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Profile photo of ossie-sharon Ossie-Sharon 5 months ago

Hi, hellenfair. A cup is 8 fluid ounces or 240 ml.

Profile photo of ossie-sharon Ossie-Sharon 5 months ago

Hi, Kila. I would suggest to download and read through the main program and quick start guides (available through the “My Guides” link near the top of the page), then go through the 8-week program to ease into things here. Along the way you will build a menu and improve upon it.

Profile photo of KilaMc40 KilaMc40 5 months ago

Hello everyone. I just joined today and am excited but nervous. What is the best way to get started? I am currently looking at the recipies. Thank you to anyone who can help.

Profile photo of ossie-sharon Ossie-Sharon 5 months ago

Hi, R.Zebroski. We are happy to help however we can!

Profile photo of R.Zebroski R.Zebroski 5 months ago

I have just joined the trim club today and want to lose three stone in weight healthy.

Profile photo of Sandals41 Sandals41 5 months ago

Hi Dor! I was beginning to think I was the only one in all the forums today so, thank you for responding to my note. WOW…you’ve lost 11 lbs already in only 2 weeks! That is awesome and I’m so glad you are able to stick with the food plan. I worked out this morning with a guy named Gilad! LOL…he’s quite handsome and on my Direct TV channel line-up. Have you heard of him? I belonged to Planet Fitness for a year but, didn’t re-join because the distance is too far and it was always too crowded! I can get the job done at home saving time AND money! If you and I are the only two who check-in each day, it’s a good thing. We CAN do it! We CAN get fit and healthy!!

Profile photo of Dorma88 DorMac88 5 months ago

Hi Sandals
I just started 2 weeks ago. I am down 11 pounds! Now comes the hard part. Sticking with it and getting that water down. I find myself with more energy and taking a quick drive to the store not such an effort. Exercise is a problem for me as well. I am sticking as close as I can but do substitute some foods when I need to. Welcome, I am looking forward to your posts.

Profile photo of Sandals41 Sandals41 5 months ago

Hi! I just signed up with Trim Down hoping to shed at least 13 pounds and hope 4 or 5 of them will be gone in a hurry. I’m eating mostly a clean diet but, portion control is my biggest problem! I’m also a slug, when it comes to exercising but, being accountable to do both can be accomplished, if I check-in each day for the next 60 days! Having to state my calorie/carb intake for day plus the minutes I exercise will get me to my goal. I’ll also be inspired, when I read posts from others who are also trying to lose weight and get healthy! Have a great day everybody!

Profile photo of Dorma88 DorMac88 6 months ago

Thanks so much, I also realized I could do it meal by meal.

Profile photo of ossie-sharon Ossie-Sharon 6 months ago

Hi, Dormac88. To change your menu, click on the “New Menu” icon in the middle of the toolbar above your current menu.

Profile photo of Dorma88 DorMac88 6 months ago

I am going on my second week and I see that on my menu planner each day is the same foods as the week before. I thought it would be automatically changed for me so I am a bit confused. I lost 6 pounds the first week so far so good.

Profile photo of ossie-sharon Ossie-Sharon 6 months ago

Hi, gramsgems, and welcome! We are indeed happy to help however we can. We wish you much success and health.

Profile photo of gramsgems gramsgems 6 months ago

Hello- I am excited to follow this plan. It is all lot of info to get thru but so happy for the support I see. Challenge on!

Profile photo of ossie-sharon Ossie-Sharon 7 months ago

Hi, cubsfan. The following tips may help while you’re traveling:
The general rules for meals are just to be sure to have something from at least three of the major food groups – particularly important to combine protein with carbohydrates, and tuck in a vegetable or fruit. Other than that, the following are some tips for traveling:
• Be aware of your surroundings: Take the time to research ahead of time where you are going and what you will have available to you. Find out what restaurants are nearby and if you have access to a grocery store or farmer’s market. Will you be able to cook your own food or are you only able to eat out? Plan for any occasion, and just know what your surroundings will consist of so that you can account for that in your food choices each day.
• Devise healthy alternatives: If you eat salads for lunch every day, then find access to a salad bar. If you are used to eating an egg white omelette, then order that when out. If you can get access to a produce market, then stock up on fresh items to keep with you throughout the day. No matter where you go, there are always ways to incorporate healthy alternatives. Simply ordering grilled salmon at dinner instead of breaded chicken is a simple but effective example!
• Carry healthy snacks just in case. There’s always room in your bags for items that will stay fresh during your travels. Pack some trail mix and brown rice cakes. No matter with what you are presented, you always have options when you pack a few of your own healthy snacks to back you up.
• Don’t give into the philosophy that food choices don’t count. Sure you are likely going to enjoy a few foods that you don’t normally get, but it’s important to keep it to a minimum. Savor the splurge and always keep portion size in mind, and then move onto the healthy stuff. Never give up or abandon your diet altogether, as that will just make it that much harder to get back on track when you return from your trip.
• Get in a workout whenever you can. When you have access to a gym, use it. If you can get in long walks on your travels, then do it. This doesn’t give you a license to eat whatever you want, but it does make you feel a bit more structured when you are out and about. This will help you to take the edge off, keep you away from endless food options, and even make you burn fat while traveling.
• Fill up on healthy foods whenever they are available to you. When you find a great restaurant nearby that serves healthy cuisine, make it a main fixture on your stay. If there is the potential to fill your hotel fridge with healthy fare, then do it. Any time that you can fill up on the healthier options, you are far less likely to splurge and keep eating the bad foods.

In addition, the following may help when dining in restaurants:
• If you can, get online to search for the ideal place ahead of time, filtering the options by features. Look for restaurants with an emphasis on whole foods, including vegetables and even ‘slow’ cooking – or at least a de-emphasis on junk food, deep-fat frying, heavy sauces, and rich sweets.
• If you know in advance where you’re going, peruse the menu ahead of time and prepare yourself with the right choices. The usual wisdom applies here: salads, cooked or ‘hidden’ vegetables (i.e. red sauce and salsa), baked or sautéed entrees, light sauces, and fruit for dessert. Or if nothing else, “prepared how you like it”.
• Avoid the bread or chip basket, or any other ‘empty calorie’ filler that a restaurant may offer before a meal. This will add a whole new course that you hadn’t anticipated, usually made up of refined carbohydrates an undesirable oils. This can be diet sabotage, so kindly ask the server in advance to leave the breadbasket or chips and salsa off your table, so you are not tempted. If you order unsweetened tea or water with lemon in advance for sipping, you may not miss it. When it comes to the real food, eat bulky, low energy-density (a.k.a. ‘low-calorie’) foods first, generally high in water and fiber – order a salad or clear soup as your first course, and when dinner arrives, start with the lightest foods on your plate, usually the vegetables.
• Don’t be shy about asking how your food is prepared. They are there to serve customers, of which you are one. Even if your server doesn’t know, the cook does, and if you do, you can take it or leave it – or improve it. Find out if butter, margarine, or oil is used, and what is available for substitution. Ask about the sauce that comes with an entrée, and if it has “cream”, “butter”, or “cheese” at the core – then go with a healthier alternative.
• Look for foods on the menu that are broiled or grilled (but not charred or blackened), poached, steamed, roasted, or baked; avoid foods that are fried, crispy, creamy, creamed, au gratin, escalloped, or breaded – all of which are synonyms for high amounts of added fat prepared in an unhealthy way.
• Balance is key. If you really want a high-calorie item, balance it out with lighter choices for the rest of the meal.
• Every food has a healthier version. Order the leaner type or cut of meat, and exercise portion control (take advantage of the doggie bag, and only eat half if the portion is too large). If you love fish and chips, then try grilled fish and oven-fried potatoes, etc. Substitutions can usually be made. Here are some healthy choices you can make at different types of restaurants:
– At a pizzeria, choose a plain cheese pizza (not ‘extra’ cheese) with a plain crust (not ‘stuffed’), or pizza with vegetable toppings instead of meat toppings, such as ‘Margarita’ with fresh tomatoes.
– In an Italian restaurant, if you like chicken, veal, or eggplant parmesan, try grilled chicken or eggplant with marinara sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Ask for oil and vinegar on the side to dress your own salad. Order pasta with red sauce such as marinara, instead of such creamy white or butter sauces as Alfredo. Mushrooms make a great low-fat meat alternative. Have sorbet or a cappuccino for dessert instead of rich cake – unless you’re splitting it 4 or more ways.
– In an Asian restaurant, choose steamed rice instead of fried rice – brown if you can get it! – steamed dumplings or vegetables instead of fried egg rolls or tempura, as well as vegetarian entrees that include a number of different vegetables instead of meat; particularly avoid deep-fried entrees such as lemon chicken and ‘sweet-and-sour’ pork or chicken. Be sure to avoid monosodium glutamate (MSG), which can work against your weight and health goals, and opt for low-sodium soy sauce. Have a salad or clear/miso soup as a first course.
– In a Mexican restaurant, choose salsa instead of sour cream or cheese dips; avocado is a great source of ‘good’ fat, but it is still quite dense, so go easy on it. Choose dishes made with plain, soft tortillas that aren’t fried, such as burritos, soft tacos and enchiladas. Have baked instead of refried beans.
– In a cafeteria or food-buffet restaurant, fill your plate with plain vegetable side dishes before you go for the heavier items. Look for grilled, broiled or flame-cooked chicken, fish, and lean meats or tofu, and avoid anything breaded, batter-dipped or fried. If there’s a salad bar, concentrate on crisp, crunchy vegetable and bean mixtures; leave the potato, macaroni and tuna salads behind. Avoid going back for seconds on all items except vegetables, and be sure to use dressings sparingly unless naturally light, such as lemon juice and/or vinegar.
• If you want a salad with dressing on the side, ask for it. If the house dressing is too rich, oil and vinegar are almost always available, at least upon request. Vegetables can always been steamed instead of fried, and lemon and spices added instead of butter. If you want your chicken grilled instead of fried or smothered, go for it. The same goes for marinara sauce instead of the regular cream-based sauce. You get the idea.
• Stick with sound serving sizes, though sometimes this is easier said than done. Many restaurants, especially the ‘affordable’ ones, make it a point to fill your plate to give you a sense of value. Though this seems like a good idea, be aware that it can take up nearly your entire daily allotment for fat and/or energy. Cut your ‘gains’ right away, and divide your restaurant portion into two – share with a dining partner, or just eat half there and pack the other half to go – in this way, you avoid the problem of eating too much and paying for it later. If you know you’ll be tempted to eat more than you should, ask to have your ‘doggy bag’ prepared in advance, so you’ll only get a sensible portion size at the table. Some restaurants will even let you buy a half order or children’s portion of an entrée.

Profile photo of cubsfan1961 cubsfan1961 7 months ago

What about weekends and traveling? We are having a father’s day get together with the kids this weekend, going to Dallas in a couple of weeks and then 2 weeks later to Chicago. You can’t eat what is on my menu while you’re traveling. I do pretty good during the week and may lose a lb or two but then come the weekends we are doing things and going out to eat and then come Monday I’ve gained it all back. I try to do plant based most of the time, but sweets are my downfall. I’m 56, going through menopause and really having a hard time losing any weight to speak of. I had been walking every morning for 3 months and never lost an inch in my legs or lost any weight, so I quit for awhile. All I lost was sleep getting up so early. Makes me very depressed. I hope this helps, but I’m not betting the ranch on it.

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