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Old 05-22-2013, 12:58 PM
 
Location: East St. Paul 651 forever (or North St. Paul) .
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With losing weight carbs and calories matter.

Use this as guidance:
Free Diet Plans at SparkPeople

It is free and you can tailor it to your personal stats for your personal needs.
You do not want to rush it off if you want to have muscle. Losing fast takes muscle off most bodies. Especially if you are not using strength training to combat lean tissue loss.
You can go with the meal plan they give you or you can add up everything you already eat and see how bad your intake really is before changing it. It can be interesting and you will see how much change needs to be made when you look at your natural days as is. Good luck.
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Exactly! I pretty much find myself having a difficult time on the weekends. So my rule of thumb is, if I can get by with maintaining my weight to gaining no more than a pound after the weekend, it's a win for me. My theory is, I should be able to work off that pound, and maybe at least another one by the end of the week - which puts me at a healthy pace of losing.
I think it's a good strategy. That way you don't go insane and you can sort of indulge or treat yourself in a proper manner. Of course in doing so it is not meant to go crazy, like eat a couple large pepperonis and stop by the buffet and sit there for a few hours, but having some pizza, maybe a cheeseburger once a month, and maybe a piece of cake and so forth.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:30 PM
 
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If you count your calories its not a problem. It is normal to have weight changes within a few pounds due to hydration, hormones, and scale variances. Salt can put you up a few pounds but there is no actual gain or excess calorie intake. Changing your carb level will also change how much water you retain. You do need so many carbs to retain proper hydration but if you have a higher carb day after a lower carb day the scale usually does go up a bit. Its not fat if you calories are right, just water retention due to food intake.

Watching your nutrition and counting you calories is the most flexible way to live. Say if you wanted to have pizza you just have to watch how much you have and make sure it balances out in your day. The spark site helps you do that by having the nutritional content of the food. Pizza days for me are not a problem any day of the week. With cheeseburgers you can have it more than once a month. You just have to watch the portion size and balance it out just like the pizza.
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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I think it's a good strategy. That way you don't go insane and you can sort of indulge or treat yourself in a proper manner. Of course in doing so it is not meant to go crazy, like eat a couple large pepperonis and stop by the buffet and sit there for a few hours, but having some pizza, maybe a cheeseburger once a month, and maybe a piece of cake and so forth.
Yeah, that's pretty much my thought process. I married into an Italian family, and there ain't no way I'm passing up pizza or a pasta dish on the occasions we celebrate.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Southern Illinois
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Exactly! I pretty much find myself having a difficult time on the weekends. So my rule of thumb is, if I can get by with maintaining my weight to gaining no more than a pound after the weekend, it's a win for me. My theory is, I should be able to work off that pound, and maybe at least another one by the end of the week - which puts me at a healthy pace of losing.
I tend to let go on the weekends too but I think what I need to do is have treats but set parameters--otherwise I'm likely to let it all hang out and then I don't lose any weight no matter how good I've been during the week.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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I tend to let go on the weekends too but I think what I need to do is have treats but set parameters--otherwise I'm likely to let it all hang out and then I don't lose any weight no matter how good I've been during the week.
Yeah the key for me is to make sure that I'm at least a pound to two pounds lighter from Friday to Friday. So knowing this, I realize that I have some wiggle room to live on the weekends, but still within reason enough so that I'm not cancelling out all of the hard work I put into my weight loss from the previous week. So far, it's working. I lost five pounds last week, one and a half this week, but as long as I'm staying within the one to two pounds lost each week, that's going to be a huge difference by the end of the summer. It does kind of suck that I decided to start this weight loss now instead of earlier so I could have enjoyed a leaner summer, but I've found it to be almost impossible to loss weight over the holiday season (Thanksgiving through New Years.)
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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I eat tons of carbs - beans, sweet potatoes occasionally, some grains, fruits, vegetables....but they are whole food carbs not refined processed carbs (I eat no sugar and 2 slices of gluten free bread every few weeks)....I am a firm believer that some can eat a high carb diet and be thin - it just depends upon the type of carbs you are eating.
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:12 AM
 
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Last year I heard about this new study Study: Cutting Carbs Twice a Week Better than Full-On Diet | TIME.com on the Today show. It says going no carb just a couple of days a week, and eating regularly (note, NOT overeating the other days) is enough to lose weight.
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:13 AM
 
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Just wondering as I start to eat low/no carb to lose some of this Winter weight (and some) to back down a bit.

I am a carb junky, like lots of people, and was wondering how many (little) carbs I can get away with eating and still significant loss in weight?

With my coffee the other day I had a donut in the morning and a bite here or there - or had low carb bites that had only some sugar - and I believe I still lost a couple pounds, eating lots of meat and cheeses.

So how much carbs can I get away with eating then?

Go to amazon.com to the kindle store and get a free copy of "Carb Counting and meal planning", it is geared for diabetics but is a good solid nutritional guideline that is easy to read and understand and has very good information and a table that tells you exact amounts of all food groups you need daily per calories desired.
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:44 AM
 
Location: East St. Paul 651 forever (or North St. Paul) .
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I tend to let go on the weekends too but I think what I need to do is have treats but set parameters--otherwise I'm likely to let it all hang out and then I don't lose any weight no matter how good I've been during the week.
But at the end of the day, that's the point, right. Getting to our healthy weight and maintaining it.

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Go to amazon.com to the kindle store and get a free copy of "Carb Counting and meal planning", it is geared for diabetics but is a good solid nutritional guideline that is easy to read and understand and has very good information and a table that tells you exact amounts of all food groups you need daily per calories desired.
Will check it out, thanks.
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