To the RealJocks who are staying in great shape--- can you help mere mortals out by giving an eating or dieting rule that you live by?

  • silverfox

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    Apr 18, 2009 3:50 AM GMT
    How about a positive thread? Great bodies share your secrets!

    (So the rest of us don't become obese and get charged for two seats by the airlines)icon_smile.gif

    Though mine is not an awesome body, here is one of my rules.....

    No soda. EVER.

    How about you?
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    Apr 18, 2009 4:52 AM GMT
    um .... you already look great. not to brown nose but whatever ur doing keep doing it.
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    Apr 18, 2009 5:02 AM GMT
    Diet Pepsi rules...no sugar or little...just the basics. My list is long and very controversial with so many puritans here...
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    Apr 18, 2009 5:13 AM GMT
    Silverfox, how dare you say not an awesome body. I would kill, mame and dismember to have arms and a chest like yours. WOW!

    Libido, how sad you think those not as "free" with themselves as you are puritans. tsk tsk tsk. Regardless, you are still a sizzler.
  • DrobUA

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    Apr 18, 2009 5:18 AM GMT
    silverfox1 saidHow about a positive thread? Great bodies share your secrets!

    (So the rest of us don't become obese and get charged for two seats by the airlinesicon_smile.gif

    Though not an awesome body, here is one of my rules.....

    No soda. EVER.

    How about you?


    That was one of my rules too. It adds 1000's of calories a week.

    - no soda
    - prepare your own food (only way to know what is really going into it)
    - cut out white flour (make sure it is 100% whole wheat)
    - cut out processed foods (just because you by it at the store doesn't mean it's healthy)
    - drink TONS of water (helps reduce cravings for other things and keeps your body filtering)
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    Apr 18, 2009 5:18 AM GMT
    Just shut up before I pimp slap you. Which might be foreplay if you don't press charges.
  • dreamer121

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    Apr 18, 2009 7:23 AM GMT
    DrobUA said

    - prepare your own food (only way to know what is really going into it)
    - cut out white flour (make sure it is 100% whole wheat)


    Not a ripped bod here, but I can say... Read labels make sure you know what you're getting. Not all "whole wheat" are really what you think you're getting. Look at the labels, sometimes "whole wheat" can have more fat than a similar brand/product of "100% whole grain."

    Then there is some truth about "make sure you can read everything on the ingredients label" idea. And also understanding that the order is important too (ie: 'whole grain' should ideally be listed in the number one position for bread)

    In school and working, I find that taking an hour or so, and cooking 3 meals all in a row, to have for days during the week when i know i could get lazy and go get some prepared meal or getting junk makes my life far easier... Just take an hour on a day you have off and prepare it... It may not be the freshest, but you know what you're eating, and it removes the ease and temptation of getting a prepared meal, or the dreaded fast food!
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    Apr 18, 2009 7:27 AM GMT
    Not that my body is to die for but what got me to where I am:
    -A whole lot of plain griilled chicken breast
    -Limited simple carbs
    -No eating 3/4 hours before bed
  • DrewT

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    Apr 18, 2009 7:41 AM GMT
    I'm not an expert, but I make sure that I just eat enough *healthy* food. Right amount of fat, carbs, and protein. It's really tough just to eat!
  • bravehound

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    Apr 18, 2009 7:42 AM GMT
    The things I've realized work well (for me anyway), and are sustainable:

    - eat plenty of food. natural, unprocessed, good food - not bars and mixes of constant chemicals
    - fuck "no carbs" icon_smile.gif eat good ones. and only if you...
    - work your butt off... no resting a BSing for 5 minutes in between sets. I love workouts that feel like a boot camp, and are challenging to keep pace. 30 seconds of rest and circuit training can really let you make your lifting a bit of a cardio workout.
    - remember that life is *more* about enjoying a real meal with someone, rather than eating a chicken breast every 3 hours by yourself icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 18, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    bravehound said
    - remember that life is *more* about enjoying a real meal with someone, rather than eating a chicken breast every 3 hours by yourself icon_smile.gif



    I love you. You are a normal person.

    (perhaps ;) )
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 18, 2009 6:51 PM GMT
    I'm a pretty structured person, in every way and eating is something I have great success in some areas and difficulties in others.... probably more success than not.

    1. Always eat small portions, don't overeat.. not at a buffet, not when you are out with friends and think about what you are ordering and consuming.
    If its a regular meal and its too large, take it home for lunch tomorrow.
    I don't overeat, even at Thanksgiving.

    2. Flexibility: Michael, you said no soda "ever".... my largest challenge.
    Some day I won't be able to burn it off and look like I do.. better to continue to eliminate it. When I say flexibility... I think you can eat trash once in a while without guilt (when I say "trash", I mean "McD's" or something that
    has too many calories.

    3. Water: Always drink it.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 18, 2009 6:52 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidA back handed pimp slap is usually a sexually charged slap which more often than not is followed by ass slapping. icon_razz.gif




    OMG.. and probably followed by gagging the dude so he can't call for help.....
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    Apr 18, 2009 6:53 PM GMT
    Vegetables are your friend. Eat lots of them.
  • Webster666

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    Apr 18, 2009 7:09 PM GMT
    Silverfox1,
    I think your admonition about soda is #1.

    My rules are:

    --No soda (well almost never).
    --Nothing out of a vending machine.
    --Nothing from fast food places like McDonalds.
    --No prepackaged frozen dinners.

    When, you're hungry, don't reach for the cookies and chips. That only satisfies your hunger for a very short time. And, it puts nothing beneficial into your body. Eat some real food. Have one or two cookies AFTER you eat a meal.

    You don't have to be a great cook to eat well.
    This week, I got a roasted chicken and a tub of caesar salad from Costco. I skipped their creamy dressing, and used a wonderful balsamic vinaigrette, instead. Then, I threw out the croutons, and added a big handful of grapes. I cut up a generous portion of the chicken and threw it on a plate with the salad. Delicious ! And, no cooking at all.
  • Webster666

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    Apr 18, 2009 7:19 PM GMT
    Hmmm.
    I was just thinking that I could have saved a lot of money by skipping that prepackaged tub of Caesar salad. I should have just bought a head of romaine lettuce !

    People are surprised when they see me eat a candy bar or something like that. But, it's okay to treat yourself once in awhile. You don't have to be a fanatic. Just don't let the candy bars be a substitute for dinner.

    I'm not at all wild about vegetables, so I don't eat very much of them. I grew up on meat and potatoes, and that's still what I prefer. Yeh, I know, a potato is a vegetable...
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    Apr 18, 2009 7:26 PM GMT
    I'm no dietitian but for what it's worth - here are a few things I've learned:
    * Avoid fast foods - and greasy dressings
    * Cut out all fat in meat - and eat it only about once a week
    * Go with lean chicken and tuna
    * Choose dark green vegetables and use lemon juice for dressing
    * Add lemon or lime to water to keep away the boredom
    * Brown rice instead of white / cut out white flour
    * Oatmeal - make it a regular staple / and eat a good breakfast
    * Olive oil is good - avoid the others
    * If you have to eat a dessert - just take a bite or two
    * A glass of good red wine is not a bad thing
    * Eat fresh almonds after a work out - or for a quick snack.
  • SF2PS

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    Apr 18, 2009 8:14 PM GMT
    Hey guys . . . I've been working on getting more toned. Dropped 20 pounds and almost two inches off my waist in the last five months or so. For the record it is a lot harder in my 40's than my 30's.

    Besides the hard aerobic workouts and the yoga . . .

    - Three meals, two or three snacks (morning and afternoon and maybe post workout ).
    - Big breakfast, moderate lunch, smaller dinner.
    - Oatmeal in the morning (and not instant - it is lower in fiber).
    - Lots of protein at breakfast (cottage cheese, egg whites, a little smoked salmon).
    - Avoid processed foods if at all possible.
    - Lots of fruits and vegetables (apples, blueberries, carrots whatever works for you).
    - Apples make good snacks; add some peanut butter if you want.
    - Get rid of the excess fat; salad dressings on the side, skip the butter, non-stick pans are your friends.
    - Lots of water.
    - Skip the soda.
    - Avoid fruit juices or cut them with water (again fairly empty calories).
    - Avoid artificial sweeteners (an occasional diet coke won't kill you).
    - Cut down on alcohol; if you have to maybe an occasional glass of wine or vodka and soda (mixers are all heavy on sugar).
    - Load calories toward the morning - skip the pasta and bread at dinner.

    A few important things, it is better to eat marginally than to skip a meal. Indulge yourself occasionally so you don't binge (once a week - a cupcake, a frozen yogurt) . You also have to find a diet you can stick to - if possible, change your way of eating long term as oppose to just starving yourself for a few days. Slow and steady definitely wins this race.

    Oh, and learn to cook or marry a man who can (yup I married my man!!).
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    Apr 18, 2009 8:46 PM GMT
    bravehound saidThe things I've realized work well (for me anyway), and are sustainable:

    - eat plenty of food. natural, unprocessed, good food - not bars and mixes of constant chemicals
    - fuck "no carbs" icon_smile.gif eat good ones. and only if you...
    - work your butt off... no resting a BSing for 5 minutes in between sets. I love workouts that feel like a boot camp, and are challenging to keep pace. 30 seconds of rest and circuit training can really let you make your lifting a bit of a cardio workout.
    - remember that life is *more* about enjoying a real meal with someone, rather than eating a chicken breast every 3 hours by yourself icon_smile.gif


    He seems to say it best and has the body to back it up. But above all else, his last line would best define his philosophy on wellness, I would think. It's more about an overall appreciation of life.
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    Apr 18, 2009 8:48 PM GMT
    - yes i have to go, yes i have to go...but i dont want to...but I should...but im so tired...i have other things to do...damn but i want to go...the gym is so far...no its not, its only 3 blocks away...but still seems so far...I dont really want to go, im hungry...whatever

    *takes a towel and heads to the gym*

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    Apr 18, 2009 8:52 PM GMT
    No soda

    No fast food

    Lots of water all day long

    One or two protein shakes a day depending on how active you are

    Overload on fruits and vegetables

    [if I make chicken, it is usually chicken stir fry (sautéed in a non-fat vinaigrette) where the vegetables out number the chicken. If I make pasta, there is often some mushrooms or tomatoes or asparagus or something in it]

    Chicken

    Pasta

    Salad (Italian lettuce, Mandarin oranges, low fat croutons, goat cheese, and light balsamic vinaigrette)

    I love cheese… I have a lot of cheese, whether that is good or bad, I don’t know…

    (fruit and cheese together, yum)

    Low fat chocolate milk, yum

    100% juice (orange, grape, etc)

    I do cheat. Occasionally I indulge on entire box of oreos, that I never feel great after that.

    I like chips, although I try to buy baked or toasted chips and crackers verses the regular kind.

    I love me a Starbucks latte, but I can’t afford to buy them anymore

    Emergen-C

    And lots of garlic!!

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    Apr 18, 2009 9:09 PM GMT
    I confess that I have very few rules about food, and need a lot of improvement there. My only major rule has always been to workout consistently, and to work out hard. I think most studies, in the end, show that reliable consistent workouts with a high intensity have the best end results over diet and lighter workouts.
  • shoelessj

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    Apr 18, 2009 9:56 PM GMT
    This has got to be one of the greatest topics ever here. Thanks Silverfox for asking it and everyone who posted their replies. You guys are an inspiration.


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    Apr 18, 2009 9:59 PM GMT
    Ignore the eating before bed rule. Your metabolism takes A LOT longer than a few hours to slow down.

    Eat ONLY when hungry.

    Drink TONS of water!B
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    Apr 18, 2009 10:00 PM GMT
    another rule that I have implemented as I get older: see your doctor and take care of little problems before they become big ones!