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Old 02-24-09, 03:34 PM
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Your Best weight loss trick !

Most if not ALL on this forum are trying to lose weight or maintain were they are ! Having said that whats one of your best tricks for when your about to eat somthing bad how do you avoid it ?

I normaly grab a V8 juice there low on calories and have some good stuf in them . Even if I was to go nuts and drink 3 its only 210 calories . Beats a ham sandwich or a pile a chips or cookies .

Post your trick it just might help someone out a LOT And I always have a cold one in the car for after the gym 2 years ago after the gym I would a went to a fast food joint and wolfed down a burger and fries ERRRR now I have the V8 and Iam good to go !

Hey and there less than $14.00 a case a 24 at Sam's club

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Use a Lean Cuisine for a meal a few times to learn what a portion is "supposed" to be. Bike to the ice cream stand rather than drive. But getting off soft drinks is very important.

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Eat a decent-sized breakfast, and slowly shift the size of your meals so they get progressively smaller during the day, rather than the other way around.
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I do real good if I don't eat after 7:00 other than that keep meals to appropriate not too much not to little. And drink lots of water plus snacks between meals.
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Get a coach.
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Trick..???...

4 bran muffins and a pot of coffee... you won't be worth much for ridin' though.
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I have to attack the problem before I get to this point. I find that if I exercise, two things happen my appetite is "usually" less and my willpower is improved. I don't want to waste the effort I put into a workout into eating something bad. Also, keeping a food diary helps me think in terms of portion size and calorie content more accurately. I've actually avoided eating something because I didn't know the calorie content I would have to record.
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Old 02-24-09, 07:13 PM
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I find the more effort I put into exercise, the less I'm tempted to eat something that might hinder my results. If I eat right and ride UP HILLS, I lose weight.
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This is something I know a little bit about. A few years ago I lost a little over 100lbs in a year. Put a little back on and have taken 20lbs off in 2 months.

Eat three times a day, ESPECIALLY breakfast, you won't snack as much through the day.

If you do feel like snacking, grab an apple or a banana.

Cut out soft drinks. At 100 calories per 8oz, you don't realize how many calories this is.

Hold the mayo and other "sauces" for your food.

Go sugar free. Something as simple as sugar free syrup for your pancakes makes a big difference. 1/4th cup of regular syrup has like 120 calories when sugar free has 30.

It's actually pretty easy to loose weight. Just gotta know how to do it.

Or you could cut out carbs and eat only red meat and die at the age of 24 from a heart attack. But at least you'll look darn good in your coffin.
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My best weight lost trick would to be marry my ex-wife, and get divorced from her again. I did not eat, was stressed out, lost a lot of weight and kept it off for a long time the first time I did this.

Seriously, I have found keeping vegetables like carrots and celery around to snack on a good way to keep the munchies at bay. Also, those little flavored rice cakes are not half bad either.
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I have to attack the problem before I get to this point. I find that if I exercise, two things happen my appetite is "usually" less and my willpower is improved.
I'm the same way! I always eat less on the days when I got to the gym in the morning before work. I think endorphins have something to do with that. They are opiates that your body releases after you cause it pain (like a hard workout) and how many fat heroine addicts do you know?
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Train for something specific. Perhaps losing enough weight to get under the weight limit on the new bike you want or getting in shape to ride some distance that is just inconcievable.
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Eating enough to cover my exercise routine. If you don't get enough calories, you will not lose weight. I started eating more and have lost almost 30 lbs since Oct 15th.
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Have a life and death goal.

In my case, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. To get my blood glucose under control, I had to take medication (glipizide), which increases your insulin production.

Good news = your blood glucose goes down. Bad news = the increased insulin makes you ravenous.

I gained 13 lbs in 2 months.

"Screw it," I told myself. Got on a low carb diet, and started bicycling. I'm losing about 0.5 lbs per day, and I'm off the glipizide already. I've got my blood glucose under control.


If I don't do this, I'm going to die. So I have goals.
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I count calories and have for a couple years. It's helped me to lose darn near 100 lbs.

At any given point in the day I know how many calories I've eaten and how many are left. Many is the time that I've known at 2 PM that something was up at 6 PM be it a beer or three, pizza, favorite restaurant, whatever.

You pay the freaking piper. If at 2 PM you know you can't eat large at 6 you either
a) don't get what every one else is having
b) you work out so the calories are available

Sometimes the answer is a and it sucks but it is what it is.

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Try devekoping a daily calorie intake and output regimen, with a target differential. Basically, you need to burn 3500 calories more than you eat to lose 1 pound.

You can calculate cycling calories according to your body weight, speed average and duration here using this or similar calculators: (This requires using a map or car odometer to measure distance, and a watch,--divide distance by time—or a cheap basic bike computer will show your distance, time and av. speed for your ride.)

https://www.ahealthyme.com/topic/minicalburn

The next part, calculating the rest of your 24 hour day's calorie burn is harder, but may typically be 1500-2500, including sleep.

Then you have to count the calories of your food, here is a good place to look, and many packaged foods show their calories per x ounces serving.

https://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_food.php

It's not all that complicated. The nice thing is, it works! If you can ride 5 hours per week, you can lose 1 pound a week with a reasonably satisfying diet. More riding will get the weight off even faster. Basically, during riding your body sets up signaling that says, "We need energy, go to our fat storage center." With enough riding, you're body will feel comfortable continuing to tap the fat cells even after you're done riding, instead of craving food intake for to meet its energy needs.

In essence, it's kind of like a "physiologic bank account". you've trained your body system to eat and store a calorie surplus. You have to retrain it to make a daily withdrawal from your "fat account"
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Originally Posted by Herbie53 View Post
Trick..???...

4 bran muffins and a pot of coffee... you won't be worth much for ridin' though.
Oddly enough, that is only a problem if your system isn't used to it. I eat at least six apples each day in addition to whatever else I chomp down. That is a bunch of fiber, but since I have been eating that way for over a year now it doesn't phase my system in the least.
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Stop eating out.
Stop buying junk food.
Eat a handfull of mini marshmallows when your craving sweets (surprisingly low cal).
Use the smaller plates, it will make that 4-6oz of meat look huge.
Eat your fruits and veggies before your main course.
Drink lots of water.
No soda (not even the diet kind).
Stop putting crap in your coffee, you'll be surprised how quickly that stuff adds up.
No Starbucks.
Milk, Water, Black Coffee, Unsweetened Ice Tea, nothing else.

Before each meal eat a live mouse, if you still feel like eating when your finished with the mouse you can pretty much eat what you want. Just make sure you chew it up really good, availible at your local pet store where they keep the snake food. This trick wont work if your Ozzy Osbourne.
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Some of the things that worked for me:

5 or more small meals a day on a regular schedule
lots of fresh fruit and vegetables
drink lots of water
minimise sugary, fatty and processed foods
plenty of sleep and no bedtime/night time snacking
stairs, walking and cycling in place of lift(elevator), public transport and private vehicle
buy a heart rate monitor, Sally Edwards' heart rate guide book and learn to use both

https://www.heartzones.com/store/inde...f2a73b1dcb0ca4
https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Rate-Gui...5568531&sr=1-9

Finally, keep some sort of gains/losses chart and have a realistic fitness based goal, i.e., try not to base it purely on weight loss.
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First I'll pass along the success story. Several years ago, I managed to quit eating anything with refined sugar in it: no donuts, cakes, pies, candy bars, soda pop, or white bread.

I pulled it off one winter when I convinced myself that sugar will only make me sick (as in catch a cold). I caught one heck of a bug the prior winter: fire in the throat, chest congestion, stuffed up head and a burning fever. I simply did not want that horrible feeling again. It worked. I have not caught a cold since giving up the sugar (4th year in a row, now).

These days, I try convincing myself that meat is maggot food. I am having mixed results. For the most part, I can resist processed meats like cold-cuts and such. But, I had failed miserably when it came to passing up on steaks, hotdogs, hamburgers, bacon, and chicken sandwiches.

I've since added a visual. I now imagine a big cup of fat whenever I start to crave these meats. It helps that I've seen said cup on YouTube which showed exactly how much fat is in "x" grams of a typical meat product. Ever since watching that video, I haven't touched the crap (a week).
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Need a dessert?

Try homemade hot cocoa after dinner. Tablespoon of dark cocoa, little sugar, dash of salt and 2% low fat milk.

Under 200 calories, and filling. Helps me avoid "other" desserts.
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Trick? Eat a Subway for a 6 inch roasted chicken sub -no mayo or anything fattening... ie no oil, no honey mustard..jsut palin yellow mustard and lettuce, tomato, onion...maybe banana peppers.
And baked Chips.... It's not all that healthy but youknow the caloires and it beats eating out. It keeps me feeling like I have had something other than a diet salad.

I also did not flour/sugar for 10 years - lost 100 lbs and kept it off. It was a very obsessive plan for me and I think did not help me lose my food obsession. My new plan is more gentle- no foods are off limits. but I do stay away from them. If I really want something I may have it.


Latest trick - bring food to work. Do not buy stuff. I am trying this with breakfast to help me with quantities (Home made 1/3 cup dry oatmeal - is much less of a portion than what I buy in the cafeteria).

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Tell you whatt, someone on this forum pointed me to sparkpeople.com a few weeks ago where I now log my intake and riding daily...I am totally amazed that the weight is just falling off simply by being more aware of what I am eating.
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Dropping meat from my diet while still pushing a hard workout pace: 20 mile daily rides on MTB, 50 to 100 mile weekend rides all Winter and 30 mile commutes to work beginning again in March, requires some dietary planning. I need my calories, not to mention all my vitamins and minerals.

For protein, I now consume a ton of hemp nut and, for iron, I go for the darkest possible greens such as kale, chard and spinach. I take in fats via coconut, cocoa, avocados, cashews, jungle nuts, almonds, and nut butters. Sugars come from fruits, like apples, pears, oranges and berries, and from cliff bars and gels. Source of complex carbs: wheat pasta.

Last summer, this style of eating had my weight down to just a touch over 200. This year, I had hoped to get it down near 180, but since I fell off the routines and gained 20 lbs throughout the early part of winter, I will be happy to get it back down to around 200 again.

At this point, I have stopped putting on additional weight. I am feeling much better and stronger, but my knees still smack against my belly when I hop down into the drops. That's why I am setting a realistic goal of 200 by early summer. However, I am still aiming for that 180 by summer's end.
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My best weight-loss trick? Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro! It's amazing how much weight you can drop when you're burning 20,000 calories/day.

Second-best trick? Rather than going to lunch with the guys, I ride the bike 15-18 miles in an hour and eat a Clif bar or two. Restaurant food at lunch is my big problem: large portions and/or too many calories make weight gain easy. Especially if you sit at a desk all day, like I do.

That said, I'll agree with Mr. Beanz: I find that, surprisingly, exercise helps keep my appetite in control and it also reduces my desire to eat crappy food.
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