Originally Posted by DeathArrow
Almeeker, may I ask..what do you eat? Lol I think I need to cut down on carbs...but everything I ever eat is filled with carbs. In the morning, cereal, lunch a sandwich, snack some whole grain chips, when I get home, yogurt and an orange or a banana or something, dinner some healthy frozen dinner or whatever. I don't know what to eat besides carbs :/ So yeah what do you eat so I can join in too lol.
Well I eat 1-2 servings of grain based carbs everyday, always whole grain, low-cal and low fat. Some of my faves are whole grain slimwiches (90 cal), whole grain English muffins (110 cal), 2 rye crisp crackers (60 cal), whole-grain low-fat bread (35 cal/slice), whole grain tortillas (60 cal), whole grain crackers (90 cal), cereal (usually Special K or Kashi), rice cakes (60 cal), whole wheat pasta etc etc. I also eat 3 servings of fresh fruit every day, but I try to keep it mixed up, one banana, one tree fruit (apples oranges grapefruit etc), and one serving of berries (blueberries, strawberries, grapes etc). I eat as many veggies as I want, usually 6-10 servings, but I try and limit ones that are high in carbs to once a week or less, ie corn, peas, beans. So, I eat lots of green veggies, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, celery, cucumbers, etc. Then I try and balance out my carbs with lean proteins, meanwhile not going over my calorie limit. It's tricky, there has been more than one day where I had to eat a couple of cans of tuna for snack or dinner, because my carb intake was skirting 60%. But I'm getting better at it. I find that if I start the day with a big boost of protein, it's easier to stay on track. Some of my fave proteins are: eggs, tuna, protein powder (I put a little chocolate protein powder in my coffee every morning), Greek yogurt, nuts, fat free cottage cheese, bacon, chicken, fish, reduced fat cheese, lean deli meats, beef - just to name a few.
So maybe what you need to do is swap out your morning cereal for eggs, or your lunch sandwich with a salad, and change the snack over to almonds or Greek yogurt. You don't have to get rid of all three everyday, just swap out one or two items and see if that helps. The carbs you've listed are healthy, without question. When I first started dieting, I'm sure that I had days where I ate all those exact same things in a given day. But I found that I lose faster when I keep my proteins up, which doesn't come naturally to me. It makes sense if you think about it. Proteins help build and rebuild muscle, right? So if you give your muscles the right food they are bigger and better, more lean muscle means your body burns fat and calories more efficiently, so consequently you'll be leaner.