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originally posted by: SearchLightsInc
Hello, let me cut right into cake.
People often tell me that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Ive never really been a breakfast kinda person. If i eat breakfast then no doubt im also going to eat lunch and dinner to - 3 square meals as recommended.
Im a firm believer that to loose weight and be healthy it all comes down to diet and exercise - Assuming you have no underlying medical issues. Im 26 in april, female, 5'4 in height and around 10 stone (140lbs for you americans) I know right now im carrying extra weight that in a modern society i just dont need.
Im finding my diet very difficult right now for 2 reasons:
1) Everything i eat has sugar in it - It feels impossible to escape.
2) Ive suffered from a cold since January that i have only just shifted.
Not to mention, i work full time and i do not plan my meals, so most times, i come home and throw something from the freezer into the oven and presto, dinner. Cooking is not beyond me, its just the planning and execution of those meals!
But yeah, how the hell do you improve your diet when you're surrounded by food that is full of fat and sugar? If i based my diet around consuming 2000 cal's of healthy food i dont think id be able to meet that amount. Part of the struggle is when your already eating sh!t food your body begins to crave it in a strange way. The only way i know how to get rid of these cravings is to either meet them or exercise AND drink alot of water - But that's difficult when your stuck at work for 8hrs.
So recently ive been trying to, in effect, help my stomach shrink itself so i get full more easier. Skip breakfast, take a berocca on a morning instead, maybe some fruit later on, sandwich for lunch and a meal when i get home from work...
I dunno, im just completely lost right now as to how to help myself. I want to be healthy and i want to be able to run half marathons (Im a big fan of running, just haven't been able to do it since getting my cold in jan)
Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
Although the average adult human brain weighs about 1.4 kilograms, only 2 percent of total body weight, it demands 20 percent of our resting metabolic rate (RMR)—the total amount of energy our bodies expend in one very lazy day of no activity. RMR varies from person to person depending on age, gender, size and health. If we assume an average resting metabolic rate of 1,300 calories, then the brain consumes 260 of those calories just to keep things in order. That's 10.8 calories every hour or 0.18 calories each minute. (For comparison's sake, see Harvard's table of calories burned during different activities). With a little math, we can convert that number into a measure of power:
originally posted by: SearchLightsInc
5'4 in height and around 10 stone (140lbs for you americans) I know right now im carrying extra weight that in a modern society i just dont need.
originally posted by: One_Love_One_GOD
Ask how to lose weight and suddenly everyone's an expert.
What do the leanest cultures eat?
What are we designed to eat?
Fruit and veg (preferably raw), could it be that basic and simple? really?
As long as your body is getting at least 3000 kal (for a female) from simple sugars and carbs, very low fat (below 10%) you don't ever need to count how much you eat. Would you have done so in your natural environment? Would you not have eaten what was good to eat until satiated?
I used to be overweight on less than 2000 kals a day all the while excessively exercising, lifting running, jump rope, cycling, hiit, blah blah and i'm male. Anything less than 2500 for a female 3000 for a male is starvation and trains the body to store fat.
Now I eat on average 4000+ kals from fruits, potatoes, rice, starchy foods etc and i'm lean as a greyhound and i do less exercise than when i was eating a standard diet of under 2000 kals.
You do realize starchy foods are complex sugars, right?
Look at the Thais, the Kenyans, Chinese etc, they all eat starchy and sugary foods, all lean cultures eat this way, read the china study.
Low carb diets cause the body to lose water weight, damage the metabolism which will take years to recover, cause you to lose muscle and gain fat and become weak physically, mentally, weaker immune system etc. A ridiculous fad that unfortunately the weak and vulnerable fall for. It's 2015 and will be looked back on as an oddity nothing more. Carb up, get lean, get fit and get healthy, please!
originally posted by: Blue Shift
Don't completely discount simple carbs and sugars. Your body converts them nicely into quick energy, and most of what you don't burn you get rid of. Just don't overdo it.
Just don't overdo anything.
quote from CAPT PROTON
I heard a researcher on NPR who said the primary reason people keep eating so many calories is that their bodies are trying to meet its daily nutritional requirements. If you could meet all your daily needs for protein vitamins and minerals in a few small meals, then you technically wouldn't eat as much as you do.