Snack Alternatives - Help !

  • TigerFrank

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    Oct 04, 2008 12:07 AM GMT
    Doing good so far in the RJ Weight Loss Challenge. I've lost 15 lbs and feel better than I have felt in years! The problem is that here and there I miss the snack because I am away from my desk. I thought about getting some protein bars, but there are too many choices - anyone have any good suggestions to use in these situations?

    Thanks - Frank.
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    Oct 04, 2008 4:04 AM GMT
    Protein bars are good options. Also, keep some raw nuts (not THOSE nuts guys!!) with you, some fruit or a protein shake......
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    Oct 04, 2008 4:12 AM GMT
    raw almonds

    carrot sticks

    a sliced yellow bell pepper (no dipping in the ranch!)

    dark chocolate hershey's kisses (25 cal each, 1.4 grams fat each go easy)

    LOTS of water

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    Oct 04, 2008 4:41 AM GMT
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    Oct 04, 2008 4:45 AM GMT
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    There's 1,500 calories!!!
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    Oct 04, 2008 4:49 AM GMT
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    OOOOH, looks like GG has finally fulfilled his dream of starting a fast food franchise using only EZ Bake ovens!
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    Oct 04, 2008 4:57 AM GMT
    Having worked in nutrition science research and clinical weight loss, one thing that seemed to help people stick with their diet was picking a "splurge day" (e.g., Fri night; or Sat night) where you can pretty much eat whatever you want within reason.

    Having a 'treat day' to look forward to helped participants stick to their caloric restriction plan on other days, staving temptation for "just a couple more days until treat day".

    Nuts & Seeds are very healthy but are also calorically dense and easy to "O.D." on, so use sparingly for snacks.


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    Oct 04, 2008 12:08 PM GMT
    I don't have the credintials like AmericanJustin... but I do have experience in trying to loose weight.

    First, I second what he said

    Second, you should be eating about every 3-4hours depending on long you are awake each day

    Third, write everything down.

    Finally... and most importantly. Stay on schedule! If you get hungry inbetween meals/snacks... suck it up! lol seriously. Your body is saying "give me food, give me food... or else i'll have to burn stored fat." Which take up more energy.... eating and digesting food into glucose, or buring stored up fat in to glucose? The latter, right! So your body would rather get food from the outside (i.e. fries, chocalate cake, pizza) than to burn the stored fat becuase the latter take more "work." This is commonly called... a craving.

    So when you feel hungry... try to ho.... HOLD OFF until your next meal/snack!

    that is what i have been told...
  • Tiran

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    Oct 05, 2008 4:03 AM GMT
    Becareful and read the label on the protein bars. I remember reading (I think in Mens Health) a while back and a lot of the bars were not really any better than chocolate bars, just with more protein. I personally also find them to taste like ass so I can't really recommend any. Some of the other snack suggestions are probably better. I personally dry my own fruit and use that. I snack on raw veggies a lot at home (not great for work) and that might change once farmers market is done for the season. And like they said lots of water, and I keep some of those low cal flavour packs for bottled water for when I really want something sweet, they don't help with carb craving but they cut the sweet.
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    Oct 05, 2008 9:37 AM GMT
    All great suggestions!

    When I get a hunger attack, I do one of two things....

    I go for a walk to distract myself and/or have a cup of coffee!

    Not sure why that works for me but it does.
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    Oct 08, 2008 1:03 AM GMT
    If you really wanna see change, you'll want to restrict calorie intake to the maximum safe level that results in no more than 2 lbs a week in loss.

    To do that, you'll probably want to aim for daily consumption around 1500 and 2000 calories depending on body size and activity level.

    You'll need to weigh (use a postage mail scale) absolutely everything that passes your teeth (keep mind outta gutter! LOL), as that's the only real way to know how many cals you're getting in a day. Don't forget all beverages that have calories. Another one that slips by: bad condiments like catchup that's always loaded with pure corn syrup (and calories).

    Ideally, if you're aim is, say, 1800 kcals a day, you'll want six 300-kcal meals, although it's okay to double a couple up here and there when you feel like a bigger meal.

    If you keep a diary/log book over the course of months, writing down and limiting your intake, and weighing yourself every single day at the same time of day (e.g., when you first get up), you'll see your weight fluctuate up to 5 lbs up/down every day (this is NORMAL) but you'll also see an overall declining trend in weigh pattern.

    It's a matter of physics... stick to that and you WILL lose weight no matter what.

    Your splurge day should have few limits.. but don't go too insane..