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    11cactus11 is offline Senior Member
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    Default Help with 'diet'

    I like to eat; its no mystery to those who know me. I also eat alot, and often.

    I gain weight easily. Sadly, my pants fit too tight. I can't afford to buy new clothes, and frankly don't want them often.

    So, eat less. Right?

    Wrong. I need to eat alot or else I wake up in the night hungry. I also feel weaker, which carries over into the gym.

    I've tried the Metabolic diet, warrior diet, etc... I need an eating routine that works for me without hype.

    I know its a loaded question.

    If you want exercise details, look on my blog. If you want eating details, ask specifically.

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    I can tell you what worked for me....although I am still a work in progress...1). When shopping for food, have a list and STICK to it....this is the point where you must have CONTROL...and where big mistakes do happen. 2). Avoid ALL fast food...No excuses. 3). Plan your meals at least 3 days in advance...if possible have the meals stored in plastic containers...and placed in refrigerator...so as to shorten meal preparation times through the week. 4). Try to incorporate HEALTHY microwave meals at least 3-4 times a week. 5). Drink 1 cup of water before and after meals. 6). Do not allow more than 3 hours between eating....have between meals..an apple...or...bannana..or yoplait lowfat yogart...or any other fruit/veg...or juices like V-8 etc.. 7). Eat Protein...hardboiled eggs...whey powder/milk...tuna or salmon...and LEAN beef 8). Know when you are most vulnerable ...if you binge at night...save your evening meal for a couple hours later than usual. 9). Know what triggers your food craving...such as TV..football games...beer..and avoid all activities that you associate with eating...later you can return to watching football on TV when you know have control..Avoid all sugary...salty...greasy..(potatoe chips in my case)..junk food..See rule #1...10)..Get support from wife, mother big sister etc...do not let them enable you...11). Everyday is a new day...You WILL stray off track from time to time....do not allow guilt/feelings of failure to keep you from getting back on track..As the weeks and months pass you will have fewer relapses...and more control...You have the discipline to do the hard work with exercise...You can also develope the discipline to exercise your self control in this regard also... 12). Set attainable goals for the short term....weight is only one indication of fitness...After a couple of months try on a pair of trousers that is one size too small for you now...and see how it fits...In my case my weight INCREASED...while my waist size went down from a size 38-40 to 32-34inches trousers....Hope this helps Dennis

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    Thanks for the advice. But, I know all that stuff already. I've read books, taken health classes, etc...
    Perhaps I have misinformed you, and apologize. I'm not huge, and don't have uncontrollable cravings; I do have some pudge I'd like to lose by summer. I don't have a weight problem, but a problem losing weight. I'm actually below the medium weight, as Southern Californians go.

    I'm searching for a 'diet' that allows me to have ample energy to function in my life (including gym, work, etc..) while not accumulating fat. If I eat less, then I burn out and lose fat. If I eat more, then I have energy, but fatten up.

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    Make sure you cut down on breads...and pasta...try to reduce the amount of calories you eat per day by say 100....eat a little more protein...see how it feels for about a couple weeks.......sorry about my original post...I completely misss read you....If your over 35 it gets tougher to lose the fat...also when trying toi lose fat...there is no way around loosing muscle....hopefully it wont be a significant amount...but you can build back...good luck...Dennis

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    11Cactus11 - I too eat often and eat a lot. I am small - 130lbs but eat 5 times a day which includes 6 whole and 6 white eggs, 3-4 lbs of veggies, some fruit, 1-2 lbs of beef or chicken, half a cup of nuts. All of the above I eat essentially raw and daily. The eggs are raw and the beef is only slightly boiled. The chicken however is cooked, but that is only once per week. My abs show year round.

    I find that I can eat as much veggies, fruit, nuts, and meat that I want and not gain weight. I do not eat processed food - no bread, milk, sugar, etc. This diet seems to work best for me.

    It sounds like you have tried many diets - If you have not already gone mostly raw - perhaps give it a shot and it may help keep your energy up while reducing the small amount of unnessary fat. JMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11cactus11 View Post
    Thanks for the advice. But, I know all that stuff already. I've read books, taken health classes, etc...
    Perhaps I have misinformed you, and apologize. I'm not huge, and don't have uncontrollable cravings; I do have some pudge I'd like to lose by summer. I don't have a weight problem, but a problem losing weight. I'm actually below the medium weight, as Southern Californians go.

    I'm searching for a 'diet' that allows me to have ample energy to function in my life (including gym, work, etc..) while not accumulating fat. If I eat less, then I burn out and lose fat. If I eat more, then I have energy, but fatten up.
    Looks like you tried a variety of diets, eat clean, and still aren't getting the results you want. The only other controllable variable is your exercise routine- which looks pretty terrible for losing weight. You'll get better results doing some cardio 3 or 4 times a week. You are only lifting- which is a great way to put on weight but not a great way to lose weight.

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    What's a typical day's diet like for you?

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    Default sugar levels

    Get your blood sugars checked. Carvings, especial for carbs, is a result of the body producing insulin. Stay away from fasting in the meantime- that triggers the body to store away body fat thinking it is facing an emergency. I am diabetic and can not miss a meal. I lost alot of weight on the Beach and TNT Diet. Stay away from liquid calories like fruit juice. Read the 'Eat this, Not this' book series. Giood luck and get your sugars checked pronto- you never know- and once you know- a diet can be worked into your life with little or no pain.

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    11cactus11 is offline Senior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bram Wiley View Post
    What's a typical day's diet like for you?
    Typical weekday:
    2 eggs cooked in olive oil.
    a slice of toast
    smear or marjorine-non hydrogenated

    a banana
    2 handfuls of nuts

    turkey burger
    2 slices of wheat bread
    some mayo
    side salad-lettuce, radicchio, romaine

    This is just a typical day for me. Daily intake varies, not usually the same.
    1 gallon of water, or close to it

    some fruit-apple and orange

    pasta
    chicken breast
    veges

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    thnks for the advice.
    its alot to process.
    now i need a resolution.

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