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July 20, 2013 1:06 PM
Hi you guys,

My question for the day if will i be able to lose weight if i eat only cereal ( i ear cheerios with 1% milk) for dinner? Of course, I work out about 4 days a week at the gym. I am studying for a test and will be taking it in 35 days. I get off work at 5 o'clock and to study intensely, I just created a plan to study 3 hours a day after work which makes it impossible to find time to make dinner. I have tried eating only cereal last week and I seem to be okay with it. It fills me up, and I like it.

Let me know of what you think.

Thanks

p.s.: I do eat around 1200 calories everyday, and have been very active. My concern is not just any quick fixes, I am wondering whether eating cereal for dinner is bad because people say carbs in the evening is never good for someone looking to lose weight.
Edited by Superchick123 On July 20, 2013 1:19 PM
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July 20, 2013 1:09 PM
What you eat for dinner has nothing to do with how much weight you will lose. Find out how many calories you need to lose weight, and eat that number of calories, comprising it of any kind of food you like. If you're busy, cereal might be your best option. Otherwise, cook ahead and refrigerate or freeze food that you can reheat just as quickly as pouring a bowl of cereal.

If you're off work at 5pm and study for 3 hours, that's still only 8pm. Unless you go to bed at 9 or something, there's still plenty of time to either cook and eat before you study, or cook and eat afterwards. You need to make just as intense a commitment to losing weight as you have to studying.

Good luck!
  34428175
July 20, 2013 1:12 PM
This has to be a troll, but oh well.

If you eat at a deficit, you'll lose weight. If you don't you won't.
July 20, 2013 1:12 PM
*Sigh*
July 20, 2013 1:14 PM
Why is everyone looking for quick fixes just eat less move more
  27248585
July 20, 2013 1:15 PM
I think it will be quite low calorie compared to a full meal. I did a few weeks on Shreddies for lunch and it really helped kick start my weight loss. It gets pretty boring after a while though! Good luck x
  24144609
July 20, 2013 1:16 PM
Only if it's Special K.

The tv told me.
  37785016
July 20, 2013 1:17 PM
QUOTE:

*Sigh*


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July 20, 2013 1:18 PM
I do eat around 1200 calories everyday, and have been very active. My concern is not just any quick fixes, I am wondering whether eating cereal for dinner is bad because people say carbs in the evening is never good for someone looking to lose weight.
  28624720
July 20, 2013 1:23 PM
QUOTE:

I do eat around 1200 calories everyday, and have been very active. My concern is not just any quick fixes, I am wondering whether eating cereal for dinner is bad because people say carbs in the evening is never good for someone looking to lose weight.


That makes more sense.
The "carbs before bed" idea is just that...an idea. There hasn't been any solid proof that it'll affect your weight loss. If you want to be careful, just don't eat too close to bed. 6pm with a 9pm bedtime shouldn't hurt.
  37785016
July 20, 2013 1:28 PM
Cereal won't contribute to weight loss as it is a carbohydrate. you'd be better off with protein. if you're trying to lose FAT and gain or retain muscle, steer clear of cereals, special K or otherwise. Grain is not people food.
  42573002
July 20, 2013 3:13 PM
I think it is always good to have vegetables and protein at a meal. Not necessarily no carbs--I actually eat quite a few carbs. But to JUST eat cereal and milk for dinner on a regular basis just sounds terribly unbalanced. There are some people here who just focus on quantity of calories, and it is absolutely true that whatever you eat, if you only eat a certain amount of calories you can lose weight. I, however, like to focus on the quality of the calories I am taking in, so I have recently stopped meals that are just something like cereal and milk.
  12800241
July 20, 2013 3:16 PM
Calories in, calories out to lose weight......!!
July 20, 2013 3:26 PM
Yes if that bowl of cereal does not have more calories than you are allowed for the day yes, you can still lose weight, the carbs before bed thing shouldn't matter. All that will matter is if your total for the day is less calories than you need to stay at maintenance. If you find some days that you can afford more calories put some banana, nuts, honey or granola in your cereal for variety and extra cals without adding more time to getting the dinner foods in you. Good luck on your studying, I hope you pass whatever test your studies are for. I get from your post that it's "crunch time" and you've given a new meaning to the term. LOL.
July 20, 2013 3:28 PM
Sure, why not.
July 20, 2013 3:30 PM
NO.


Bacon will though
July 20, 2013 3:32 PM
Why would you want to eat something processed like that as your dinner which will more than likely give you cravings for something else later?

I would prefer to have 5-6 boiled eggs or my current fave is 100g Broccoli, Tin of tuna and 50g grated cheese and I let the hot broccoli melt the cheese with the tuna once cooked and it tastes great. My other main meal is 8oz chicken with 100g broccoli and 40g almonds which is lush. I coat the chicken in some spice powder before cooking mainly Masala powder with a bit of oil to make it stick to the chicken.

You should be looking to eat foods that will fill you up and are nice and delicious not look for some quick fix because you can't cook something quick. Btw my fave meal takes me 3 mins to make and that's just the broccoli cooking in the Microwave. The chicken I cook on a george foreman grill so it's slightly longer.
  44953976
July 20, 2013 3:33 PM
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Cereal won't contribute to weight loss as it is a carbohydrate. you'd be better off with protein. if you're trying to lose FAT and gain or retain muscle, steer clear of cereals, special K or otherwise. Grain is not people food.
July 20, 2013 3:33 PM
Of course cereal is people food. where did you get that idea?? Eat your cheerios.. if it doesn't make you gain weight, enjoy!
July 20, 2013 3:35 PM
Is this topic serious?
July 20, 2013 3:36 PM
Uh, grains are people foods. Srs, guy?

Anyway. If you want cereal, have it.
  41905005
July 20, 2013 3:37 PM
3/10. Not actually funny.
July 20, 2013 3:43 PM
QUOTE:

Hi you guys,

My question for the day if will i be able to lose weight if i eat only cereal ( i ear cheerios with 1% milk) for dinner? Of course, I work out about 4 days a week at the gym. I am studying for a test and will be taking it in 35 days. I get off work at 5 o'clock and to study intensely, I just created a plan to study 3 hours a day after work which makes it impossible to find time to make dinner. I have tried eating only cereal last week and I seem to be okay with it. It fills me up, and I like it.

Let me know of what you think.

Thanks

p.s.: I do eat around 1200 calories everyday, and have been very active. My concern is not just any quick fixes, I am wondering whether eating cereal for dinner is bad because people say carbs in the evening is never good for someone looking to lose weight.


Personally I think eating cereal for dinner every night would get a tad bit boring even though there's plenty of varieties out there. So far the only thing I've noticed that can effect my weight loss the next day is going way over in sodium.
  37232973
July 20, 2013 3:45 PM
QUOTE:

Cereal won't contribute to weight loss as it is a carbohydrate. you'd be better off with protein. if you're trying to lose FAT and gain or retain muscle, steer clear of cereals, special K or otherwise. Grain is not people food.


Broscience award nominee...
July 20, 2013 3:47 PM
Eating 1200 calories and being that active will make it hard for your body to let go of the fat. I am not saying it is not impossible I am saying it will be difficult. There are lots of topic posts by people who say they lose the weight and inches faster when they increased how much calories they eat.

Calculate your TDEE and add a deficient much easier than trying to worry about worrying about what you eat... (I am eating 250 to 400 grams of carbs a day and still losing weight. Because I am unemployed it is cheaper to get food filled with carbs where I live. I live in rural alaska and here protein sources in the stores are very expensive or not even in the stores. I miss eating more protein but can't buy it cry )

Find out more here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/forums/show/7965-in-place-of-a-road-map
it has lots of great information about figuring out your TDEE and how much you should eat

QUOTE:

This is a short form for the full document contained here:
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/974888-in-place-of-a-road-map-2k13


The Road Map is simply a tool to find Body Fat%, BMR and TDEE.
All 3 items are important to understanding fat/weight loss.

Once you know these 3 numbers, you'll be able to manipulate nutrition and training to get to your next goal.

1) Body Fat%
Knowing the ratio of body fat to lean mass is crucial in understanding body composition.
The less fat you have, the leaner you'll look.
The more lean muscle you have, the better your definition (tone) will look.
Having ideal body fat is not only healthier for the individual but it also helps you look good naked!

Athletes (6-13% for men, 16-20% for women) 
<---Ideal area for Bulking
Fitness (14-17% for men, 21-24% for women) 

Acceptable (18-25% for men, 25-31% for women) 

Obese (25%+ for men, 32%+ for women)

The shocking part about BF% is most people who PM me numbers don't know how much fat they carry.
It's the most important part of figuring out the rest of your caloric intake.

Bottom Line: Buy a tape measurer or a set of Calipers and learn how to objectively track body fat while cutting/bulking.
The ultimate goal is to lose unwanted fat and maintain or even gain beautiful lean muscle.

Useful links:
http://www.fat2fitradio.com/tools/bf/
http://www.fat2fitradio.com/tools/mbf/
http://www.fat2fitradio.com/tools/cbbf/
Do all 3 BF Calcs and use the average number.
Write it down, you'll use it later!

2) BMR/RMR
Basal Metabolic Rate or Resting Metabolic Rate.
This covers all body functions outside of activity.
If you were in a coma and you were fed enough nutrients to keep you alive, Thats BMR.
Think "Baseline Calories" if you did absolutely nothing.
Sub-sedentary.
All vital organs are covered when eating BMR.

For those who like math, you'll find several different types of calculations for BMR.
1) Harris-Benedict formula: Overestimates in obese: Avoid this setting!
MEN: BMR = 66 + [13.7 x weight (kg)] + [5 x height (cm)] - [6.76 x age (years)]
WOMEN: BMR = 655 + [9.6 x weight (kg)] + [1.8 x height (cm)] - [4.7 x age (years)]

2) Mifflin-St Jeor: Better estimate for those that are obese, but still inflated.
MEN: BMR = [9.99 x weight (kg)] + [6.25 x height (cm)] - [4.92 x age (years)] + 5
WOMEN: BMR = [9.99 x weight (kg)] + [6.25 x height (cm)] - [4.92 x age (years)] -1613)

3) Katch-McArdle: Best estimate if decent estimate of BF% is known and is especially good in leaner individuals.
BMR = 370 + (21.6 x LBM)Where LBM = [total weight (kg) x (100 - bodyfat %)]/100

If you'd like to calculate on your own, you can get calculated TDEE using this chart:
Multiply BMR x Activity factor = TDEE.
1.2 = Sedentary (Little or no exercise + desk job)
1.3-1.4 = Lightly Active (Little daily activity & light exercise 1-3 days a week)
1.5-1.6 = Moderately Active (Moderately active daily life & Moderate exercise 3-5 days a week)
1.7-1.8 = Very Active (Physically demanding lifestyle & Hard exercise or sports 6-7 days a week)
1.9-2.0 = Extremely Active (Hard daily exercise or sports and physical job)

Or use the formula that chart is based on, if you want to use number of hours of exercise per week instead of guessing which level.
For daily activity not sitting at a desk but always moving around, count the hrs as 1/8 the time (40 hr nurse on feet counts as 5 hrs)
Walking exercise counts as 1/2 time (6 hrs walking is 3 hrs).
Other exercise is straight time (3 hr Insanity is 3 hr).
(Weekly movement hrs * 0.0875) + 1.2 = Activity Factor

Realize that this isn't just about your training but your lifestyle as well.
Example: You work at a desk all day but come home and play with your children for an hour, lift weights 3x a week for an hour and jog 2mi every other day. In this example id use Moderate or possibly Active settings.

Heres a helpful link for figuring your BMR and TDEE:
http://www.fat2fitradio.com/tools/bmr/
Enter all pertinent info.
Make GOAL weight the same as CURRENT weight to get todays TDEE.

Bottom Line: Know what your base caloric needs are and stay above them if you are active.
Eating too low for extended periods of time may allow for weight loss, but you could still have high body fat.
Skinny-fat: http://foodtrainers.blogspot.com/2012/09/are-you-skinny-fat-find-out-why.html

Once you know your base "Comatose" calories you can move on to TDEE.

3) TDEE
Total Daily Energy Expenditure
This is the total amount of calories you burn in a 24hour period.
You wake up, brush your teeth, lift, run, play, work.....
You get the idea.
One thing I've noticed over the years is people underestimate activity.
They say "I'm sitting at my computer all day long so i'm sedentary!"
I'll ask "Workout routine?"
They say "Oh i run for 3 hours a day and do CrossFit all weekend long!"
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If you sit all day and barely walk and dont workout, Sedentary.
If you workout 1-2x a week, Light.
If you workout 3-5x a week, Moderate.
If you workout 5+, active/very active.

Youll find these numbers at the bottom of the BMR page in Fat 2 Fit.
You can also use other calculators around the internet.

Once you have TDEE you can decide what to set MFP calories to.
I recommend -20% for individuals who are Obese and under.
-30% for individuals who are Obese and over.

Bottom Line: Be realistic with activity. If you are a marathon runner trying to take a few pounds off, don't use sedentary settings. First start with the top number that applies to you and stick with it for several weeks. If nutrition is right and activity is right, you should maintain eating TDEE. To lose fat, subtract calories. To gain LBM, add calories. Lift weights, walk, sleep and eat right.
Use your common sense.
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