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Old 12-31-03, 10:40 PM   #1
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Starting the new year right

Went to the doctor yesterday, having turned 45 this year it was a good idea just to get checked up. We did all the fun doctor patient things like talk about health, the finger you know where, turn and cough. Then it got down to the real nitty gritty. Loose some weight, and get a handle on the blood pressure. Most of all don't quit cycling.

Okay, so now I'm checking my BP for a month, riding, and counting my grams of fat intake. I can't believe the fat that I am use to eating, like in cookies, and cheese, and well, a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich. He recommended 40 grams a day. Holy Cats, that seems like an impossibility. Anyone know how the heck to do this?
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naisme,

There are many ways to accomplish your goal. Here is one way based on Body for Life. Remember to shop on the outside walls of the grocery store. Fresh vegetables, fruits, then to the meats and be very selective in this area. Round steak, chicken breast no skin, ground chicken or turkey that is very low fat, check the label. You can also use fattier gound meats if you drain it well with water and limit the intake. Then to the frozen foods, avoid most of the things here except for frozen vegetables, fruits, juice, some treats such as frozen no fat yogurt, sherbert (sp). Then to the dairy isle for no fat yogurt, no fat cottage cheese, egg beaters, or egg whites etc. Then you must go into the heart of the beast. Meaning the middle of the store. Whole beans, rice, some soups, cereals, pasta, some sauces, canned vegetables, bread, whole grain are found in the middle. Remember if it is fat you need to cut out, you may try to treat yourself with some sweets such as jellies, jams, dried fruit, and other non fat items. Hope this gets you thinking in the right direction on the challenge that lays ahead for you. Look at the Body For Life program. Low calories and fat eating 6 times a day, portion sizes easy to determine. Good luck
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I lost 15~18lbs this december...

I got one of those HERBALIFE kits..

I did not experience any performance problems.. In fact my average speed and distance has increased.. significantly!

I even feel healthier.. That's why, I purchased another kit and go for another month, and maybe if lucky.. loose another 15~20lbs...

And, the nutritionist said, I could eat ice cream, cookies, etc. as long as I eat my vegetables and drink lots of water before i do so (eat ice cream). In which in the end, I wouldn't want to eat the sweets anymore... because I'm too full..
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[The doctor] recommended 40 grams [of fat] a day. Holy Cats, that seems like an impossibility. Anyone know how the heck to do this?
Cutting back on fat is a good idea, but 40 grams of fat (360 calories) sounds like a sedentary person's diet. Still, fat has more than twice the calories per gram than protein or carbs. There are foods that fill you up without loading you up.

Read the labels on the food you eat. Calculate about 2,000 calories per day + calories burned during cycling. (35 per mile?) Don't eat out, it's loaded with fat and you can't read the label. Eat enough protein to maintain good muscles. Stay away from junk food. Eat lots of vegetables, they fill you up and have few calories.
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Calculate about 2,000 calories per day + calories burned during cycling. (35 per mile?)

I was wondering about this calorie calculation myself. I use my own formula, I take the HR monitor calories and take away 100 calories for each hour from that. I enter my excercise calories and everything I eat into a spreadsheet which gives me daily totals. I did a long ride today, and LittleBigMan's figures came out pretty close for me. I did this for the last couple months and did lose some weight, but I've been told this will not work. Anybody else tried eating this way? What were your results?

naisme - I am 40 now, I also need to get the big checkup done and I've really been dreading it...
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I was wondering about this calorie calculation myself. I use my own formula, I take the HR monitor calories and take away 100 calories for each hour from that. I enter my excercise calories and everything I eat into a spreadsheet which gives me daily totals. I did a long ride today, and LittleBigMan's figures came out pretty close for me. I did this for the last couple months and did lose some weight, but I've been told this will not work. Anybody else tried eating this way? What were your results?

naisme - I am 40 now, I also need to get the big checkup done and I've really been dreading it...
As much as I enjoy numbers, I don't count calories. I don't think it's feasible to accurately calculate daily caloric needs, and it takes quite a bit of effort to compute the calories you take in (how many calories in that small glass of OJ, or in those 6 almonds I had for a snack?).

Instead, I have a digital scale that is accurate to 0.2 lbs, and I weigh myself each morning. Twice a week (Monday and Friday), I record my weight using my CycliStats program (a spreadsheet could also be used). If my weight is rising, I cut back on portion sizes and snacks, or get out on the bike longer. I find that seeing my weight graphed over time is a good motivator for me to do the right thing until the next weigh-in.

As others have suggested, I also try to eat healthy, with lots of fruit, veggies, and nuts.
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Well, after a few days of doing this, it is really something. I didn't realize the fat that is out there, it is like counting calories. I am making enemies of sorts. I didn't realise that people don't really want to talk about the food they eat. Cause if they start thinking about it they realize how "unfit" they are eating. They also don't really care to hear about the reaizations of how much fat there is in certain things.

I've gone almost vegetarian, still eating meat though, just not as much or as often, that's been fun to learn about what I am eating. I realize we're pretty lucky now that food comes with all the information that is on food labels today. Wonder how many lives it would have saved in the past.
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