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Carbs

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
edited January 2023 in General Chat
...or crabs, if Alistair is reading this!! <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

ok, I am trying to get back to a healthier lifestyle now that I am working again. I'm not horribly overweight but I am out of shape and a little flabby round the edges.

My housemate on the other hand is obease and losing weight through a one-to-one councellor and dietician at the minute. Thing is, he keeps goin on about carbs and how you shouldn't eat anything with double figures per 100g... so what the hell are you supposed to eat??!! No bread, potatoes, pasta or rice??? No anything really! I mean, apart from fruit & veg, what do I substitute these staples with?

He says I need more protein, but what has loads of protein, low carbs and low fat/calories.

FFS you can't win!

Anyway, any good ideas are appreciated, I like to cook and I enjoy my food... eating lettuce and not much else doesn't really appeal <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by kaz:
    <STRONG>...or crabs, if Alistair is reading this!! <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

    ok, I am trying to get back to a healthier lifestyle now that I am working again. I'm not horribly overweight but I am out of shape and a little flabby round the edges.

    My housemate on the other hand is obease and losing weight through a one-to-one councellor and dietician at the minute. Thing is, he keeps goin on about carbs and how you shouldn't eat anything with double figures per 100g... so what the hell are you supposed to eat??!! No bread, potatoes, pasta or rice??? No anything really! I mean, apart from fruit & veg, what do I substitute these staples with?

    He says I need more protein, but what has loads of protein, low carbs and low fat/calories.

    FFS you can't win!

    Anyway, any good ideas are appreciated, I like to cook and I enjoy my food... eating lettuce and not much else doesn't really appeal <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"></STRONG>

    It depends on what you do every day that should guide what you eat. There is nothing wrong with a lot of carbs if it's suited to what you do. An extreme example would athletes doing lots of cardiovascular exercise. My school has a fantastic swim team (the coach is the US Olympic coach) and while those guys eat 100 grams of protein a day to build muscle, they eat more carbs than that b/c they need them for fuel. Of course, not everyone swims 6 miles a day, but if you run 4-5 miles a day you should eat carbs.

    I saw a show on the Discovery Channel where they attributed weight loss on the high protein-low carb diet to the fact that people tended to eat less food overall while on the diet and thus less calories- the implication being that carbs are not bad for losing weight if you burn them off soon after you eat them.

    If you want high protein foods you can try the protein shakes they sell at health food stores, but they're expensive. A tin of albacore tuna on the other hand is cheap and has about 37 grams of protein against about 4-5 grams of fat. I eat one every day. I'm getting really sick of tuna. But otherwise I don't get enough protein. Skinless chicken breasts, baked or boiled, are also good but I don't know the numbers for them.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You mean Carbohydrates yeah, slightly confused their.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    As Alex said, there is nothing wrong with eating carbs, you just need to eat the right amount for your exercise. I would just cut your carbs slightly, and increase your exercise.

    100g or roast skinned and boned chicken contains:
    150Kcal, 25g protein, 5g fat, 0g carbs.

    A few other suggestions:
    Egg scrambled 250 10 23 0
    Egg whole raw 150 12.3 10.9 0
    Lemon sole steamed 90 21 1 0
    Prawns 100 23 2 0
    Rabbit stewed 90 14 4 0

    Once my site's up and running I'll have a whole big table of different food types and their compositions.


    Mmmmmm tuna.......
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by USC Alex:
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    if you run 4-5 miles a day you should eat carbs.

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    Ahahahahahaha!! *wipes away tear*

    yeah right! We are talking minimum exercise here, although I am planning to start swimming again and work out on toning my muscles in my room, I am no athlete... buggered knees, long story.

    Thanks for the tuna idea, I'lll check that out at the supermarket, maybe I should eat more fish anyway. The chicken was the only thing I could think of myself... but its dead boring grilled (boiled? yuk yuk yuk!), and smothering it in brandy and perrpercorn cream sauce tends to defeat the purpose <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by kaz:
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    The chicken was the only thing I could think of myself... but its dead boring grilled (boiled? yuk yuk yuk!), and smothering it in brandy and perrpercorn cream sauce tends to defeat the purpose <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"></STRONG>

    I like to marinade it in lemon juice, pepper and a little garlic- then bake or grill it

    suprisingly its not bad marinaded in italian dressing either

    If you grill chicken its good to add to salads- the only thing that can make a salad taste good, i might add! <IMG SRC="frown.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

    if you can find ground chicken there's a lot of things you can do with that. I make meatballs with it (breadcrumbs, garlic, onions, parsley, other stuff i can't think of right now.)

    Yeah, by itself it isn't really interesting. You just have to find something to flavor it with like a marinade and it gets much better.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Another thing I forgot to add (remebered it while answering another thread) is:

    Although as they say, Fat burns in a CHO flame. So if you don't eat any carbs your body is unable to effectivly metabolise the fat stored in your body. Therefore eating some carbohydrates is essential.
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