Re: How much of what should I be eating?
I went on a very unhealthy diet to lose about 15-20 lbs. I lost the weight in just a couple of weeks but I felt horrible. I cut back to about 900 calories per day. That's not nearly enough for a 5'7" woman. We should consume about 1500 calories per day normally but for losing weight cut back to around 1200. Eat healthy foods and watch the fat and calories in foods. Lose the weight slowly and healthy. Crash diets are just not good for you and make you feel like crap and then you get tired of feeling like that and give up. Exercise is the key. You've got to burn the calories or the weight will not come off. Besides burning calories, exercising will tone up the loose skin and you'll look good.
I have been able to maintain my weight for over 3 years now because I work out a lot with weights and I walk on the treadmill. I also eat healthy and pay attention to labels. My diet usually consists of the following:
Breakfast: Egg, grits (I'm southern), 1 piece of toast, coffee, 2% milk.
Alt breakfast: South Beach Diet bar, banana, coffee, 2% milk.
Snack: yogurt or fruit
Lunch: Turkey sandwich on 1/2 calorie bread with reduced fat mayo and mustard and lettuce, Baked Lays chips (I count out about 10 chips and stick to it), Coke (not diet, yuk) or water.
Snack: Jello or reduced fat pudding or fruit.
Dinner: I usually just eat a bowl of cereal for dinner because we don't cook a lot and we don't eat fast food a lot. But when I do cook I have grilled or baked chicken with vegs or grilled fish. Something that is not too heavy for an evening meal. You don't want to go to bed with all that food in your stomach that you can't burn off while you're asleep.
Desserts: The reduced fat ice creams and and ice cream bars are pretty good. Fruit is always a good sweet treat for me. Jello with fruit and light whipped topping is good.
When we go out I try to select something that is not too fatty or high in calories but going out is a treat so I don't worry about it too much. I'll make up for it when I work out. If I diet all the time I'll get tired of it and start eating whatever I want and gain the weight back so I don't force myself to be good all the time. And occasionally I have any dessert or a candy bar as a reward.