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    Adapt however you please, but the mushrooms have protein as well. I did it because they were lurking in my fridge, close to being chucked out. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Adapt however you please, but the mushrooms have protein as well. I did it because they were lurking in my fridge, close to being chucked out. Lol
    Mushrooms only contain around 3% protein which is not much... I would add another protein source to make this a balanced meal.

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    depends on the mushroom but yes I agree, add lentils or pulses

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    DrCheese: if you are looking to maintain your current weight then cutting out snacks and reducing your carbs intake (NOT giving them up) as well as doing a bit of exercise should do it. Well done! I wish mrwITch, who has a similar amount to lose, would do the same!
    nephilim: as a vegetarian I would definitely add more protein to your lovely soup - maybe a small handful of grated low fat veggy cheese or a bit of quorn

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    BMI is down from 40.58 to 40.33. Been a while since i was under 40 on BMI and I am so close!! I know many of you have said not to go by BMI, but it is one way of encouraging me. The Wii says I have 3 months to reach my target of another 13lbs of weight loss.

    I am 297lbs (bang on) but my weight has fluctuated a bit, so whilst I officially lost 1 stone the other day, this is the first time I recorded it on here.

    Need to step up my exercise a bit, as I haven't had time / energy.

    But nearly at the 21st mark...3 more lbs and thats where I am going to be!

    I am doing this in small steps, looking at different measurements for my target.

    BMI Target is at 40 and under
    Weight Target is 21st and under
    Waist Target is 46inches and under

    Stepping stones, which I will adjust as I am going

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    Well done neph - I think BMI is a reasonably good indicator in your case - it is only a problem at lower levels for people who are heavily muscled and come out as obese.
    Keep it up!!

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    DrCheese: if you are looking to maintain your current weight then cutting out snacks and reducing your carbs intake (NOT giving them up) as well as doing a bit of exercise should do it. Well done! I wish mrwITch, who has a similar amount to lose, would do the same!
    hehe

    I don't think it helped that I used to skip breakfast. The thought of it made me ill. When I did start eating breakfast I would eat 2 or 3 crumpets which is probably a bit overkill to have every single day.

    My diet is now just..
    Breakfast: Bowl of decent cereal, none of this "honey nut" or sugary stuff :P Don't go overboard on the portions as that would defeat the point.
    Lunch: Soup. I buy a ton of it at weekends to last the week. I should start making my own but I'm a terrible chef :P
    Dinner: Whatever. Tho I avoid unhealthy takeaways like the plague now. If the others in the house want a takeaway I have a few ready to go healthy meals in the freezer. Add some extra vegetables to them and volia. I used to love adding bread to everything as well, i.e mashed potato + Bread = yum! Useless calories that just aren't needed.

    Snacking I keep a bag of apples and oranges around. Fruit usually forefills any sugar cravings.

    Drink wise I cut sugar out of my tea/coffee months ago as I realised that drinking 5/6 hot drinks a day with two sugars is a ton of it. Big 2ltr bottles of fat soda is a no no as it's empty calories and choca full of sugar. As for my drinking sessions at the weekends I do still allow myself those as it's no good being thin if my social life suffered. Tho I do sometimes stop drinking beer and move over to diet coke/whiskey mixes. I get a lot of abuse for it tho :P

    I'm never really "starving" on this, I do still eat enough to make me full and it's not the end of the world if I deviate from it now and then. I eat out with friends at the weekends and allow myself to eat whatever. If you don't allow yourself cheat meals from time to time you'll go insane!

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    Breakfast for me is 2 slices of fleishwurst (available from tesco, 2 full sausages for 1.50), and a slice of cheese
    Lunch - Vegetable stir fry with meat of choice / vegetable stew with meat of choice
    Dinner - Meat and Salad or same as lunch as I can make enough to last for dinner as well
    Snacks - Apple between Breakfast and Lunch, Pear between Lunch and Dinner

    Drinks - Water, Milk or Cranberry Juice

    Do not eat beyond 8:30pm (slowly working my way down to 7pm) or before 7am.

    I am not starving on this diet, I am enjoying it. I indulge once a week and this week was 1/4 of a fruit and nut bar (and I am still losing weight as I am not making my diet super strict)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrCheese View Post
    hehe

    I don't think it helped that I used to skip breakfast. The thought of it made me ill. When I did start eating breakfast I would eat 2 or 3 crumpets which is probably a bit overkill to have every single day.

    My diet is now just..
    Breakfast: Bowl of decent cereal, none of this "honey nut" or sugary stuff :P Don't go overboard on the portions as that would defeat the point.
    Lunch: Soup. I buy a ton of it at weekends to last the week. I should start making my own but I'm a terrible chef :P
    Dinner: Whatever. Tho I avoid unhealthy takeaways like the plague now. If the others in the house want a takeaway I have a few ready to go healthy meals in the freezer. Add some extra vegetables to them and volia. I used to love adding bread to everything as well, i.e mashed potato + Bread = yum! Useless calories that just aren't needed.

    Snacking I keep a bag of apples and oranges around. Fruit usually forefills any sugar cravings.

    Drink wise I cut sugar out of my tea/coffee months ago as I realised that drinking 5/6 hot drinks a day with two sugars is a ton of it. Big 2ltr bottles of fat soda is a no no as it's empty calories and choca full of sugar. As for my drinking sessions at the weekends I do still allow myself those as it's no good being thin if my social life suffered. Tho I do sometimes stop drinking beer and move over to diet coke/whiskey mixes. I get a lot of abuse for it tho :P

    I'm never really "starving" on this, I do still eat enough to make me full and it's not the end of the world if I deviate from it now and then. I eat out with friends at the weekends and allow myself to eat whatever. If you don't allow yourself cheat meals from time to time you'll go insane!
    Sounds absolutely ideal - it isnt a diet, its a way of life!

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    If you want a good and healthy alternative to a fatty curry

    Buy a butternut squash. Peel and Dice it. Boil it (and keep the water), blend up (using the water to loosen the mixture). Put back in the pan, add curry powder, chilli powder, chilli pepper, coriander to taste. Add meat (or veg if a vegetarian) of choice. Absolutely lovely!

    *edit*

    Also works well with carrots and parsnips as the base, as well as pumpkin, and other sorts of squashes.
    Last edited by nephilim; 12th September 2011 at 11:17 AM.

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    My new enemy is the Ikea choccys in an orange bag, keep munchin them! Ate almost half a bag last night :P

    My BMI is now down to 28.7 and im nly 26lbs away from BMI's "healthy" range rather then my original 80lbs away and BMI of 37 in January
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    After a weekend away in London seeing a show and catching up with family (some over from Oz and some before a posting to Germany) we decided to just enjoy ourselves and not get too stressed. Still, we have been good for the the rest of the week so we are not to bothered about what the result will be when we weigh in tonight.

    It is interesting to see the recipes containing lots of chilli, etc. There is quite a strong feeling about thermogenic additions to soups and not all the research backs up the idea of using things which speed up your metabolism or take more energy to process / digest then they contain ... I'd be quite interested to see what others think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    It is interesting to see the recipes containing lots of chilli, etc. There is quite a strong feeling about thermogenic additions to soups and not all the research backs up the idea of using things which speed up your metabolism or take more energy to process / digest then they contain ... I'd be quite interested to see what others think.
    I've heard of the properties of Chilli, but haven't actively tried it... I think you'd have to watch that the size of your rice portion.

    We have started using 'fancy' rice, instead of white rice (we used to use basmati) as the extra fibre helps to fill you up and you can have a smaller portion. I quite like the Wild rice/Camargue Red Rice mix from Waitrose.

    I'm back on my soups for lunch again after the summer holidays. I found my energy levels plummeting after lunch and the home-made soups help to keep off the snacks!

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    When I was younger my mum was going out with a Jamaican man, everything had chilli in it and he was a rake...he hardly worked out, but he ate lots of jerk chicken/beef/lamb as well as other dishes. All containing Scotch Bonnet/Habanero peppers. My neighbour who is from Trinidad swears by adding chilli's to food to help keep the weight off.

    I add chilli to the food because I like the kick, but don't go overboard.

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    I have always loved chillis.. I work with a pacific islander who over the last few years has got me up to some pretty decent standard (eg can eat habaneros raw now).. I add chilli to everything I eat, and I cant really say it has much affect with my weight loss.. but I definately reckon it is keeping me healthy.. Havent even had a cold in the 2 years Ive started eating chilli daily.

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