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  • #16
    All is true but one thing you might want to throw in is a meal replacement powder 2 times a day. TRY LEAN BODY FROM LABRADA or MYOPLEX or ISOPURE from NATURES BEST these are all very nutritious and easy to do on the road. Supplementing this with all the other advice you should be ok.

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    • #17
      Contact,

      Not all carbs are bad for you. Try to avoid simple carbs like the plague. These carbs come from sugars,refined wheat flour, and white rice to name a few.Concentrate your carb intake to include the complex carbs like certain veggies, fruits and whole grains and oats, which are higher in fiber.

      The basis of the South Beach Diet is discussing in detail the proper carbs and how to use them in creating a healthy eating lifestyle to lose weight.I wouldnt worry to much about calorie counting as long as your eating healthy foods and working out.

      As far as proteins go, try eating leaner cuts of meat rather than fattier cuts. Eat sirloin steak instead of T-bones or ribs. Try chicken breast and fish instead of wings and drummies.Choose lean lunch meats like chicken and turkey breast along with smoked ham, avoid honey ham due to extra sugar content.

      Caffein also plays a part in weight loss. Caffein stimulates your pancreas to release insulin into your blood stream which causes more sugar cravings than normal.

      Beware of low fat or non fat foods. Alot of these items have alot more sugar than their full fat counterparts,which are probably healthier for you anyway.

      These are some of the things covered in the SB diet book. Hopefully this helps you in your quest.

      Fordfreak

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      • #18
        Re: Workout Advice!

        Originally posted by Contact
        Those are usually Ham&cheese, or pizza hot-pockets, or frozen burritos.
        These are the things that have tons of sodium and sugar. What is meant by empty calories, is that when you eat this stuff and don't use the calories as fuel, they just sit there...then you get fat.

        It really doesn't take that much effort to prepare your meals before work. A couple of sandwiches with whole wheat bread and FRESH deli meat (not that packaged crap), couple pieces of fruit, low fat yogurt, a powdered protein shake, and some bottled water. There it is. Try that for a few weeks, plus your workouts and BINGO...weight loss.

        Put it all in a Coleman lunch cooler that you can keep on the passenger side floor.
        Whitechapel - Hate Creation

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        • #19
          I had always thought that protien made you gain weight...was I mistaken?
          A true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.

          -GK Chesterton

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          • #20
            Re: Re: Workout Advice!

            Originally posted by SinePari
            These are the things that have tons of sodium and sugar. What is meant by empty calories, is that when you eat this stuff and don't use the calories as fuel, they just sit there...then you get fat.

            It really doesn't take that much effort to prepare your meals before work. A couple of sandwiches with whole wheat bread and FRESH deli meat (not that packaged crap), couple pieces of fruit, low fat yogurt, a powdered protein shake, and some bottled water. There it is. Try that for a few weeks, plus your workouts and BINGO...weight loss.

            Put it all in a Coleman lunch cooler that you can keep on the passenger side floor.
            Actually the term "empty calories" refers to the calories that you eat that have no (or very little) nutrient value. The typical Big Mac meal would be an example (high in fat, sodium, sugar, and high God knows what else) with very few of the vitamins and minerals we ALL need daily to maintain good health.

            You can gain weight as a result of eating "good calories" from healthy sources, as well as "empty calories" from eating highly processed foods. The key is numbers - if you EAT more calories (from all sources) than you USE, you'll gain weight.

            So....if you want to lose weight it makes sense to:

            a) Cut down on the number of calories you eat daily

            b) Get the biggest bang (in terms of nutrients) you CAN from the foods you eat

            c) Exercise regularly

            SinePari's example up top re: an on-the-go meal sounds pretty good - and there have been a LOT of good suggestions on this thread.

            A couple of things:

            1. Re: sodium. Americans eat WAY more sodium than their bodies' need, and most of it DOESN'T come from the salt shaker - most of it comes from processed foods. There are huge amounts of sodium in all of the obvious processed foods you would THINK have sodium (like your hot pockets and burritos). But there is also sodium added to stuff like chocolate pudding, canned soups, processed cheese, donuts, cookies, ketchup, etc.

            The easiest ways to cut down on sodium intake it to not add table salt to your food, and to eat as many unprocessed foods as you can - and again there are great suggestions all through this thread.

            2. Our bodies need about 60% carbohyrdrates (to provide energy to our muscles and brains), 20% protein (to build muscle and repair injuries big and small), and 20% fat (the Heart Association says no more than 30% - but fat is also one of those things that Americans get too much of - 20% is enough).

            SinePari's meal suggestion contains:

            1) Carbohydrates, protein and fat

            2) Breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables, and dairy products

            3) Fiber, vitamins, minerals, fluids

            3. No 1 food source (like protein, or carbs, or fat) will MAKE you gain weight - again, you NEED foods from all of these sources every day to maintain good health. Weight gain = numbers game (calories in - calories out).

            4. A good rule of thumb is to every day try and eat as many foods as you can "as close to the farm" as you can.

            What do I mean by that? Some examples:

            Tomatoes are closer to the farm than tomatoe ketchup
            Steak is closer to the farm than bologna
            Milk is closer to the farm than chocolate pudding
            Oranges are closer to the farm than orange juice
            Cheerios are closer to the farm than Lucky Charms

            What it means is that generally the more "hands" that have touched your food (from what it starts OUT as, to what it BECOMES when the food companies are done with it) - the more nutrients that are lost, and the more "stuff" that is added to it (to artifically replace lost nutrients, to preserve it longer etc.)

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            • #21
              A lot of good information guys, thank you very much for all of your help Guys, I'll let you know how i'm progressing!
              A true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.

              -GK Chesterton

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