calories and fat

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  1. fadingfast

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    just a reminder, not that im any sort of expert, but when we find something that is low in calories and think YES i can have this treat, please dont forget to look as the fat content as well as the carbs. For those that dont know there are alot of hidden carbs in low fat food and you need to think about your daily NUTRITIONAL values too, theres alot to pack into a day to keep yourself healthy with vitamins and omega 3 and 6 etc and if you diet well, you shouldnt be getting cravings for unhealthy food, most of that is to do with up and down blood sugar so eating something "naughty" is kinda counter productive as it messes you blood sugar levels up and can put you off track. hope this advice helps :D
     
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    Great thread

    I am just starting today - what sort of food would you recommend x
     
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    do you mean for diet or for treats?
     
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    ill put all of it anyways lol ok looking at the nutritional side of things you still need to have dairy, i find this hard as im not into milk really but low fat yoghurt is a good way of fitting this in. i also was too high on the fruit intake so i swapped for carrot sticks and more salad and that helped kick the too many carbs problem. i also dont like to have bread and pasta as it bloats me out terribly so i opt for wholegrain rice and wholegrain bread which doesnt make you bloat at all! as for fish, i found it expensive to buy tuna, 5.99 for four tins!! and smoked mackrel is good for the omeaga but high in fat so didnt feel comfortable to buy that but then i found quorn make fishless fish fingers with added omega and only £1.50 bargin!! so suitable for vegetarians too! oh yes and dont overload your protiens but also protien best as a breakfast if you have the time to cook egg whites for breaky...i dont, might try that at weekends though, aparently its the best time to eat them and yoghut keeps you feel fuller for longer. weight watcher crisps and choc bars are there if you want a treat, from pound shop, sugar free jelly oh and pound shop sell four pots of pineapple for £1 too only 75 calories a pot nice with yoghurt in the morning for breaky. if im busy im choosing weight watcher or eat smart (morrisons make) for night time, they do fill you up even though they look small.and remember a small packet of salad from supermarket is only 7 calories and is 2 of your five a day! in eight weeks ive had two sins, a bar of chocolate because someone who shall remain nameless "accidentally bought me it for me" and i ate it without even thinking about it, (me bad) and then two weeks ago i thought i would treat myself as id done so well which was a small tirimisu afters, didnt enjoy it enough for the amount of calories i put in me so wont be doing that again. having a ww bar is treat enough for me now with 89 calories in it and 3.0 fat :) hope this helped somewhat.
     
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    another nice dinner food, jacket potatoe halves you buy ready made, 144 calories each, taste soo nice you dont need any extra dressing or cheese just add salad or beans. just check what fat as individual ones are probably different but probably ok to have two of these for evening meal and they do fill you up.
     
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    I have to admit, i rarely check any of the nutritional values except the calories.

    I should cut things like chocolate out but i REALLY enjoy it and for the moment i'm not getting urges to binge because i'm having it in moderation, neither scoffing loads or completely restricting myself.

    Everything in moderation is my new motto, i'm really not cutting anything out this time, that's where i go wrong.

    I do actually prefer the wholemeal versions of things anyway.
     
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    I'm with you chocolate bananas, where I have failed 'miserably' in the past is telling myself I can't have something, I know what I can and can't eat (White bread, White pasta, yoghurt and bananas as these bloat me and cause pain) everything else I can have as long as I count it.
     
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    Yes, I don't pay too much attention to nutrition either, as long as I know I'm eating a fairly balanced diet overall. I just try and stay away from fattier food as they're higher in calories so you get less for your mileage! If I'm only getting 3/4 of my daily maintenance level I want to make sure I can eat as much as I can (at least in volume!)
     
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    Thanks for ur reply

    I meant main meals may start a food diary x

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    good idea lucysmommy, it certainly helps me, made a bigger one today to put my wieght into as well as each food, amount of carbs, fat and calories. Cant remember where i saw it now, internet somewhere but there is a site that lets you add your food intake, it works out the calories and also the food groups and you can see where you need to add more of one thing or less of another, very interesting.
     
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    if chocolate is your weakness but dont want the added extra calories the the weight watcher ones are very tasty!!!
     
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    I log everything on my fitness pal

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    I log saturated fat on mfp, but don't check regular fat content. It's also good to note that FAT IS NOT BAD - the obsession with low-fat diets seems to stem from the 80s/90s and is a very British fad. Personally, I avoid (most) low-fat versions of foods, bar dairy - as the low-fat, frankenfoods are often loaded with nasty additives and my view is "if I can't justify having it in its normal form then I probably shouldn't be eating it" - although I naturally recognise that not everybody feels this way!
    Moreover, certain fats are VITAL to your health, whereas saturates are extremely bad for you. Basically, it's common sense and moderation - I wouldn't fret about the fat content in a handful of almonds, but we all know that an ice cream sundae / chippy tea isn't a great choice. And we're all obliged to treat ourselves once in a while!

    That said, I think you have a brilliant point in that it's not all about the calories, we need to try to keep an eye on macronutrients too (carbs, protein etc.) - to avoid deficiencies as much as anything!
     
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    Your attitude is brilliant :) Have you tried chocolate with a high cocoa content (i.e. super dark, 80%+ green and blacks etc.). It can hit the craving spot with only a small amount, and is a lot healthier than regular milk chocolate (higher in antioxidants, the sugars are absorbed less rapidly and because it's quite strong you only end up eating a square or three)? Although if you practise moderation (which you do), you probably don't even need to make a substitution - it's just an idea if you're a chocoholic and resent spending calories on it :D
     
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    I have never liked dark chocolate, but when i pop to the shopd on Sunday i think i will buy some, it has been a while since i tried it!

    Do you think it's a taste i could get used to? Are you recommending Green & Blacks? :p
     
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    had mackeral the other day 26g fat only 6gram were bad fat, full of omega yum.
     
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    I tried the superdark choc and to be fair it's a taste you'd have to develop lol maybe try the lower % first and move up? But at 20 cals ish a square it's great for cooking!! You get a lot of choc flavour for the amount but its pretty bitter. I'm going to try stirring one into my coffee :)

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    Agree with Legomom- it is quite bitter and you may well want to build your tolerance! I do recommend G&B's dark chocolate though at 85% :D Lindt also do dark chocolate in varying strengths if you want to gradually work your way *up* in cocoa percentage!
     
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    CC is enough for me to get my head round right now...maybe when I'm needing to lose my last stone or so, I'll have to learn more about carbs/different fats etc, but I'm 4 stone down without having a scooby lol x

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    I will train myself to tolerate bitter chocolate :p Maybe i will then find milk chocolate too sweet (i wish!!).

    Mackerel is the best oily fish i read somewhere, i do love salmon but it's so expensive for wht you get.
     
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