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What food do you like to eat when dieting to lose weight?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (25799 points ) August 29th, 2012

I really need to lose between 20 and 30 lbs. (9 to 13.6 kg). I’m starting right now.

I’ve got some fresh broccoli in the refrigerator and other fresh vegetables and a pineapple. I’ll be eating those. I’ve also got some low calorie, canned soups in the cupboard. I’m starting with those.

I will also restart my exercise program of walking 2.5 miles (4 km) 5 days/week.

What do you recommend?

What has worked for you?

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whiteliondreams's avatar

I eat 5 times a day, 3 meals, 2 snacks, the snacks have to be ⅓ the consumption of my meals based on the Zone Diet of blocks. Each block is an example pertaining to the value of protein, fat, and carbs – not calories. Calories give you an estimate of total food value, but your body reacts differently to each of those variables mentioned. Too much carbs makes you sluggish, too much protein in the long run can cause renal damage, and too much fat, of course, can damage arteries. However, a balance between the three places you in “The Zone” of metabolic burning, awareness, activity, and energy.

Here is a link to purchase. You can buy used. The book is quite interesting, although old, I used it while deployed in Afghanistan. Couple this with exercise and plenty of water and you will be on your way to weight loss in a safe manner.

chelle21689's avatar

To lose weight, you should eat food that will make you feel full LONGER with less calories! Some meats stir fried with little oil, baked, or roasted!
Tuna
Chicken breast
Salmon
Lean ground beef
Turkey
Ground Turkey
Egg whites with 1 egg
Wheat toast
Turkey sausage
Whole grain ego waffle

People say eat brown rice instead of white rice but I don’t think there’s too much of a difference. Brown rice has a BIT more nutrients than white rice and a bit more calories. It’s supposed to make you feel full longer but I don’t feel the difference, plus I like white rice way better. I think it does make a difference to your insulin levels if you are diabetic.

Anyways, some snacks…
fruits
Broccoli and hummus
Celery with some peanut butter
Apple with cottage cheese and cinnamon

For a workout, if you’re trying to lose weight I’d do a mix of cardio and LIFTING weights. Building more muscle means burning more fat. I don’t know if you’re a girl or not but most girls are scared to build muscle and get bulky. It’s takes SO MUCH hard work and dedication to get big muscles so you don’t have to worry. To build muscles you have to eat over maintenance and lift heavy.

Want to know what’s a great site? www.myfitnesspal.com You can also use this on your smart phone for the ap. It tracks your calories, macronutrients, and goals! I used it to try to gain weight and it worked! You just type in what you ate and it shows the calories. It also has a recipe calculator for food you cooked. My cousin didn’t count calories and lost weight just by eating smaller portions, working out, and eating a bit healthier. She did cheat on the weekend (one meals for the two days).

Anyways, good luck!

LostInParadise's avatar

Soup and fresh fruit and vegetables are good choices. They have lots of water and fiber that will help you feel full. Use whole grain breads and cereals. Make liberal use of spices. They add flavor and no calories. Make your own soup when you have time. It is not that difficult. You can make a lot at one time and freeze it. Homemade soup is so much better than canned.

Pandora's avatar

Apples.

gailcalled's avatar

Canned soup is OK. Check the sodium content and consider adding extra vegetables, barley, brown rice, or quinoa.

You should include some complex carbs in your daily menu. They fill you up…as suggested above and steel-cut oatmeal.

Plus various kinds of beans and lentils. They are sources of protein and much better for you than animal products.

Coloma's avatar

I eat a lot of yogurts and fruits, sometimes mixed.
Blackberries or strawberries with vanilla yogurt is a favorite.
Lots of salad, chick peas and a bit of feta cheese, a lite balsamic & oil dressing, with plain french bread for dipping in the balsamic.
I love to bake or grill salmon steaks with asparagus and soups are always good as well.

If you eat meat turkey bacon makes a good BLT in low cal pita bread or thin sandwich rolls.
A baked potato with low or no-fat sour cream mixed with a few tablespoons of salsa is another favorite.

Afos22's avatar

Count your calories! This is the most important part. If you’re aware of how many calories you take in verses how many your body needs, it will make you more aware. And you will consume less. Easy on the red meats, easy on the dairy, and lay off of the sugar. Eat whole grains. Eat vegetables with every meal. It’s not as difficult as it seems. And eat fruits for snacks.

Coloma's avatar

Right ^...I should mention all the foods I listed above are around 300–400 calories or less.
Looking up certain foods and their calorie content and it won’t take long to memorize a lot of your choices.

bookish1's avatar

Good luck @Hawaii_Jake! I’m not trying to lose much more weight, but to keep it off and tone up. I am a big fan of PINEAPPLE. Not only is it the queen of fruits, but it is mostly water and fiber! And it has digestive enzymes in it, too. I also eat a lot of broccoli, green and red peppers, onions, spinach, and whole wheat complete protein bread. I’ve been trying to fry things that require frying in just canola spray instead of 2 TB of oil. I’m also trying to replace fatty ingredients (like butter and cheese) with either salsa or vegetable broth, when that seems reasonable :)

The Idaho Plate Method is a tried and true meal design aid that type 1 and 2 diabetics have been using for ages, and it’s how I’m trying to eat now.

bkcunningham's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake, here is a list that might help.

Are you interested in doing your weight loss journey with any of us online? We could inspire each other and give each other tips. I’m game if you are.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Slim Fast, salads, fresh fruits, and nuts.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@bkcunningham : That could be interesting to give each other encouragement. My only difficulty is I don’t own a bathroom scale. I suppose I could go get one. I’ve always judged my weight by how my clothes fit.

bkcunningham's avatar

You need scales anyway in order to really track your weight loss, @Hawaii_Jake. You aren’t going to be able to brag about how much you’ve lost unless you know the amount! I mean, seriously,what are you going to judge your weight loss by when you have to buy a new wardrobe? Check out Freecycle.org and ask for some scales. You won’t even have to buy them.

bkcunningham's avatar

Do you walk in the morning or afternoon? I’m going to start walking in the mornings before it gets too hot. Drink lots of water too.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I walk in the morning, unless it’s pouring down rain. When that’s the case, I wait until it stops.

bkcunningham's avatar

We are in different time zones. You will probably be dreaming sweet dreams while I’m taking my first steps toward some serious weight loss and a healthier heart and mind. I’m in. You better be serious, @Hawaii_Jake.

gailcalled's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake: Use the pinch test on love handles and the belt test to check for weight loss.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@bkcunningham : Yes, I’m serious. I’ve got to lose this weight. Do you know how much sex a fat gay man gets? Less than a fit gay man, and I want more. :-P

bkcunningham's avatar

Okay then. Your loss really will be someone else’s gain…or something like that.

Here’s to a healthier, happy, sexier and better laid B.K. and Jake.

YARNLADY's avatar

I have been given a life time eating program, so I don’t do dieting. However, I am supposed to walk at least a mile every day, and I don’t, so I am not losing weight, either.

I like to eat peaches.

gailcalled's avatar

@YARNLADY: Why don’t you walk? It is such a lovely time of year.

YARNLADY's avatar

@gailcalled It’s been very hot here, but the main reason is that I would rather play on my computer.

gailcalled's avatar

You can’t find 20 minutes early in the day or in the evening for a stroll?

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Jellies on this thread might be interested in joining this thread, too. :-)

YARNLADY's avatar

@gailcalled Thanks for your concern. I don’t get up in the morning, but evening would be a great time, if I could just get away from the computer. Maybe I’m addicted?

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