Too much veg??

#1
Now in my quest to get fit im replacing my lunch (not dinner) with a plate of steamed veg. Its fuckin shite but gotta be done, id much rather have a subway.

Now breakfast is BranFlakes
lunch is plate of veg

dinners is either baked potatoes, a pasta dish or either chicken, lamb or steak with steamed potatoes and steamed veg.


I hate this diet but is it good to cut a bit of weight?

..and is there some sort of sauce i can have with the veg as its takes like shite?
 
#2
I am doing the same thing at the minute mate, I am putting two tablespoons of pasta sauce through the veg before heating it, that will add between approx 35 calories to the meal, I am using the co-op pasta sauces they have loads of variety and they are only a quid. You could also chuck a bit of regge regge sauce in but it has more calories. If you don't fancy the sauces a bit of onion and garlic is good.
 
#3
I typed that as i was eating it, it was unbearable. I can easily turn that veg into pasta with pesto, cuecumber & tomato in and leave the veg for the dinner time. Ill never get tied of pasta, pesto, cuecumber & tomato.

Pasta & potatoes are carbs right...they good for a diet or will it turn to fat if i dont burn it off?
 
#4
A quarter of a tin of oxtail soup takes 20 seconds to heat for instant gravy - 40kcals and coats the lot in beefiness.

You need to be careful you don't totally p*ss yourself off. I'd certainly change lunch - 4-6 slices and something "healthy" (tuna, cottage cheese, scrambled egg) isn't going to break the calorie total.
 
#5
Sure try these....

make a sauce of tinned tomato and onion with garlic and herbs and make a veggi pasta sauce - without the pasta
or - puree the veg and make soup, add black pepper for flavour
or - salad of leaves, spring onion, tomato, apple, pear, grapes, beetroot, grated carrot, celery, etc - witha dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar (1 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tbsp balsamic, 1 tsp honey, 1tsp grain mustard)
or - salad of beansprouts, spring onions, tomato, sliced cucumber, steamed courgette with a dressing of soy sauce, olive oil, fresh chilli, fresh ginger and lots of fresh coriander
or - stir fry the veg with soy sauce, ginger and garlic

all good for you, all low in calories, all will help the diet
 
#6
carlbcfc said:
I typed that as i was eating it, it was unbearable. I can easily turn that veg into pasta with pesto, cuecumber & tomato in and leave the veg for the dinner time. Ill never get tied of pasta, pesto, cuecumber & tomato.

Pasta & potatoes are carbs right...they good for a diet or will it turn to fat if i dont burn it off?
To be honest mate I have cut out the carbs, I lost a stone in a month. but have eatin veg like its going out of fashion, particularly as soup.
 

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#8
What you should do is add a stock cube, bit of pepper and salt boil till soft then use one of those hand blender things to make a soup - as lumpy or smooth as you like - add tabasco and some crusty bread (no butter) and you're done.
 
#9
carlbcfc said:
...stir fry brings me to another question.

Is stir fry chcken with baby corns, onion, mushroom..etc, from the chinese takeaway healthy?


hmm..depends on how they cook it. In theory it should be great but if they add Msg then it's not great. Really easy to make all this yourself though.


You can also use pitta bread to add a tuna/chicken salad to, or wraps.

The easiest way to cut the weight is to cut out sweets, crisps, chips, alcohol (soooo heavy in calories). If you need to snack eat carrots, apples, pears, tangerines - go easy on grapes and avoid avocado

Be careful cutying out too many carbs - you need them for energy if you are training hard
 
#11
Get yourself some Quorn (which is FINE if you add it to sauces after all the flavours are in it, honest) and make chillis, bolognese etc. and eat with baked potatoes/rice/pasta.

If you use Frylight to do your frying, it is negligible in the calories stakes (if that's the way forward you want to go)

I love carbs - ptoatoes etc. - but just don't eat them with too much protein (ok, so I'm not in training for the forces, just lost a fair bit of weight very easily recently and have some more to go) and then have a protein and veg-filled day with fewer carbs. Works a treat - and I can still have a drink/cheese/etc. in moderation.
 
#12
Another 'sauce' which is handy for making veg tasty:

Mix a dollop of Boursin Lite or other garlic/chive/peppery cheese with some low fat yoghurt or fromage frais.

Stir it through the veg when cooked, but still on a low heat. It warms the sauce through, and give the veg a zingy taste.
 
#13
I use these Noodles Bang in loads of green veg & carrots. Splash out on Pak Choi, exotic veg, fresh Ginger, etc. for a Chinese experience.

Make sure there's loads of water for stock to bulk you out.

Add sauces sparingly and Hey Ho! a nutritious meal and cheap too!
 
#14
Grownup_Rafbrat said:
Another 'sauce' which is handy for making veg tasty:

Mix a dollop of Boursin Lite or other garlic/chive/peppery cheese with some low fat yoghurt or fromage frais.

Stir it through the veg when cooked, but still on a low heat. It warms the sauce through, and give the veg a zingy taste.
With that in mind I like to steam some brocolli and cauliflower, stir though either light creme freche or plain fat free fromage frais sprinkle over a little fresh parmesan and garlic then grill it til it bubbles, yummy.
 
#15
Low carb diets don't have to taste like shit. Just make a normal meal with lean meat and the veg and sauces (avoiding creamy or sugary stuff) you like and leave the bread, potatoes and pasta out.

When you do eat carbs, eat wholemeal stuff.
 
#16
Me, I eat loads of veg and love it.
Try stir fried as mentioned.
Also I put veg in thick bottomed pan with some oil and paprika. Cook on low-medium flame, covered, until soft. You will need to stir regularly.
Add a little grated tomato and a little bit of soya milk to add creaminess (optional) - Cows milk will not help the diet.

You can mix any combination of veg you like. Stick in a little wholemeal rice or pulses if you wish.

To lose weight but still eat I used the Fit for Life system.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0553815881/?tag=armrumser-21

Mum gave me the book 21 years ago, I lost a stone in a month without trying, and eating what I wanted at weekends. Has kept me relatively trim all this time. Worked for me.
 
#17
I worked out my daily calorific needs based on my BMR and activity level. Then I started a food log online (http://www.foodfocus.co.uk) and did a 40-40-20 split between protein, carbs and good fats.

To lose weight, you just make sure you are taking in roughly 10% less calories than you need per day. To bulk, make it 10% more.

Works for me...
 
#18
The carbs issue is one that you need to work out for yourself.

Basic rules that I follow and find successful are:

Eat most of your carbs earlier in the day
Eat wholemeal carbs wherever possible
Eat carbs after exercising and it'll refuel your muscles for next time. (allows you to restrict the carbs the rest of the time but still have the energy to train hard)

There is absolutely nothing wrong with carbs at all but I think the key is having the right ones as the right times.
 
#19
Can't remember too much about it, but a study was done into the 'light' or 'diet' properties of certain foods a while back. It turned out that the 'healthy' options weren't vastly different from their full fat counterparts. Not trying to put anyone off, but make sure you read the labels before buying.
 
#20
I think the basic rule is to stay under your daily calorie intake...am i right??

I found myself today in Drayton Manor Park checking the calorie intake of a Toffee Crisp....turning into a girl i am.
 
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