Best Diet To Drop 15 Pounds

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  1. tennisoh

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    Hey guys, I know this has probably been discussed before, but I'm trying to get in the best shape of my life before I get too far off.

    I have always played sports and workout every day in some way, but my problem is I've been a terrible eater most of my life. It has caught up to me as I get into my mid-20s, and I feel a little sluggish/overweight.

    What I'm looking for are actual meal plans that I can use at home. I don't want to eat out AT ALL. I also don't want to starve myself. All the shakes out there seem cool, but I'm not sure if it's all marketing or if they actually work.

    As I mentioned before, exercising is not the problem. I just need plans on how to eat the right way. Currenly I'd say I'm 5'11" or 6'0" and 190 lbs. Would like to get to 175. I figure with a proper diet and hopefully no injuries along the way, I can do this.
     
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  2. spaceman_spiff

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    Being healthy isn't the result of a temporary diet program. Being healthy is a lifestyle.

    Don't think about doing a program that will lose you 15 pounds in a particular amount of time. Think about creating healthy eating habits that you can continue for the rest of your life. That includes eating plenty of vegetables, cutting down on sugar intake, and so on.

    Once you develop a healthy lifestyle that you can maintain for the rest of your life, it's just a matter of time until you lose weight.
     
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  3. Feña14

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    For me, sticking too rigidly to a diet plan doesn't really work, and is tough to keep up with it over a longer period.

    If you eat smaller portions of healthy foods, and more often, you will certainly see results. If you change your view on eating in general it will be easier, and something you can stick with after you reach your goal, making it more likely to keep the weight off.
     
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  4. Feña14

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    Ok, I think you beat me to it :)
     
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  5. Bartelby

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    What you actually need is some serious advice about nutrition and then plan what you eat around this knowledge.

    Try to find a scientifically-accurate and accessible book about nutrition and food.
     
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    The other problem with a diet program is that, once you've achieved your goal or you've fallen off the wagon, there's nothing stopping you from going right back to the habits that lead to the weight gain in the first place. Thus begins the yo-yo phenomenon.
     
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    I've lost that much in two weeks when I was on a soft food diet because of me wisdom teeth operation. Nothing but hot wheat cereal for two weeks straight. Also when you flush the system say accidentally by drinking old juice or something like that you can loose that much in a week. But both of those choices are not a healthy way to do it. If you count the calories and use a calorie counter like www.myfitnesspal.com it will help you eat healthy and loose weight.
     
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    dont buy crap at the store! if you dont buy it at the store, then you cant take it home.
     
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  10. r2473

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    What's the best way to lose 15lbs. of ugly fat?

    Chop off your head.
     
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    3 Week Mallomar Diet

    One mallomar for breakfast, one for lunch, one for dinner is a total of 360 calories. At your age and activity level, a maintenance intake is somewhere in the vicinity of 2850 calories. So, as you'll be running about 2500 calories a day below your maintenance intake, which means, with about 3500 calories representing a pound of body weight, that you'll lose about 5 pounds a week. Of course, individual nutrtional requirements vary so consult your physician before undertaking any special diets.
     
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  12. Feña14

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    That's what i've found yeah. For me the change to eating smaller portions of healthier food, and eating a couple of extra times a day was the main thing. Once you get used to it, it's tough to get back into the bad habit of just one or two big meals.

    I think most if it is common sense really, staying away from fried food, soft drinks, processed food, simple carbs etc.. If you do that in a way you can stick at, good things happen I find.
     
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  13. tennisoh

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    When I said a diet, I didn't mean it in the sense of a crash diet. I was aiming for a healthy, sustainable diet that maybe had meal plans for single guys that were not difficult to make. One of the reasons why I ate out all the time is because I am not a good cook, and I frankly don't want to spend hours making food.

    So I was just looking for quick, easy and healthy meals to make, instead of these crash diets and such.
     
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  14. krz

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    Here's the secret. I've been doing this since college and it has worked wonders.

    Eat whatever you want.

    Go out and party and consume alcohol. Lots and lots of it, till you're sick.

    Vomit.

    Repeat.

    Easy to stick to and you still get to enjoy all your favorites.
     
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  15. scotus

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    If you want to waste your brain, have your stomach acid to eat away at your esophagus and still gain a lot of weight, go ahead and continue this madness.
     
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  16. jonnythan

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    Eat fewer calories. Exercise. Do some weight training.

    That's it.
     
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    I had higher hurdles to clear than you have set and got there with great ease...I was 235 and an inch shorter than you at age 57. At 59, I'm 170 and able to eat just about anything I want without adding back weight.

    First, go to any nutrition/vitamin shop and buy a bottle of CLA gel capsules. Conjugated linoleic acid will jumpstart a metabolic breakdown of fatty tissues you are storing in your body. Then, to make sure you're fueling your body properly I suggest reading up on the theory of the Zone Diet. 40/30/30 is key to having a chance at staying on course for longterm health maintenance. They even have easy recipes and eating-out evaluations to match their formula for the best way to eat and have the proper energy to stay in an active lifestyle.
     
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  18. tennisplayer1993

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    eat healthier and run 5-10 miles everyday. did that for few weeks this summer. lost 5 pounds and lost the tummy i got from college. Also i improved my mile time by 45 seconds. now it's about 7:30 again.

    fastest ever was 6:15; I lost a lot of speed lol.. due to some severe injuries I had on my right ankle.

    Mile time slowed down at least a minute due to a very bad muscle tare in my right ankle.
     
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  19. jonnythan

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    You don't need any pills. Just a normal diet of healthyish foods with enough protein and the right amount of calories. That's it. It's not rocket science and there are no magic pills or magic macro ratios.
     
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  20. tennisplayer1993

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    ROFL :laugh:
     
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  21. r2473

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    Go with the liposuction / body sculpting surgery.

    WARNING: You may gain weight if you choose the size triple-D hooters and J-lo booty.
     
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  22. krz

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    Wait!

    So you're saying it's bad for my health? They should name some disorder after my condition of vomiting after eating or something...
     
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  23. Hood_Man

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    I've lost about 35 pounds really easily this year. All I did was eat slower, which meant I ended up feeling fuller with less food, and replaced more meals with salads and more snacks with fruit.

    And it really was easy, and because of a really sore knee (after following some really bad jogging advice and being dense enough to try and run through it) that I had to rest, I achieved all of that with a change in diet alone, and almost no exercise (luckily the knee's now fine so I'm getting back into it :)).

    I don't stop myself from snacking between meals either, I just have some fruit or a piece of toast or something, and then if I can't eat all my main meal later on I just stick the leftovers it in a plastic box for the next day. Why carry on eating when you're no longer hungry?

    I try not to avoid entire food groups either. If I want a pizza for example I'll have one, it's just that instead of having the whole lot I'll have a slice or two with veg on the side. If I'm still hungry later on I'll have some more, but usually I'm not, so I save it for the next day.

    The easier and less drastic your plan is, the more likely you'll stick to it. And don't panic if you have that bar of chocolate every now and then, just make sure you enjoy it as much as you can, and not too often :)

    It's not all been good though... my Welsh rugby shirt is now so big on me that I look like a sunburnt flying squirrel when I wear it :lol:
     
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    ^^^ Tell me about it re: wardrobe malfunction...all my Fed XL polos swim on me! If my shoulders weren't so broad, I could wear mediums. Also, my size L shorts are useless...I have no love handles to hold them up. Still, if that's my only inconvenience, I'm happy!
     
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  25. Feña14

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    I'm with you on the clothing. I've had to start buying small and xs clothes, that's not so good. I'll have to start hitting the weights a bit more!
     
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    My work uniform is the worst though, the trousers were big when I got them but now they look like Parachute Pants.

    I've been looking for videos on the internet for resizing shirts and t-shirts though, I'll have to give it a go and let you guys know how it went :lol:
     
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    Haha, I can just see you there with a sewing kit :)

    Part of the fun for me was getting to buy new clothes, i'm only 5'8 so having to buy the extra small ones leaves me feeling a bit wrong. It's like one step up from having to shop in babyGap.
     
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    So I guess I'm the only one who thinks that 6'0/190 lbs is a perfectly healthy weight for tennis and life in general? I mean, unless you have no muscle whatsoever that's not exactly overweight.

    I hear Tsonga's half decent at tennis. He's over 200 at around the same height. :confused:
     
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  29. tennisoh

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    I know it sounds petty but if I was to post a picture of myself I do have some weight that needs taken off. I eat horribly (well, up to about 5 days ago) so it's only going to get worse if I don't do something about it now.

    I am well-built and carry the weight alright, but I look at pictures of myself a few years ago and I'm noticeably bigger. I am actually built a lot like Tsonga was early on in his career. I do believe he has shed weight and added muscle since coming onto the scene though. I also think he's taller than 6'0", but I could be wrong

    Do any single guys out there cook themselves? That's what could really help me the most. I need to make my own meals so I'm not tempted to just grab something on the go.
     
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    It's a valid question. I cook for myself, but I enjoy cooking anyway. The key to eating right is to eat simple for me. Just things like fish, meat, vegetables etc.. You can do alot of things with basic staples like that. Spice them up a bit, spices are good at speeding the metabolism a bit and make simple food less monotonous. Beef chilli for example is healthy and easy to make, good protein from the meat and the vegetables are good carbohydrates. Simple salads involve no cooking, and of course fruit. Nuts and seeds are good for snacks. Low fat dairy is pretty important so you can have some 0% fat yogurt with fruit after a meal, omelettes take 2 minutes. Wholegrain pasta just involves putting it in boiling water for a few minutes, same with quinoa which is a great choice and very filling, I put cranberries and mint in it which tastes great.

    Like you, when I started I looked for plans because it was a big change and didn't know where to start. As you go you will find things you like and it gets alot easier.
     
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    Preferring not to clean afterwards, I have become a microwave chef for one. My staples are Steamfresh veggies from Bird's Eye (Green Giant Steamers also very good), rotisserie chickens from the deli department at my grocery chain and bags of shredded cheese. I can make 4 servings for myself from a couple combos of the veggies (1 rice or pasta based and one pure veggie) and still have a lot of chicken left for snacks and dogtreats. My cleanup consists of rinsing my plastic bowls and silverware and a once-a-week wipedown of the microwave. Also, I never get too bored with the menu...they have so many options to choose from. You can also add in diced tomatoes (fresh or canned) for flavor and variety.
     
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    Rotisserie chicken is very good I agree, no cooking involved which also helps! :)

    You can add some spice (i'm a fan of hot food, incase you couldn't tell!) and use them to make fajitas loaded with salad, no fat yogurt etc..
     
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    Look up IF lean gains, and eat 500 cals less than maintenance. You're welcome
     
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    Do you have a gas grill?

    Grilling can be pretty fast. There is no waste in chicken breasts and grilling is pretty quick. But don't just grill meat. Cut up an onion, red and green peppers and some mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and you have a great tasting side dish better than the main course (add a little garlic powder and/or Italian seasoning makes it even better.)

    Grilling fish is really fast. If you like spicy, just sprinkle on some of Chef Prudhomme's blackened redfish magic. I use it on salmon, haddock, whatever. You can even use it on chicken breast to spice it up.



    Starting every evening meal with a salad can help fill you up. You can buy the lettuce already shredded and just add in some cherry tomatoes and slice in a red pepper. Tastes great. More filling.



    Cold cereal can seem blah. Add in a handful of blueberries or strawberries and it tastes great. Frozen berry bags are available in the supermarket - put the frozen berries on top of your cereal and zap it all in the microwave to defrost them for one minute, then add the milk.



    Good luck!
     
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    A George Foreman grill is my weapon of choice. Chicken, turkey, steak, whatever. When I get do chicken I usually add garlic, chili powder, lemon juice, dip it in egg yolk and add breadcrumbs (few slices of bread in a plastic bag and whack it with a rolling pin until it's all broken up), and then grill it on the Foreman.

    The best thing is it always comes out juicy, unless you really overcook it that is :)
     
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  37. T1000

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    So my advice is garbage, even though I said the same thing those posts said and suggested a diet that is proven to burn fat and add lean mass at the same time and you can't even tell me how it works without looking it up? Keep bringing the LOLs dude this is hilarious.
     
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    What about Atkins?
     
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