Starting to eat for the future, any good dieting tips.

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#1 Posted by Mercenary848 (9068 posts) -

I have always been skinny with a high metabolism but i know that can only get me so far. I have already began to cut out junk food, replace soda with tea and water, and try to hit the core meals with a mix of meat, fruit, and vegetables. Any other tips you guys can share.

#2 Posted by Iszdope (9883 posts) -

Chicken & watermelon.

#3 Posted by Netret0120 (2085 posts) -

Fruit and Water are your best friends.

#4 Edited by IMAHAPYHIPPO (2568 posts) -

Drink lots of water, exercise, and stop eating fast food -- it's poison. Also, cooking at home does wonders for you health.

#5 Edited by SolidSnake35 (58096 posts) -

When in doubt, bacon sandwiches.

#6 Posted by senses_fail_06 (6736 posts) -

- Balance

- Reduce saturated fats

- Reduce sugar

- Lots of water

- More color = better for you

#7 Posted by sukraj (22608 posts) -

water

fresh fish

chicken

sweet corn

#8 Posted by Dogswithguns (10738 posts) -

Homemade food and drinks.. stay away from sugar as much as possible.

#9 Edited by marcheegsr (2579 posts) -

No fast food - No soda

Water or Milk

Whole grains - Whole grain bread, quinoa, brown rice, whole grain cereal

Healthy fats in small amounts - Olive oil, nuts, avocados

Protein - Chicken breast, eggs. turkey breast, fish

Fruits and vegetables.

Basically if you cook at home its so much easier to eat healthy.

#10 Posted by shellcase86 (1934 posts) -

Seems like you have a good foundation already, TC. Look into doing intermittent fasting once a week (basically don't eat for 14 hours or so).

#11 Posted by GazaAli (22683 posts) -

One advice I'd like to give you is to not deprive yourself too much of the things you love, or else you run the risk of giving in to temptation and just relapse to your former shitty diet. Have something like a "cheat day" where you treat yourself to some of the junk you love.

Be patient and persistent, and don't overdo the whole thing so it does not become torture.

#12 Posted by Storm_Marine (10863 posts) -

- Balance

- Reduce saturated fats

- Reduce sugar

- Lots of water

- More color = better for you

Eat lots and lots of Skittles.

#13 Edited by bforrester420 (1452 posts) -

@Mercenary848 said:

I have always been skinny with a high metabolism but i know that can only get me so far. I have already began to cut out junk food, replace soda with tea and water, and try to hit the core meals with a mix of meat, fruit, and vegetables. Any other tips you guys can share.

You've pretty much got it. Avoid sugar-added foods and drinks and give yourself a cheat meal every week. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy...It's hard to stick to a diet if it feels like you're punishing yourself.

Don't look at it as a diet, look at it as a lifestyle change. It has to be permanent change, where "Diet" is usually thought of as a temporary modification.

#14 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

Try to avoid GMOs as much as possible. Grow your own food during the summer. Avoid boxed foods as much as possible.

#15 Posted by thegerg (15052 posts) -

Try to avoid GMOs as much as possible. Grow your own food during the summer. Avoid boxed foods as much as possible.

"Try to avoid GMOs as much as possible."

That's nearly impossible today. Just about every single plant or animal that people cultivate for food has been genetically engineered at one point or another. The process began thousands of years ago.

#16 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

@thegerg said:

@AmazonTreeBoa said:

Try to avoid GMOs as much as possible. Grow your own food during the summer. Avoid boxed foods as much as possible.

"Try to avoid GMOs as much as possible."

That's nearly impossible today. Just about every single plant or animal that people cultivate for food has been genetically engineered at one point or another. The process began thousands of years ago.

Your way around that.

#17 Edited by thegerg (15052 posts) -

@thegerg said:

@AmazonTreeBoa said:

Try to avoid GMOs as much as possible. Grow your own food during the summer. Avoid boxed foods as much as possible.

"Try to avoid GMOs as much as possible."

That's nearly impossible today. Just about every single plant or animal that people cultivate for food has been genetically engineered at one point or another. The process began thousands of years ago.

Your way around that.

Not quite. These seeds are still the result of genetic engineering. Humans have selectively bred and cultivated these strains into existence.

#18 Edited by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

@thegerg said:

@AmazonTreeBoa said:

@thegerg said:

@AmazonTreeBoa said:

Try to avoid GMOs as much as possible. Grow your own food during the summer. Avoid boxed foods as much as possible.

"Try to avoid GMOs as much as possible."

That's nearly impossible today. Just about every single plant or animal that people cultivate for food has been genetically engineered at one point or another. The process began thousands of years ago.

Your way around that.

Not quite. These seeds are still the result of genetic engineering. Humans have selectively bred and cultivated these strains into existence.

That's not GMO. The food isn't modified, it is just selected based off what has the traits the person is looking for. That's hardly GMO.

#19 Edited by thegerg (15052 posts) -

@thegerg said:

@AmazonTreeBoa said:

@thegerg said:

@AmazonTreeBoa said:

Try to avoid GMOs as much as possible. Grow your own food during the summer. Avoid boxed foods as much as possible.

"Try to avoid GMOs as much as possible."

That's nearly impossible today. Just about every single plant or animal that people cultivate for food has been genetically engineered at one point or another. The process began thousands of years ago.

Your way around that.

Not quite. These seeds are still the result of genetic engineering. Humans have selectively bred and cultivated these strains into existence.

That's not GMO. The food isn't modified, it is just selected based off what has the traits the person is looking for. That's hardly GMO.

That is GMO. It's modified through selective breeding. Methods of genetic engineering have gotten more advanced over the years, but genetic engineering has been going on for millennia.

"Human directed genetic modification has been occurring since first domesticating organisms in 12 000 BC."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_genetic_engineering

#20 Edited by KiIIyou (27145 posts) -

Try and get all the calories your body needs and no processed foods, that be it, well that's what I try doing anyhow hehe. I like things simple :)

#21 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -
@thegerg said:

@AmazonTreeBoa said:

@thegerg said:

@AmazonTreeBoa said:

@thegerg said:

@AmazonTreeBoa said:

Try to avoid GMOs as much as possible. Grow your own food during the summer. Avoid boxed foods as much as possible.

"Try to avoid GMOs as much as possible."

That's nearly impossible today. Just about every single plant or animal that people cultivate for food has been genetically engineered at one point or another. The process began thousands of years ago.

Your way around that.

Not quite. These seeds are still the result of genetic engineering. Humans have selectively bred and cultivated these strains into existence.

That's not GMO. The food isn't modified, it is just selected based off what has the traits the person is looking for. That's hardly GMO.

That is GMO. It's modified through selective breeding. Methods of genetic engineering have gotten more advanced over the years, but genetic engineering has been going on for millennia.

"Human directed genetic modification has been occurring since first domesticating organisms in 12 000 BC."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_genetic_engineering

Yes, but I am talking about harmful GMOs, which is what we get a lot today. I didn't think I had to act as if I was in a kindergarten class and actually need to explain that, but here we are.

#22 Edited by thegerg (15052 posts) -

AmazonTreeBoa: You don't have to act as if you're in a kindergarten class, but it would benefit you to type what you mean instead of spewing some BS about GMO foods that makes it obvious you don't know what GMO foods are.

The whole anti-GMO movement has a lot of political backing and marketing support, but there's a lot of bullshit and misinformation being thrown around.

#23 Edited by Guybrush_3 (8308 posts) -

Avoid heavily processed foods (so much hidden sugar and salt), and white carbohydrates. Eat low levels of complex carbs, tons of fruits and veggies, moderate amounts of meat and you should be good. If you're a snacker like me you should switch to fruit and veggie snacks with no dip. I eat a ton of cabbage, bean sprouts, and carrots as snacks.

I like to eat organic foods because they tend to taste better and I worry about yet unknown long term effects of pesticides, hormones, and antibiotic overuse. I wouldn't worry about this as a much as the other stuff because there is a reasonable chance that it doesn't make a difference healthwise for most foods. I just happen to know a fair number of local food growers and I have space/time to grow some of my own food as well so it's easy for me to eat organic. The only exception is it is very clear that antibiotic overuse in meat production is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.

The GMO stuff is overblown. There is nothing inherently bad about GMO food other than the corporations that make them are often super scummy (see Monsanto)

#24 Posted by Guybrush_3 (8308 posts) -

@thegerg: I hate to admit agreeing with thegerg on something but he's right for once.

#25 Edited by BluRayHiDef (10838 posts) -

I think you're doing enough dieting-wise, OP. Just increase the protein and start lifting weights.

#26 Edited by ferrari2001 (16875 posts) -

You need soul food. Start with some fried chicken, pizza, Steak (medium rare), sweet potatoes, chili/cheese fries, onion rings, turkey legs, spaghettio's, Craft Mac and Cheese, and a big bowl of ice cream. To wash everything down you'll definitely need a nice wheat beer and some red wine. Along with some cherry coke (whisky optional). Hope that helps.

#27 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -
@thegerg said:

AmazonTreeBoa: You don't have to act as if you're in a kindergarten class, but it would benefit you to type what you mean instead of spewing some BS about GMO Floods that makes it obvious you don't know what GMO foods are.

The whole anti-GMO movement has a lot of political backing and marketing support, but there's a lot of bullshit and misinformation being thrown around.

And I was talking to TC, not you when I said what I said because I assumed he (unlike you) would understand what I meant. I don't need to explain myself to you.

#28 Edited by thegerg (15052 posts) -

@thegerg said:

AmazonTreeBoa: You don't have to act as if you're in a kindergarten class, but it would benefit you to type what you mean instead of spewing some BS about GMO Floods that makes it obvious you don't know what GMO foods are.

The whole anti-GMO movement has a lot of political backing and marketing support, but there's a lot of bullshit and misinformation being thrown around.

And I was talking to TC, not you when I said what I said because I assumed he (unlike you) would understand what I meant. I don't need to explain myself to you.

Of course you don't need to explain yourself to me. You don't need to explain yourself to anyone. I'm just pointing out that trying to avoid foods because they are GMO is impossible.

If you want to now move the goalposts and say he should avoid "harmful" GMO foods then you're free to change your argument.

#29 Edited by GazaAli (22683 posts) -

You need soul food. Start with some fried chicken, pizza, Steak (medium rare), sweet potatoes, chili/cheese fries, onion rings, turkey legs, spaghettio's, Craft Mac and Cheese, and a big bowl of ice cream. To wash everything down you'll definitely need a nice wheat beer and some red wine. Along with some cherry coke (whisky optional). Hope that helps.

That is an absolutely terrible suggestion. I'm not sure you're being serious. There's nothing worse than gaining desired weight through high calorie and astronomically high fat diet. Not only its detrimental to one's health, but the extra gained weight will look HORRIBLE. All saggy and squishy.

His best bet is a diet high in protein coupled with a decent workout regiment. He can indulge to an extent in carbs for energy if he's working out decently, given that he already has a high metabolism that stops him from gaining weight to begin with.

#30 Posted by BlackGenjii (231 posts) -

I have always been skinny with a high metabolism but i know that can only get me so far. I have already began to cut out junk food, replace soda with tea and water, and try to hit the core meals with a mix of meat, fruit, and vegetables. Any other tips you guys can share.

Have you tried flax seed or wheat grass, what about whey protein or coconut water, those are all great and very healthy ways to stay young and fit and have optimal health.

Also, apple cider vinegar, that's one of the main reasons why Clint Eastwood is so healthy for his age, he uses apple cider vinegar every single day.

There's a lot of other great and healthy ways to stay young and fit, but those are the ones that I think are among the key essentials.

Also, before I forget to mention, I highly recommend green tea, white tea and rooibos tea, they are known for their many powerful, healing and longevity-boosting properties.

I hope those tips help.

#31 Posted by ultimate-k (2348 posts) -

Eat some nuts and avoid GMO's!

#32 Posted by Qixote (10694 posts) -

How you should eat and how much is really dependent on what your goals are and how active you are. But at the very least, I recommend concentrating on whole foods. If you must buy any packaged foods, then make sure it has a short ingredient list with everything you can identify and pronounce. Eliminate all things with white flour in it (white breads, pastas, snacks, cakes, and practically everything else manufactured by big food companies). White flour is as bad or even worse than table sugar (look around, most people have a wheat belly). Even cutting back on whole wheat can be a good idea; if you think you need grains, there are better alternatives. Also protein is overrated, unless you are a growing baby or training to be Mr. Universe. Don't go overboard thinking you need to rely on a bunch of meat and dairy for protein. People typically are nowhere near protein deficient as they are nutrient deficient. Which leads to my last point, aim for nutrient dense foods. I'm talking micro-nutrients (vitamins, minerals).

#33 Edited by Boddicker (2692 posts) -

Keep a food diary for a couple weeks.

I had always assumed that I was eating the 2-3K calories daily recommended by nutritionists (I work out so 3K would be normal for me). I was shocked to discover that I was regularly eating 4-5K calories daily. It's not that I was eating vast quantities of food but was eating calorically dense food.

#34 Posted by lamprey263 (23539 posts) -

exercise

#35 Posted by thegerg (15052 posts) -

@ultimate-k: You do realize that every commercially available nut is a GMO, right?

#36 Edited by Behardy24 (3812 posts) -

plain/unsweetened Coconut Water.

Coconut Water is great for,if you get the right brand. Pick the wrong brand,and you'll be drinking as much sugar as in a Coke.

Coconut Water is good because it rebuilds lean muscle and gives you tons of energy. It is great when working out or in need of energy.

Drink 1 coconut water in the morning and drink the second one when either working out or in need of energy.

It does have sugar in it reminded you. But if you get plain/unsweetened,it doesn't have much.

Hope this help!