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Cool tool for heavyweights… or, you can count on it
« Reply #-1 on: June 17, 2014, 12:17:43 PM »
I watched with interest Spuds juice diet posts.  He did an amazing job, but there is no way I could do that diet.  For one, it requires willpower and a juicer and I have neither.  I do want to lose weight though, so I looked around online a bit and found something that is working for me.  It’s a very popular, free application for smartphones and PC’s called MyFitnessPal.  Loaded onto your devices they will sync so your entries will show up on all of them.  You can track lots of nutritional info although I use it only for calorie counting.  The key to its success is a huge data base of foods (user entered) so it’s quick and easy to find your food’s calories, or you can also enter your own.  The learning curve is relatively small so you can be using it within minutes of downloading.
So I eat all the foods that I like, just less of them.  That’s a diet I can handle.  One benefit from this method is the forced nutritional awareness to what one eats.  I had no idea about some of the foods that we consume.  I never knew that a tablespoon of Helmanns mayo was 90 calories or that the ham I normally eat is only 35 calories per ounce.  I can have a ham and egg breakfast for about 350 calories.
Anyway, I have lost 15 pounds and my honey lost 11 in 35 days without once being hangry so if you are thinking about this sort of thing you might want to check out MyFitnessPal.
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Re: Cool tool for heavyweights… or, you can count on it
« on: June 17, 2014, 12:44:11 PM »
I have used MFP and it is a great tool for tracking food/calories.  Then I discovered Fitbit and have been using it over the past several months.  This device, you wear on your wrist will track all your daily activity like calories burned and steps/miles walked.  It also has a database of foods that you can log what you eat and it will compare your calories in vs calories out so you can see your progress or lack of on a daily basis.   It will also monitor how well you sleep, good quality sleep is essential to weight management as well as what we eat and how active we are.
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2014, 05:03:48 PM »
I watched with interest Spuds juice diet posts.  He did an amazing job, but there is no way I could do that diet.  For one, it requires willpower and a juicer and I have neither.  I do want to lose weight though, so I looked around online a bit and found something that is working for me.  It’s a very popular, free application for smartphones and PC’s called MyFitnessPal.  Loaded onto your devices they will sync so your entries will show up on all of them.  You can track lots of nutritional info although I use it only for calorie counting.  The key to its success is a huge data base of foods (user entered) so it’s quick and easy to find your food’s calories, or you can also enter your own.  The learning curve is relatively small so you can be using it within minutes of downloading.
So I eat all the foods that I like, just less of them.  That’s a diet I can handle.  One benefit from this method is the forced nutritional awareness to what one eats.  I had no idea about some of the foods that we consume.  I never knew that a tablespoon of Helmanns mayo was 90 calories or that the ham I normally eat is only 35 calories per ounce.  I can have a ham and egg breakfast for about 350 calories.
Anyway, I have lost 15 pounds and my honey lost 11 in 35 days without once being hangry so if you are thinking about this sort of thing you might want to check out MyFitnessPal.
Wingman,first off CONGRATULATIONS!! WELL DONE.

Im an RN and THOUGHT I had a clue about nutrition from what I had been taught,found out when dieting I DIDNT HAVE A CLUE!! ???

The learning experience is tremendous isnt it? Try miracle whip over mayo,IIRC its only 15 cals per tbsp,huge savings,dang tuna or eggsalad is killer cals with mayo.Sauces are HUGE calorie hiding spots.

And bread,a lot is 120 cals a slice,so I cut it back and now only use the absolutely most nutrition filled I can buy,dont need hollow cals.

For those without an app,try this for cals.Just type in any food,hit the green magnifying lens and its all there.

http://caloriecount.about.com/flog/
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Re: Cool tool for heavyweights… or, you can count on it
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2014, 06:24:07 PM »


Anyway, I have lost 15 pounds and my honey lost 11 in 35 days without once being hangry

When my friend goes on a diet, I don't want to be around him because he, too, gets "hangry"...hungry and angry.

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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2014, 07:07:52 PM »


Anyway, I have lost 15 pounds and my honey lost 11 in 35 days without once being hangry

When my friend goes on a diet, I don't want to be around him because he, too, gets "hangry"...hungry and angry.

just sayin'...              8)
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Re: Cool tool for heavyweights… or, you can count on it
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2014, 07:30:49 PM »
Try miracle whip over mayo,IIRC its only 15 cals per tbsp,huge savings,dang tuna or eggsalad is killer cals with mayo.


Yep.  It's amazing how many things require mayo.  We settled on Helmanns Light at 35 cal./tbsp as a replacement for the real stuff.  It was acceptable while nothing else was for us.  Something I forgot to mention is that we are also trying to eliminate all processed foods.  We can't do it completely but are doing our best.
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2014, 08:39:56 PM »
Try miracle whip over mayo,IIRC its only 15 cals per tbsp,huge savings,dang tuna or eggsalad is killer cals with mayo.


Yep.  It's amazing how many things require mayo.  We settled on Helmanns Light at 35 cal./tbsp as a replacement for the real stuff.  It was acceptable while nothing else was for us.  Something I forgot to mention is that we are also trying to eliminate all processed foods.  We can't do it completely but are doing our best.
So true,its very hard to drop all processed food.Today I bought whole wheat hamburger buns and it was a major disappointment.Think I will measure my flour,figure cals,then see how many products it makes and see if that gets me any savings,at least its just flour,salt, water and a tiny bit yeast.Gets all the chemistry names out of it.

Thought maybe I could make a harder bun that isnt as thick to cut the hamburger holder down to size,kinda like a crunchy crust?Darn hamburgers get loaded with cals real fast and rather have more meat than flour for essentially same calorie count.

Paleo is very interesting,getting more and more of my attention.Wish more paleos would comment more on what they are doing.HINT HINT!
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Re: Cool tool for heavyweights… or, you can count on it
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2014, 09:39:35 AM »
I do intermittent fasting. It's not really a diet per se, just an easier lifestyle. Skip Breakfast, eat lunch if you feel like, have regular dinner with the family. Once or twice a week when I get busy I just go until dinner. Pretty simple, no fussing with calories, what to eat etc.

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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2014, 10:56:35 AM »
Read somewhere recently,think it was in England,where they did a study to find out if fasting was harmful.What they found was a three day water fast your body destroyed your white cells,and replaced them with all new ones.

This had the benefit of giving you a renewed immune system.They were able to replicate the results.It came as quite a shock to the researchers.

Its now being studied in many places as an adjunct to treatment for cancer patients.

Im wondering if this has any correlation with wife having a nasty flu right now,and me being unaffected.Or maybe I just have immunity from having had this strain before.Dont know.Also BIL has same flu and had flu shot,we dont do flu shots,Im all for natural immunities.I dont believe in artificial immunity being superior to,or even equal to,what the body itself can and does do regarding immunities to certain non life threatening diseases.IMO only.I dont knock other folks choices.We all must make our own choices.

Amazes me that these dietary religious mandates have a basis in healthy living.Just what did they know way back when?
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Re: Cool tool for heavyweights… or, you can count on it
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2014, 11:24:15 AM »
Spuds, fasting is my cure for common cold. Once I feel the bug I just fast for a day.
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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2014, 02:43:45 PM »
Spuds, fasting is my cure for common cold. Once I feel the bug I just fast for a day.
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Re: Cool tool for heavyweights… or, you can count on it
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2014, 10:00:26 AM »
I do intermittent fasting. It's not really a diet per se, just an easier lifestyle. Skip Breakfast, eat lunch if you feel like, have regular dinner with the family. Once or twice a week when I get busy I just go until dinner. Pretty simple, no fussing with calories, what to eat etc.

I do powerlifting 3 times a week.

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Re: Cool tool for heavyweights… or, you can count on it
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2014, 11:42:44 AM »

Anyway, I have lost 15 pounds and my honey lost 11 in 35 days without once being hangry so if you are thinking about this sort of thing you might want to check out MyFitnessPal.

Cat bumped this so I'll take the opportunity to brag a wee bit - 22+ pounds for me and 17+ for my Honey in 62 days. 

It's time to dig out the box marked "Clothes too small - will never wear again"!    ;D
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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2014, 06:53:52 PM »

Anyway, I have lost 15 pounds and my honey lost 11 in 35 days without once being hangry so if you are thinking about this sort of thing you might want to check out MyFitnessPal.

Cat bumped this so I'll take the opportunity to brag a wee bit - 22+ pounds for me and 17+ for my Honey in 62 days. 

It's time to dig out the box marked "Clothes too small - will never wear again"!    ;D
AWESOME!!

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Last night for dinner I had 5 ounces of rib eye steak, a beautiful garden salad heavy on cukes and tomatoes, sautéed Vidalia onions splashed with 18 yr. old balsamic vinegar, and a glass of wine.  It all fit easily into the 1970 calories I’m allowed each day.  Now the brag part - at 88 days in, I have lost 28 pounds, my wife has lost 21, and we still haven’t been hangry.  This diet is a piece of cake.

This is a great time of the year to diet since fresh produce is starting to show up and veggies right out of the garden are so good as well as low in calories.  Our cukes this year are some of the best we’ve ever had.

As you might imagine my pants no longer fit so I had to search out some old ones from my lighter days.  My wife says I look funny in bell-bottoms.
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