Low calorie food choices?

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    Jun 28, 2010 12:32 PM GMT
    The general logic seems to be eat less than you burn to make muscles show. According to a gym treadmill in 30 minutes I didn't even burn off my lunch of a tuna sandwich and milk icon_confused.gif

    So in addition to increased cardio what food choices are out there that come with the needed things like protein yet are low in calories?


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    Jun 28, 2010 3:16 PM GMT
    Pre-programmed caloric counters on gym equipment are notoriously inaccurate. Try doing intervals on the treadmill, 2 minutes walking, 2 minutes running at a comfortable pace, for 30 minutes total. To help increase the work out, increase the elevation.

    Also, vary your cardio work outs so your body doesn't adapt to them.
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    Jun 28, 2010 3:56 PM GMT
    Don't forget, you burn a great deal of calories by your brain just operating as normal through the day. You're always consuming caloiries.
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    Jun 28, 2010 4:07 PM GMT
    try not so much mayo in that tuna. 30 mins on the treadmill and i burn off my subway lunch like cake... well, not like cake but you know what i mean.
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    Jun 28, 2010 8:16 PM GMT
    Definitely cut out mayo if you're really having a hard time getting defined. It's packed with tons of calories in even the smallest servings. Meat/poultry/seafood on its own, grilled/baked/braised, will provide the protein you need without tons of bad fat (mayo is a bad fat, not a good one like fats in olive oil, nuts, etc). Try to not eat so much bread, instead eat whole grains or even better, legumes (beans, lentils) for your starchy carbs. Limit them to earlier in the day before your workout. Less carbs as the day goes on. But yeah, don't worry about how many calories you burned on the treadmill, like TheIStrat said, you are burning calories all day just by being alive, so as long as you aren't eating more than your body burns every day, your cardio is going to create that deficit for you.