Is it possible to eat moderately unhealthy and still be thin?

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    Is it possible to eat moderately unhealthy and still be thin?

    Hello all!
    For some years now I eat very healthily, being very thorough with my nutrition. But, due to imperative circumstances, I won't have this luxury for 1-14 months, depending on how this will turn out...
    So, I want to know if I can eat simple carbohydrates (white bread, pasta, rice, potatoes), basic corn flakes cereal, more fatty meat cuts, sandwiches, and stuff like that, without adding weight to my scale..!
    Of course there will be salad and fruits (I am gonna try and get lots of 'em) and I suppose I can get some canned fish or beans from a convenient store inside...
    Unless I will be doing the cooking, I can't control cooking process, or portions (think of it like a camp, where everything is ready for you to eat it)...
    I will try and eat less, but I will have to do chores and some training as well, so I can't be sure, if I won't be exhausted or slt...
    Also, if I train on my own with some extra cardio, can I "justify" these unhealthy eating habits for the months to come?
    All in all, what matters the most in situations like this? Calorie equilibrium (IN - OUT) or nutrients? Assuming of course I will resume my previous diet as long as I get done with it !!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks a lot!

    P.S.: Anyone with similar experience, please give info and smart choices to reduce junk food!!!

    #2
    Yes, without even looking at the content of your post.

    There was a period of time when I went from 3 to 2 then 1 regular "meal" which meant something like a sandwich or a piece of cake + a cup of coffee in the early afternoon, then a tons of beer and some popcorn at around 6 pm onward, sometimes a slice of pizza at 11pm. It's like just enough eatables to keep me from dying, and no exercise at all. I dropped 8 or 10 pounds after like several months of such a "life".

    It's extremely unhealthy, yes, but take whatever it's worth for you.

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      #3
      Life doesn't always give us the option to meal prep and purchase all the things our ideal menu has on its list. Just keep your portions in mind, don't allow yourself NOT to eat out of insane guilt and you will be fine. <3 It will pass. Just keep moving. Do the things. And remember we got you!

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        #4
        QueenZombean I know that (in theory, cause I am very strict when it comes to following a plan and also, like a Sith, I deal in absolutes!!!) That not-starving-out-of-guilt thing is something I DO have to fight (even if it sounds stupid to some). So I get that since I keep a caloric equilibrium, putting on weight and fat is out of the table, since I do cardio (jumping rope as space and time efficient) and basic strength training (push ups, squats, pull ups), even if I eat white bread, pasta, and all these things (still hate sweets and sugar in general, so we dodged that bullet!)

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          #5
          kandy when you say "unhealthy", you mean some vitamins deficiency, no? I think I can balance that (kinda) with multivitamins, only for this time, so I won't have major helth problems

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            #6
            I was just saying mine was very unhealthy and could even cause health problem. I drank 5 or 6 12oz beer daily at that time. To make it easier to read, my typical day went like this:

            1 cup of coffee with milk
            1 whatever sandwich or a slice of carrot cake/ double-chocolate brownie
            5 or 6 12oz beers
            1 small bag of popcorn
            1 slice of pizza (once in a while)

            Even if you eat like shit you will still be able to lose or keep weight as long as the amount is low. Of course I am not like that anymore. Just glancing the stuff/ ingredient you mention I can tell that your diet is far more healthy and nutritious than mine. It's all about the amount of eatable you take in.

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              #7
              Originally posted by GiorgosD View Post
              Hello all!
              All in all, what matters the most in situations like this? Calorie equilibrium (IN - OUT) or nutrients? Assuming of course I will resume my previous diet as long as I get done with it !!!!!!!!!!
              Thanks a lot!

              It sounds like you have very good command of your nutrition.

              You won't die from the canteen food, let's put it that way. Just accept that it may not be the stuff you want to eat but I suspect it'll be adequate (unless starvation rations is part of the plan).

              To answer your question - both matter equally long-term. Just see how it goes and see what you need to do to bring the food up to your standards

              Question form me too: could you perhaps be slightly orthorexic?

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                #8
                Do these 3 things with your diet and you WILL shed bloat/weight and keep it off even with little daily fitness. I know because I've used this diet. I was a farmer and it helped me alot.

                1. Eliminate carbs/processed sugar as close to zero as possible (this depends on your food budget). Fresh vegtables and fruit are good (naturally occuring sugar in fruit is ok). The veggies and fruits will supplement your vitamin/mineral intake.

                2. Eat foods rich in protein and animal fats (eggs, cheese, butter, kefer if you can handle dairy). When it comes to common market meats pound for pound beef is king (if you can afford it) otherwise chicken, fish and pork will work also. Wild game works well too if you or a friend can hunt.

                3. AVOID PROCESSED FOODS as much as you can. They contain chemicals and preservatives that cause many common diseases and damaging conditions. They toxify your body.

                Note: make sure all these meat sources are CLEAN (i.e. not factory processed).

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                  #9
                  Martyn But of course!!! But all are stemmed from my OCD and a general need to control things... I am trying to find a balance to be functional in life and work (imagine the struggle!!!). I will try and find things that can be in the gray zone. Thanks

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                    #10
                    I'm not sure if this will work in your situation, but a friend who had a similar lack of control over food choices would trade his non-healthy foods with others around him for their healthy foods. Good luck!

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                      #11
                      Depends what is moderate, in my experience no, you are basically what you eat,even if you have very good genetics and metabolism and then i doubt if you can look thin.And about junk food try to look at your body like an

                      engine and food is the fuel, you cant put bad fuel and expect it to perform well on bad fuel(you have an article here on darebee about that), in my experience.
                      At the end of the day its all about burning more then eating and drinking aka calorie deficit if you want to lose weight.Hope it helps (im talking from my experience and what worked for me)

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                        #12
                        If you have little control of what you have to eat, eat what you need and leave the rest. For 15 months, just eat. Any problems at the end of it ( probably few) can be easily sorted.

                        The 14 weeks residential training I did for the fire Service kinda fits your criteria. I was beasted all day and I ate like a pig, three multiple course meals a day. I needed it.
                        That was a while ago, but I'm soon to be 44 and my weight is spot on. Don't make a tough experience tougher than it needs to be.

                        Best of luck.
                        🙏 Rath

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