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Penultimate
03-03-2011, 11:40 PM
I just started counting calories a couple days ago, and I'm a little confused...

Is it bad to have a meal consisting entirely of vegetables? As long as I get wheat, dairy, fruit, and meat sometime else during the day? Because today in the cafeteria at lunch I just wanted to fill up on the delicious stir-fry veggies they had (I know you have to be careful with stir-fry, but these weren't very oily at all), but it felt weird for vegetables to be the only part of my meal so I also grabbed a hamburger. I still managed to finish off the day under 1400 calories, but would I have been fine with just the vegetables?


summerlove
03-03-2011, 11:50 PM
Im quite curious how you were able to eat a hamburger and stirfried veggies from a cafeteria and still stay under your cals! Is the nutritional information posted there or are you estimating your calories?

Penultimate
03-04-2011, 01:00 AM
Im quite curious how you were able to eat a hamburger and stirfried veggies from a cafeteria and still stay under your cals! Is the nutritional information posted there or are you estimating your calories?

I accidentally slept through breakfast, so... ^^;; And the hamburgers at the cafeteria aren't very big. They post nutrition information there.


summerlove
03-04-2011, 01:08 AM
Ah ok.

Well, if you can feel fully satisfied with a meal of veggies go for it! Do what works for you :) I personally would add some protein to it - eggs or some nuts maybe?

Fitness Breakout
03-04-2011, 01:55 AM
I personally don't trust the nutrition info posted in my work cafeteria. I saw an "Asian salad", for example, that was listed at 550 calories that had to be at least 1,000. It was loaded with steak, stir fry noodles, and a heap of those fried wonton strips. Not saying this is the case everywhere, but it's very easy to underestimate your calories when you're eating meals out.

Initiative
03-04-2011, 02:03 AM
Vegetables are fine for a full meal. However if you are doing something energy demanding I would throw in some cashews or some other kind of protein to help you last through the day longer.

lackadaisy
03-04-2011, 02:06 AM
You should absolutely not add something because you feel obligated. Save it and eat it later.

I thought I'd be eating much more at lunch than normal because I skipped breakfast... turns out I only wanted salmon and heap of veggies. That's a good thing: it means I got to have a midnight snack just now and stay under 1100 for the day :D A huge meal of stirfried veggies = some carbs, some fat. Remember that you're low on protein and get it after school, no worries there.

aspenemry
03-13-2011, 03:49 PM
yes it's absolutely fine! I find that the more veggies I eat the less hungry I am throughout the day. For those of us who like to eat "volume" veggies are a great way to do that!

iaradajnos
03-13-2011, 04:02 PM
I join in on the cheers for veggies. When I first started my weight loss, I was a dubious but faithful follower of Barbara Rolls' Volumetrics. She proclaimed veggies as filling. I really didn't believe but gave it a month, then happily converted over.

Now, I'm a huge fan of volumetrics, low-energy dense foods, and the "fullness factor" at nutritiondata.com. I try to have a meal that almost all veggie with a very small amount of a whole grain plus a lean protein (my preferences are tofu, nuts, beans). I substitute bean sprouts for noodles or rice when I've cooked a stir fry or other hot dish. Fat, protein and whole grains are awesome with your veggies but in small amounts. The body can totally do well with that.

LandonsBaby
03-13-2011, 04:10 PM
I think it's fine. I also don't think you should feel like you have to eat wheat.

cookinmary
03-14-2011, 11:32 AM
Power to the veggies!!!!!

joyfulloser
03-14-2011, 12:01 PM
I wouldn't say "too many veggies" as I would "not enough protein". You need protein to build muscle...to live basically, not enough and your body can become catabolic (in which is eats away at it own muscle to get the much needed protein).:)

peanutt
03-14-2011, 12:11 PM
One meal that isn't "properly balanced" isn't the end of the world! Like others said, if I had a veggie heavy meal for lunch, I'd try to get some protein in for a snack or supper to have things balanced by the end of the day.

Freedom One
03-15-2011, 10:36 AM
I just started counting calories a couple days ago, and I'm a little confused...

Is it bad to have a meal consisting entirely of vegetables? As long as I get wheat, dairy, fruit, and meat sometime else during the day? Because today in the cafeteria at lunch I just wanted to fill up on the delicious stir-fry veggies they had (I know you have to be careful with stir-fry, but these weren't very oily at all), but it felt weird for vegetables to be the only part of my meal so I also grabbed a hamburger. I still managed to finish off the day under 1400 calories, but would I have been fine with just the vegetables?

In terms of efficient eating, I would suggest a combo of protein and carb (not simple carbs - foods with added sugars, or processed white grains and flours; these will cause a spike in your insulin levels which in turn makes your metabolism slow down; rely on complex carbs found in whole grains, fruti and veggies for energy) as opposed to eating just protein or veggies as a stand alone meal. Combining lean protein with complex carbs causes your BMR to rise supporting a health metabolism - combo eating with complex carbs results in a slow release of sugar into bloodstream, causing your blood and insulin levels to stablize giving you longer lastnig energy all day long.

Have you thought about packing a lunch as opposed to eating cafeteria food?

newmeLicia
03-16-2011, 09:33 PM
All veggies can actually help your body purge itself of all inpurities, but they don't need to have anything added. Only eat them grilled or steamed or fresh. Check out phase one of the FatSmash for a 9 day detox and it will help you lose all the impurities to get back on track with your weight loss. And I can personally say that you will lose 5-10 pounds easily within nine days... and NEVER BE HUNGRY...

Only eat
vegetables, fruits, brown rice, yogurt, plain oatmeal, tofu, egg whites, soy milk... drink plenty of water... no caffiene, sugar, or salt.. only nine days though... that way no long lasting effects on your body.. and remember PROTEIN comes from beans also.... without the added fat

SCraver
03-17-2011, 10:40 AM
I just started counting calories a couple days ago, and I'm a little confused...

Is it bad to have a meal consisting entirely of vegetables? As long as I get wheat, dairy, fruit, and meat sometime else during the day? Because today in the cafeteria at lunch I just wanted to fill up on the delicious stir-fry veggies they had (I know you have to be careful with stir-fry, but these weren't very oily at all), but it felt weird for vegetables to be the only part of my meal so I also grabbed a hamburger. I still managed to finish off the day under 1400 calories, but would I have been fine with just the vegetables?

Over and over again on here, I see people come to the realization that weight loss is not an all or nothing thing. Every meal does not need to be perfectly balanced - you will make yourself crazy! There is nothing wrong with eating a pile of veggies for lunch - that is awesome! If you want a big pile of veggies - eat the veggies. If you want the hamburger - eat the hamburger. As long as you are getting a balance over a period of time, then there is nothing to worry about.

I keep reading about the food habits of two year olds (My son turned 2 in Jan.) and I keep reading over and over again about how they tend to have days where they hardly eat at all and days when they are like bottomless pits. There are days when my son wants nothing but dairy - yogurt, cheese, etc. And then there are days when he is a total fruit monster. Everything I have read says that if I look at what he eats over a few days or a week, I can see that he gets a balance - just not all in one day.

Who's to say we can't eat like that? I mean - eat when we are hungry? Back off when we aren't? Eat fruit today? Protein tomorrow? I think this is all about finding balance. Finding what works best. If you want to eat veggies now and protein later. Plenty of people don't perfectly balance their ratio of proteins/fats/carbs and are perfectly healthy.

oh god... I am rambling. Sorry. :^:

dorothy52
03-17-2011, 10:53 AM
Why is it that people think they must have meat with every meal. As a vegetarian I am not opposed to person other than me eating meat and I am more troubled by the fact that people think we need to have it every meal. The plate of vegetables that you had less the oil, which you said looked minimal, is great. We need more fruits and vegetables in our diet. It is good for your body, good for the planet, and good for the animals. Do not fuss over such a little thing, be more concerned if you had a plate full of meat.