Losing tips for foodies?

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#1
Wyoming
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I know I'm not the only person who needs to lose because I really enjoy eating.

The only system that has ever worked for me is simply drastically cutting calories. (I even went to some visits to get ready for bariatric surgery, but the doctor insisted on clearance from the out-of-date nutritionist who required I basically live on plain steamed chicken and water. If I could live on that, I wouldn't need the surgery.) Diet food is too often BORING, and my attempts at dieting are make harder because I'm in stage 3 kidney failure, so can't just add flavor by throwing on salt.

One tip that has helped me is butter (NOT margarine, I've avoided trans fats for 30+ years). I'll eat something fairly small for a meal, like a sandwich or a fried egg on a mini naan, but I'm usually still hungry. A handful of vegetables sauteed in a tablespoon of butter is pretty much 100 calories (90 mg sodium) and keeps me full for hours. (150 calories if I include corn as part of the veggies.) I've used frozen mixed veggies as well as fresh mushrooms or cauliflower; the butter adds enough flavor that I don't feel I'm eating cardboard. (Of course it would be better if I could eat the veggies plain. But my choices are eat plain veggies and still crave something with flavor, or add the 100 calories of butter and not cheat later.)

Down 4 lb so far!
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Sorry for your kidney problem. Do you attribute your 4 lb loss to your "butter" tip? i have shied away from too much pasta and take more bread and butter instead. May have to rethink my "new" eating habit.


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#3
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Only indirectly. I attribute the weight loss to reducing calories overall. The butter tip just helps me eat fewer calories by increasing flavor and satiety of a bowl of vegetables.

I'm also not sure why you consider bread and butter an improvement over pasta. Bread and pasta are both primarily carbs with some protein. (Unless you mean one slice of bread instead of a big bowl of pasta.)
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#4
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Pasta has been my favorite. Used to just have a big bowl but now takes only a half but with bread and butter. This is what I hope to change.
#5
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Plain pasta or with sauce?
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#7
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My biggest tip would be to research some recipes so that you can find things that taste great but are still healthy. There are plenty of them out there! And yes, butter doesn't have to be feared by those looking to lose weight. For example, Kerigold butter is made from grass-fed cows, which means that it contains vitamins and CLA. One tablespoon has 100 calories, but it goes a really long way and adds a lot of flavor.

I def don't believe in super low calorie diets. Never below 1200 for women and 1500 for men, but everyone is different in their calorie needs. If you restrict too much, you end up losing muscle mass.
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#8
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No matter what you're eating ... Stop eating when you are beginning to fill full ... You will lose weight.
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#10
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Easyboy, look into shredding zucchini or fork-separating spaghetti squash to put the carbonara sauce on instead of pasta. Healthier and takes sauce very well. (Go easy on the bacon if you make the sauce yourself, a little goes a long way.)

OCruisers, that has never worked for me. After 40 years of dieting, my metabolism crawls along and I can GAIN weight on 1000 cal/day. DH and I are both working out at the Y 2-3x/wk and hopefully that will help stimulate my metabolism, but between hip replacement, back pain, and no serious exercise for 10+ years, I'm having to start small. (I'm fairly proud of myself tonight, my back has been really bothering me today but I did NOT make that an excuse to skip the Y. I went and did what I could, just skipped the machines that didn't have a back support.)
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Originally posted by mamasylvia
Easyboy, look into shredding zucchini or fork-separating spaghetti squash to put the carbonara sauce on instead of pasta. Healthier and takes sauce very well. (Go easy on the bacon if you make the sauce yourself, a little goes a long way.)
Thanks for the pasta alternate. Will try it sometime.
#12
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I swear by the dukan diet. After 4 protein days cravings absolutely decrease. It's a life struggle for me and I slowly started creeping back up till. I am back on it ... two weeks in an already feel better and notice that clothing fits better. I know I need to get on the scale but I have a problem with that... fear of scales


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#13
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Eating clean, no processed and carbs with the bulk in veggies. Good lean protein. For flavor add fresh spices, smoked paprika with chili powder is awesome. I also add some good fats, olive oil or ghee. I try to be as dairy free as possible. Weigh and log everything!
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Originally posted by mamasylvia
OCruisers, that has never worked for me. After 40 years of dieting, my metabolism crawls along and I can GAIN weight on 1000 cal/day.
Read the study about weight gain in contestants of Biggest Loser or some such. Their metabolism was permanently reduced by their crash diets and all except 1 (out of 15 or 16) put back most of their weight.

No encouraging but I have a friend who fell ino the crash diet twice (worked, lost lots of weight but put it all back on).

You can read my blog, link in the losing weight for men thread
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I want to add that avoiding sugar in all forms is also a key. It's pervasive in a lot of foods.

If it helps, I see Metamucil is now sold without added sugar. The added fibre will help you stay full and allegedly bind with sugar (and other starches)? Not that I'm saying that it's o.k. to ingest any sugar anyway...

I eat a lot of fat. It keeps you full and doesn't really contribute to weight gain.

It's sugar and starches that is stored a glycogen in your body and converts to triglycerides (i.e., simply fat) if you don't burn off the glycogen.

The other thing you could do is to stay cold. Keep your house cool, wear as little as possible and shiver. Your white fat will convert to brown fat which is metabolically active and burn about 5x more energy than white fat.
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#16
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I found drinking a lot of water worked.
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#17
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Thanks for the butter tip.
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Veendam Atlantic Crossing 10/17 - 49 days
Amsterdam World Cruise 1/18 - 113 days
Rotterdam Boston to Rotter 7/18 - 19 days
Prinsendam Amster to FTL 8/18 96 days
Zaandam Antarctic 12/18 - 22 days
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#18
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i waned to lose a lot of weight for our past sailing in January. what works (for me, everyone is different) is intermittent fasting. i don't eat breakfast, and i stop eating after dinner. so i "fast" from about 5/6pm until 11;30 am the next day when i have lunch. i have a small lunch of about 500 cals, usually a lean cuisine with a can of drained peaches, and then for dinner i eat whatever - we tend to stick to fish, chicken, we grill burgers, or soup & sandwiches. with the chicken and fish we make white rice & a veggie. i just try not to overeat and stop when i am full. this has worked for me and i still eat fairly normally & normal food. if i want something "extra' that's fine. we actually still followed this on our cruise and we didn't gain any weight and we ate a ton of food in the buffet every night LOL
#19
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Spices help me a lot. I love food and love to try new things. No matter what I am having, I have several jars of spices on the table. For instance, if I am having low fat cottage cheese and tomatoes for lunch, I might put celery salt on my tomato slices, and curry or cumin on half my cottage cheese, then save the other half of the cottage cheese for "dessert" and sprinkle on a little Splenda and cinnamon. Flavored vinegars are also helpful to change up the taste of otherwise "bland" diet foods.
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