General Diet Plans and Questions - Low Fat Diet
07-23-2001, 11:36 AM
I have been following a low fat diet for the last (almost) 4 months and have lost 60 lbs. I am running out of ideas for fat free and low fat meals. If anyone is also following a low-fat diet, can you please give me tips or suggestions on what to eat. I also like to hear how much fat others take in daily. Any info would be appreciated.
07-23-2001, 12:21 PM
Sounds like you're doing well! I am currently taking Xenical to "encourage" my weight loss and in order to avoid some unpleasant side effects it is recommended that only 30% of calories come from fat....so I currently eat under 50 grams of fat per day (how many do you eat? and how many calories?)
So I do try to stick to lower fat items....I love angel food cake with berries and low fat topping, low fat popcorn or pretzels (to satisfy that salt & crunch need)...sugar free low fat yogurt and occasional ice cream sandwich also yummy.
Have you ever tried cola chicken? Very weird sounding but supper yummy (trust me)....Place bonesless/skinless chicken breasts or thighs (about 1-1.5 lbs)....add one cup of ketchup and one can of diet cola (I know it sounds yucky but it's really great!)....simmer for about 45 mins on stovetop in teflon pan until done (I did add some cornstarch to thicken a bit)...and eat! Honestly try it and let me know what you think!
07-24-2001, 01:30 PM
Thanks for the suggestion. Actually I eat 5-8 grams of fat a day. My calorie intake is around 1000. This was approved by my doctor along with vitimins. I know everyone can't do this diet, but for me it has worked great. Sometimes I am amazed at how I was so determined to do this. I have never felt so good in my life. Good luck, and I will try the chicken cola recipe. It sounds great.
07-24-2001, 03:51 PM
Alzym: How much exercise do you do each day?
07-24-2001, 11:40 PM
I ride the bike for 30 minutes, and work with weights. I also attempt to use the stairmaster for 15-20 minutes. I generally ride the bike 7-8 miles a day, 5 days a week.
07-28-2001, 01:30 AM
I found a great website with fantastic low fat, healthy menus. They are mostly vegetarian and vegan, which makes them better for you (and usually more taste!). The site is: www.fatfree.com
The web site has everything from soups, main dishes, drinks etc. I would be interested if anyone else knows of any other web sites that have similar menus.
I also recomend that you raid your nearest library for low fat cooking books (I go every weekend).
Good luck and stay healthy everyone!
07-28-2001, 12:03 PM
Thanks for the website. If I find any I will post them also
08-02-2001, 01:13 PM
I am still looking for people who are on low fat diets. I seem to be hitting many plateaus now. I am working out 4-5 days a week. I generally ride the bike for 5-6 miles, and use a stairmaster. I also work on weights. I am losing alot in my legs, but I want to lose in my stomach more.. Any ideas on low fat or exercise?
08-03-2001, 09:53 PM
It seems like you're doing ample exercise...but I know you mentioned only eating very few fat grams, and about 1000 cals.
Can you post a sample menu of what you eat in a day? I'm curious to see how what you eat in a day that only adds up to 5-8 fat grams!!
And of course you have heard that if you limit cals your body can go into starvation mode, and plateau as it is holding on to whatever it can due to minimum input. Have you tried varying the amount of cals you eat?
08-06-2001, 09:39 AM
an example of a day's menu for me is... I DO NOT eat the same things everyday.
Breakfast (not a big eater) - Fruit, fat-free yogurt
Lunch - Turkey Sandwhich (FF Turkey, Low Fat Bread (.5), lettuce and mustard) Veggies (variety) sugar free Jello (add fruit sometimes), and on occasions FF pringles.
Dinner - 2 pieces of fish. I buy it frozen/raw (contains approx. 2 grams of fat and 160 calories for 2 1/2 pieces), steamed veggies, and rice.
Sometimes I get hungry later in the night, and I have found for myself that cold greeen pepper quenches my hunger pain which I seldome get.
I measure everything I eat, and always eat veggies and fruit. I eat FF veggie burgers, EXTRA lean chicken breast (1 G F) FF hot dogs, FF Baked Beans, FF Pudding, Alot of steamed Veggies, Stir Frys (without oil), I make Rhubarb Sauce with splenda in the microwave and eat it over angel food cake, FF yogurt, Healthy Choice Spahgetti Sauce (FF, 45 Calories per 1/2 Cup), Brown Rice with FF Spray Butter. does this give you a good idea? I eat alot of other things too, if you need to know more let me know.
08-08-2001, 05:19 PM
I'm doing the same thing too! I started on 4/23/01 and have lost 62.7 lbs. I only eat anywhere from 3.5 grams of fat to 6 grams of fat. My calories are usually 540 a day. Sometimes it goes up to 810. I keep a detailed journal and weigh in at weight watchers. my weight watcher points are around 9 a day. I started off having 10 grams of fat and 1000 calories but after a week i just was not hungry at all. This is my first time being overweight and wanted to get it off. My husband and I just had 3 baby boys last year and figured this was the way for me to do it. I need this kind of serious control.
I have lost about 100 pounds from eating a lowfat diet. Took me about a year. But, I started having some hair loss, dry skin, and sores on the corners of my mouth. I went to the doctor and he said that I was not getting enough fat in my diet. So many of our vitamins are fat soluable and have to be transported by fat and I was probably under 10 grams of fat a day. Hopefully, you guys won't be having any of these problems, but just a word to the wise.
08-09-2001, 07:53 AM
Congrats Pixie. It's a great feeling to lose all of that weight. I have gotton so used to eating this way. I do not get REALLY hungry that often. I have no trouble finding low fat and fat free foods. My splurging is FF pudding, and FF (surgar free too) carbolite ice cream. I have also found some great FF rescipes online. One I like is to buy Sugar free, FF pudding mix and prepare it with water. It has only 35 calories per serving and 4 sevings per box. It take a little getting used to, but dipping strawberries in it makes it even better.
Nancy, I have not encountered any side effects to this point, but I know it is possible. I have heard people talk of it before. The only "side effect" I have noticed is I have been hitting plataues left and right the last month. I starting eating about 200 more calories more a day and I lost 2 lbs within 2 days.
08-10-2001, 09:47 AM
Dear Kadda Kadda,
thanks do much for posting the website....it's fantastic and what a collection of recipes so much choice - I can plan my cooking for the rest of the week - I can't wait to try some of these dishes!!!
08-10-2001, 02:51 PM
RE: dry skin and hairloss
My diet plan is low in fat too, so I have to take fish oil pills (3-6 a day). I'm only supposed to have white fish, but I sneak in some salmon once in awhile for the Omega-6. Once a week I sautee in olive or canola oil for Omega-3 fatty acids. You NEED these essential fatty acids not only for your skin and hair but your heart (it cleans the bad cholesterol right out of you).
My hair is very thick and shiny as long as I take my EFAs. I think CLA is good too (conjugated linoleic acid which is found in red meats) for people losing weight. It helps you maintain muscle mass. You can take the pills without getting all the saturated fat from red meat.
Unless you have a fat metabolizing disorder, you need more of these kinds of fats. The enemy my friends, is saturated fat and processed food.;)
08-17-2001, 07:37 AM
I'm on this new e-Bistro diet which provides the food already packaged and controls the calories (1,250) and fat (20 grams a day). Works very fast, and it's all natural real health food. It's out of Boston but I think they'll ship to Michigan. Great variety and it's a real treat to be able to have your food prepared for you, even if you just splurge for a week or two. It's at e-Bistro.com. (hey - you're doing terrific on your own but I know how boring it gets. Keep it up.)
08-19-2001, 04:54 PM
Eating 20 grams of fat a day, how many lbs are oyu losing a week?
09-06-2001, 10:32 PM
I am new to this low fat concept. My weight will not budge. I only need to lose about 12-15 pounds but it will not come off. I tried low carbing. I only ate 35 carbs per day. Difficult but you do not lose weight, only inches.
Now, on to low fat. I started yesterday and consume 20 grams daily with 1200 cals max.
Do you guys count only fat grams or do you also count calories?
09-16-2001, 10:17 PM
Hi I am in california and I love fat fat fat to eat
I have been trying to cut out alot of fat have
been on xenical and still seem to be staying
within a 7 pound weight loss and gain back
and forth I find myself craving fats and
then when Iget back on track the 7 pounds
goes up and down.......
Just wondering how a day of meals goes
what is eaten for b fast, lunch, dinner
how much fat is cute
heading for the club tomarrow for a 45 minute
walk and off to work and trying to get back
on track wow 60 lbs in a 4 month period
well good luck to all and god bless
09-17-2001, 02:50 AM
congrats alzym. i'm glad the extra calories have helped you. you've gained muscle, and it needs more fuel to work properly. as to losing weight around the tummy, it will come, but probably not right away. spot exercises won't help, but by keeping up your cardio stuff, you should see results.
i commend y'all for sticking with the low fat program. i tried doing that with weight watchers fat and fiber plan way back when, but i was always sooooo starving. it's definately a healtheir way to eat than the traditional american fare.
best luck and wishes,