Not strong enough

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    Jun 01, 2012 6:05 AM GMT
    I have such a love of food that it's prohibited me from getting a really lean body. I love to eat and can eat so much food just because I love the taste. Although lately I've been feeling pressure into getting a lean body (six pack abs, tone up that ass), and I can't seem to get over the diet aspect of it all. I'm really fit. Very fit actually, but deceivingly so. The point of this post is that I need some advice on how to stay strong when all I want to do is eat pasta by the bucket load.

    Quotes, tips, personal mantras, etc. I would appreciate anything you can help me with. (I'll keep you updated)
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    Jun 01, 2012 6:17 AM GMT
    My amateur tips:

    1. Eat filling foods. Foods that are high in fiber will make you feel fuller for longer. Simple carbs, conversely, will digest quickly and make you feel hungry again.

    2. Eat foods you crave last to savor the taste longer. If I'm craving ice cream, I'll eat one spoonful after a meal so that I taste it for a while (until I brush my teeth).

    3. Don't deprive yourself completely. If you do, you'll be more likely to binge on bad food later and undo all of your hard work.
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    Jun 01, 2012 7:23 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA said2. Eat foods you crave last to savor the taste longer. If I'm craving ice cream, I'll eat one spoonful after a meal so that I taste it for a while (until I brush my teeth).

    +1 The top-up with junk method saves me a lot of calories, without having to stop myself from eating. When I gained 15 pounds in 2 months due to a medication, I lost it all again in about 3-4 months mostly because of this.
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    Jun 01, 2012 7:27 AM GMT
    Lean body is not worth giving up all that delicious food. Just keep eating and enjoying food/beer. Sorry for bad advice.

    You mention you have been feeling pressured into getting lean. What kind of pressure?
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    Jun 01, 2012 7:29 AM GMT
    I feel your pain, I'm obese on the inside and it's slowly climbing its way out.
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    Jun 01, 2012 1:06 PM GMT
    Shiratake or Konjac noodles
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    Jun 01, 2012 4:20 PM GMT
    OP, if your profile is accurate and you are 175# at six feet, you are not in such bad proportion. Eating is a great thing, but maybe you will want to A. keep your metbolism high and B. work toward foods that satisfy while being good sources of low carb nutrition. Go for the colors and tastes and variety of fruits and veggies and whole grains and don't worry about getting less starch. Worry instead about getting more of the veggies, etc. Fiber is a very good thing.
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    Jun 01, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
    Agree that 6' 175 lb is not bad at all. If you want to reduce your body fat pct, and you concentrate on a healthy mix of weight lifting, cardio, and eating good quality foods, you should do fine. As far as pasta goes, google low glycemic index pasta for some ideas.
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    Jun 01, 2012 4:37 PM GMT
    There are some really good apps that can help you track and manage your food/calorie intake on a daily basis. One of these might be helpful in terms of helping you flesh out an eating plan and then sticking to it.

    "What gets measured gets managed," is a saying I've heard in business and, although the meaning is a bit different, it definitely applies here.

    DIN also gave you some terrific tips about what to eat (and how).

    Good luck!
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    Jun 01, 2012 5:31 PM GMT
    LJay saidOP, if your profile is accurate and you are 175# at six feet, you are not in such bad proportion. Eating is a great thing, but maybe you will want to A. keep your metbolism high and B. work toward foods that satisfy while being good sources of low carb nutrition. Go for the colors and tastes and variety of fruits and veggies and whole grains and don't worry about getting less starch. Worry instead about getting more of the veggies, etc. Fiber is a very good thing.

    This sounds like great advice but it's tough as you age. Keeping my metabolism high is my struggle. Even going to the gym almost daily (albeit not for hours on end) doesn't seem enough. I'm so burned out on cardio trying to boost metabolism. And I eat pretty healthy daily with lots of colors, fiber and good stuff. Yep, glass of wine or a cocktail occasionally and sometimes a cookie but definitely in moderation and yet the belly just will NOT go away...arrggghhhh!
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    Jun 01, 2012 5:34 PM GMT
    Sometimes I hear it's genetics too when it just doesn't want to go away. But I'd try calculating how to keep your metabolism high, have a certain amount of calorie/bad fat intake and all that stuff.

    Hope you can make it man! Goodluck!
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    Jun 01, 2012 5:39 PM GMT
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    Jun 01, 2012 5:40 PM GMT
    I don't have a mantra per se, but I will share the song that gets me motivated...

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    Jun 01, 2012 7:19 PM GMT
    guide_me_home saidNot strong enough
    Go a few weeks without bathing. You'll be the strongest person in your community. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 02, 2012 2:42 AM GMT
    Yeah my proportions are correct. 6ft 175lbs. As I said, I'm pretty fit. I'm just don't have a visible six pack or a body that makes me happy. I actually heard something today that kinda inspired me:

    "If it's important to you, you'll find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse."

    New mantra