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  1. Why are all the recommendations online all over the place? I can't find any consistency from post to post. I'm a 49 yr old mother of 3 (who feels 29 but certainly doesn't look it!). A friend recommended carb pairing??? I dunno. That's a new one for me. She sent me to carbpairforloss which, I’ve never heard of. I'll check it out and see since she referred them and had success, but was hoping to hear from some others. Anyone got suggestions?
  2. Hey everyone! I'm new to the group and am looking for some advice regarding nutrition. Basically I'm 6"4 used to be chunky and now I guess I'm on the edge of skinny fat and struggle to gain muscle. I've been experimenting with diet trying to find some nutrition dense foods and have come across Quark (Kwarg) in our local supermarket and decided to try it out! I've been eating a 250g pot nearly every day as I'd read it's like yogurt, it's fat free and has around 25g of protein per 250g pot which is great! However I just noticed on the packet today it says contains 8 SE
  3. Hi, I just have a quick question regarding carbs and working out... I cut out as much carbs/sugars during the week as possible and have a cheat day(s) on weekends. I do crossfit 2 to 3 times a week, exercise on weekends and have dropped 11% BMI and am currently on 20%. I mainly just eat things like chicken/lamb/steak/fish and veg during the week. (I dont eat junk food or snack during the week) My goal is to get a solid six pack (which is slowly beginning to show now after months of effort) but I heard very recently I should eat carbs before my workout other
  4. I like the pattern of having one goal each for FOOD, EXERCISE, HEALTH, and LIFE, so I'm going to stick with that. Scoring is the same as before. Each day is scored as full or half credit. Some goals are scored differently than last time, but B is still a passing score. Epic Quest points are 20 each for at least a B average in a category, 10 for a C, 5 for a D. FOOD: Watch the carbs I've been trying out different ways to level up my diet, and mostly I've been more mindful
  5. Like many, I laughed at the idea of being "addicted to food" for a long time. But the more I've considered it, the more I've realized: being addicted to certain combinations and kinds of processed foods is quite real. One need only review several Google searches on the topic, as well as statements from physicians and neuroscientists that various combinations of food spike dopamine and serotonin levels pretty high, which, just like cocaine or meth, can lead to tolerance and require more and more of the same to get the same "high". Anyway, I'm here to ask the question: how do you act
  6. Meow. My last challenge was declared the unofficial NF cat appreciation club, so I figured I might as run with the theme. This will be my 10th challenge, which is pretty cool! Double digits! That means something, right? Here’s the basic structure I use for my challenges: Everything is worth points. Some things are worth bonus points. Bonus points can be applied to any category, to help remind me that health is hollistic. I’m slightly concerned that rangerbrain is creeping in this challenge, but I’m trying to be conscious about it. I removed some things from my goals
  7. The forum keeps timing out - this is my third try to post this.. http://www.pbs.org/video/2365635287/
  8. Hello everyone! The Third challenge is here! My name is Lia, and I'm 20 years old. My weight peaked at 215 lbs, and I realized that wasn't how I want my life, or body, to be. While I didn't lose the kind of weight I was hoping for last challenge, I've seen a dramatic increase in my strength. My weights workouts have become a set routine for me now, so they won't be a main focus in this challenge. It's time to break down a handful of my problem areas and tackle them individually. And I understand it's a rather bad title, but I really couldn't think of anything else. Main Quest: WEIGHTLOSS C
  9. OK, so I've got more questions. Yes, I know I tend to post more threads asking questions than I do make posts responding to threads, but there are still things I want to know. So, as far as eating and working out goes, I've heard some people say that you need to eat before working out to activate your metabolism, and I've heard some people say that you need to wait until after you workout to eat so that your body is forced to use the energy it has stored up to do work. When I first came home for the summer and began strength training, I tried eating just one meal a day, but I found that no
  10. Hey everyone, So as part of my over all lifestyle changes I've recently decided to stop eating cheap crap on a regular basis. I love to eat good food but couldn't cook and decided it was time to learn and stop settling for bad tasting instant gratification. In this process I'm forcing myself to use 3 ingredients I've never used before every week (pretty easy so far because I haven't cooked much). For some background information, I began my initiative 4 months ago. I do the advanced bodyweight workout from this website every monday + friday, and basketball on Wednesday. I've made a complete di
  11. Is it better to eat 100g of bread or 100g of rice? In terms of reducing grain intake.
  12. Hi everyone, I've been following a paleo diet all the time except for one meal per week, since I was convinced by some of the carb cycling videos I saw. Is this a good diet plan? Is it better or not to take a very high carb meal once every week?
  13. Hi, I've read some very good things about both the Paleo diet and carb cycling, is there a way to combine them effectively? I don't really care about following the Paleo diet perfectly strictly, only about having the best nutrition possible, the idea I've had so far is to eat Paleo during the week and pasta/rice/bread etc. during weekends, is that a good call or does it do harm? Thanks in advance for any suggestions, Pierre
  14. So I tracked the last few days in MFP and realized that, left to my own devices, I eat a low protein, low carb, HIGH fat diet. Which is actually kind of miserable because I don't feel very full at all but I also don't feel like I'm recovering well from my workouts. I love my fats but I'm an endurance athlete and I need carbs. And I also need protein to maintain muscle mass. So... what are some good ways to incorporate more carbs and more protein into my diet? I'm not looking for things like, "eat rice and chicken breasts", I'm looking more for snack type things that I can eat at work (portable
  15. So I read the articles on Nerd Fitness about working out in a fasted state. It seems to make sense that without as much glucose in your blood from food, your body will turn more quickly to your fat storage for glucose. Then today I came across this thread in the bodybuilding.com forums: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=119186991. User Blenderate says about his daily routine, " I kept my carbohydrates low throughout most of the day to keep insulin low, but just before my weightlifting workouts four times per week, I would eat a large serving of fruit and have a glucose/protein/B
  16. There we goooooooo again. Cheat days really don't work for me. I just can't say 'just one' and I ended up stuffing myself with alll these carby foods... If I could actually see myself doing that I'd probably be grossed out. Any way, it might just be a psychological thing. Family problems and stress are both increasing, as is the exam pressure and the application deadline for uni is coming closer... I worked so so hard to find balance in my life, worked so long to slowly build it all up and BAM, for some reason every time something goes remotely wrong I end up failing terribly. Better tomorrow
  17. Main challenge goal: Reduce Body fat by 1.5%, measured with a Dexa scan at the start and end. "You will see it is not the spoon that bends, only yourself" Challenge 11 is all about making choices. I've got 10 challenges at my back, that's a lot of learning. I've got my awesome NF friends to support and inspire me, the time is right, I choose to get the cut I want and not to let anything stand in the way. Goal 1 - Take the Red Pill. (DEX1, CON 2, CHA 2) Track calories more than half the days this challenge aim for a calorie deficit of 1000 a day. Goal 2 - Less than 30 grams car
  18. Hey all I am a vegetarian and am needing some help with cutting my carbs. Which carbs can I totally cut out & which will I need to keep in my diet? I struggle with cutting them all out completely and my with my family I pretty much grew up on carbs.. haha. Please help!
  19. When last we left Elastigirl, the Dark Knight had recruited her for a mission, and they were racing toward Gotham in his batmobile. As we return to our story Batman briefs Elastigirl on what awaits them. Dark Knight: Gotham is in trouble and we need your help Elastigirl: That’s what I've trained for. Tell me how I can help DK: Mr. Freeze has frozen the entire city of Gotham with his freeze gun. The people of the city all sit huddled in their homes, afraid to venture outside. We need to unfreeze the city, and free the people from their fear. EG: Let’s do it! Elastigirl will have t
  20. Skytoad

    Those Carbs

    Hello there! At the beginning of the month I started eating much healthier and have actually stuck with it compared to much of society. I haven't been doing necessarily any certain diet/eating style I have created what has worked for me so far which is pretty much clean eating (who would have thought!) and limiting sugars and carbs. I am averaging about 12g of sugar a day which is a drastic improvement for me. I started working out 3x a week (bench press, military press, dumbbell rows, dumbbell curls and tricep pulldowns one day , second day is deadlifts situps squats and lunges, third is
  21. hello, I was eating very little to no carbs for a few months and was dead tired all the time. I am currently trying to reduce my body fat percentage. For 3 weeks now i have re-introduced complex carbs into my meals and i have been steadily (roughly 1 lb a week) gaining weight. i am not sure if this is correct reaction to it or not? Current situation ( I would love feedback): work out 5 days a week (roughly 27 min a day) daily meals consist of exactly: meal 1: 2 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal with 1TBS jam, 1TBS PB2 meal 2: 1 brown rice cake, 1 TBS a
  22. Since this is my first quest, and I am a few weeks late, I figured I would set a goal I'm pretty sure I can achieve in the remaining amount of time. A little background. And if anyone has suggestions on modifying my numbers, I would be more than happy to hear opinions. This is my first time doing this, so any and all help is welcome. I'm a 28 year old Female standing 5' 8" tall and weighing in at 143 lbs. I Crossfit 4-5 times a week and am looking to tone up, lean out and eventually develope some visible abs. (But, that will be saved for another quest) I will also be indoor rock climbing a fe
  23. In an effort to keep track of everything I am doing on my journey to the ab holy grail, I'll use this single log for all of my quests. No need to split it into different threads to search through in the future. Official Start Date - December 1, 2013 Weight - 143.6 lbs Measurements: Waist - 29 1/5" Bust - 34" Right arm - 10 1/4" (relaxed), 11" (flexed) Left arm - 10 1/4" (relaxed), 11" (flexed) Hips - 40 3/4" Right thigh - 21" Left thigh - 21" Belly (right below belly button) - 31 7/8" 1690 calories Protein - 35% / 145 g / 583 cal Carbs - 35% / 150 g / 600 cal Fats - 30 % / 56 g / 507 cal Meas
  24. Hello everyone! I'm in the process of trying to make a meal plan based on the macros I calculated below (do they look right to you?) First my stats: Age - 28 Female Height - 5' 8" Weight - 143 I do crossfit 4-5 times a week and my goal is to be leaner and toned. 1690 calories Protein - 40% - 676 cal / 179.5 g Carbs - 30% - 538.5 cal / 134 g Fats - 30% - 60 g I have been tracking (but not weighing or measuring) my food intake for the last week. I am generally way over in carbs and fats and never get close to my protein (yikes). I have been on a paleo challenge the last 30 days, but it ends toda
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