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Old 01-27-2011, 06:20 PM
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I'm trying to lose some weight, but I don't know where to start.

The problem is that I'm a student, and as such I have problems to prepare proper meals for myself.

I especially skip breakfast to rush to classes. I know this is bad. I will try to improve myself in this department. Any tips for healthy, good breakfasts, that are not too complicated?

I also eat sometimes bread/sandwiches for lunch, especially during exam weeks, since I have no time to eat anything else.

Also, I mostly eat Asian food (rice, noodles,...); since my parents have an Asian restaurant, and I mostly drop by to visit them and grab something to eat.

Now the big question is, if it is possible for me to create a better menu despite facing so many problems.

I am pretty clueless about healthy nutrition, so please help me out here
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:16 PM
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losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight is all about proportion sizes, eating a balanced diet, and exercise...even with a busy schedule.

skipping breakfast is a HUGE problem, because your metabolism is at its highest in the morning and you're depriving yourself of calories at that point. instead, you're eating as your metabolism slows down, and are likely eating more because by lunch time, you're very hungry.

breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day; not necessarily proportionally bigger, but should consist of a balance of protein and carbs (good carbs...whole wheat bread instead of white). eggs/oatmeal/wheat cereals/fruits/milk/juice...any combination thereof is a good start. don't deprive yourself of some cheats; you'll likely regress.

there is no harm in sandwiches at lunch as long as they're not full of fillers and on white bread. white bread has little nutritional value and is full of empty calories. try veggie sandwiches on whole wheat or grainy bread instead if you're on the go.

most importantly, eat small proportions more often rather than waiting until you're famished; you'll likely make better choices if you're not ravenous.

get good exercise; don't overdo it or you'll burn out...

simple changes to a busy life.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:49 PM
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I'm a full-time student with a job (60 hours/week in the summer) and I was convinced I didn't have time to cook anything healthy.. well I was wrong! I promise it isn't as hard as it seems! I eat nutri-grain bars with a banana & my chocolate milk (fat free) every morning. Maybe not the best choice, but hey, you gotta eat something! I love veggies so I'll cook some at night so that way I'll have them for lunch the next day and don't have to waste time during the day. Maybe you could do something like that if you have more time at night?
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one thing i've started doing is cooking food that stays well in the freezer (casseroles and such) and just reheating that it may not be the best, but at least i have control over what's going in them. i'll try to compile some good recipes and PM them to you
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losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight is all about proportion sizes, eating a balanced diet, and exercise...even with a busy schedule.

skipping breakfast is a HUGE problem, because your metabolism is at its highest in the morning and you're depriving yourself of calories at that point. instead, you're eating as your metabolism slows down, and are likely eating more because by lunch time, you're very hungry.

breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day; not necessarily proportionally bigger, but should consist of a balance of protein and carbs (good carbs...whole wheat bread instead of white). eggs/oatmeal/wheat cereals/fruits/milk/juice...any combination thereof is a good start. don't deprive yourself of some cheats; you'll likely regress.

there is no harm in sandwiches at lunch as long as they're not full of fillers and on white bread. white bread has little nutritional value and is full of empty calories. try veggie sandwiches on whole wheat or grainy bread instead if you're on the go.

most importantly, eat small proportions more often rather than waiting until you're famished; you'll likely make better choices if you're not ravenous.

get good exercise; don't overdo it or you'll burn out...

simple changes to a busy life.
I'm a student as well and this is great advice.
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thanks!

I started going to the gym at least 3 days a week

Now I just have to manage my food plan.

People confuse me, because I hear one should eat 3 meals, but others say, eating 5 meals is better.
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IMO the 3/5 thing depends on your lifestyle. I would focus first on what you are eating, then decide if 3 or 5 makes sense for you, and if you settle on 5 then downsize your portions.
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:03 AM
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For breakfast, you can eat stuff like yogurt, bananas, nutritional bars. You don't have to prepare any of these, and grab-and-go is definitely an option.

As for the 3/5 meals thing, maybe it depends on how you count them. I eat breakfast, lunch, dinner but I always snack. Apples, baby carrots, etc...but I never count those as a full meal.
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bananas with peanut butter is a great on-the-fly snack too.
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okay thanks! i have cereal, banana's, milk, and whole wheat toast bread at home

I'm just wondering in what stuff to avoid.

I know people say rice, but I can't avoid it, since I was raised with it :d
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I was raised with rice too, but now I have switched to brown rice. It takes a bit to get used to, but it's much healthier.
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