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15/04/2013 at 14:25
Help required please - I need to start eating properly but I want healthy calories. I need to lose around 3 inches off both waist and tummy but I want to maintain my weight everywhere else so need to eat more. I don't have breakfast and can barely manage any lunch, dinner is fine and I always cook from scratch. Snacks are rubbish too - cheesy tuc things, chocolate, cakes etc...you can see where I'm going wrong! How many calories should a woman be eating in order to maintain weight - is it 2000 like they say on packets of food? If anyone has some tasty breakfast and lunch ideas that would be great. Should I be limiting carbs to one or two meals a day or anything like that?? I'm going to start a Jillian Michaels DVD soon so need to get my energy levels up first otherwise I doubt it will work :-/
15/04/2013 at 15:11
I don't know how you can focus the weight loss in one particular place. I lost from my boobs first even though I'd loved to have kept them!
I'm a slimming world girl so I can only tell you what I've learnt. Carbs are fine in moderation. we are encouraged to have at least one wholemeal fibre portion a day 35g. That can be wholemeal bread or breakfast cereal, or a wholegrain type snack bar. You can eat potatoes and rice etc. as long as you don't cook them in lots of in oil- fry light spray etc. is ok. You should drink/eat low fat diary products like skimmed milk, low fat yoghurts *(watch out that they then don't then contain lots of sugar) or limit yourself to a small portion of cheese each day. Eat lots of fruit and veg with each meal, try to snack on these first before picking on high fat foods. Choose lean meats. A bit of what you fancy is fine as long as it's small portion, like a fun size chocolate bar. If you try to be too good you can end up blowing it big style because you've denied yourself for too long. Don't forget there is lots of cals in alcohol, use sugar free mixers and sprits for the least cal option.
15/04/2013 at 20:32
I don't think you could lose weight from just one part of your body?
Cut down your portion sizes. Cut out spreads and creamy full fat sauces and dressings. Instead of loading your plate with potatoes try veg roasted with fry-lite, butternut squash is delicious and filling. Eat things like fruit & low fat yoghurts for snacks, or babybel light cheese with chopped toms/cucumber. if you fancy chocolate have a fun size bar.
17/04/2013 at 08:00
Sorry only just got back to this, thanks for the tips. I probably should have worded it better, I basically want to tone up everywhere, hopefully build a little bit of muscle on my arms and back and at the same time get rid of the tummy fat. So I'm guessing I need more veg and protein and a little less carbs. I don't want to cut anything out as like you say it won't work, I'll be miserable and then binge!
17/04/2013 at 08:11
Jillian Michaels 6 week 6 pack will help tone up your stomach. And back/shoulders. I need to lose more weight but it definitely made a difference to how my stomach looked.
The number of calories you need to eat per day depends on your current weight and how active you are overall each day. My Fitness Pal will give you a figure and on the forums there is a more complicated way of working it out that lots of them seem to find works.
17/04/2013 at 08:31
I'd go for HIIT - high intensity interval training, look for a circuit or Metafit style class or DVD if you can't get to a class.
Reduce your portion size, drink more water and fruit teas, start your day with a healthy breakfast - boiled egg, sliced ham, whole meal bread. Avoid sugary cereals and bars. They are a gimmick.
Lunches - I love oatcakes, you can too with low fat spread, cheese, cherry tomato, chives, salmon, tuna. Loads of options.
Dinner - I love a huge stir fry. I tend to roast a chicken on monday, then it does for a couple of meals. I love Nandos chip sprinkle on roast chicken with baked potato and mixed leaves. Weight Watchers curry is lovely and really easy, with brown rice.
If its shape you want to change though, rather than weight I'd definately concentrate more on exercise.
In November I was 10'4, size 12. I still eat the same but now do Metafit twice a week, boxing, Kettlebells, toning and Powerhoop and I'm now sitting at 9'12-10 stone but done to a comfortable size 10. Boobs have gone down a cup size and I just generally feel more comfortable.
17/04/2013 at 08:44
Some great tips! I may try 6 week 6 pack to help my stomach!
17/04/2013 at 08:53
Thanks LR, I'll try looking for some nice oatcakes for snacks or lunches. I think I need to get more fruit and veg in as well. I'm great at feeding N with it but can't seem to manage it myself which is a bit hypocritical :-/
17/04/2013 at 09:17
I'm the same with my children. I'm not a huge meat eater and the only fish I eat is tuna. Whereas I make fish cakes from scratch, roasts and all sorts of meats for them!
I'm not a big breakfast can but I do force myself to eat a banana first thing and I do feel better for it.
I also have peppermint tea or green tea with lemon now instead of coffee and I feel so much better for it - no caffeine cravings and I don't get the energy dips now when it wears off.
Snacks wise try a handful of mixed nuts, low fat plain yoghurt with some berries mixed in and a sprinkle of cinnamon, a small flapjack, any fruit.
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