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December 21, 2008

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This is probably THE best place for realistic, practical advice--not just cheerleading to lose weight. Thank you so much.

this is something I'm already doing albeit intuitively: was on dr bernsteins' diet...but it's too low cal (900ish/day) but i do like how you watch the type of protein, fruits, veggies and grains you eat and how much....it is similar to the 'biggest loser diet' and 'eat for life' but these two are more healthy and balanced due to higher calories and emphasis on working out...despite bernstein saying any activity can be accomodated on his diet, yeah right ,whatever...for more active people you'll be given an extra protein portion (so 3 instead of 2)...no thanks...i call it the 'couch potato diet' if just by itself...but I do like certain things about it as referenced.

I feel that what works depends on the stage which you are in. I started in the active weight loss stage, and what worked for me then was the traditional low fat (below 15%) high carb diet (70%) with high impact cardio and circuit workouts. I lost my post-pregnancy weight and maintained, but after about a year of it I was famished and started binging on low fat yogurts and crave carbs like crazy, because workouts burned them all.

So, after a few months when hunger was so bad, that the only reason I didn't dig out that sweet smelling orange peel from the trash can to devour it was because there was no orange peel in the trash can, I switched to the whole food diet with higher proportion of protein (30%) and fat (30%) and changed my workouts to low impact combined with heavy weight lifting to maintain the loss and get rid of the last stubborn fat (cut down from about 19% BF to under 15% BF).

For me it's easier to manage hunger with higher proteins and fats, and I binge less.

I also had to restructure my meals throughout the day, so 3 of them are eaten while I am in the office (7, 11 and between 1 and 2 pm), because I find the hunger the most debilitating when I work, rather than when I can relax or get outside at home. Yes, that requires a 3 hour period between me getting up (4 am) and eating my breakfast (7 am), but if I ate the first thing at 4 am, whatever I ate just flashed through me. So, I drink a big glass of water instead, go about my pre-work chores, then have breakfast at work, then eat every 3 or 4 hours as recommended, trying to stay within my calorie range for the day (700 calories before coming home and 500-600 calories at home in two meals).

I always tried to cut down the food I am eating between 5 and 7 pm (eating period at home), but it's far too difficult, because I feed husband and a 4 y.o. child, so I am trying to toll with the punches and leave myself enough calories to participate in a family fruit plate or a bag of popcorn or grabbing a nut or two...

I find that vegetarian diet is subpar in terms of satiation, as fish, eggs and chicken are the most long lasting foods in my system. Beans are the only plant product that is anywhere near that on calorie per calorie basis, but my digestion limits my intake of beans.

From milk products I drink home-made kefir and quark made from kefir to avoid commercially processed yogurts and cottage cheese. It tastes so much better to my palate as well, since that's the products from my childhood.

I sweeten with honey and fruit & eat tons of boiled and fresh vegetables. My favorite fresh vegetables are cucumbers, radishes and baby carrots, while I consume broccoli, cauliflower and zuccinis in blanched version.

I also eat a far wider variery of grains than people normally do, alternating millet, buckwheat, brown rice, barley, quinoia and cracked wheat. But I don't touch breads and pastas, as they seem to cause hunger spells in me. From time to time I allow myself a boiled and then broiled potato/sweet potato.

So, all and all, that's my own version of a diet. yes, it's very regimented, but a step away from it, and I start packing weight back on like crazy (literally by a pound or two a night!).

I am hopping to turn one of my daily low impact cardio session into high impact on a weekly basis and monitor my appetite increase. But my emphasis is on maintaing the weight-lifting regimen, because boy, it's a thing of beauty!!! The only thing that grows pretty muscules on me!!!

Great email! I think I'll try your spinach/black bean recipie. It sounds like something my vegetarian 12-year-old daughter would like as well.

Hii! I am very appreciative of the emails and your website is great! I really like your idea of Dietfusion, I can relate to it. I have always been a vegetarian but used to eat lots of carbs, but ever since I have decided to lose weight-for the last one year ( I have lost 20 kilos in 14 months with exercise and healthy eating), I have become totally vegan-and am feeling so healthy now. I am exercising at least 4 days a week for an hour each session,
I seem to eat tons of vegetables, I also eat lot of fruits and get my protein from legumes, beans and tofu ( I eat 3 to 4 serves of protein in a day-all portion sizes measured).

I still want to lose the fat over my abdomen, so I am hoping to lose another 5 more kilos at least.

My question is, should I cut down on the legumes/beans and tofu-and just eat 2 serves a day? Should I restrict the portion size for vegetables as well? I seem to be eating a lot more serves of vegetables (-microwaved, with lots of herbs and spices and very little oil on them) --can eating more vegetables make one fat? Should I restrict fruit serves as well? I seem to be drawn to eating large portions of rockmelon and watermelon-can that be slowing my weight loss?

thanks a lot

Jessica...I always offer to bring something and then save points (or calories) for the day. This weekend we are going to a friends house. They are having pasta and I get to bring the salad. I plan on eating a LOT of salad and a small portion of pasta plus remembering to watch what I eat during the day to make up for any incidentals. Drink lots of water with dinner too, then you will feel more full.

I don't have problems at restaurants or at parties, but I do have a problem when you go to someone's house for dinner. It feels rude to not eat what they serve you, even if it's not as healthy as what you would eat at home? What do you do?

Hey,
I have done a almost vegan cleanse before and what i have found that works great in everyday life (when you're not on a cleanse/diet) is having brown rice always in the cooker or in the fridge. then you cook some veggies, warm up the rice and you have a decent filling meal. i even eat rice for breakfast now, apparently they do it all the time in Asia.

I have been on so many diets and have even had gastric bypass. I still an struggling. I can not really make a decision on which diet to do. I want to get started so if anyone can help please do. By the way I have tried every diet out there I think.

I like the idea of Diet Fusion. I think it is very practical to mix similar diets. I've been mixing Eat to Live with a Mediterranean type diet (minus the oil and bread..but including some fish) and it works great for me.

Queen T
http://www.thedefinitionofhealthyeating.blogspot.com/

I have ordered the Fat Smash book from the library, when I did a little more research because of this email! :o) Can't wait to see what I learn tomorrow. I even went to the gym this evening! Keep em' coming!

Please keep the emails coming! I learn something new every time a new email comes flying in!

THIS IS MY FIRST WEEK AS WELL AND I LOVE THE DAILY EMAILS. I AM LEARNING A LOT PLUS IT HELPS KEEP ME POSITIVE AND FOCUSED. I AM TRYING TO CHANGE SLOWLY AND GRADUALLY WITH BABY STEPS. I AM ALSO TRYING TO DRINK A LOT OF WATER AND EAT A LOT MORE FRUITS AND VEGGIES. AND THE BEST PART IS THAT THIS HELPFUL "SERVICE" IS FREE!!

THIS IS THE SECOND DAY I HAVE READ PEER TRAINING AND I HAVE TO SAY I AM LEARNING ALOT. I DEFINITELY FEEL THAT WRITING DOWN WHAT I EAT AND THE POINTS REALLY HELPS. THIS WAY I CAN LOOK AT IT AND IF SOMETHING CHANGES WHERE I AM NOT GOING TO BE HOME TO EAT WHAT I PLANNED I KNOW THE AMOUNT OF POINTS HAVE CONSUMED AS WELL AS THE AMOUNT OF POINTS I HAVE LEFT. THANK YOU AND I LOOK FORWARD TO TOMORROW.

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