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I need dieting advice, help!
June 28, 2008
2:53 pm
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Ok I'm a total beginner with dieting. I usually eat whatever is the easiest thing to get rid of my hunger with. I never care about calories. The problem is that if I go over 145 lbs, my throat accumulates more fat and I cant breath properly during sleep and then I end up having some apnea. I've decided I cant go over 145 lbs, no matter what.

What are some of the simplest to make or cheapest to buy foods that will get rid of my hunger but which wont make me gain weight?

Or maybe there isnt such a thing. Its impossible for me to make my own salad or something. The maximum number of ingredients I can mix together are water and one more thing, or I can just heat something. I can eat ramen noodles without a problem so I'm not picky.

Or, can I buy something from Walmart? I dont wanna buy a $6 salad from the local fastfoods. One, I'd have to buy it for every lunch every day, two its expensive.

help please!

June 28, 2008
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Guest_guest, Have you tried supplement drinks like ensure? Or slimfast? They are very filling and satisfying as far as hunger goes.
When I lost my weight the things I did was, I cut my sugars and carbs in half, didn't eat after 630pm, and if I did it was a yogurt, and I stopped drinking starbucks, that's my weakness. 🙂

June 28, 2008
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guest_guest:

Have you ever considered taking a basic cooking class? Might learn some easy way to prepare meals.

When I get really busy, sometimes I'll cook large quantites of something and package it up into separate meal sizes and freeze it, so its easy to pull something out of the freezer and just heat it up. Works for things to take for lunch too.

Yogurt mixed with fresh fruit is a good low cal healthy snack.

Ramen noodles with cut up veggies is good, or a yaka soba noodle cooked up with cut up chicken, etc. You can get precooked chicken frozen in packages, just take out what you need.

I make large salads and don't add dressing til I eat it, so it lasts for a few days.

I'm a bit lazy, so I don't like to do full on cooking and prepping for every meal either.

June 28, 2008
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Guest, You could also try to google (or whatever internet browser you use), 30 minute meals, or 5 ingredient recipes. They are all very simple and very easy to prepare. 🙂

June 30, 2008
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giggles, thanks! I used to drink slimfast sometimes before but i used it like a soda, with food (oops).
Is one Slimfast enough? I tohught it wasnt enough for me, it barely filled me up 25% I think or something.

sdesign,s icant cook :.p. Well i guess i will try this Slimfast again and see how it goes. Its hard for me to even mix up veggies and one thing I've noticed, veggies dont fill me up at all.

July 1, 2008
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Guest-Guest,I'm with Sdesigns. Take a simple cooking class at the community center. You can learn to boil eggs which you can add to a vegetable salad.

The very basic recipe I can suggest is:
Mix together
Canned Kidney beans/drained/without the canned water.
Sliced tomatoes
I cup cooked uncle ben's rice or the ramen noodles without the soup base,
Add canned string beans or just simple steamed strings beans.
You can add olives
sliced cucumbers
add a little vinegar or lemon juice and olive oil, a little salt and pepper to taste and viola...

You could also substitute the kidney beans with canned tuna.

You could also just buy chicken breast, put them in a baking pan, sprinkle some salt and pepper on them and put them in a oven at 350 degrees for about an hour. You know the chicken is cooked because there is no red fluid running out of it. You can eat this with the ramen mix.

You could also do the package oatmeal packets and just add bananas, or apples to the oatmeal when it's cooked.

I still think, you would be better taking a basic class.

Do you work out?

All the best

July 1, 2008
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guest_guest, They now have Slim Fast optima. It's made to fill you up longer!!! That's the one I used, they also have the snack bars to go with the drink. It really does work better than the original one. Good Luck!

July 5, 2008
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Thanks fantas, nope I dont work out, I wish I did. This is a big problem.

I cant do that beans thing, its too much work.ahhh.

I dont get his: why cant we find a single canned food item or anything on the go that is healthy to eat just like that and also doesnt drain the wallet?

Only Slimfast looks like its good. Thanks Giggles, i'll definitely get the new Slimfast and will look for the bars as well.

July 5, 2008
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chicken breasts and ramen actually. not a bad idea. Sounds nice but i'm still afraid, it looks like work to me :(.

But i know its not going to get easier than that.

I still dont know why we dont have cheaped canned stuff that is good to eat. What if I did that stuff with the beans you said, added preservative and sold it? would it sell good to other people?

Why is everything we buy, not healthy? Why do we have to make it ourselves? I dont get it, this is sad 🙁 and i'm angry! 🙁

July 5, 2008
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Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers Smart Ones are in the frozen section. If you catch them on sale, you can pay as little as $2 per meal. And they are good - some are excellent! I love the Smart Ones Creamy Rigatoni with Chicken and Broccoli.

Hope that helps.
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July 7, 2008
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Did you get your appetite back after going off the meds? Is this a recent problem for you? You might want to try $5.00 footlong subways. Eat 1/2 for lunch and 1/2 for dinner. It worked for Jarod! A glass of milk will also help ease hunger pains. Grapes help, believe it or not, as does fat free yogurt. Any protein will fill u up longer, such as almonds, chicken, tuna, fish.

Weight watchers program has been working for me.

July 8, 2008
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I hear weight watchers is good. Nutri-system is good too, but expensive.

ALso you can check out: Walkfromhome.com
You might be able to order a DVD to exercise from home. Exercise is key.

July 10, 2008
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yeah. Exercise is key. Get a bicycle and do your daily routes by bike. It saves money and is a good workout. Walking or going by bike instead of driving is also saving energy, and hopefully annoying those guys who sell energy so expensive nowadays.

Gee - I could not imagine eating only canned or ready made stuff. I love cooking. I always have vegetables and fruit at home (but when I was in the states I found it difficult to find shops/markets where you get raw veggies and fruit at a reasonable price.

Well, yes Actually there is one thing that makes me fell "well fed" and is healthy. Bananas. Some (unsalted) nuts to go with it.

Cereals for breakfast (select ones without added sugar or fat, you'll have to read the really tiny print). With orange or apple juice, when I have no milk at home.

July 11, 2008
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Use small plates. Eat 5-6 tiny meals, rather than 3 big ones. Eat your important, larger meals EARLY IN THE DAY. Breakfast and lunch should be the BIG ONES...not dinner. Never eat after 6 or 6:30. Go to sleep on an empty stomach, to help you lose weight.

Walk, bike or get some sort of aerobic exercise going in the morning. This "jumpstarts" your metabolism for tne entire day, so that you burn fat at a faster rate.

Watch WHAT you eat. No fast foods. No fried foods. No fatty dairy (fat-free/skim only). No red meat. Fish, white meat chicken (skin removed) and MORE fish. And you only need 4 ounces of meat/complete protein per day. That's about the size of the palm of your hand, if you're a woman. Fresh, steamed veggies. Fruit. Fat free yogurt. Easy on the nuts, as they contain alot of fat. And NEVER salted nuts.

No packaged or canned foods. Careful with the frozen dinners. Even though many are lo-fat, lo-calorie, most are loaded with sodium.

No diet sodas. Again, loaded with sodium. Drink water, water and more water. Avoid caffeine (in coffee, tea, soda and chocolate), as this will stimulate your appetite.

No "white" food: white bread, white rice, white pasta. Choose whole grains and brown rice, instead.

I have dropped nearly 40 lbs., back to my pre-pregnant, healthy weight observing these guidelines. And I have never regained any of the weight (nearly 5 years now). So, it does work.

My best to you.

- Ma Strong

July 11, 2008
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Ma, good advice, all of it!

Can't say I never eat red meat. Probably about 1x a month.

You know what I've recently found that is a wonder? Fiber One bars. I bought the chewy oats and caramel version last night. It's a bit sweet for my taste but wow, 35% of your daily fiber and it really fills you up. 140 calories per bar is worth it, to me.

Can't agree more that 5-6 small meals hits the mark. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. It really does work!

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July 17, 2008
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A helpful piece for me was keeping, faithfully, a food journal. It heightened my awareness of what I was consuming and also helped me to set healthy goals.

July 19, 2008
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Little -

One of my friends kept such a journal and included HOW SHE FELT and what was happening in her life, emotionally, whenever she ate. That helped her to get a stronger handle on the connection between her feelings and her eating patterns.

- Ma

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