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Hack my wife's diet

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 01, 2012 at 2:31 PM

We've been on this bandwagon for close to a year, with intermitten periods of diligence, but it's been successful overall. Truth be told, we are damn good during the week, but the weekends can be total right offs from time to time. We've seen success, and nothwithstanding the weekend cheats, I feel like there are still some adjustments that could be made.

Exercise: two circuit training (crossfit-esque) gym trips and two spin classes per week, one of them being a longer "endurance" 60 minute class. These are legit spin sessions - former bike racers as instructors - not your average fitness instructor who decided to get on a spin bike.

Typical breakfasts are either A) smoothie with Vega vegan protein powder, half banana, frozen berries, unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a few hemp hearts B) 2 eggs with bacon and/or avocado, bit of fruit (some grapefruit, berries).

Lunch: Spinach salad, lots of mixed veg and protein - chicken, tuna, pork left overs. Sometimes just protein and veg

Dinner: Protein (steak, pork, shrimp, fish) and veg (broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, squash, etc)

Dessert: 1-2 squares dark chocolate

Snacks: During the work day, apple, maybe some berries and full fat greek yogurt.

Are the calories too high? Should carb intake be adjusted or timed differently?

Thanks in advance for your collective wisdom!!! MMS

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on October 01, 2012
at 07:10 PM

What exactly is the question here? What's your wife looking to do that isn't happening with the way she's eating & exercising now? Fat loss? Weight gain? Healing a condition? Give us something to go on. ;-)

46a24599d83e9464bc425170344ed762

on October 01, 2012
at 04:37 PM

Thanks for the comments! Given your sage recommendations, I'm a bit hard up in the snack idea department. I know that nuts can be a slippery slope and she is still not crazy about the idea of so much savoury protein. Any suggestions?

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on October 01, 2012
at 02:36 PM

What are your goals? What does this have to do with your wife?

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F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on October 01, 2012
at 03:41 PM

I'm 47 and pretty active. I have recently restarted my weight loss after about 9 months of no weight loss by cutting out the high impact stuff. Instead I do extremely low impact cycling and jogging. I keep my heart rate at 180 - age, which makes jogging quite difficult. I am seeing improvements, meaning I can actually achieve a pace that looks like jogging now and can even jog up small hills without setting off my heart rate monitor. I have lost about 3-4 pounds in a month doing 1 - 3 hours of this a day with a rest day. Not only have I lost weight, but my sense of well-being has drastically improved. I have never felt this good, and that is saying a lot because I've been doing a paleo diet for a year and I had no idea it could be even better. I'm going to resume the strength training but do it much less frequently than before, maybe 1x per week.

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on October 01, 2012
at 08:56 PM

Eliminate the vega protein powder!

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on October 01, 2012
at 03:27 PM

I would cut out the dairy, and the fruit. Try not to cheat! (If you're looking for weightless)

I have a friend who avoids all fruit simply because she is seeing better results without it! It encourages her to cheat versus just simply staying 100% strict!

46a24599d83e9464bc425170344ed762

on October 01, 2012
at 04:37 PM

Thanks for the comments! Given your sage recommendations, I'm a bit hard up in the snack idea department. I know that nuts can be a slippery slope and she is still not crazy about the idea of so much savoury protein. Any suggestions?

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on October 01, 2012
at 02:57 PM

I am assuming your wife is looking for more weight loss? The base of your diet looks good, but I would do a 30 day period with:

  • no chocolate
  • no dairy (the yogurt)
  • and no cheats on the w/e
  • also, maybe cut down on the fruit some and add in some sweet potato or winter squash (preferably after your workout)

I'm willing to bet that in that 30 day period she'll see some progress. Then from there she can add stuff back in and see how much she can do of the above while still losing weight.

In my opinion, for women especially, the whole 80/20 thing is great for maintaining weight, but doesn't work so well for losing. It sucks, but unfortunately it's a reality for a lot of females, me included.

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on October 01, 2012
at 09:32 PM

I second the reduced fruit and reduced intensity exercise ideas. She needs to get more into fat-burning mode, not carb-burning. Don't snack! (or snack less often if cutting them out totally is too hard)

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