angryeunuch wrote:I've done 3 months straight losing 1-2 lbs a week. It's easy to maintain and I don't feel like I'm "dieting". I've found I can fix my sweet tooth with a fruit smoothy. Costco has massive bags of frozen fruit (or organic fresh fruit if you're a rich goddamm hippie) and huge bags of spinach. It's amazing how much spinach you can mix in there without tasting it. You can also add protein powder if you're bulking.
Fruit smoothies may taste great and may seem more healthy, but you shouldn't think of fruit smoothies as any real part of "dieting" in the calorie sense. You wouldn't consider drinking cans of Coke dieting, right? In the end, however, you're drinking down about as many sugars and calories with a smoothie as you are with cans of Coke -- maybe even more.
A can of Coke Classic has about 95 calories, 24 grams of sugar
Go down to Jamba Juice and get one of their "small"-sized all-fruit smoothies
, ask them to blend whatever green mulch shit into it if it makes you feel better. BAM! (Emeril Lagasse style) You're drink like 210 calories of sugary goodness. That's like downing two cans of Coke Classic with some extra to go on.
Or maybe you think to blend your own.
You head on over to CookingLight.com and check out their list of "Low-Calorie Smoothies
". Only you also find out that "low-calories" also means less than 250 calories per 12-16oz serving -- another two cans of Coke. Their lowest-calorie drink is made with watermelon juice, mint, and some yoghurt, at 95 calories -- a can of Coke.
I even bought some fruit smoothie "superfood" drinks at Costco and later some Starbucks bottled Frappuccinos. Both have the calorie count on the front: 220/12oz for the former, 180/9.5oz for the latter. The ratios end up being just about the same.
I could drink a beer (150 calories) for fewer calories than either.
Yeah, so calories. You've gotta have them anyway, why the problem with the above? I see those "low calorie" burger deals on commercials and think "man, I'm just getting less energy for my money." What the problem with a smoothie or Coke, or Frappuccino?
Your body doesn't feel as full when you quaff your calories, and your mouth doesn't feel as nauseated when you drink, as opposed to eat, sugars. Can you imagine chewing down teaspoons of sugar for the amount of sugars in your drinks? Your Jamba Juice "Peace Perfection" has 42 grams of sugar for their smallest size, 210 calories. A teaspoon of sugar is 4 grams. Now imagine consuming ten (10) spoonfuls of sugar.
But a drink? Ten spoonfuls of sugar is easy to down in 10 minutes.
Do yourself a favor and eat
those fruits and vegis rather than make them into a smoothie. Yeah, eat
that food, don't drink it. It doesn't even have to be "healthy" food. Want some M&Ms? Pour a small amount into a cup and munch on them. Don't bring the whole bag, or you'll just keep eating it. Leave the bag on the counter.
Or hell, if you're feeling like something "healthy" go grab some baby carrots, or some Persian cucumbers, or some celery sticks. Too
bland and healthy? Make some Japanese ginger dressing for dipping sauce. Better put away the bag too, you'll eat the whole thing. At least you're eating
though. Avoid the drink.
All of these snacks will ruin your appetite the way your mom told you it would. Y'know all those thin people who say they can eat anything they want? They do. They just eat some as snacks all the time. In the end, they're running a calorie deficit even though they claim differently. Why do I know? I'm one of those people.
I counted the calories and did the math. I'm drinking one of those "superfood" smoothies right now because it just tastes good,
but I'm also just eating some sandwich for dinner and that's about it. It just doesn't add up, and yet I don't feel hungry. I weigh less than I did when I graduated high school, and that wasn't much either. But still, I like a good Japanese ginger dressing when I feel up to making it. There's the metabolism too, but it's mostly just not feeling the need to eat a ton of food and still feeling alright. Ruin
that appetite with snacks.