Help! Looking for Protein Diet Advice

Christy - posted on 01/30/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Looking to lose 15 - 20 pounds by swim suit season. Have been advised to do a Protein Diet. Any menu ideas? Food recomendations? I do attend a gym 3 times a week and love cardio. Losing weight in all the wrong places.

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My best results were from a Body For Life routine. I was afraid, at first, when I saw the diet he expected you to stick with but it ended up being easy, filling, and my husband went right along with it. My typical day would be:

Breakfast: Serving of Egg Beaters with a few chunks of LF Ham bits, a sprinkling of LF shredded cheese, some pepper to taste. A piece of Whole-Wheat Toast. 8-16 oz. Water. Sometimes I would drink a cup of Kefir (yogurt smoothie).

Snack: Either (i) Yogurt with Cottage Cheese mixed (blueberry Yoplait was my favorite), (ii) Myoplex Chocolate Protein Bar, (iii) South Beach Peanut Butter High Pro Bar. (Drink 8 oz. Water)

Lunch: (i) Turkey on a WW Tortilla, Red Peppers, Lettuce, 1-2 Tbsp. LF Mayo or (ii) A can of Tuna mixed w/ 2 Tbsp LF Mayo, celery, on WW Toast or Wrap or (iii) a Turkey Sandwich. An apple or another serving of LF Cottage Cheese. Drink 8 oz. Water.

Snack (see above)

Dinner: (i) Grilled Salmon (great on the George Foreman!), Green Beans, Rice (yes RICE, you can have starchy carbs if you keep it to a serving size (the size of your fist)), or (ii) Tacos with Ground Turkey, LF WW Tortillas topped with grn pepper, tomatoes, onion (good carbs), or(iii) Grilled Turkey with Cranberry Sauce and green beans. Drink another 8 oz. water

Snack: (see above).

I ate probably every 3 hours and was never hungry! I can give you more options too. You have to have a good balance and drink a ton of water. The water (for me) was key to staying full and keeping cravings at bay.

Jill - posted on 02/03/2009

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Not neccessarily a diet suggestion but if you are just doing cardio machines for your workout try adding some circuit training. This will help build muscle which in turn will help you burn more fat. If you are not sure where to start with a circuit or some of the other machines and equipment in your gym, talk to the front desk and they will be able to show you how to use them.

Angeline - posted on 01/30/2009

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I have tried most diets. Protein diets are not truly healthy. A well balanced diet with good carbs and appropriate fats are the way to go. I am terrible at self control and portion size. I chose nutrisystem after I stopped breast feeding. I gained 45lbs while pregnant. I used Turbo Jam for my workout. I went from a size 14 (after baby) back to my pre-baby size 2 with both nutrisystem and Turbo Jam. Immedieately after a good workout, I do eat a small serving of lean or fat free protein to boost muscle gain, but otherwise I eat a good balance of good fats, lean protein, and "brown"/whole grain carbs. Good luck in meeting your goals!

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