I know you asked the guys, but I'm sure you don't mind any advice. I believe it comes down to calories in versus calories out. The reason I try to stay away from cookies and stuff like that is because: 1 cookie=no problem, 100 cookies=Problem. I can't see myself eating one or two cookies and not the whole dang bag, so for me, it's all about calories and staying away from simple carbs. Hope this helps.
I follow about a 40/30/30 carb/pro/fat ratio. Try to eat clean burning carbs and healthy fats, some protein at each meal. Try to eliminate as many processed foods as possible, eat at regular intervals through the day. Not counting calories every day but will take a record if things get off course with my weight. Will eat several cheat meals per week because I need the extra calories to maintain weight. You need to have a plan and follow it because it is all about consistency if you want to see results, feel good and be healthy in the long term.
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What finally worked for me was to use the tracker here. (this was after trying and failing with several other "diets" including weight watchers, jenny craig, atkins.) I tracked every single calorie that entered my body. I also gradually increased the amount of my daily workouts. i changed from focusing only on strength training (which was leading to constant injury related setbacks) to a greater focus on cardio and calorie burning to create that calorie differential. I tried to make sure that i burned at LEAST 500 calories more everyday than I took in. I don't track everything as rigorously now that I have reached my weight loss goal, but having become a serious recreational athlete I pay attention to what is going in (not just how much) and how I am getting rid of it.
I think the big thing to remember is that if you are fighting a battle with weight it is because of what you do, or don't do, and what and how much you eat. In order to really lose weight and more importantly, keep it off, you really have to alter your entire lifestyle.
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I'm a believer in calories in/calories out. I'm drifting toward a high protein, high fat kind of intake which results in low carb. I'm not rabid about avoiding carbohydrates, and about a half cup of ice cream is one of my favorite desserts. Nevertheless I find my weight is fairly easy to control with bacon and eggs for breakfast, chef salads with meat and cheese and regular salad dressing (not low fat) for lunch, most any meat cooked anyway with vegetables for dinner, and nuts and cheese sticks as snacks. I do need to keep my activity up, but if I do, the diet I've just outlined seems to work without careful portion measuring or calorie counting. If my exercise level drops, however, pounds do re-accumulate.
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Well, dieting and exercise isn't really gender specific, so I'm not sure we deviate much from what the ladies do.
My goal is to hit protein numbers, so I eat lots of lean meat, eggs, fatty fish, greek yogurt. I enjoy baked potatoes with cottage cheese, most vegetables, fruit from time to time and beer.
I don't follow any particular diet, just eat less, move more. When I want to lose weight, I track my calories religiously. Oh ya, and lots of strength training. I do cardio sparingly these days.
I never ate much junk food and I still eat the same things. It's all portion control for me.
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For me the food has to taste good for me to stick with it. It also has to be quick and easy to make...lol. I use to track my calories and work out a lot like you were, but now I am more comfortable level so I just estimate my calories and I cut back to working out 3 days a week now instead. Other days I am active, just not an actual "work out". Just don't want to burn out. Like many of us, I have had my back slides...take a week off for the flu or something and it is so hard to get back into the rhythm. But we just have to keep pressing on. When it comes to working out you rarely regret it after you do it, but you usually regret it when you don't...
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Hi! I dont mean to intrude on the guys lounge, but i usually hear dieting/healthy eating advice from women. im curious. what do you guys do to lose weight, and keep it off? '
- btw, im trying to get back into healthy eating, i made the mistake of losing weight by eating low calories 1200-1400 and exercising 1-2 hours a day, 6 days a week. this led me to overeating, and gaining the weight back. id like to hear a guys advice for once, you know?
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