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Aug 8, 2005 02:12 PM

Help - Need to loose 10 lbs in 6 weeks!

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hounds...looking for assistance. i need to loose approx 10 lbs in the next 6 weeks, as i am getting married and want to look my best. i live a very busy lifestyle in NYC, and like most hounds, food is my weakness. can hounds help me with the following:

1. lunches - what are some creative (yet easy) things i can bring for lunch?

2. snacks - i work long hours in an office where candy is all over the place. i need some better snack options.

3. dinner - i get home late (probably later than i should be eating). i like to make basic chicken with veggies, etc....but sometimes that gets old. any recommendations?

I'm really just looking for some general tips and success stories to keep me focused...this way, i can return to my hound ways come the honeymoon! thanks.

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  1. One idea for each:

    1. Total yogurt (0% or 2%) and a touch of honey. Maybe some fresh herbs if you need more creativity.

    2. Mental caution tape. I come in on Monday morning, observe the candy/junk food table in the break room, and mentally rope it off w/ yellow police tape. Sometimes that actually works for several days. :-)

    3. Scrambled eggs and goat cheese. I use 1 whole egg and one white, a splash of skim milk, scramble w/ just a tiny tab of butter (non stick skillet of course), crumble goat cheese (naturally low fat)on top. I find it rich-tasting and satisfying.

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    1. re: danna

      Total non- or lowfat is also very good made into raita (I use Neera's raita mix) or tzatziki (with no added oil) for no added calories.

    2. I just got the book "French Women Don't Get Fat" and it has some recipes that sounds great. However, I have yet to try them so I can't guarantee any results. Let me start by giving you this recipe to "jump start" your diet.

      Magical Leek Soup (serve for 2 days)

      2 lbs leek

      Clean leek and rinse well to get rid of sand. Cut off the ends of the dark green parts, leaving all the white parts plus a suggestion of pale green.
      Put the leeks in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to boil, reduce the heat, and simmer uncovered for 20 - 30 minutes. Pour off liquid and reserve. Place leeks in a bowl.

      The juice is to be drunk (reheated or at room temperature) every 2 to 3 hours, 1 cup at a time.
      For meals, or whenever hungry, have some of the leeks, 1/2 cup at a time. Drizzle a few drops of extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Season sparingly with salt and pepper. Sprinkle w/ parsley if you wish.
      This will be your norishment for 2 days. You should stick to only drinking water beside the soup. You may have a small meat of meat or fish (4-6oz) with steamed vegetable and a piece of fruit for dinner on the second day.

      Generally, the book talks about consuming food in moderation. It also ask you to think about the food you're consuming before eating it. Ask yourself, is this worth the calorie, fat, carb, etc. It suggest to only consume to best and freshest food, so you're not wasting calories. One very important point in the book, beware of what you drink. Drink lots of water (at least 2 liters a day), stay away from juice, soda, mixed drinks (lots of sugar). Wine with meal and herbal tea are fine.

      Best of luck to you. Check out the website below for more recipes from the book.


      1. The South Beach Diet could be a good option for you. I did it before my wedding and lost 10 pounds in 4 weeks. You can do it without buying the book as there is a ton of info. on the internet.

        Here are some basic food ideas...

        snacks: celery with low-fat peanut butter or Laughing Cow light cheese; large handfull of almonds or pistachios; small low-fat yogurt with nuts or fruit mixed in; cottage cheese with cherry tomatoes; string cheese

        Lunch: taco ingredients wrapped in a lettuce leaf; salads with nuts, feta, grilled chicken and veggies; Barefoot Contessa's white bean soup (healthy and low-fat, but tastes so creamy);

        Dinner: Rub a steak with minced rosemary and garlic then grill and serve drizzled with good olive oil; Roasted veggies; grilled fish; frittata with veggies and a small salad; chicken paremesan without the bread crumbs and low-fat mozzerella; hamburger with blue cheese and mushrooms without the bun or with a whole wheat bun.

        I find that lunch is the most difficult so I tend to cook extra for dinner and eat the leftovers for lunch. This diet really worked for me and kept me motivated because the pounds will come off very fast. Also, once you return from your honeymoon, it's a good way to eat during the week, then splurge on the weekends. I'm a major foodie so long term restrictive diets are not an option. Good luck!

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        1. re: Erin

          I live on a pretty much Atkins/South Beach type low glycemic index diet and have for a couple of years. It is not a bad way to live. To make it real simple think of it as a "no white food diet". No sugar or foods containing sugar, no wheat, this is no bread unless you can find a palatable low carb bread. I find most of them too sweet. No Pasta. No Rice. Eat high fiber foods, lots of leafy your salads, meat, fish (no more than 12 oz/week) eggs, dairy, low sugar fruits with lots of fiber are okay but stay away from bananas, most juices and watch for the hidden sugar in a lot of foods you will be amazed if you start checking into the sugar counts in a lot of food. Avoid processed foods too read lables and keep count. Those 10 lbs and maybe a littel more will come off in no time. Walk a lot. Park in the parking spaces farthest from the door, take the stairs instead of an elevator or at least part way, sneak in that exercise you have been missing.

          Good luck, it will work!

          1. re: Erin

            FWIW, after a "coronary event", my cardiologist as well as a number of nurses, all recommended South Beach as an effective long-term diet. It works OK if you do most of your own cooking, and have time to do it. I struggle...

          2. I've been able to lose weight fast on the atkins diet. I don't recommend this as a long term life style change, but to lose weght in a short amount of time, it works. Eat nothing but protein until you're close to reaching your weight goals and gradually add in atkins-friendly veggies. Once you start adding veggies your weight loss will slow a bit, but you will still lose weight. You can choose to be healthier on atkins by choosing lean meats. For breakfast, I used to get an egg-white cheddar cheese omelet everyday. For lunch, I would go to the salad bars and only choose meat items or have sashimi for lunch with just soy sauce for dipping. Dinner again would consist of all meat, eggs and or cheese. For snacks, I'd get hard cheeses, a hard-boiled egg, or sugar-free jello.

            If you want to lose weight from a healthy diet and exercise, it maybe possible depending on how much you currently weigh and what your prior daily physical activity consisted of. The more you weigh and the less physically active you were will mean you'll initially lose weight faster. I'm pretty active and am not overweight. I've started working out 3-5 times a week for about 1-2 hours each. I eat healthy about 70% of the time and have only been able to lose 5 lbs in 2 months.

            1. A friend of mine lost A LOT of weight by eating pretty much what he wanted, but only half of it (he ate out often).

              Cutting out alcoholic beverages for a while really helps. And switching completely to drinking (a lot of) water and maybe some unsweetened tea instead of sodas will help, too.

              Eat fish instead of chicken all the time--so many more varieties!