Changing eating habits

  • Jericophantom...

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    May 25, 2014 8:17 PM GMT
    I'm stepping into this new fitness life though I'm unsure the best direction with all this information out their which step is the best even after consulting a physician how would/did you discern your best course of action?
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    May 26, 2014 11:33 AM GMT
    I don't really understand the question because you haven't said if you just want to have a balanced diet or if you want to eat in order to gain weight/muscle or if you would like to lose weight etc. I agree there is too much information out there.

    General advice is try to just eat whole foods and natural things whilst avoiding processed foods and added sugar.

    Some guys on here talk about paleo diets and ketogenic diets. I honestly don't know if either are that good but I tend to eat closer to the side of paleo. I'm not quite paleo though because I occasionally have wholewheat bread and cereals and I drink a lot of milk. Eating well is actually quite simple.

    If you want an easy way to eat more fruit and veg smoothies are a good way to go.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 26, 2014 1:52 PM GMT
    Great question... I think you need to articulate a "big picture" on what you really want to achieve with your changes and then "chart a path" to success.
    Changes need to occur on all levels, exercise, food, health in general (and that means things like sleep.. even things like dental care... I think its all a part of the whole).


    People tend to make poor choices with food, they eat too much and poor quality. Don't wake up one day and declare, I'm changing everything, but rather, make changes incrementally, but you need to know what you want to do.. and the way you want to get there. Add exercise and make changes to your diet. It MUST be definitive, can't be happenchance and you must be serious and deliberate every step of the way.

    You will be successful!

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    May 26, 2014 2:07 PM GMT
    Stay away from the isles in the supermarket. Only shop on the outer edges of it (produce, organics, lean meats, etc).

    That's not the be-all end-all of eating healthier, but it's a good start.
  • tuffguyndc

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    May 26, 2014 2:43 PM GMT
    get a gym membership.
    buy a book called book of exercises
    if you can afford it hire a personal trainer
    if not, than talk to me. i can help get you starter.
  • mybud

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    May 26, 2014 5:39 PM GMT
    PatLok said
    Danny_boy93 saidI don't really understand the question because you haven't said if you just want to have a balanced diet or if you want to eat in order to gain weight/muscle or if you would like to lose weight etc. I agree there is too much information out there.

    General advice is try to just eat whole foods and natural things whilst avoiding processed foods and added sugar.

    Some guys on here talk about paleo diets and ketogenic diets. I honestly don't know if either are that good but I tend to eat closer to the side of paleo. I'm not quite paleo though because I occasionally have wholewheat bread and cereals and I drink a lot of milk. Eating well is actually quite simple.

    If you want an easy way to eat more fruit and veg smoothies are a good way to go.



    What an ironic statement coming from someone who's clearly outta shape.
    Your statement was uncalled for..You sir are an ASSHOLE....
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    May 26, 2014 6:35 PM GMT
    Fried = no
    Milkfat product / saturated fats = no
    Portion size too big = no
    Small meals often = yes
    Poly and mono fat = yes
    Exercise every day (twice if possible) = yes
    HIIT at least three times a week = yes
    High sugar processed beverages / food = no
    Processed food = no
    Eating out, in cheap places = no.

    Eat meals going from large to small. Smallest meals at night; largest meals early in the day.

    Resistance training 5 days a weeks = yes.

    Red meat, once a week, but, don't keep in the house.
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    May 26, 2014 7:20 PM GMT
    PatLok said
    Danny_boy93 saidI don't really understand the question because you haven't said if you just want to have a balanced diet or if you want to eat in order to gain weight/muscle or if you would like to lose weight etc. I agree there is too much information out there.

    General advice is try to just eat whole foods and natural things whilst avoiding processed foods and added sugar.

    Some guys on here talk about paleo diets and ketogenic diets. I honestly don't know if either are that good but I tend to eat closer to the side of paleo. I'm not quite paleo though because I occasionally have wholewheat bread and cereals and I drink a lot of milk. Eating well is actually quite simple.

    If you want an easy way to eat more fruit and veg smoothies are a good way to go.



    What an ironic statement coming from someone who's clearly outta shape.


    How am I out of shape? I eat a healthy diet and I exercise 6 days a week.

    I was only giving general advice that I had been told myself and some common sense stuff. I don't claim to be an expert.
  • buddycat

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    May 26, 2014 8:30 PM GMT
    I definitely agree with Chuckystud. I would also add watch your carbs and watch your fats and eat plenty of protein. Hard boiled eggs and low or fat free cheese are good for that. My lowest calorie meal is my last-- salad, hummus and celery, hard boiled eggs or low fat string cheese (Weight Watchers is best) or fat free mozzarella. Sometimes a healthy choice meal if I feel I need some carbs.
  • Alki

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    May 27, 2014 4:46 PM GMT
    If you are looking to loose weight, try Weight Watchers for Men. I have lost 30 lbs. successfully and am still reducing. I followed the plan and did the Strength Foundation workout on this site. I am now ready to start the muscle building program. Good luck.
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    May 27, 2014 5:08 PM GMT
    nice if your single.
    If that is the case go through the house and toss out any food that is inappropriate.

    do the work
    write down what you eat for a few days, google each item calories, fat, carbs. There is ratio you need to maintain. If greater than 1800 calories you will not lose weight. there are a few phone apps that might help.
    Your body will after a while shut down if on a diet, be prepared to have a change of plans for then. Exercise is not a big component in weight loss, maybe burn 600 calories at the gym. Better off not eating that 300 calorie candy protein bar.

    eat better quality foods since your eating less. Keep in mind you will not be on a diet forever so again have a return ot normal plan.
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    May 27, 2014 6:29 PM GMT
    I think the most effective diets are the ones which literally tell you everything you should eat ie every meal and snack, rather than the ones which are guidelines. Strict diets are easier to stick to.
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    May 28, 2014 1:08 AM GMT
    Ohno saidI think the most effective diets are the ones which literally tell you everything you should eat ie every meal and snack, rather than the ones which are guidelines. Strict diets are easier to stick to.




    And you will ultimately fail because hardly anyone can stick to a "strict" diet for any length of time. You will fall off the diet and go back to your old habits and regain the weight and some. Portion control, no processed foods, no added sugar and limit salt intake.

    Most overweight people eat bad foods and like lumberjacks despite their protests to the contrary.

    And if you are a serious drinker (binge every weekend) you may
    want to considered cutting back or all together until you lose the weight.
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    May 29, 2014 7:14 PM GMT
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    Ohno saidI think the most effective diets are the ones which literally tell you everything you should eat ie every meal and snack, rather than the ones which are guidelines. Strict diets are easier to stick to.




    And you will ultimately fail because hardly anyone can stick to a "strict" diet for any length of time. You will fall off the diet and go back to your old habits and regain the weight and some. Portion control, no processed foods, no added sugar and limit salt intake.

    Most overweight people eat bad foods and like lumberjacks despite their protests to the contrary.

    And if you are a serious drinker (binge every weekend) you may
    want to considered cutting back or all together until you lose the weight.


    This is true. They are called a diet for a reason, you eventually leave it. That is how they keep making their money, their clients tend to rollercoaster.

    Portion control of healthy/unprocessed food is a good start.
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    May 29, 2014 7:19 PM GMT
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    PatLok said
    Danny_boy93 saidI don't really understand the question because you haven't said if you just want to have a balanced diet or if you want to eat in order to gain weight/muscle or if you would like to lose weight etc. I agree there is too much information out there.

    General advice is try to just eat whole foods and natural things whilst avoiding processed foods and added sugar.

    Some guys on here talk about paleo diets and ketogenic diets. I honestly don't know if either are that good but I tend to eat closer to the side of paleo. I'm not quite paleo though because I occasionally have wholewheat bread and cereals and I drink a lot of milk. Eating well is actually quite simple.

    If you want an easy way to eat more fruit and veg smoothies are a good way to go.



    What an ironic statement coming from someone who's clearly outta shape.
    Your statement was uncalled for..You sir are an ASSHOLE....


    Pat, that was uncalled for. For his age, weight and height, Danny, from his pic, appears to be in good shape. He is an ectomorph, and just because he is not a bodybuilder, does not mean he is "clearly outta shape". I am also an ectomorph, and we have to work even harder to gain. He evidently has no desire to gain, and that is fine.

    An apology is in order.