What to eat when NOT exercising?

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    Jan 10, 2010 3:39 PM GMT
    I'm a student, and I've yet to fit gym time into my schedule. I plan to exercise in the mornings once I iron out all the wrinkles.

    I'm 6'4", about 190lbs, which is fine for me, but I still have some problem areas. So until I can fit in time to exercise, what should I be eating?

    My average day looks like this (I eat at the dining halls):

    Oatmeal (plain, little salt) or Frosted Mini-Wheats w/ Soymilk (Silk)
    Egg white omelet or 2 hard boiled eggs
    Tea (plain)

    Turkey or Tuna Sandwich (w/ wheat bread, lettuce, tomato, green peppers, mustard)
    Small bowl of salad (w/ cucumbers, celery. No dressing)

    (This part's a little more shoddy. I'll definitely get a salad, but I might eat the main dish, whether it be lasagna, chicken, or a cheeseburger. Or I'll eat a sandwich like above.)
    Salad (w/ cucumbers, celery. No dressing)

    Is this alright for now, or do I need changes? I'm trying to keep weight off since I can't exercise at the moment.

    As you can see, I've been trying to oust sugar from my diet. Yea or Nay? Are Frosted Mini-Wheats and Silk a bad idea?

    I know it's bad to skip meals, but I've been guilty of it. Do I healthily snack instead?

    When I eventually get to the gym:
    I'm looking to burn fat, but I'm more cardio-oriented. I'm not a big fan of weights, since I'm not trying to build much muscle. I'm comfortable with push-ups. Although, I've read of the effectiveness of strength training on burning fat. Yea or Nay?

    Thank you.

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    Jan 10, 2010 3:53 PM GMT
    Include resistance workouts in your routine, when you get to it. Muscle burns calories and will help keep that fat off. Also, a person can be "clinically obese" and still be low in weight. Some people who diet lose weight by losing muscle mass, reaching their low weight goal yet retaining the fat. So their peercent body fat is still so high they are clinical obese.

    Also, keep some carbohydrates in your diet. If the body doesnt have carbs or fat to burn for energy, the liver will convert protein to carbohydrate and burn that. So you end up with carbohydrate in your "diet" anyway; it's just that you are getting via expensive protein. And, of course, that removes protein that you need for growth and repair of the body.

    An easy rule of thumb for eating is that a quarter of your dinner plate should be protein (meat, fish), a quarter some carbohydrate (potatoes, rice), and half should be veggies.

    Why soy milk instead of non-fat cow's milk?
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    Jan 10, 2010 4:50 PM GMT
    Regular milk gives me gas.

    Thanks for the advice!