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March 3, 2013 11:50 AM
You -can- lose weight and eat junk if you eat at a deficit. This works for -some- people. I did slimfast which is junk and lost weight, but I was eating 1200 calories and felt awful from eating crap. So it is possible. I now eat 1600ish but healthier food and exercise and I feel a lot better abeit don't lose weight as quickly, but on slimfast I was skinny fat because at 1200 calories I did not have the energy to exercise.
  3622766
March 3, 2013 11:50 AM
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There is weightloss and there is fit and healthy. You can eat 'junk' food and lose weight. But you can't follow that path if your goal is to get fit and improve your health. Your journey is yours...decide what your goals are and go for it.


Exactly, I want to be fit and healthy!


Then focus on your nutrient intake and exercise.
  6438378
March 3, 2013 11:52 AM
A few years back, to prove to my sister and others it could be done, I went 2 months eating nothing but desserts and stayed within my daily calories, lost 2lbs and didn't gain anything. I wouldn't encourage someone to do that for their diet, but it can be done, heh.
A normal day was something like, 2 swiss cake roll packs 550 calories, 2 packages of smores pop tarts 400 calories, 1 cup of ice cream (vanilla) 300 calories, piece of carrot cake 400 calories. I also worked out 45mins- 1 hour a day still 5 days a week during that time. I was sick of sweets after that little adventure though, I hardly ever eat anything real sweet that isn't very low carb these days.
Edited by The1iceQueen On March 3, 2013 11:54 AM
March 3, 2013 11:53 AM
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I'm not willing to cut out anything that I won't cut out for the rest of my life. It's not sustainable. I eat my fair share of fruit & veg and other healthy foods, but I eat junk too.


^^This
i agree I still eat chocolate chips chicken kebabs etc just not every day and I stay within my calories, if I didn't I to would eat the fridge and cupboards :) it's all about moderation :) and I have also lost 23 pound in 8 weeks :)
Edited by Jennystimetolose On March 3, 2013 11:54 AM
March 3, 2013 11:55 AM
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There is weightloss and there is fit and healthy. You can eat 'junk' food and lose weight. But you can't follow that path if your goal is to get fit and improve your health. Your journey is yours...decide what your goals are and go for it.


Oh really? I think if you looked you find quite a few of us that fit every definition of healthy and still eat what many of the "clean" eating types would call junk food.
healthy is not a subjective term and is not measured solely by weight.
There are many that will disagree but that's so they can justify it and keep doing it. But hey that's your choice
If the 'food' was made in a laboratory does anyone really believe it can be Improving your overall health??


Your body doesn't care where that gram of protein or that gram of fat came from.
you keep telling yourself that...maybe one day you'll believe it
March 3, 2013 11:56 AM
I'm of the opinion that as far as WEIGHTLOSS is concerned, a calorie is pretty much a calorie but in order to get the best nutrition with a limited caloric budget, you can't waste calories on junk. For me personally, there's absolutely NO WAY I could get by on so few calories (800 calories per day on a supervised VLCD) if I was eating any junk, or even eating calorie dense healthy foods like sweetpotatoes, nuts or legumes. I make every calorie count for MAXIMUM nutrition and you'd better believe I get over 80 grams of protein a day PLUS lots of micronutrients from vegetables... and if I got all my calories from cheetos, I'm sure my weight loss would be the same but my body would be STARVING for nutrients!
  7119301
March 3, 2013 11:57 AM
Here, here's what Taco Bell and Subway and McDonald's and Lean Cuisine and Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sandwiches do to your body:

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During that time, total cholesterol went from 240 to 204; HDL went from 40 to 59, and triglycerides from 92 to 72. My blood pressure was borderline high then, and now it's normally around 115/65.

So if all that sounds terrible to you, then by all means deny yourself foods you like because someone on the internet said they were "unhealthy."
  6438378
March 3, 2013 11:59 AM
smh...some people will never get it. I accept that....moving on
Edited by DaBigChief On March 3, 2013 11:59 AM
March 3, 2013 11:59 AM
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Here, here's what Taco Bell and Subway and McDonald's and Lean Cuisine and Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sandwiches do to your body:

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During that time, total cholesterol went from 240 to 204; HDL went from 40 to 59, and triglycerides from 92 to 72. My blood pressure was borderline high then, and now it's normally around 115/65.

So if all that sounds terrible to you, then by all means deny yourself foods you like because someone on the internet said they were "unhealthy."
helloooooo
March 3, 2013 12:00 PM
I am there with you. Gonna start tomorrow, fresh fruit, fresh food and if I have a treat, that's cos I have been the gym and done exercise for an hour!

Spent the whole day just tidying my whole house and feel rubbish cos have eaten rubbish in the day but just had a healthy fresh food thrown together spaghetti bolognese (made the sauce myself as jar sauces have hidden sugars).

I have to lose something like 70 lbs (you can tell I am from the UK doing it in stones and pounds lol).

Add me as a friend. I got a lovely recipe for home made chicken kiev if you want it.

In fact, I shall post it anyway so you can try it :)
March 3, 2013 12:00 PM
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There is weightloss and there is fit and healthy. You can eat 'junk' food and lose weight. But you can't follow that path if your goal is to get fit and improve your health. Your journey is yours...decide what your goals are and go for it.


Oh really? I think if you looked you find quite a few of us that fit every definition of healthy and still eat what many of the "clean" eating types would call junk food.
healthy is not a subjective term and is not measured solely by weight.
There are many that will disagree but that's so they can justify it and keep doing it. But hey that's your choice
If the 'food' was made in a laboratory does anyone really believe it can be Improving your overall health??


You're quite correct that it's not subjective. I'm curious what you would call junk. PIzza? Ice cream? Hamburgers? Bacon? I eat all of those and am very healthy by any objective measure.
March 3, 2013 12:00 PM
Calories in, calories out. Cutting out the foods you love make it very unsustainable for a lot of people.
March 3, 2013 12:00 PM
It's totally possible to eat NOTHING but junk and still lose weight, as long as there is a calorie deficit.
However it's not healthy. You'd be missing lots of nutrients and you'd probably be hungry a lot because those 'junk'foods are mostly empty calories.

But it's possible :)
  24219318
March 3, 2013 12:01 PM
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Here, here's what Taco Bell and Subway and McDonald's and Lean Cuisine and Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sandwiches do to your body:

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During that time, total cholesterol went from 240 to 204; HDL went from 40 to 59, and triglycerides from 92 to 72. My blood pressure was borderline high then, and now it's normally around 115/65.

So if all that sounds terrible to you, then by all means deny yourself foods you like because someone on the internet said they were "unhealthy."


=D....
March 3, 2013 12:01 PM
For me it's about getting as much food for your cals ....... being 'full' or at least satisfied after a meal.
To do this it does tend to be more healthy kinds of foods that provide the best bang for your buck (as far as quelling your hunger)
If I eat 1200 cals of chocolate/sweets (sugar), or 1200 cals of meat/eggs (protein), my weightloss will probably be pretty much the same but I'll be a hell of a lot fuller if I eat the protein - the chocolate would be gone in a single sitting and I'd be starving for the rest of the day smile
Likewise I could eat a Double Whopper with Cheese, thoroughly enjoy it, but blitz my daily cals in one meal and have to fast until tomorrow.
I'd rather choose better 'value' foods and eat them throughout the day so I don't feel hungry &/or guilty.
  13980436
March 3, 2013 12:02 PM
Well I aint eatin that diet, I like my pants too much.

You can eat "good" food in excess
You can eat "Bad" food in moderation.
At the end of the day it's about energy balance.
March 3, 2013 12:02 PM
i eat what i like. there is no such thing as "healthy" or "unhealthy" foods. there is only such thing as too much or too little.

"If It Fits Your Macros" and you want to eat it, you can eat it.

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/833026-important-posts-to-read

this is a much more satisfying and sustainable way to live the rest of your life. you should be able to enjoy your food. there's no reason you have to be miserable on carrots and celery every day for the rest of your life.

chocolate covered cheesecake squares.
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Edited by WinnerVictorious On March 3, 2013 12:03 PM
March 3, 2013 12:03 PM
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I'm not willing to cut out anything that I won't cut out for the rest of my life. It's not sustainable. I eat my fair share of fruit & veg and other healthy foods, but I eat junk too.


^^This


Yep. It's a lifestyle change for me, not a diet. My biggest rule for myself is that I want to lose weight eating the same foods I plan to maintain on. I strive for healthy choices the majority of the time but if I want wine, pizza, ice cream, etc. I make it fit and no guilt about it.
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March 3, 2013 12:03 PM
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I see SO many people on here who have their diaries open and eat more than half of their calories from what's considered "junk" food. What's the deal with this?! I realize I'm the one with 150 pounds left to lose, but wouldn't these people be losing more if they would eat fruits and vegetables at every meal? I'm striving for 75% fresh food. Is that maybe unrealistic? And there are people losing .5 pounds per week but eating candy, chips, etc. Would it not make a difference if they'd eat real food instead? Maybe I'm just confused!


I could eat a whole lot healthier, but i have a very bad relationship with food, so the fact that I can still eat what i want, just smaller portions, means that I am more likely to lose weight and not give up.... as time goes on, i am planning to start introducing more healthy food into my plans, but 50 days in, and i have lost 16.5lb which is more than I have ever lost before, and despite a very bad day yesterday, I am doing great.

Id rather lose 1lb a week eating the food i want so i dont feel like i am missing out on anything, than to lose 2lb a week eating healthy food and struggling with cravings etc.

You have to do what is right for you I guess.
  33642279
March 3, 2013 12:03 PM
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smh...some people will never get it. I accept that....moving on


laugh laugh laugh
March 3, 2013 12:04 PM
Reading this thread makes me wish MFP had a 'like' button!
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March 3, 2013 12:04 PM
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They might use IIFIYM


I had to google blushing

IIFYM = If It Fits Your Macros
March 3, 2013 12:07 PM
I eat a lot of junk. I try not to. I have some will power issues. But I DO track alllll of the junk because I want to see it. I force myself to be accountable for what I eat, good and bad. And so when I had a bad week, and gain, I can look back and see exactly WHY.

I have 75lbs to lose but I am not in a hurry because I want this to be the last time I lose weight. Each time I lose weight quickly, I always gain it back. SO, this is just a new way of life for me. It may take me 2-3 years to lose it, and that is ok. Baby steps for me.

As for whether you can lose weight and eat junk. I am sure you can. But for how long? I don't know.
  37895266
March 3, 2013 12:07 PM
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I want to be healthy once I lose the weight. Can I accomplish that by eating fast food as long as I stay under my calories?


Everyone is different and different foods will effect their body in their own unique way. As long as you are getting all your nutrients, that's fine... but if you just ate your 1800 calorie goal in potato chips alone, you aren't going to be as healthy as you could be. Every once in a while, having a day full of fast food isn't anything to worry about.
March 3, 2013 12:07 PM
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I see SO many people on here who have their diaries open and eat more than half of their calories from what's considered "junk" food. What's the deal with this?! I realize I'm the one with 150 pounds left to lose, but wouldn't these people be losing more if they would eat fruits and vegetables at every meal? I'm striving for 75% fresh food. Is that maybe unrealistic? And there are people losing .5 pounds per week but eating candy, chips, etc. Would it not make a difference if they'd eat real food instead? Maybe I'm just confused!


I could eat a whole lot healthier, but i have a very bad relationship with food, so the fact that I can still eat what i want, just smaller portions, means that I am more likely to lose weight and not give up.... as time goes on, i am planning to start introducing more healthy food into my plans, but 50 days in, and i have lost 16.5lb which is more than I have ever lost before, and despite a very bad day yesterday, I am doing great.

Id rather lose 1lb a week eating the food i want so i dont feel like i am missing out on anything, than to lose 2lb a week eating healthy food and struggling with cravings etc.

You have to do what is right for you I guess.
i agree :)

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