I'm new to the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, but I've recently taken on such an endeavor. Started P90x a few weeks ago and realize that exercising while still eating like garbage is not helpful.

What are some of your favorite or most beneficial diet plans?

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Forget diets—change your lifestyle.  Cut out all refined sugar, refined starches, white potatoes, etc.  Here’s a guy who offers a Science based approach that really works—without counting calories.

 

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/thousands-of-vegans-studied/

 

If you’re not interested in going vegan, at least listen to some of his short (3 minutes or less) nutrition videos.

Hope this helps.

Up until the 1990s Oreos contained lard—but then Nabisco changed the recipe to make them healthy.

Please tell me you didn't just suggest Oreos are healthy? 

You mean I can shove my face with Oreos guilt free and in the knowledge I'll live a long and healthy life? Sounds too good to be true... 

I'd rather stick to honey and not contribute to further bee unemployment.. 

Neither would I but then neither me nor the bee would exist. Anyway, I'm going to put it out there and suggest that Oreos cause at least as much suffering in the world as honey. 

I'm in Italy so I guess I can't have vegan Oreos... 

No-- No Oreos for you!

The most success I've had was as follows:

Cut out sugar and artificial sweeteners (except for sugar found naturally in fruits and veggies)

Focus on fruits and veggies for snacks AND meals, making meat more of a side dish and sometimes excluding it. 

Lots of fiber and whole grains.

Avoid processed food as much as possible. 

I should point out my goals are to maintain muscle but lose excess fat.  If I wanted to gain muscle i'd change my view on meat consumption. 

Serving Size, 2 weeks of stomach size adjustment, Outer Ring, filling foods and My Fitness Pal.

  1. Learn what a serving size is.  I had to get and use measuring cups.  Can you eyeball 4 oz of meat? 
  2. Shop only the outer ring of your grocery store.  
  3. Nothing that has more then 5 ingredients if you can.  No sugar replacements be it High-Fructose or synthetic.   
  4. Use My Fitness Pal app to monitor your calories and find the calorie per servicing size.  It also lets you track what the heck you are doing day to day.  It can be the nudge to not choosing crap snacks.
  5. Figure out what filling foods work for you.  Until I used My Fitness pal we did not get much traction on my wife’s weight loss.  We did not realize we where filling up on high calorie foods.  Breads, Rice, Noodles and such, even at a cup serving had to be replaced with asparagus, broccoli and cabbage.
  6. A lot of what we had to do was relook at basic foods we simply where not used to eating because we did not grow up with them.  Pan seared cabbage with garlic and carrots is a great main.    

The old thought process was what meat followed with what "side dishes".  Really it is a perspective change.  

Those changes are a life style change but worth it.

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