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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
that yogart helps you loose weight? That's what the commercial says. I'm really trying to drop 50 lbs and it seems as though every time I do my appetite increases.

I'm looking for foods that help to speed up your metabolism that are low cal.

Any nutritional specailist here? Any advice?
post #2 of 20
flax seed i have heard helps, and it prevents breast cancer....always a bonus
post #3 of 20
i don't think it's true other than proteins such as yogurt help you feel full longer therefore you are likely to eat less. You always read about foods that increase metabolism but mostly its bunk. The only think that really does increases your metabolism is exercise.
post #4 of 20
Low fat yoghurt is good, so I've heard. Good luck Catherine!
post #5 of 20
Actually, the best way to lose weight is to eat a good variety of nutritional foods in smaller portions than what you normally eat. These days....everything is "biggie sized" and that's not the way that humans were meant to eat.

When I was in nursing school....I put on about 30 pounds. Once I finished school and wanted to lose the weight.....I didn't go on a diet because I knew I couldn't stick to it. All I did was to start eating smaller portions and stopping when I wasn't hungry anymore.....not when I was full.....and there was always food left on my plate. I still ate pretty much whatever I wanted.....just in moderation. I often ordered from the child's menu or asked for half portions if they do that. At home....I just put the same amount on my plate that I would put on my daughter's plate....and surprisingly....it was usually enough for me. (and I never went back for seconds)

It became a way of life for me and I lost the 30 pounds in about 9 months without dieting...without counting calories, carbs, or fat grams, and without depriving myself of the things that I really wanted. I've kept it off now for about 2 years and I still eat this way. I'm a size 4 and people at work often comment when they see me eating a hot fudge sundae, "How can you eat like that and stay skinny all the time?"

If you try to "diet" and only eat the foods that you think are going to make you lose weight....you may lose some weight in the beginning....but it will come back if you don't make long term changes. And hardly anyone can stick to a "diet" forever!

This is an "easy" way to lose weight and something that you can live with long term.
post #6 of 20
I've read studies here and there claiming that dairy in your diet helps you burn fat. I can't back them up at all though, since I haven't done much research on it. My first instinct would be to keep an eye on it though... a lot of those yogarts<sp?> contain quite a bit of sugar in them.
If your looking to increase your metabolism just excercise a bit everyday (include weights since muscle is the real metabolism booster) and eat many small meals (of healthy foods ) throughout the day. 6-7 is good for me

Peace,
Brandon
post #7 of 20
I've been doing research on this because I couldn't believe they were claiming dairy could help you lose weight. It's not dairy, it's dietary calcium. What happens is if your body is low in dietary calcium it releases a hormone that affects your blood pressure, your cholesterol, and your fat burning (makes them all worse). Calcium supplements do not work very well in helping this (dietary calcium is 70% more effective). So the idea is to increase your dietary calcium, not necessarily dairy. Check out some of my weight loss blogs and you'll see other stuff I've found out too.
post #8 of 20
I think it has to do with the calcium.

Found this on a site: 'You should consume 2-3 servings of dairy and choose low fat products from this group such as skim milk or plain yogurt which are good sources of calcium (you need at least 800mg/day)."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2935425.stm Talks about calcium and dieting.

http://www.4woman.gov/faq/weight.htm A general guide for losing weight.

Good luck!
post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
With where I live, it's real hard to drop weight. Down here everything is loaded with carbs or sugars. It's the way of life and I don't know how to cook any other way. We eat lots of rice and pasta and fried foods.

A few months ago, I was on a roll and lost 15 lbs. My MIL became very ill and passed away and I kinda fell off the bandwagon. I gained 9 of the 15 back but I'm trying again. I had replaced rice with wheat rice and pasta with wheat pasta.....I just can't break down and do that with my bread. I love bread too much and I'm really not fond of wheat to begin with. I haven't fried any foods in about 4 months, I've stopped drinking coke. I was a coke-aholic. I now drink diet dr. pepper and water. I'm not big on dairy products so I don't drink milk at all. I have cut back on the portion size but I get hungry again after supper and need to find some healthy snacks to get. I'm just at a loss. Our way of life and cooking styles in the south Louisiana are very unhealthy but that's all I know.

I'm going to start walking again 3 days a week - starting tomorrow.

I'm open to any suggestions or recipes any of you have to offer.


KittyKook - I know exactly what you mean about portion size. When I have to eat at a fast food joint I've been getting "Happy Meals" and if I get the chance to go to Subway, I really like their Atkins wraps. I wish you luck in keeping your weight off. Thanks for the advice!
post #10 of 20
I think oatmeal is a good thing to eat if your feeling hungry. Lots of fiber, some protein and I can't really eat much after a bowl. Some people just can't stand the stuff though
Homemade protein bars and shakes are also great snacks.
Good thing you've stopped drinking coke, eliminating soda and other high sugar drinks in itself usually has a big enough impact.

Good Luck,
Brandon
post #11 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by catherine
that yogart helps you loose weight? That's what the commercial says. I'm really trying to drop 50 lbs and it seems as though every time I do my appetite increases.

I'm looking for foods that help to speed up your metabolism that are low cal.

Any nutritional specailist here? Any advice?
I swear by the Carbohydrateaddicts Lifespan Program by Dr's Richard and Rachel Heller...been on it for almost 2 years and have lost about 74 lbs.

Yogurt, unless plain, has a lot of sugars added, or there is the natural sugar from a clean yogurt with fruit. Artificial sweeteners cause just as much insulin release as sugar, so for those who do have an issue with insulin resistence/carb cravings etc., it's a problem.

my 2 cents...head to a bookstore, find the paperback, flip through it, including the quiz to see if this plan would be appropriate for you.
post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by TTMom
I've been doing research on this because I couldn't believe they were claiming dairy could help you lose weight. It's not dairy, it's dietary calcium. What happens is if your body is low in dietary calcium it releases a hormone that affects your blood pressure, your cholesterol, and your fat burning (makes them all worse). Calcium supplements do not work very well in helping this (dietary calcium is 70% more effective). So the idea is to increase your dietary calcium, not necessarily dairy. Check out some of my weight loss blogs and you'll see other stuff I've found out too.
Ericka,
Do you have any links to your weight loss blogs? Where do I find them?
Thanks!
post #13 of 20
A cup of Green Tea will curb your appetite. I drink that when I feel I must eat something and it's not time to eat yet. It's also a natural laxative, so you don't want to drink alot of it in a day.
post #14 of 20
I think cutting out sugar is a very important step in weight loss, one I'm still working on. I'm a sugaraholic I have friends who had tried the "nothing white" diet, meaning no white bread, rice, pasta, sugar and they've lost anywhere from 25 - 50lbs. It's kind of like a low carb diet but not as extreme because they still eat any veggies or fruit they want, diets like Atkins restrict you to certain ones.

Good luck Catherine, maybe we should all start a diet support thread, it seemed like there were lots in the new year's resolution post who were trying to lose weight, me included.
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gus's Mom
I think cutting out sugar is a very important step in weight loss, one I'm still working on. I'm a sugaraholic I have friends who had tried the "nothing white" diet, meaning no white bread, rice, pasta, sugar and they've lost anywhere from 25 - 50lbs. It's kind of like a low carb diet but not as extreme because they still eat any veggies or fruit they want, diets like Atkins restrict you to certain ones.

Good luck Catherine, maybe we should all start a diet support thread, it seemed like there were lots in the new year's resolution post who were trying to lose weight, me included.
A diet support thread is a good idea. That way, we could "feed" off of each other, while having support. I'm going to be doing something similar to the Atkins diet. I'm replacing my rice and pasta with wheat rice and pasta. I'm eating whatever fruit I want and going to try to watch my breads.

My thing is that I don't want to do a "diet". I like I need to make changes that I can live with rather than diet. To me, if I diet, I will probably gain the weight back. By making changes that I can live with I will be able to keep the weight off.

Good luck to you too!
post #16 of 20
Hey Cat!
Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast. That is a major non-secret. Because if you do not eat breakfast (oatmeal, bagel, OJ, low fat/sugar yougurt, etc) then you are telling your body to store fat because it thinks you are starving. If you spike up your calories at the end of the day your body will keep them on your body longer. BREAKFAST speeds up your metablosim naturally and you will lose weight.

Cardio, Cardio, Cardio. Your walking plan is great! Try to burn more than you consume. You do not have to be fanatical but the best weight loss is over time and NOT on any fancy programs you have to pay money for if it's a reasonable amount of weight.

Mental, Mental, Mental.
This really is it. If you WANT to bad enough, you'll cut sugar, oil, butter, carbs, white flour and junk by 1/2 (and down there in your neck of the woods that is a a lot to ask! ) , add in the cardio and healthy low fat breakfast and in 2 weeks you will start to notice results.
Yay for you!
post #17 of 20
[quote=catherine]

My thing is that I don't want to do a "diet". ........ By making changes that I can live with I will be able to keep the weight off.

QUOTE]



YES!! and that really is all that is needed. Changes that work with you, not so much against you that they go by the wayside. I am not an Oprah guru at all, but she finally found that out!
post #18 of 20
I am going to keep most of my support via my weight loss blog. I realize that what I need to do for my particular problem, is not what everyone else needs to do to lose, but for those who do have an interest in how I deal with my hyperinsulinemai and borderline diabetes, I'm am more than happy to help.

Pat - who eats butter, uses oils, full fat...and drops her cholesteral by doing so - all part of the lovely issues with hyperinsulinemia. And who loves the way she now eats...most def. it is for life, and without it, I would not be living a very long life at all.

If interested in my blog, it's Baring It All, at weight-loss-notes.com
post #19 of 20
Catherine, the links are in my siggy.
post #20 of 20
I don't know about yogurt that lose weight. I know that it's rich in protein. I love eating it, I don't like the taste of low fat though.
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