court wrote:hey weightspender - sorry I just saw your post now. I think the prob is you shouldnt really be "bulk eating" any foods. It is about balance with diet! However, if you are looking to find healthy snacks that are low calorie and I eat without limits - fresh veges non starchy. So carrots, celery, capsicum, zuccini, mushrooms etc. I have them with salsa. However, ideally you should be eatinga variety of foods across all food groups
Ditto that. Pretty much every food (that I can think of) has calories of some form - our bodies are very good at finding energy in anything we put in our mouths. Lettuce would probably be the lowest I guess... high water density... I think what you're talking about is trying to find a staple food (like in western culture it tends to be bread or potatoes, asian cultures tends to be rice) on which meals are based. Basically staple foods tend to be starchy carbs - which is why they're a problem, simple, starchy carbs (particuarly highly processed ones) get converted to fat very easily via your insulin collecting it all up as excess blood sugar (also why they tend to contribute to diabetes). BUT bear in mind that it's not the only factor - Asian cultures have been eating rice for centuries and tended towards lower rates of obesity which are only recently creeping up.
Rice CAN be ok (in moderation as per everything). Basmati rice in particular is a moderate GI grain so it's better than the others. Basically starchy carbs should be the smallest proportion on your plate. Aim for cereals/grains that are as wholemeal or wholegrain as possible (think as least processed as possible). The less processed, generally the lower GI and the more fibre which fills you up so you don't eat as much. Vegies are great to fill out your meal because even though they do still have calories, they're also very densely packed with fibre and "viterals and minimums" as hubby says and they tend towards the lower end of the GI scale (and therefore don't have the blood sugar spike that sends your insulin off to store it all). There are some exceptions (eg potato, corn, carrots tend to be slightly higher GI)
35kg lost. (November 2005 - October 2006)
15kg gained again (as at October 2010).
Back to the drawing board - Let's do this thing!
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