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Is it possible to eat healthy or is that just an urban legend?

Arkitech

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I'm still working on cleaning up my diet and exercising more but it's so friggin hard. Why is healthy eating so boring? Also what's the formula for figuring out how many calories a person needs per day?
 

GasX

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A grilled steak with some corn on the cob and a salad is very healthy. And a glass of red wine with it is good for you too.
 

junkerman123

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there is a lot of great healthy food, people just don't realize it because a lot of health food is crap. eating healthy but tasty requires more work than eating unhealthy, because most of the unhealthy crap you eat (burgers, fries, potato chips) is just fried and salted into oblivion. after you get rid of the crap, you actually have to develop flavors.

chicken breasts and lean meat are both healthy and can be delicious. fish is also very healthy. replace cooking oil with olive oil. stop drinking soda, replace it with water or low-sugar juices.

a grilled chicken salad can be either crappy or incredibly tasty. it's all about how you prepare it.
 

Baked

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Doesn't really matter what your diet is. It's all about heredity and race. If you got bad genes and are a certain race, you'll get terminal disease, period.
 
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It is not a myth. You have to know what to eat and how to eat it. also, eat things in moderation and ONLY if you are hungry.

A secret i learned is if you feel hungry, drink some water first. A lot of times we get thrist and hunger confused.

ALso, i think a problem a lot of folks face is that they do not like the taste of a variety of foods that are considered healthy or good for you.
 

DougK62

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Healthy food does not taste bad - it's just that you're used to eating crap. Food that is bad for you has to taste good or there is no sense in eating it. Try using a little self restraint...


 

TallBill

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Just cutting coke out of my diet would make me much healthier. Of course, that aint happening.
 

mundane

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This is probably grossly inaccurate, but I thought the _rough_ estimate for caloric intake, ignoring many important factors, was weight (lbs) * 10.
 

Dunbar

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It's defintely possible, but very difficult to do long term IME.

I think where people go wrong is trying to go from eating crap to eating super healthy all of a sudden. The best approach is to make slow, gradual changes to your diet over time.
 

iwantanewcomputer

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repostx11tybillion i think you can figure out what's healthy and not. Use your imagination to come up with something healthy or put up with it
 

shortylickens

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There is plenty of healthy food, but as was stated before, "health" food is gross.
The problem here is so many folks dont know whats healthy they feel like they have to spend loads of money on crappy "health" food when they really just want to eat healthy.

A bowl of fruit is probably better than what most folks do on a regular basis. If you dont like the taste of that then I cant do anything for you.
 

djheater

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Originally posted by: Baked
Doesn't really matter what your diet is. It's all about heredity and race. If you got bad genes and are a certain race, you'll get terminal disease, period.
What a bizarre position to take. Good luck with that.
 

radioouman

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Eating healthy is definitely possible.

The problem is when you develop a appetite for the really bad stuff. Craving a Wendys triple cheeseburger is not going to help you eat healthy.

One of the most important parts is to eat regular meals with a total caloric intake around 2000-2500 in a day. And when you get hungry for a snack, make sure that you have healthy foods around instead of eating chips.

I am a sucker for eating crackers, chips or even leftovers (like pizza) in the evenings. But I have found that eating an orange or a peach will kill that craving and it is much healthier (and I sleep better)!

 

Fritzo

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Evolution has tuned our bodies to desire high calorie and fatty foods because food isn't supposed to be as abundant as it is. Since food used to be scarce, tasting something sweet or fatty triggered a pleasure response, so we would seek these items out. These foods are able to sustain us longer, therefore they are highly desireable.

Unfortunately in today's world, sweet and fatty foods are in abundance, and we don't have to run 5 miles to track down prey or gather plants. All of these "premium" foods that we're programmed to seek out are overkill for our environment, and we're all turning into big tubs of goo.

 

sourceninja

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I eat 6 meals a day. I keep them very small, and allow myself junk food 2 days a week (usually icecream on saturdays after MMA training). I found that by increasing the frequency of what I eat, and decreasing the volume of what I eat, I am losing a lot of body fat. Of course you have to exercise or nothing will help.
 

Whisper

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Once you get used to it, it's actually fairly easy (and appetizing). I've been doing it for the greater part of five years now, so it's definitely possible.
 

Fritzo

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Originally posted by: sourceninja
I eat 6 meals a day. I keep them very small, and allow myself junk food 2 days a week (usually icecream on saturdays after MMA training). I found that by increasing the frequency of what I eat, and decreasing the volume of what I eat, I am losing a lot of body fat. Of course you have to exercise or nothing will help.
This actually works, because our digestive system is only geared to handle 6-8oz of food at a time. Snacking all day instead of 2-3 huge meals is a great diet plan.
 

jagec

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Originally posted by: Arkitech
I'm still working on cleaning up my diet and exercising more but it's so friggin hard. Why is healthy eating so boring? Also what's the formula for figuring out how many calories a person needs per day?
What kind of "healthy" food are you looking at, exactly? Prepackaged crap? OK, I'll admit it; it's impossible to eat healthy if your "kitchen" is simply the microwave down the hall. If you cook for yourself, on the other hand...
 

KB

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Its all in the preparation. With the right spices and marinades even tofu, green beans and mushrooms can be tasty. I recommend the Lipton Honey Dijon, Lime CHipotle, and Honey teriyoki marinades.
 

SWScorch

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Eating halthy does not necessarily mean eating only tofu and spinach. Provided you stay away from fast food and stuff really high in fat and cholesterol, you can eat quite hea;thy while still eating "normal" foods. A typical day for me includes a bowl of cereal for breakfast, two turkey sandwiches and some chips for lunch, another sandwich for second lunch, chicken and rice or pasta or some sort of mexican for dinner, and maybe a hot pocket or something like that as a snack later on. I still eat donuts and burgers and pizza and stuff like that fairly often but the majority of my diet is pretty healthy.
 

sourceninja

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I eat fruit for breakfast, vegtibles like carrots mid morning, lunch (usually a sandwich with light mayo or mustard and lots of veggies and meat) and pizza hut on wedsdays, fruit or a veggies right when I get home, the dinner (always some form of beef with lots of steamed or grilled veggies.

Its also important to fnd and drink the right amount of water a day and cut back on soft drinks.
 

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