takes to maintain your weight and if you burn more calories through increasing your exercise, weight loss will follow. And yes, fat loss is included in that weight loss equation! Hope that helps!View Thread
Now I'm not a doctor or expert, but from what it sounds like, you are not drinking enough water for the amount of fiber you are eating! 4-5 cups of water is not enough.
The more fiber-rich foods you consume, the more water you should drink! The water makes the fiber expand, which makes it able to pass easily through your body. If you don't supply your body with enough water, the fiber gets stuck in your digestive system. Then you introduce even more fiber and that gets stuck, and it keeps building up, leading to all kinds of problems, including constipation.
So, get some bottles or a pitcher and fill it/them up each day and drink up! I recommend 8-13 cups daily of NON-caffinated liquids...water, almond milk, 100% fruit juice, and the broth in soups count!
Caution: I would NOT recommend going over 13 cups of liquids because if you drink TOO MUCH water, you can end up flushing out vital electrolytes...then you'll have a dangerous situation sometimes called "water intoxication." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication
P.S. SEE YOUR DOCTOR for more information!!!View Thread
Everything you mentioned sounds GREAT, yes I agree, great pointers...but you lost me at lactose! I would not recommend this EVER! No, no, no! It's almost as bad as recommending laxatives. Please don't torture yourself!View Thread
Seems like everyone wants a magic pill these days.
Hate to break the news to everyone...THERE IS NO SUCH THING! No matter how flashy the advertisement and the claims, THERE IS NO MAGIC PILL, otherwise don't you think we'd be a skinnier country if there were a magic pill?!?!?View Thread