AJ 47 (Maryland) said...
If anyone has any good links for reasonable diets where you really can eat normally but in moderation, I'd enjoy taking a look.
I don't have a handy link, but you can eat less, or better yet, eat exactly what do now and exercise more. You can look into the various "healthier" diets (for mix of food) and try to find one that appeals to your sense of "eating normally." But you CAN lose weight simply by eating less meat and potatoes, if you are eating meat and potatoes now, so long as you maintain your activity level the same.
The big problem is that the body plays dirty, and will counteract eating less by inclining you to less activity, leading to net no change (or even gain) and will react to more activity by making you want to eat more (and you'll feel justified, after all, you are exercising.)
Diet, alone, has very little long-term, healthy effect on weight loss. Focusing on diets tends to lead to weight yo-yoing up and down. Activity/exercise, even without weight loss, is beneficial - and can put you in the direction of long-term weight loss if combined with sensible diet activity and moderation.
It's a battle I've been engaged in for a while. PCa has simply been the straw that made me pay more attention to it, after having been satisfied with it not getting worse for a few years.
I need to do much more/better, but without significantly changing "what I eat" I've lost 5% of my starting weight just through walking briskly for several months. I should lose about
25% of what I started with to keep the BMI folks happy (finding that I'd shrunk 2" in height from what I used to be just made "how fat I was" that much worse, in BMI terms.) As such I have a long way to go, yet.
One simple place to start (which can have effects all by itself, depending on your mindset) is to write down EVERYTHING you eat - what, how much, when. If you were then to cut the portions 10% and not do less, you'd lose weight. If you left the portions alone and did more, you'd lose weight. If you cut the portions 10% and did more, you'd lose weight faster - but speed is not as important as being able to hold your ground. Crash dieting isn't healthy and does not tend to work in the long run.
As for flaxseed, if you are eating it, get whole seeds and grind just before you eat/use. I put some on my oatmeal - no idea what it has to do with PCa (so few things seem to be really well-studied to the point that you can depend on them) but it adds more soluble fiber to help with cholesterol and the omega-3 fatty acids - from a food, not a supplement. Many things apparently work better "from foods" than "from a pill" - ie, IF pomegranate is of any use (debatable), I just use it as an excuse to eat more of them, since I enjoy it; I don't buy juice or pills.
Post Edited (RandomPseudoNym) : 12/30/2011 2:59:23 PM (GMT-7)