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what are the best foods to eat while on 1200 calorie diet?

By May 20, 2009 - 8:37am
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Just started on maxzide, now i have to start a 1200 calorie diet, just wanted to know the best foods to eat.

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I've been consciously consuming less calories over the past 4+ months as well, and as Coach Virginia said....you will definitely feel a "withdrawal" once you begin eating less refined sugars, fats and sodium in your diet.

I have been able to eat less food (now am eating the right number of calories for my body each day; I am in no way restricting my calories!), with eating PLENTY of fresh produce and high-fiber foods. The high fiber helps keep me feeling full, and if you ever feel hungry...grab some veggies instead of high fat/sugar/salt foods.

To make it fun, I try a new fruit or vegetable a few times a month. I make it a challenge to see how many veggie servings I can eat per day (5/day is difficult!), every day. This fills you up! Breakfast, I focus on lean protein and high-fiber bread (english muffin with egg white), glass of orange juice and low-fat, plain yogurt with blueberries and honey. This keeps me satisfied until lunch, along with drinking 2-3 glasses of water.

When I get tired of drinking water throughout the day, I add a little bit of 100% juice to change the flavor.

I do allow myself some dessert during the week, but in smaller portions. Now, when I have a sweet-attack, I am much more likely to choose my dessert "wisely" and not just eat "anything", as I know that I will need to wait a few more days to have another dessert. I choose desserts that are more decadent and savory, and really enjoy it in smaller portions (compared to eating 3-4 cookies and still wanting more).

Hope some of these ideas help!

June 28, 2009 - 7:10am
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By the way,What is maxzide? And here is one solution for you, The best diet to get into in your situation is the "mediterranean diet" which has great scientific evidence to be the BEST diet for healthy living.

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June 27, 2009 - 11:02pm
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i need to diet but dont no what foods t eat help me please

June 22, 2009 - 1:36pm
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As long as you eat fresh as much as possible, and balance carbs with protein and good fats, plus drink plenty of clear fluids (especially water), you should be fine.

What are you eating now?

What is your calorie restriction meant to control - what special issues?

June 22, 2009 - 4:10pm
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Very cool, Cayla! Thank you for this.

May 25, 2009 - 6:22pm

A lot of people, not only the Americans, are unaware about the fat contents of the food they eat. Talking about diet, you might want to try sassy water. Sassy water might call to mind off tasting tap, or an incident involving a watermelon dropped from a second store balcony onto a full glass, (sorry Mom!) but it's a recipe for a drink. Combine water, slim peels of lemon and cucumber, zest of ginger (light amounts!) and leaves of mint. Leave it in the fridge overnight, and you've got a healthy alternative to soda, and a reason to reuse water bottles. This is one of the things advocated by the Flat Belly Diet, as a soda substitute. It'll keep you from giving cash advances to Pepsi if you stick to Sassy Water.

May 23, 2009 - 1:31am

Dear Charm jo: I ditto DianeP's questions. I also would like to have more background on your health status. If your are taking Maxzide, you have probably been diagnosed high blood pressure due to either obesity or another related condition. Typically this drug is prescribed as a diuretic drug used in the treatment of high blood pressure and other conditions that require the elimination of excess fluid from the body.

I am not an advocate of "pills" to treat chronic conditions as most of these are due to a life-long pattern of a toxic lifestyle which includes poor nutrition, lack of exercise and other emotional issues where the wrong foods become the center of our existence (comfort foods).

There are many great, healthy foods that can help you achieve your goal of 1,200 calories/day without making you feel "hungry"...keep in mind that if you were routinely eating more that 1,800 calories of foods containing sugars or refined flours, you will experience a "withdrawl" period. The best diet to get into in your situation is the "mediterranean diet" which has great scientific evidence to be the BEST diet for healthy living.

Here is a link to information on this diet:




There are great new products in the market today that you can select to incorporate into your diet. I recommend QUINUA, a "perfect grain" high in protein and healthy carbs. You can find pasta and flour made of quinua. I would also keep away from gluten which is in most wheat products. If you love breads, try those made of flax-seed, brown rice or quinua flour.

Eat plenty of leafy greens, fruits and protein. Drink plenty of water to help elimination of toxins and I suggest adding CHROMIUM PICOLINATE supplement to control your sugar levels if you have a history of high glucose tests results.

Remember, Maxzide is the band-aid solution and will NOT get to the root cause of your condition. It is up to you to get your body's own self-healing ability optimized. There is NO DRUG in the market that works for chronic conditions!

May 22, 2009 - 11:48pm

Charm Jo, welcome! And thank you for your question.

Can you tell us a little bit more? Are you on Maxzide for high blood pressure? Is the diet meant to combat high blood pressure?

What are the objectives of the diet?

Weight loss, I am assuming?
Sodium control?

Are you trying to restrict your intake of sugar? fats, I imagine?

What else?

With a 1,200-calorie diet, your choices are plentiful, but you're going to want to depend on fresh foods -- not processed -- and on lean sources of protein, whole-grain breads, and loads of fresh fruits and vegetables. I assume that you're cutting fat -- which means that dairy choices are low-fat or no-fat.

Please let us know more about the objectives of your diet and what your doctor told you, and we'll see how much great -- and tasty -- things we can find for you.

May 22, 2009 - 6:18am
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