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    hello everyone, i'm trying to find a diet so I don't get overweight. If your not very active should I be on a low carb diet with high protien or what? If this is the case what types of food should I focus on eating, i've found tuna being very lean but what else should I eat so I don't gain any weight? Thanks.
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    I've found that a low calorie/low fat diet works best for me. Usually granola for breakfast, fruit for lunch, and for dinner a nice spring mix salad with sunflower seeds and grilled chicken (fat free dressing and no croutons). Other nights I'll have a nice mahi mahi fillet sauteed in a touch of olive oil, or some sushi.

    Of course I make allowances for the occasional splurges, like pizza and beer (Yankees/RedSox games)and summer bbq's, etc.

    MZ

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      #3
      www.caloriecontrol.org has a page where you can put in your weight, age, height and activity level (low or sedentary in your case)and it will provide you with your recommended calories per day. Look for the Weight Maintenace Calculator. Then put in what you'd like to weigh (whether you do or not now) and it will provide you with the calories allowed per day. There are also some very helpful clues on that site and some calory calculators. I'm AB, but very small and use it to stay that way.
      BeeBee

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        #4
        once you're at your target weight there's several things to keep in mind:
        1. cooking methods-no frying, breading, heavy saucing, cheezing
        2. minimize/eliminate refined white sugars/flours
        3. eliminate empty calories, like soda
        4. eat moderate amts of complex carbs, whole grains, steel cut oats
        5. eat protein sources with minimal/moderate fat amounts
        6. eat plenty of vegetables and fruits
        7. if you want a sweet treat, eat it along with a meal
        8. get fat/protein in every meal to keep you from snacking before next meal
        9. dilute fruit juices with extra water
        10. eat slower, chew thoroughly and don't gorge like an animal

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          #5
          Thanks for the responces, I eat little poritions throughout the day because my stomach gets so bloated if I eat 3 regular sized meals a day but by the end of the night my stomach still is bloated and I eat around 1500 calories a day. I stay away from white breads instead I eat rice cakes, fruit and tuna with some cottage cheese. I don't have very much fat on my stomach but its really big, do any other quads have this problem? I'm a c7 but i've seen c6's not have a really bloated gut so i'm confused on why mine is so big if i'm cutting calories. The only time my gut wasn't bloated is when all I ate would be a health bar in the morning and then just eat a sandwitch a day. Do you think its just all the food in my intestines and stomach?
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            #6
            It may not be the amount of food, but the type of foods. Some people (SCI or not) have problems with some grains and fruits. Rice cakes may not be the best, you might experiment with whole grain breads, instead. (this is gross, but there's a guy on a local radio station who can fart for 10 uninterupted minutes if he eats Rice Krispies....). Take it one item at a time, so you'll know what helped. For instance if stopping the rice cakes doesn't help, then put them back in and try dropping the apples (or whatever). Stay away from anything carbonated (soda, beer) and don't drink thru a straw, if you're able not to. Watch juices, too. Really high in calories and can make you full without really eating anything.
            Also be sure you're doing your range of motion regularly to help your body move.
            BeeBee

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              #7
              what difference does drinking through a straw make?

              BTW that calorie count thing gave me two completely different answers depending on whether my height was in ft & in or cms. It only says to do weight in Kg for metric doesn't say what it should be for other but when I did it with lbs it said I had to put a weight in.. (i had).. so still no idea!
              Last edited by Katilea; 10 May 2011, 8:58 AM.

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                #8
                after no appatite for years, im suddenly hungry all the time, so am facing the same sort of situation.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Katilea View Post
                  what difference does drinking through a straw make?

                  BTW that calorie count thing gave me two completely different answers depending on whether my height was in ft & in or cms. It only says to do weight in Kg for metric doesn't say what it should be for other but when I did it with lbs it said I had to put a weight in.. (i had).. so still no idea!
                  Drinking through a straw adds a lot of unnecessary air into your GI tract. This adds to gas output for colostomates as well.

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                    #10
                    Whatever I want in reasonable quantities as long as I keep to a good exercise regimen.
                    I eat a big breakfast - potatoes, eggs, sausage. No lunch, usually a small dinner.
                    Coasting along at 175lbs just like pre-SCI.
                    Weren't you powering down protien & stuff trying to gain weight not so long ago?
                    How is the exercise going?
                    Steve Garro. www.coconinocycles.blogspot.com

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                      #11
                      I ate a tuna sub
                      Or canned tuna

                      For a whole year.

                      I lost 70 pounds

                      From 210
                      To 140pounds now


                      Lol, I had moved out on my own and it was all I knew how to make

                      I still have quad belly and some bosoms.. Grrr

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by mr_coffee View Post
                        hello everyone, i'm trying to find a diet so I don't get overweight. If your not very active should I be on a low carb diet with high protien or what? If this is the case what types of food should I focus on eating, i've found tuna being very lean but what else should I eat so I don't gain any weight? Thanks.
                        I've been using this diet for the last two and half months. Now I can see over my belly and spot my toes when lying on my back!

                        Yesterday I went back to a more balanced diet daily, but with greatly reduced calories. Pretty much what MZack described.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Katilea View Post
                          what difference does drinking through a straw make?

                          BTW that calorie count thing gave me two completely different answers depending on whether my height was in ft & in or cms. It only says to do weight in Kg for metric doesn't say what it should be for other but when I did it with lbs it said I had to put a weight in.. (i had).. so still no idea!
                          Agreed, drinking through a straw? That’s ridiculous, no offense to the person that posted that garbage. Those calorie counters online are junk.

                          If you want to maintain or lose weight, it's very simple. Calories in, calories out. That's all you have to know.

                          I'm extremely active (handcycle 100+ miles a week in the summer) so that helps me, but the calories in calories out system still works. Write down everything that you eat. Google how many calories a typical food has in it and write it down. If you eat 3 eggs, write it down and how many calories are in each, same thing with every type of measurable food. Depending on your weight and your activity level, you'll need a certain amount of calories daily simply to keep your heart beating, and not want to eat your own arm. You need a calorie deficit of 500 calories a day for 7 days to lose 1 pound. Yes 3500 calories = 1 pound. If you can ball park how many calories you've taken in each day, while monitoring your weight, you'll start to see results.

                          Weigh yourself at the same time everyday or every other day. Your true weight typically comes first thing in the morning after you go #1 and #2.

                          One of the best high fiber super low calorie foods you can eat is plain oatmeal. 1 serving = 150 calories.

                          Thanks.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Patton57 View Post
                            Drinking through a straw adds a lot of unnecessary air into your GI tract. This adds to gas output for colostomates as well.
                            Since when does extra "air" in your body make you weigh more or less? Isn't that what this thread is about? He asked how to maintain or lose weight and proper diet. So you belch and flachulate a little more from drinking through a straw, what of it? Unless he's had a colostomy, drinking through a straw if he so desires, doesn't matter.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Megatron View Post
                              Since when does extra "air" in your body make you weigh more or less?
                              I don't believe I made that claim.

                              Originally posted by Megatron View Post
                              Isn't that what this thread is about?
                              In my opinion this thread has one major theme and a few minor themes as many threads do. One of those minor themes is the appearance of the undesirable quad belly. Excess air in the GI tract generated by drinking through a straw certainly won't reduce the size of the quad belly.

                              If I irritated you by addressing a minor theme or distracting from the main theme then skip over my response.

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