Saturday, November 25, 1995

What is a good diet to go on without starving yourself?

My boyfriend is trying to lose some weight (keep in mind he is not fat). Yet, he just wants to be more fit and not eat so much junk fOod as he does now. What are some good diets or dieting tips that you can suggest!?

Thank You

Answer on What is a good diet to go on without starving yourself?

Tell your boyfriend not to have a “diet” diet, where you’re told what to eat, just eat healthy, have a simple healthy diet, so you can satisfy your cravings and you can answer your body’s need for some missing nutrients. Like if I’m building muscle mass, I’ll get huge cravings for eggs, nuts or a good juicy filet mignon (need for proteins) otherwise, I would only eat eggs or meat like once a week.

Eating healthy is about avoiding the unhealthy food as much as possible. Once you stay away from fast food (any restaurant food, really), packaged and boxed food (except for bread, pasta and rice, if you don’t make your own bread/pasta), canned food, prepared and processed food, then you’re left with the fruits/veggies, whole wheat food (the brown kind of bread, pasta), brown rice, lean meat and the good kind of oil (olive, avocado, nuts, fish). You can have any of the bad stuff occasionally so they don’t become forbidden obsessions. Have some French fries, or one slice of pizza (with your favorite veggies) or a cookie, once in a while. Just don’t do it every day and watch for portion sizes.
Also the cooking method can double the calorie content of a meal, so learn about healthy cooking without having to add extra fats, like using a steamer (using water), a rotisserie (using heat and herbs), a slow cooker (using homemade broth and herbs), a pressure cooker, a grill…

Once you cook your own meals, you can control the calorie content because your control the cooking method and all the ingredients. A lot of people are overweight because they keep eating food that they did not cook.


Above all, your boyfriend should eat enough to cover his BMR and exercise to be fit.

Men’s Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR):
66 + (6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches) - minus (6.8 x age in years)

(for info) Women’s Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR):
655 + (4.35 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) - minus (4.7 x age in years)