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Re: Nobi's diet blog of dictation, observations, and suggestions

Postby Maru » Wed Apr 22, 2009 11:41 pm

Sonic# wrote:

Also, to clarify the coffee point, I only have one cup of coffee at the beginning of the day. At no other time during the day do I drink coffee. Is this still a bad drink?


It's not a fantastic drink for your health, but one cup a day won't kill you. I say if one cup of coffee is your thing, don't fear indulging in it. The health concerns really start with two, three, or more cups, or the people that chain-drink like some people chain-smoke. Then again, chain-anything seems to be rather bad.

Yeah, one cup doesn't have any ill repercussions. My physical therapist says that coffee really only becomes a problem if taken in copious amounts.

Kizyr wrote:And just to echo G1, don't try to micromanage your weight. There are a lot of things that cause it to fluctuate by a few pounds. (Water content is a big one--some disreputable diet pills actually claim to shed pounds, but really cause you to lose a lot of water.) Weighing in every day is more likely to stress you out and magnify those little fluctuations. Try once a week maybe, and at the same time each day? KF

Yeah, doesn't the human body fluctuate 5-10 pounds per week? I can weigh anywhere between 135-145 because of water and being a girlie.

I would suggest only weighing yourself on the same time once a week (like, Monday morning at 8 a.m. or something). I ain't no specialist, but maybe a website will let you know how long to span out the weighing. :D

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Postby phyco126 » Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:22 am

Actually, most experts I've heard all say to never weight yourself constantly. It has some pretty serious repercusions, all of them psycological.
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Postby Nobiyuki77 » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:13 am

Today's update:

Breakfast:
- Oatmeal 1/4 cup
- Seltzer Water

Snack:
- Banana
- Apple
- Snickers bar (yeah I know, not the healthiest, but I was really craving one)

Lunch:
- Turkey Sandwich
- Bottled Water
- Orange

Dinner:
- 2 pieces of toast
- 100 calorie snack (Doritos)
- Cranberry Juice

Snack:
- slice o' cheese

Not my best day, will need to be better tomorrow.
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Postby phyco126 » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:39 am

I'm gonna add some stuff here. Crunches burn very little calories, but it is very good or building core strength. I would continue building up all your core muscles, as a strong foundation will prevent the house from breaking (aka, injuring yourself, strains, etc). Don't forget to stretch either. You should try some strength training beyond crunches, as muscle mass burns more fat than fat does (In other words, you'll burn calories watching TV with muscle vs fat). 15 minutes on the treadmil is alright, but I hate to say it, and this is what gets me to give up almost every time... it just isn't enough. You really got to up the ante here to burn those calories. Walk more, jog longer, take the stairs, jumping jacks, jump rope... however, begin at a pace you are comfortable with. Do too much too fast and you'll burn out or worse, you'll hurt yourself.

Also, I'm not sure how much you know, but doing crunches won't get rid of your belly. Spot training to get rid of fat does not work. You just gotta burn it out of ya. I still recommend you keep doing crunches.

Also, doing any sort of muscle work will tire yourself out and leave yourself open to injury. When you build muscle, you get small tears in your muscle fibers. Your body also used up all kinds of energy and chemicals that the muscles use. If you don't give your body time to rest, you'll be doing more than just burning out and being frustrated that you can't do as much as you did last time: you can seriously hurt yourself. I work out Tues, Thurs, and soon to be Sat.

As for food, eat 6 times a day, small meals, full and hearty. I don't know what the good combo is, but a nutritionist said protein for breakfast, not carbs. Carbs later, but that's all I remember from her, and saddly I no longer have my notes that I took. :( However, poor eating or not eating enough does more than make you crumble to a gorge-fest. Your metabolism slows down as well, meaning your body will conserve energy and not burn as many calories idly as say, a high metabolism. So when you break down and pig out (like I do ^^; ) then those 1000 calorie meals will take longer to burn off than if you pigged out with a high metabolism.

Also, don't kill your muscles! Well, don't lose muscle mass at least. Eat protein, drink protein, inject protein... just get protein! Also, I would take vitamin supplements to make up for anything you may be lacking. I often have more energy when I do take them. Do your research on those though, Vitamin A = bad, so don't take more than whats recommended. Vitamin D = bad, but thats harder to OD on. Several other things are bad, like the metals they add and what not (I've been reading alot on Vitamins). Fish oil is good too, just got to be careful of the brands you get, else you might get some nasty mercury laden oil (but don't be too afraid to actually, you know, do it, just exercise some caution is all).

I'm not an expert and I still have trouble keeping up with the stuff. I'm just going off of what I've read from official sources, such as experts, books, etc, and from what I learned back in the day of weight lifting.
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Re: Nobi's diet blog of dictation, observations, and suggestions

Postby Nobiyuki77 » Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:13 am

Today's update: My stomach was really upset this morning (the empty kind of upset, not the sick kind), so I had a little more in the morning. Also, 1/4 cup of oatmeal isn't enough to satisfy me and hold me 'til lunch, so I'm gonna try increasing that to 1/3 tomorrow.

Breakfast:
- Oatmeal 1/4 cup
- Seltzer Water
- 2 slices of toast (no butter)

Snack:
- Banana
- String cheese

Lunch:
- Turkey Sandwich
- Bottled Water
- Orange

Dinner:
- Peanut Butter sandwich
- 2 Graham Crackers
- Cranberry Juice

Snack:
- 100 Calorie snack

I keep forgetting the carrots for evening! I will remember tomorrow or die trying! >> <<
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Postby phyco126 » Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:20 am

When you get hungary or feel the urge to eat something when you are not ready, chew on something low calorie, or do what I do, chew on some gum.

Also, after looking at what you ate, it doesn't look like you are eating a whole lot. The whole point is, of course, not to eat a lot, but it just seems to me that you should be eating a little bit more than that. I dunno, I haven't actually done dieting before, I tend to eat whatever I want (which is why I have love handles :( ).
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Postby Nobiyuki77 » Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:15 pm

Well, yesterday I found that 1/4 cup of oatmeal simply doesn't satisfy, so I'm upping to 1/2 today to see how that goes. I put WAY too much water in it this morning. >> <<
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Postby Nobiyuki77 » Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:07 am

Today's update: Following the advice of this thread (and my growling stomach), I ate a little more today. Sadly the oatmeal was a disaster (tooooo much water!) so I only had a little of that and had scrambled eggs and bacon at work. >>

Breakfast:
- Oatmeal (a little)
- 2 slices of toast (no butter)
- Scrambled Eggs
- 4 strips bacon
- Apple
- Seltzer Water

Snack:
- Banana

Lunch:
- Turkey Sandwich
- Bottled Water
- Orange

Snack:
- Banana
- Handi-snack crackers + cheese (100 calorie)

Dinner:
- Corn
- Corn muffin
- Cranberry Juice

I've noticed that ever since I stopped eating eggs in the morning, my stomach has been especially growly and hungry during the day. It's not a taste thing; I literally feel empty inside. I think I'm going to start eating eggs again, but take oatmeal to work as a snack.
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Postby phyco126 » Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:39 am

Eggs are actually really good for you. They have their downfall in some areas, but honestly, name one food that doesn't.

I would lay off the bacon. Bacon is a lot of fat, high in salt, and god knows what else. Though it sure is yummy. MMmmmmm. *ahem* Anyway. If you do want bacon, I would try to do it only once a day, typically the cheat day were you can be allowed to spoil yourself a little. question, what is the seltzer water for?

Other than that, the food looks a little heartier, still just as healthy.

Edit: Have you also thought about using a pedometer to track how many calories you burn via running? I'm sure its not 100% accurate, but it could be a starting point to help you figure out how much you need to run to burn off an adequate amount of calories.
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Postby Werefrog » Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:18 am

Eggs are in my opinion good if you eat them as a substitute for meat in your meal. They're a less fatty source of protein than meat. I'm just not too big of a fan of them for breakfast.

Suggestion Nobi, if you have corn like that for supper, you shouldn't have corn bread. That's too much grain in one meal.

Instead, you should eat some sort of legume with it instead.

1 grain + 1 legume = Complete protein (meaning that it has all the amino acid that we can't form)
Examples
1 tortilla (de harina or de maíz) + Black beans = Complete protein
Corn + Soy beans
Bread+ peanut butter
Tahini + Chickpeas

Okay, granted you don't have to have these things in the same meal (like you might have heard in health class). But, this is pretty good way to plan a meal to make sure that you get complete proteins. This is good because it guarantees that you get protein like Phyco suggested, but it's lower in saturated fats. Also, peanut butter and hummus are pretty tasty.

Edit: Also, does anyone have a good idea as to how much protein is sufficient? I've seen so many different amounts. I'd like to cut back on the amount of meat that I eat (health reasons and cost), but I'm always afraid of protein deficiency.

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Postby phyco126 » Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:25 am

From what I've heard, you need 1 gram of protein per 1 pound of body mass. Or maybe it was 1 gram of protein per 1 KG... eh, its one of those.

Edit: Alright, I've done some research. It is recommended at LEAST .8 grams of protein per KG of LEAN body mass, or if you an athlete, 1 - 1.4 grams per KG of lean body mass. This is the minimum to prevent muscle loss. All in all, it is recommended at least 56 grams of protein a day for men.
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Postby Kizyr » Sat Apr 25, 2009 5:14 am

Werefrog wrote:1 grain + 1 legume = Complete protein (meaning that it has all the amino acid that we can't form)
Examples
1 tortilla (de harina or de maíz) + Black beans = Complete protein
Corn + Soy beans
Bread+ peanut butter
Tahini + Chickpeas

These are very delicious suggestions.

Also, lentils and rice is another good one. That's a staple Bengali food, so it's something that I grew up eating a lot of. It's also delicious when made right.

Actually, lentils+rice, beans+rice, and plenty of other staple foods are good examples of complete proteins. Brown rice might also be a good idea: rich in vitamins, and (depending on the dish) often has more taste and texture to it. KF
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Postby Sonic# » Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:58 pm

1 grain + 1 legume = Complete protein (meaning that it has all the amino acid that we can't form)
Examples
1 tortilla (de harina or de maíz) + Black beans = Complete protein
Corn + Soy beans
Bread+ peanut butter
Tahini + Chickpeas


Wow, that sounds great! I've been eating peanut butter sandwiches for the past year, but I didn't know the other combinations for complete protein. I'll have to start doing some of those for lunch. Tortilla and black beans, here I come.
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Postby Werefrog » Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:19 pm

According to Wikipedia, soy beans are actually a complete protein by themselves. I don't think I've ever had soy beans prepared by themselves, which is pretty ironic since I'm surrounded by fields of them from time to time (in Indiana, a lot of farmers rotate between corn and soy beans).

I actually meant corn + lima beans, two ingredients found in the Native American dish, succotash. It's really amazing how many cultures realized the need to combine plant proteins like this. I guess the reason that it took Europeans so long to figure it out was that meat was plentiful.

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Postby Nobiyuki77 » Sun Apr 26, 2009 2:47 am

Last week's weigh in Saturday: 225 lbs.
Last weeks' measure in Saturday: 42 1/4 inches (measured from belly button, parallel to floor)

This week's weigh in Saturday: 223 lbs.
This week's measure in Saturday: 41 3/4 inches

Today's my bad day, so not everything is healthy I realize. >>

Breakfast:
- 2 hardboiled eggs
- 1 cup of Folder's singles coffee with 1 teaspoon of sugar

Lunch:
- 1 plate of pork cutlet curry rice (took a pic of meal, can upload later when I'm not so bloody tired)
- 1 Pepsi

Snack:

- Coffee Bread
- Flat cookie things (took a picture which I'll upload later)
- Dakara water

Went to a dinner for a friend of mine who recently lost their father. :( We were there to cheer him and his family up, so there was food.

Dinner:
- Bread
- 4 meatballs
- 5 crackers
- 2 pieces of cheese
- 3 carrot sticks

Dessert:

- 1 brownie
- 1 small cupcake
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Postby phyco126 » Sun Apr 26, 2009 3:07 am

Nobi, your 'bad days', are they a day set aside once a week to spoil yourself you are they just days were your diet isn't optimal due to whatever reasons? Because if its a once a week fun day, call it your fun day. Psycology ftw.
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Postby Nobiyuki77 » Sun Apr 26, 2009 3:14 am

phyco126 wrote:Nobi, your 'bad days', are they a day set aside once a week to spoil yourself you are they just days were your diet isn't optimal due to whatever reasons? Because if its a once a week fun day, call it your fun day. Psycology ftw.


The former, so I guess a "fun" day would be more accurate.
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Postby Nobiyuki77 » Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:19 am

Today's update

Breakfast:
- 2 eggs
- Cup of Coffee (1 teaspoon sugar)
- Banana

Lunch:
- Peanut Butter Sandwich
- 100 Calorie snack
- Seltzer Water

Dinner:
- 4 pieces chicken (small)
- 4 pieces zuquini
- Cranberry Juice
-Nobi

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Postby Kizyr » Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:33 am

Milk. It does a body good.

Well, I like it anyway. KF
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Postby Nobiyuki77 » Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:11 am

Kizyr wrote:Milk. It does a body good.

Well, I like it anyway. KF


Sadly, milk makes my nose stuffy 'cause it helps generate mucus. >> (I have VERY bad allergies)

EDIT: Sorry, didn't mean to sound so defensive. It's just my nose generates enough mucus as is with my allergies, and when I drink milk it only gets worse (and makes it hard to breathe and stuff)
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