February 18th, 2010, 06:33 AM
February 18th, 2010, 06:43 AM
YOu're thinking about this the wrong way.
First of all, there isn't any one specific food that makes you carry weight in any specific part of your body. Most people tend to carry fat around their middles first (and take it off last).
Secondly HFCS is not the big evil monster that the media is screaming about. Don't get me wrong, the addition of sugar to every single food under the sun is bad. But whether it's sugar, cane syrup, HFCS, whatever ... it doesn't matter all that much.
Thirdly, claims that eating "X" food is good for losing weight is mostly hype. Any food can be good for losing weight if eating in proper quantities and proportions. The truth is that if you eat 10 containers of yogurt a day, you probably wont' lose weight - yogurt has no magic weight loss properties. Yogurt is, however, full of calcium and protein and other vitamin-y goodness, so if you're going to try to lose weight, eating something filling and healthy like yogurt is a good choice.
Personally, I prefer Greek k yogurt = it's thicker and creamier and it doesn't have artificial ingredients in it.. I like to add my own sweeteners and fruits so I know exactly what's going into my yogurt. But that's me. There's nothing particularly wrong with flavored yogurt, if you like it and if it helps keep you on plan.
Last edited by KaraCooks; February 18th, 2010 at 08:14 AM.
February 18th, 2010, 06:50 AM
What about drinking things like sugar free koolaid and crystal light?
February 18th, 2010, 08:14 AM
February 18th, 2010, 08:47 AM
well, they're not really good for flavoring yogurt.. er.. don't ask how I know this.
Originally Posted by becky23
February 18th, 2010, 03:50 PM
Are those DRINKS ok to drink everyday?
February 18th, 2010, 06:50 PM
I prefer organic yogurt, low sugar and rich in fruit and better if they are probiotic it's healthier.
February 18th, 2010, 06:54 PM
Becky ... no one here can tell you that. YOu have to decide for yourself whether or not they're ok.
Are they low calorie? Yes.
Are they full of chemical sweeteners, artificial flavors, and preservatives? Yes.
Are they better than a full sugar Coke? Probably. Maybe.
Me? I don't drink them. Then again I drink Diet Coke about 3x a week or so - so I'm not saying that I'm some kind of perfect, cause I'm not.
There's no such thing as a food that's "good for losing weight". All there is are CHOICES that YOU make ... based on what works with your diet and what you are willing to accept.
More and more I'm unwilling to accept artificial food. I'm unwilling to accept packaged food. But that's ME. Tht's a choice I make for myself. You have to do your research and make that decision for yourself as well ... not is this "good" or "bad" ... but is it something tht I want to put in my body.
February 18th, 2010, 10:01 PM
Both of the items you mentioned are in my diet everyday. I usually have a yoplait light for lunch and if im craving something sweet at the end of the day, ill have one for dessert. As stated above, they provide a nice chunk of RDI calcium, and at only 100 calories per cup, I think its a guilt free way to supplement most meals (lol, sounds like a promo). Then again, if they aren't consumed in the correct moderation, its going to be just as detrimental as anything else.
Regarding crystal light, I am TOTALLY hooked on the stuff. I love it, recommend it. Use it daily. Granted, I use a single packet to mix with a gallon of water (otherwise its much too sweet), but it makes getting daily water in MUCH easier for me. It does have artifical sweeteners, but taken in moderation, I think the benefit of consuming more water completely outweigh the consequences of artifical sweetener.
As per usual, moderation is key.
February 19th, 2010, 04:10 AM
So everything I've observed so far as long as I eat enough calories it doesn't matter what I eat? So peanut butter and whole wheat bread are not an enemy as long as I keep it in moderation, once or twice a day. Is that right?
February 19th, 2010, 05:35 AM
True - but you do also want to keep your protein up Your body requires protein and a small amount of essential fatty acids to keep going. The rest is pretty much up in the air - however, certain things make you feel more full than others. Protein is satiating, fat & fiber can help you feel non-hungry longer. Sweetened drinks with no fat can make you feel hungrier (even if they're sugar free).
I eat oatmeal almost every day and it certainly hasn't killed my diet
February 19th, 2010, 06:17 AM
No, not really.
So everything I've observed so far as long as I eat enough calories it doesn't matter what I eat?
If you eat 1700 calories of jelly beans, eventually you're going to suffer from malnutrition. If all you eat is peanut butter and bread, you're gonna get scurvy. If you don't get enough protein, you'll lose lean muscle as well as fat.
Bottom line is that it depends on whether you just want to be skinny or whether you want to be healthy and fit.
If you want the healthy and fit part, WHAT you eat is as important as how much you eat. Getting adequate amounts of protein, making sure to eat veggies to get proper nutrients, making sure you get whole grains and not just simple carbs, and making sure you get enough healthy fats ... all of that is important if you want to be healthy and fit and slim ... rather than just skinny.
Peanut butter and bread 2x a day isn't necessarily what I consider "moderation". When you consider that a serving of PB is around 200 cals and 2 pieces of bread are anywhere from 70-120 cals each - you're talking 800 calories a day in PB and bread if you have 2 PB sandwiches a day. Or 600 if you have PB on a single slice of toast. If you weigh 130 lbs or so, that's half your daily calories in PB and bread.
Last edited by KaraCooks; February 19th, 2010 at 06:20 AM.
February 19th, 2010, 07:05 AM
I just meant to say bread and PB as one example. I eat protein with every meal and barely eat 2 tbs of PB as a serving. more like 1 tbs. Up until this point I've only been eating chicken, vegies, fruits, low fat dairy and nuts. THat's it. I need to eat more calories. I'm struggling on finding what else I should be eating.
That's why I have so many quesions. I don't want to spoil all the progress I've made thus far. I'm just being cautious is all.
Thanks for the help though.
February 19th, 2010, 07:16 AM
Gotcha. Ok, seriously, I know I've said it before ... I really STRONGLY sugest you register at fitday.com or livestrong.com (the one I use) and start logging your food. It will take about a week and you'll start to see the trends... you'll see how your calories fall out, how your nutrients are balanced, etc.
Originally Posted by becky23
Once you see that, you'll be in a much better position to understand what your body is doing and WHY things are happening the way they are. You'll also be better able to make decisions about what to eat and when.
Even if you don't keep it up long term, just a few days of tracking can be an eye opener.
February 19th, 2010, 03:58 PM
I do use fit day already. I don't eat crap, i never put crap in my body. I am having such a hard time. My weight is just stuck. hrmf
I'm 5'3" 160lbs. eating around 1200 to 1400cals a day now.
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