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Jun 12, 2011 04:41 PM

Your Favorite Weight Loss Tricks and Recipes

What helps you loose weight or maintain your weight? Here's a few of mine:

Roasted, mashed cauliflower:

Breakfast of 1 slice of wheat toast, ripe tomato, and turkey bacon


A big bowl of TJ frozen brussel sprouts with a little olive oil and grated parm

Having protein with each meal

Turkey peperoni slices

A TJ chicken burger on a sandwich thin for lunch

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  1. I've been following the Weight Watcher's Points Plus Program since 11/10, and have lost 25 pounds. Not a huge success, but slow and steady progress. There is a thread "Weight Watcher Foodies, what are you cooking?" on the Home Cooking Board. Some great websites I have found for healthy, weight watcher friendly recipes are: Gina's Skinny Kitchen, Slender Kitchen and Hungry Girl , and Three Fat Chicks on a Diet, along with the Weight Watcher's Site. thanks for sharing your suggestions as well!

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    1. re: sunflwrsdh

      25lbs??? That's a HUGE success!! Congratulations

      1. re: sunflwrsdh

        I'm a Lifer at WW for over 5 years now. Still attend meetings, altho' I don't really track anymore. I lost 75 lbs on my own years ago and then another 30 on WW. I second all your sites except Hungry Girl--while I do get the e-mails and have 2 of the cookbooks (didn't buy the newest one), there are few recipes there that use enough "real food" for me. I do love the thread on the Home Cooking board, altho' I seldom post there. Congrats on your weight loss!

        1. re: sunflwrsdh

          congrats on your weight loss. i'm a ww member, too. lost 47 lbs. the only site i don't use is hungry girl. i don't deprivem yself of anything. and i practice portion control. which i really think is what ww is all about.....

          oh, and exerisize. those bastards at ww want you to eat sensible portions of healthy food and exersize....

          1. re: sunflwrsdh

            Don't forget Emily Bites. Some of the best recipes I've tried.

            1. re: chicgail

              I just recently discovered Emily Bites, and I like her very much:)

            2. re: sunflwrsdh

              My everyday rules to maintain are to :

              Avoid processed foods (frozen, mixes, fast food, mass produced cookies, chips, margarin, etc)

              Keep pointless sugar to a minimum. I love a sweetened iced coffee, but don't take any sugar in my hot coffee or tea, no soda. When I want something sweet, I get something really wonderful and worth the splurge.

              Lots of whole wheat pasta, brown rice and wheat bread.

              Low fat protiens.

              Lots of fruit and veggies.

              Tons of water. 100% juice mixed with Perrier.

              As long as I'm eating well on a regular basis, when I want something fried, fattening, bad for me, whatever, it's not a big deal ~ but eating that way is not a way of life. It's all about balance and eating good food. Great cheese and cured meats aren't splurges, but I always have them with lots of fruit.

              When I need to drop a few pounds, I do yogurt, Grape Nuts and berries every morning, fruit, veggies, chicken and brown rice and nothing but water (other than my morning coffee with no sugar) and it always works.

              1. re: NOLAcarrot

                and after a while, your palate will adust -- we've been doing a lot of out-and-about lately, and I hit my saturation on Coca-Cola about 4 days ago...been drinking bottled water since.

                Hubby bought a bag of chips to munch on this afternoon (highway rest stop=cheap crappy chips), and I almost gagged on the chemically taste...amazing how much you taste when you stop eating processed foods.

                1. re: NOLAcarrot

                  The Q is how you define "lots" in this sentence: "Lots of whole wheat pasta, brown rice and wheat bread."

                  Reasonable portion sizes of pasta/rice are about 1/2-2/3 c., correct?

                  My problem is far less the whats and far more the how muches.

                  1. re: tatamagouche

                    I try to keep pasta/grains/bread/potatoes to one meal a day, if that-- I calculate my serving size based on the package, which for my brown rice pasta is (I think) 3/4 cup uncooked, and something like 200 calories. As long as I can count it and include it in my calorie budget for the day, and as long as it's not white or wheat pasta, I call it good. Generally don't eat pasta more than once a week though, because I LOVE IT and can easily go overboard if I'm not careful. I eat a 1/2 to 1 cup cooked serving size of quinoa most mornings for breakfast, and often that will be my grain for the day.

                    1. re: k_hack

                      I've never heard of brown rice pasta. How does it compare in taste to regular pasta and where do you get it.

                      1. re: DaisyM

                        I get mine at Trader Joes because it's cheapest there, but I've seen it at other grocery stores, too... I like the taste, the texture's a little softer and it doesn't have the same bite as a pasta with gluten in it. But wheat upsets my stomach, so this is the next best thing.

                        1. re: DaisyM

                          I bought some at the supermarket here in Rome because I had some gluten-free clients coming and wanted to check the options. My husband and I both thought it was pretty vile. Really, imagine brown rice masquerading as overcooked spaghetti. To answer your question, it bears no resemblance to the taste of durum-wheat pasta. The corn pasta was better in that it could be cooked al dente and didn't taste like brown rice. When the clients came, they said they had already made the same test and definitely preferred the corn pasta.

                        2. re: k_hack

                          No, I *get* it, I just can't *do* it. It's definitely a binge trigger for me.

                          1. re: tatamagouche

                            Haha, now I see what you're saying. Yep, me too, which is why I have to count that stuff.

                        3. re: tatamagouche

                          Weight Watchers (which I also am on and have lost 54 lbs in the last year and a half) defines a pasta serving as 1 cup. When I measured my previous 'normal serving' it was 2 1/4 cups! Portion control and not feeling deprived are key to me. Also, realizing that this is not the last serving of lasagne/cake/ice cream/chips or whatever that I will ever get the opportunity to have. :)

                    2. I do not know how the calories compare, but I used lima beans instead of potatoes for mock potato salad. Soaked and cooked dry large limas, which if canned would be butter beans, NOT the smaller green type. They have virtually the same taste and texture as potato, but the fiber and protein make them healthier.

                      Most importantly is to drink a glass of water if you have huunger pangs when you don't think you should be hungry. If you're dehydrated, your body sometimes reacts with hunger pangs.
                      If that's what's happening, the hunger will subside in 20 min or so.

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                        1. re: greygarious

                          Even if the calories are comparable (or more), lima beans have way more fiber and protein than potatoes, making them a great substitute for someone who wants to stay fuller longer! Sounds delicious, too.

                        2. GREEN TEA!
                          Full of antioxidants, this is the perfect beverage to maintain an ideal body weight and speed up your metabolism. I tend to drink 2 large thermos portions a day (one on my way into work, and one at lunch) and have managed to enjoy it now without any sugar (I initially needed some because I didn't like the taste right away).
                          I am looking into making an iced preparation of it (similar to iced tea) to enjoy in the summer....any suggestions/recipes?

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                          1. re: pnutbutta

                            pnutbutta, are you aware of the increased bioavailability of the catechins in green tea when lemon juice is added? You may want to add some lemon to your green tea!

                            1. re: pnutbutta

                              I've heard this about green tea, but I've never been fond of the taste. Is there a brand or a "trick" that you sugggest to make it more palatable? (I love black iced tea)

                              1. re: DaisyM

                                Very often, folks who profess to not like green tea are just not brewing it properly. The real trick to green tea is to use water just BELOW the boiling point, and don't steep the tea leaves (or tea bag, if that's your route) for more than three minutes.
                                If you follow those two guidelines, the resulting liquor is mellow and even has a subtle sweetness of its own.

                                i've been a green tea devotee for 41 years and would never, ever think of adding lemon (or anything else) to green tea. But, of course, do what you must to please your own tastes.
                                But really for me, adding _anything_ to green tea would be like 'gilding a lily'.
                                It is so beautiiful and mellow on its own...

                                1. re: The Professor

                                  Thank you! Is there a particular type of green tea that you use? Where do you buy it?

                                  1. re: DaisyM

                                    I've used various types of green tea both from China and Japan including Gunpowder, Sen-Cha, Chunmee, and others...these I purchase at one of the several Asian grocery stores in my area. Brands and varieties come and go, and even vary somewhat from store to store. If there are any such stores near you, that should be the first place to have a look, as the prices are generally a lot more reasonable than the prices in specialty shops.

                                    However, Lipton, Salada, and Tetley all sell green tea also (in tea bag form) and they are readily available in just about any supermarket. I've used these at times and they are perfectly fine teas, usually a blend of a few different varieties. My introduction to green tea 40 some years ago was, in fact, Lipton's green tea. I first tasted it in a cafe in Storm Lake, Iowa where I was at college. Been a green tea lover ever since!

                                    1. re: DaisyM

                                      You might like genmaicha. It's brown rice green tea and has a nutty and mild flavor. That's how my husband started drinking green tea, now he's a fiend. It's very easy to find at Asian markets. Just remember to steep it quickly (two minutes max for me) and at lower-than-boiling temp.

                                  2. re: DaisyM

                                    I can only stand green tea if it's jasmine tea.

                                    1. re: racer x

                                      Have you tried the whole range of green teas by Stash? IIRC, they have mint, pomegranate, lemon....they are pretty tasty hot or cold.

                                      1. re: reinadetostones

                                        yes, Stash also has Green & White Fusion tea...really lovely, just chiming in!

                                        1. re: Val

                                          i love the Green & Black Fusion and the Green Chai.

                                    2. re: DaisyM

                                      I love green tea, but my partner does not. The one green tea she actually does like is by Yogi, and it's called Blueberry Slim Life. It's a blueberry flavored green tea--it's very yummy, I must say, and it's supposed to help surpress your appetite (or something). This may be an option for you...

                                    3. re: pnutbutta

                                      I envy you. I love all types of tea and cannot drink it- the caffeine, even in green tea does not do my body good. Sigh.

                                      1. re: pnutbutta

                                        My grandfather makes iced tea in the summer with green tea (I like the jasmine stuff that comes in a yellow can), lemon juice, and lots of fresh mint leaves. A little honey is nice if you don't like it straight. Just brew and then chill in the fridge. Delicious.

                                      2. I eat low carb, and space the carbs I do eat out at 3 1/2 to 5 hour intervals. I lost some weight using the Metabolism Miracle diet. I follow step 2 every day. I was not able to lose as much weight as I wanted. Doing low carb seems to lose its effect after an extended period in my experience. I am now trying to eat lean, as well as low carb, and I use much less red meat than before, as well as fewer eggs.

                                        I have also lost weight doing WW. I have usually lost the same amount of weight as when I did low carb. But I find low carb eating easier to manage than the WW plan, which also costs a weekly fee.And I despise going to the meetings.

                                        I think if you are genetically predisposed to diabetes, or if you tend to indulge in too many carbs, the eating low carb would be a good experience for you. I was reminding myself just today, how freeing it was not to be "addicted" to carbs.

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                                        1. re: sueatmo

                                          what is the Metabolism Miracle diet and what is step 2?

                                        2. Fat free, plain yougur shakes with fruit and honey.
                                          Reduced fat or fat free everything when possible.
                                          Low sugar intake. No artificial sweetners.
                                          Works for me.

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                                          1. re: basketwoman

                                            I cut way back on carbs and sugar,increased my cardio workout,stopped with the late night snacks and lost 15lbs in 2 months.Wasn't easy,I love my carbs,but it worked for me..

                                            1. re: basketwoman

                                              Actually, full fat food makes you feel satiated/fuller longer. Just have to practice portion control...which can be hard for me sometimes, lol. Also, fat free things usually have more sugar to compensate for the fat being gone, makes food taste better. For instance, there is more sugar in fat free salad dressings than in a soda! Totally with you 100% on the low sugar (still working on this), no artificial sweetners-especially aspartame...hello poison!, and walking. Good points!