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stiesta
02-23-2006, 02:36 PM
Here's a question for the chickies: I have pretty much eaten the same thing for breakfast and lunch my entire time on LAWL (I'm not bored with it -- just found what I like to eat and stuck with it). I have kashi go lean cereal w/ milk for breakfast, fruit for a snack, grilled chicken and salad w/ dressing for lunch, fruit and LA lite for snack, then something OP for dinner w/ my last fruit. I've had good success, but I'm wondering if varying the food plays any role in weight loss. Aren't calories just calories? Does your body adjust if you eat the same thing all the time? I've been at a plateau and tried shaking things up, but found that new food didn't fill me up the way my old stuff did. It's easy for me to stay OP eating the same b-fast and lunch...should I mix it up? Would that give me better results? What are all your thoughts?


emmysmom
02-23-2006, 02:44 PM
I was told my my center to try and mix things up. I was having toast with cream cheese and jelly, and some fruit for breakfast every morning. They said even if I did something different every other day, it would be better. Also, not the same protein too often.

Repo girl
02-23-2006, 02:49 PM
Your body gets really good at metabolizing your food, and when you always eat the same thing, it takes your body less time to break it down, which uses less energy, which burns less fat. I would guess that the reason that new foods make you more hungry is that your body is using more energy to break them down, which is a good thing.


DeafinlySmart
02-23-2006, 02:53 PM
your body needs different types of fuel to work more efficiently.

shennie_97
02-23-2006, 03:10 PM
your body needs different types of fuel to work more efficiently.

nice, plan and to the point;)

juliemarie
02-23-2006, 03:26 PM
I gotta share my fave breakfast to give you some new ideas-One of the mini-bagesl (thanks for whoever mentioned that here!) with 1 1/2 scrambled eggbeaters, 1 oz red fat sharp chedder (mixed in the eggs), Morton's. On the weekends I sometimes add a morningstar sausage patty.

w/o the sausage-1/2P, 1S, 1/2D

I eat it almost everyday . . . .so filling.

stiesta
02-23-2006, 03:41 PM
Thanks all for the advice, and thanks Julie for the breakfast recipe -- that sounds awesome. I need to hit the recipe thread and get some new ideas of things to eat. It's just so easy to stay with what I like, but I bet you're all right on getting better results. :)

rad7775
02-23-2006, 06:45 PM
Here's a question for the chickies: I have pretty much eaten the same thing for breakfast and lunch my entire time on LAWL (I'm not bored with it -- just found what I like to eat and stuck with it). I have kashi go lean cereal w/ milk for breakfast, fruit for a snack, grilled chicken and salad w/ dressing for lunch, fruit and LA lite for snack, then something OP for dinner w/ my last fruit. I've had good success, but I'm wondering if varying the food plays any role in weight loss. Aren't calories just calories? Does your body adjust if you eat the same thing all the time? I've been at a plateau and tried shaking things up, but found that new food didn't fill me up the way my old stuff did. It's easy for me to stay OP eating the same b-fast and lunch...should I mix it up? Would that give me better results? What are all your thoughts?
Hi:
When I started the program I was on the red plan and I got stuck on the same weight and no matter how good I was doing allways on the same weight for around 3 weeks ( is a lot for me considering the sacrifice). I heard from a friend that when you allways eat the same food your body get use to it and it was good to change the menus, that's what I did and it works. Now I am trying not to eat allways the same veggies, the same food and I found that changing the menus keeps me motivated..
Milca

Gamababa3
02-23-2006, 07:07 PM
Julie sounds good, but wouldn't it count as 2S in my book it says a 1/2 of mini bagel is 1S. If your adding the sausage would that count as another P. Being on the purple plan now I only have 2S & 2P, but always looking for new choices.

shennie_97
02-23-2006, 07:12 PM
my gold book says that i can have a bagel (2 oz) for 1 starch

Gamababa3
02-23-2006, 07:15 PM
I wish:)

Mine says bagel, Lenders, small 1/2
*Bagel other 2oz or 1/2

juliemarie
02-23-2006, 07:18 PM
The mini bagels are 100 calories-so 1 S. Sara lee makes them-they're really cute.

The morningstar patties are 150 calories each I think-so 1/2 P. If you add it to the egg sandwich it would be 1S, 1P 1/2 D.

The reg bagels (lenders or whatever) are usually about 120 calories for 1/2.

rad7775
02-23-2006, 07:21 PM
My book says the same as yours Gamababa, bagel, Lenders, small 1/2
*Bagel other 2oz or 1/2, but what other means?, other brand?, other flavor?
Milca

hkychik
02-23-2006, 07:29 PM
I bought a big bag of mini bagels at Costco - weighed them, and they are 2 oz each. I interpreted the plan to read other bagel not listed, weighing in at 2 oz= 1S. I have 1 two times a week or so, with laughing cow cheese.

Repo girl
02-23-2006, 07:32 PM
I was buying these whole grain bagels, Sarah Lee I think, that were not very big. They weighed exactly 2 oz on my scale, so I was eating a whole one. My center had a fit, said no way, only a half. I don't get it. If the book says 2 oz, and the bagel is 2 oz then why, oh why, can't I have it? A whole bagel was over 100 calories, however.

juliemarie
02-23-2006, 07:42 PM
Repo-don't hurt yourself trying to figure it out. :dizzy: But since the mini Sara Lee's are less calories than a "normal" 1/2 bagel, I'm counting it as 1S. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :sp: It's so much easier to make a sandwich with it;)

Gamababa3
02-23-2006, 07:54 PM
Like I said it sounds really yummy and I might try one once in a while. After being asking by the visiting counselor at the center am I working Barbara's program or LAWL's. Meaning I keep trying to add things that I'm not allowed or counting more cheese then allowed as a P. She reminded me as I continue to lose weight it is going to become harder to lose, I see that on here, and she said if I keep giving in it will get harder for me. She was a little more strict then I'm used to, but that day I think I needed it.

Repo girl
02-23-2006, 08:18 PM
Repo-don't hurt yourself trying to figure it out. :dizzy: But since the mini Sara Lee's are less calories than a "normal" 1/2 bagel, I'm counting it as 1S. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :sp: It's so much easier to make a sandwich with it;)


I'll try not to hurt myself.:) I am definitely going to buy mini bagels tonight though. Seems like pitas, the possibilities are endless.

hkychik
02-23-2006, 09:11 PM
Ahhhh - see the difference in journaling? I just wrote 2 oz bagel - they don't have to know if it was a whole bagel!!!! 2 ounces is 2 ounces, right?

Repo girl
02-23-2006, 09:39 PM
Ohhh Lori, you found the loophole!

shennie_97
02-23-2006, 11:11 PM
ok, i stopped doing bagels a while ago when i realized how many caloires and whatnot they were, but i would get a regular sized grocery store bagel 9not the giant ones in the deli and bakeries) and I would cut a smidgen off the end and it would weigh 2 oz, I have always done that and never got hollered at about it, but I just thought it was too much and i stopped it myself...never been a huge bagel person anyway.

again, different centers, different strokes.