LA Weight Loss - Anyone not really following a plan?




tigerchic89
07-22-2008, 11:07 PM
I'm not sure what "plan"/category I woudl fit into here on 3FC. I don;t like any kind of restrictions (you know, the minute that you tell me that I can not have some lowfat icecream, that's teh 1st thingthat I will crave).

I'm trying to lose 30-45 lbs by esting a whole foods, minimally processed diet. I eat lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, good oils in EVOO and nuts, lean protein like chicken and beans, eggs, low fat dairy. I avoid HFCS, PHO's and all artificial sweeteners. I guess I'd liek to think of my diet as "natural and homemade". What plan woudl I fall into? Or is anyone else trying to lose by doing similar? TIA???


PhotoChick
07-22-2008, 11:13 PM
I'm not on a plan ... I just count calories and try to eat as much natural and whole food as I can.

One thing about just limiting yourself to eating naturally is that it is quite easy to eat an excessive number of calories eating naturally. It's not just the type of food you eat - it's the volume of food. I know that there have been days where I've taken a day off of counting ... and even though I ate no junk, I managed to consume 3000+ calories of healthy food.

Just something to keep in mind.

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tigerchic89
07-22-2008, 11:24 PM
I know that there have been days where I've taken a day off of counting ... and even though I ate no junk, I managed to consume 3000+ calories of healthy food.
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Yes, I have noticed this too. In the past, I've tracked/counted calories at spark peope, but it took me F.o.r.e.v.e.r to key in all of my food from each meal, since I cook from scratch (It woudl be so easy to track if my meals were Lean Cuisine boxes or McD's drive through :devil:).. so I don't track too often.

Does anyone have advice on tracking too? Are there better and "faster" sites out there? TIA!


PhotoChick
07-22-2008, 11:36 PM
I personally use DailyPlate.com ...

One thing I like about it, is that I can create meals and recipes and save them. Like you, I cook from scratch a lot and the meal function is a lifesaver. Even with say my morning smoothie - I've created a basic smoothie "meal" which is the yogurt, protein powder, flax seed ... so I can add just the smoothie, and then the fruit.

It also saves the foods you eat most often to a column on the right, so anything that you eat regularly can be pulled from that short list, rather than having to search the whole database.

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JulieJ08
07-23-2008, 12:46 AM
Check out the Whole Foods forum :D

KforKitty
07-23-2008, 04:10 AM
Whilst calorie counting can be time consuming at first when you cook meals from scratch, you quickly build up a list of things you eat on a fairly regular basis, so it soon becomes routine.

Kitty

Iianae
07-23-2008, 05:26 AM
I'm on a self created "plan" which I call "Jen Watcher". It's a combo of weight watcher ideas, Richard Simmons, Calorie counting (which I love to do) and food tracking/journaling. I do plan to check out some of the sites offered above though =)

Jennifer

tigerchic89
07-23-2008, 08:10 AM
Check out the Whole Foods forum :D

That sound perfect :carrot:. off to look for it

Thanks for all of teh advice. I'll take more if anyone else has ideas for me. TIA :smug:

tigerchic89
07-23-2008, 08:13 AM
Check out the Whole Foods forum :D

I can't find it. Can someone link me? Thanks!!

JulieJ08
07-23-2008, 09:13 AM
Sorry, it's way at the bottom of the main page :o

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=209

ddc
07-23-2008, 10:38 AM
What struck me is when you said you "eat lots of...."
Losing weight is bascially about portion control and stopping eating when you are full. Take in fewer calories than your body burns. Like photochick said, you can overeat even on healthy foods.
It's great that you're adopting better eating habits.
Keep it up :)

Matilda08
07-23-2008, 11:14 AM
I am not really on a plan either I started off my journey doing fat smash but only really did phase one. Now I just basically cut out fried foods, junk foods, I basically watch what I eat and eat healthier. I also work out and its working!

tigerchic89
07-23-2008, 11:23 AM
Sorry, it's way at the bottom of the main page :o



Thanks, I was looking through the "diet" section.. I think I opened every header there looking for a WF sub forum, LOL. I'll be visiting that WF section a lot :D

bargoo
07-23-2008, 11:27 AM
I am a calorie counter an effective, reliable and unrestrictive way of losing and controlling weight.

goodday
07-23-2008, 11:28 AM
im not really following a plan either, i do a pilates routine for an hour every night, run for about 30 minutes a day, get plenty of walking in, and eat some carbs/protein/dairy everyday but mostly fruits and vegetables...its working and i am not stressed out couting calories or carbs or whathaveyou...ive failed before doing that, this makes me feel normal because there is nothing im not allowed to have

tigerchic89
07-23-2008, 11:29 AM
What struck me is when you said you "eat lots of...."
Losing weight is bascially about portion control and stopping eating when you are full. Take in fewer calories than your body burns. Like photochick said, you can overeat even on healthy foods.
It's great that you're adopting better eating habits.
Keep it up :)


Oh, I think you have probably hit the nail on the head :o :o :o:( . Because I do tend to give myself a green light when it comes to eating "healthy foods". I have gotten better since really trying to lose since Jan, but I still fall into that habit. For instance... I will not touch a Chips A hoy cookie. I don;t really like the way they taste, and I know they are full of white flour, HFCS and PHO's, among other things. But when I bake homemade cookies.. made with ww flour, flax seeds, orgainc coconut oil, orgainc pecans, choc chips and raisins.... i will/have eaten 3-5 at a time..... b/c I "know" they are "good for me"... yet all of those calories soo add up.

anyway, thanks for noticing that comment, I will try to be more aware, even if it is a "good for you" food.....

tigerchic89
07-23-2008, 11:36 AM
I personally use DailyPlate.com ...


Tahnks, I'm signing up and tracking today's food there to see if I like it! :)

leelily
07-24-2008, 01:37 PM
Iím not really following a specific plan or diet either. I generally eat pretty ok but its the binges that do me in and once I start one they go one for a few days to a week. Iím thinking that if I just allowed myself some treats in moderation, I wouldnít have these freak outs. Its really about changing my mindset and not having to be perfect because that is definitely not working for me. I find that watching calories helps me but only if I donít get too persnickety and monitor every tiny bite. If I focus too much then I get frustrated and beat myself up for eating a teaspoon of something "bad".

Iím aiming for eating mainly healthy foods that make me feel good and learning that its not evil to allow myself some treats. Iím also trying to get away from the diet drinks because I crave them and they make me feel like yuck afterwards!

My main focus is exercise because although I hate it, when I do it often enough I just want to eat better. Once I stop I want to give up.

Good luck on your journey!! :cheer3:

ClaireFitz
07-24-2008, 04:30 PM
Honestly the best "plan" I've found is eliminating white flour and added sugar and making sure the staples of your diet include lots of fiber and protein. I try to keep things as simple as possible and really listen to my body. If I don't eat processed empty carbohydrates, I am much more in tune with when I'm hungry and when I'm full and I don't overeat.

lynnm39
07-24-2008, 04:52 PM
I've tried calorie counting, and although it works and is much more freeing than other diet plans, I still find that I get sick of it eventually. I'm trying to follow my own version of the No-S diet (Google it). Basically, I'm trying to eat three, healthy, reasonable meals a day---no snacks or second helpings. I'm allowing myself 4 "incidents" a week of diverging from the--e.g., two breakfasts a week where I might eat something sweet, one meal where I might eat seconds, one dessert per week (I don't have to do these, but if I do, I won't label it "cheating"). I'm just starting this, so I don't know what the results will be, but it might be worth a try for you.

One thing I've learned is that if I do get burned out on something, I plan to try something new rather than giving up.

Good luck to you!