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Cali B
07-04-2006, 08:48 PM
Hi guys, this is my first post. :D

I have absolutely no idea if I'm going about this the right way...so, please be gentle and don't yell at me, if I am not. :dance:

I want to loose about 60 pounds. I've finally gotten to the point where I have had enough of this weight gain and I'm emotionally ready and determined to put a stop to it. I think I got to the point where I was putting on weight on a daily basis...seriously, it seems that at any given time, my clothes from the previous month weren't fitting.

Anyway, I am an emotional eater. I eat for pleasure and to comfort pain. As such, I have a hard time staying away from the unhealthy foods.

So, at this point, I don't allow myself any of the bad stuff...NONE of it. I am very aware that I need to eat healthier foods and burn more calories in order to be successful (so, that's what I'm determined to do).

For the past 3 days I've eaten nothing but fruits and veggies (cantelope, honeydew, grapes, pineapples, green apples, plums, bananas, tomatos, carrots, broccolli) and drank a ridiculous amount of water and V-8. I also started power-walking every day. Now, because of my emotional eating habits, for the past 3 days, I've also taken GNC appetite suppresants (I know lots of people are anti-pills!!). I am not going to take them for long at all, but I felt I needed help getting over the hurdle of the first few days. Even though I'm nibbling on food all day (baby carrots mostly), I can tell I'm still hungry, but the pills take the edge off of the hunger. You know, that edge that drives you to the nearest burger joint! Once I am used to eating less (well, not LESS, but eating nothing but fruits and veggies all day) I will stop taking the pills.

So, my question is, do I need to add some other things to my diet? How long do you think I can go at this pace? Am I overlooking something? Am I totally screwing up? Advice?

Thanks guys,
Cali


Heather
07-04-2006, 08:53 PM
These issues are really tough, but I really do think you need to have a balanced diet -- one that will help keep you full and provide you with plenty of nutrients.

Misti in Seattle
07-04-2006, 08:56 PM
Well I have no intention of yelling at you :) :wel3fc:

However, I agree... you need to have a balanced diet and better nutrition than you are getting. I am a firm believer not in crash diets and pills but rather in an eating plan of good nutrition combined with exercise.


Cali B
07-04-2006, 08:59 PM
Thanks wyllenn and misti!! I don't mean to be dense at all, but what do I need to add to my diet? (I seriously never ate healthfully).

Mel
07-04-2006, 09:08 PM
Fruits and vegetables are great- they are full of nutrients and fill you up. You also need some protein. Choose sources of LEAN protein- at least two servings a day: chicken breast, turkey breast, egg whites, low fat cottage cheese, pork tenderloin, very lean cuts of beef like london broil (the cheaper, the leaner :) ), virtually any fish or shellfish. You need protein to maintain your muscle mass while you are losing fat. I'd add at least one serving of a complex, whole grain carbohydrate as well, like oatmeal, 100% whole wheat bread or tortilla, sweet potato or brown rice.

Mel

Misti in Seattle
07-04-2006, 09:21 PM
Hi Cali... ya what Mel said :)

Good for you for wanting to learn how to become healthful and lose weight. It CAN be done!! Go for it!

Cali B
07-04-2006, 09:28 PM
Fruits and vegetables are great- they are full of nutrients and fill you up. You also need some protein. Choose sources of LEAN protein- at least two servings a day: chicken breast, turkey breast, egg whites, low fat cottage cheese, pork tenderloin, very lean cuts of beef like london broil (the cheaper, the leaner :) ), virtually any fish or shellfish. You need protein to maintain your muscle mass while you are losing fat. I'd add at least one serving of a complex, whole grain carbohydrate as well, like oatmeal, 100% whole wheat bread or tortilla, sweet potato or brown rice.

Mel

Excellent! Thank you, Mel. :smug:

Jayde
07-04-2006, 09:30 PM
Don't forget beans! :D

Yorkiemom73
07-04-2006, 09:34 PM
I agree that adding lean proteins to your diet may help curb the hunger. It will keep you feeling full longer. Fruits and veggies are great. I would just stay away from high sugar fruits like cherries and grapes. They may raise your blood sugar levels and actually make you more hungry.

You should be proud that you are at least trying to eat healthy! The most important thing is your health and not necessarily your weight.

Best of Luck,
Jeanette

Cali B
07-04-2006, 09:41 PM
Jayde, Jeanette, you guys are great. Thanks,
Cali

Sassy_Chick
07-04-2006, 11:55 PM
I say Diddo to everything that was said here and a big :welcome:

Cali B
07-05-2006, 07:08 PM
Thanks all, again!

I've decided to add oatmeal and beans to my diet.

celery
07-05-2006, 07:20 PM
And maybe add a little soy milk?

DairyQueen
07-05-2006, 07:33 PM
Fruits and veggies have almost 100% of calories from carbohydrates. You need protein and fat.

Misti in Seattle
07-05-2006, 09:22 PM
One thing you might want to consider "testing" for yourself... as someone mentioned here there are certain fruits that are considered not as good for you and contain more sugar, and I hear a lot of people say that. But we are all different, as apparently some people can't eat a lot of them. However, the "bad" ones are my favorites and I eat lots and lots of them. For me they just don't "stick" as other sugars would. I guess I am fortunate in that!

willmakeit
07-05-2006, 09:36 PM
I know you already mentioned it in your post but I wouyld like to say this again "DONT TAKE PILLS PLEEEAAASSSEEE!!!" They are not approved by FDA for a reason and there are constant warnings by fda asking people to not take those!they incraese your bmr without making your heart pump blood faster (exercise is the answer to do botth in proportion). Your heart and brain will suffer low blood supply and cases of arrythmias and strokes and sudden cardiac death. I have seen patients with this MYSELF!

This is not uncommon at all putting aside other side-effetcs like diarrhoea, vomitting, naussea, asthma, migranes, bladder ruptures etc.

If you are not convinced you can do your own research on the usfda. I'd say take multivitamins instead.

As far as your diet is concerned, I think veggies and fruits are great provided you are not starving and you add your proteins (milk, eggwhite, tofu etc.) You can count your calories and other protein and carb contents in each veggie/fruit on calorieking.com

Misti in Seattle
07-06-2006, 03:01 AM
Good post, willmakeit! I would add my plea also.... do not not not take the pills. Good way to destroy your health, and they are just not necessary! If you eat a healthful, balanced diet and get in some exercise you will soon begin to feel "okay" with it without the pills!

Genesis
07-07-2006, 10:40 AM
I really like the book Body for Life for Women (amazon link - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1579546013/sr=8-1/qid=1152279441/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-3725080-0782456?ie=UTF8 )

This book will provide you with all of the information to get started - everything from how to eat, how to exercise, and how to be kind to your mind and body. It's a very sensible plan based on the basics of eating a balanced diet and exercising. I think this would be a great resource for you as you're just starting out.

Take care & good luck!!!!!

Cali B
07-07-2006, 10:20 PM
Thank you, everyone! I'm a tad bummed right now because I broke down a bit today. Yesterday, I stopped taking the pills. I did get hungry, but I dealt with it pretty good. But, today, after work I just got hungry and all the willpower I had this past week flew out of the window. :( I had a chicken pannini (fatty cheese, bread..exactly what want to avoid) and small block of colby jack cheese. LOL! It was weird....but, cheese has never tasted so good. Anyway, I'm back on track tomorrow.

I will stay away from the pills...but, goodness, it's HARD! It's like those hunger pains/cravings are hard for me to ignore.

Oh, and I started on the beans and oatmeal and the beans really do work in curbing the appetite (thanks for that tip!).

Glory87
07-07-2006, 10:36 PM
But, today, after work I just got hungry and all the willpower I had this past week flew out of the window. :( I had a chicken pannini (fatty cheese, bread..exactly what want to avoid) and small block of colby jack cheese. LOL! It was weird....but, cheese has never tasted so good. Anyway, I'm back on track tomorrow.


If you're eating mainly fruits/vegetables only, it is no surprise that your body is craving bread and cheese. Your body was probably desperate for the fat/protein of cheese. I always always always binged in the past when I "dieted."

jillybean720
07-07-2006, 11:56 PM
That panini probably did you more good than harm! You NEED a certain amount of fat in your diet in order to absorb many nutrients. Without any fat, half the good stuff in all those fruits and veggies are just going right through you ;) Like others have suggested, add lean protein, low-fat dairy, and don't be afraid of whole-grain carb products (breads, pastas, brown rice, etc.--anything made with specifically whole-grain flour).

I agree that the beans are great--I like to make a crock pot of soup from a can of black beans, some salsa, some additional veggies (corn, onion, sometimes chopped spinach), some low-sodium chicken broth, and a bit of fat-free cream cheese...YUM!

Jayde
07-08-2006, 12:01 AM
Oh, and I started on the beans and oatmeal and the beans really do work in curbing the appetite (thanks for that tip!).

Beans and oatmeal. Works everytime.. but not in the same dish. :o
I'm glad you are working it out.

Heather
07-08-2006, 05:12 PM
I would just echo what the others have said. A diet of fruit veggies beans and oatmeal without any fat is not healthy. You need those fats in your diet!

Good kinds of fats to include in small quantities are less processed and less saturated. Some good examples: olive oil, nuts, peanut butter, and fish like salmon.

It sounds like you may be helped by a good primer on nutrition to help you sort all of this out. You might want to start with the USDAs dietary guidelines:

http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/document/

Maybe others have good links to share.

buckettgirl
07-09-2006, 02:46 AM
Cali,
Another thing I would highly recommend.... if you are a true emotional eater and binge whenever you don't know how to (or want to) deal with something, I would really suggest seeing a counselor...
That is more than having a problem with overeating. There are reasons behind the emotional binge that must be cleared up to "fix" that particular problem.
I see a counselor weekly (she is just a counselor, not a psychologist or any other doctor because that is too expensive) to help with my emotional eating issues, and so far it is helped alot. I am also going to try hypnotherapy to help get at the root of my emotional issues.
Not everyone has issues with emotional eating, but if you know you do, it can be well worth the investment to get help in moving through those issues and learning better ways to cope.
So far, I think everyone has given you awesome advice for how to balance your diet - but also think outside of the box and balance your life. A counselor can help alot in overcoming the emotional aspect and regaining the balance in your life in addition to the healthy eating and exercise.
Good luck on your journey. :)