how to lose weight ordering delivery

how do you guys keep track of calories consumer every night when ordering seamless? Do you order the same thing every day? Only order from chains that have nutrition info? I gained ~8kg since starting my first year as a summer analyst and I am struggling to lose the weight.

To make it worse, I stress eat all the time to distract myself while convincing myself I am doing something "productive" (eating) and my bank caters unhealthy food twice a weekย 

Do you meal prep and not use the dinner allowance? Do you forgo the late night snack stipend as well? Curious how others are handling this.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Jul 2, 2022 - 8:24am

This is a big problem for me, I don't want to give up the free $30/night and I also don't have the time/energy to cook and plan meals (also buying groceries, cleaning, etc).

I've gotten into the habit of only ordering from places that allow you to calculate the exact nutrition, like Cava, Chipotle, Mezeh, Chopt, SG, etc. The sodium intake is still insane but at least my calories are in check. I do wish we were allowed to use the stipend besides on UberEats - if I worked at a place that just gave you the money for groceries (a few banks do), I would order premade meals.

There are a few meal-prep-type resturant options in NYC (e.g. Muscle Maker Grill) but they taste like absolute shit and aren't even cooked well (dry chicken, hard rice, etc.). Someone should make a meal prep resturant but just cook the food decently lmao.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jul 2, 2022 - 8:44am

This is a big problem for me, I don't want to give up the free $30/night and I also don't have the time/energy to cook and plan meals (also buying groceries, cleaning, etc).

I've gotten into the habit of only ordering from places that allow you to calculate the exact nutrition, like Cava, Chipotle, Mezeh, Chopt, SG, etc. The sodium intake is still insane but at least my calories are in check. I do wish we were allowed to use the stipend besides on UberEats - if I worked at a place that just gave you the money for groceries (a few banks do), I would order premade meals.

There are a few meal-prep-type resturant options in NYC (e.g. Muscle Maker Grill) but they taste like absolute shit and aren't even cooked well (dry chicken, hard rice, etc.). Someone should make a meal prep resturant but just cook the food decently lmao.

would second this, meal-prep firms are very good especially if you're into physical training (for purposes of eating clean and tracking). I'd recommend buying the tiny bottles or samples of sauces to add on top of the food, which will help add some flavours and keep the meals interesting

Jul 2, 2022 - 9:49pm
GoingToBeAnMD, what's your opinion? Comment below:

IMO the trick is not just ordering from the right place, it's also making sure that you're not ordering the "extras" to make up the $30. For example, it's completely possible to eat clean from Chipotle. They even have some bowls that are for specific plans (Keto, Paleo, etc.). But are you modifying them? Are you also ordering the chips? Taking in sweet drinks? I think it's all that stuff that kills the diet for you, no matter where you're ordering from.ย 

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Jul 4, 2022 - 10:27am
liquidiot, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I practice OMAD, it's not the most scientific nutrient wise but a green drink, one meal for dinner (chipotle, grilled options from chick fil a, etc.) daily seems to get the job done - it's really hard to eat more than 1600 calories in one sitting, flush the rest of the day away by guzzling up to a gallon of water.

Pay for protein bars for snack out of pocket, limit yourself to one a day. Never consume anything other than water.

Jul 4, 2022 - 9:38pm
farishah, what's your opinion? Comment below:

To lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn. However, reducing the amount of food you eat can be difficult over time. but we should take care which food has a lot of calories then we should ignore this type of thing. I lost weight of control my diet.

Jul 6, 2022 - 3:02pm
Global_IU_11, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The best/most tried and true method to losing weight is fasting. Weight gain and loss is heavily dependent on insulin levels. If you're snacking all day, or even eating 3-4x a day, given you're eating some form of carbs, your insulin levels are going to be spiking throughout the day. When you only eat one large meal a day you're able to regulate your ghrelin levels more effectively, generally have more consistent energy levels from lack of sugar/feeling full/digestion, can satiate yourself to the point of being full, and most importantly - you're only spiking your insulin one time a day. I'd say give it a try for one week. Eat 1 large meal a day of whatever you want and see if you lose a pound when it's all said and done. If not, ignore the above.

Jul 10, 2022 - 9:14am
eloquence, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Actually the science on this has found that the weight loss benefits are not from insulin, but rather that humans are just bad at making up the calories if they restrict their eating window. I do a loose 8pm-12pm fast and have found it works, but if you're interested in the math side there is some interesting new research on the insulin side of it.

Do what works for you of course. Also would recommend doing it for more than 1 week, maybe do a 2-3 week trial - the first few days will be rough with hunger pangs, once you get used to it it's better

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Jul 11, 2022 - 10:31am
Global_IU_11, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The science doesn't say that. "Calories in calories out" isn't the truth. It's simplified guidelines to help the general public stay within a reasonable bound. There's a difference between something that happens to work and obtaining optimal results.

Macros do in fact matter - as every nutrient that enters your body has a chemical reaction that affects gene expression. 2,500 kcal of cotton candy will not interact with your body the same way 2,500 kcal of steak and broccoli will. Not only because they have different nutrient profiles - but because every form of food has its own thermogenic effect. https://www.metflexlife.com/blog/thermic-effect-food

The other thing that matters is timing of feeding. The two videos below do a much better job than I can in explaining.

https://youtu.be/7nJgHBbEgsE

https://youtu.be/RuOvn4UqznU

Jul 7, 2022 - 12:57am
Lifestyle123, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you eat around 2k calories throughout the day as an average young male you will lose weight. Just eat light during the day and order chipotle or something reasonably healthy in the evening.ย 

Jul 9, 2022 - 1:13pm
JustAnotherAnalystt, what's your opinion? Comment below:

On day 5 of OMAD - have dropped 6-7 pounds but mostly water weight and maybe some fat through 3-4 mile runs a few times a week.

Tough to battle through the late afternoon fatigue / headache but will be trying to supplement nutrients & headache of meal prep with Athletic Greens and Factor keto meals. Think my body will adjust and may switch to a 20-4 fast. Curious if anyone has found a sustainable way of fasting / OMAD through IB.

Jul 11, 2022 - 1:36pm
Isaiah_53_5 ๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
JustAnotherAnalystt

On day 5 of OMAD - have dropped 6-7 pounds but mostly water weight and maybe some fat through 3-4 mile runs a few times a week.

Tough to battle through the late afternoon fatigue / headache but will be trying to supplement nutrients & headache of meal prep with Athletic Greens and Factor keto meals. Think my body will adjust and may switch to a 20-4 fast. Curious if anyone has found a sustainable way of fasting / OMAD through IB.

Drink lots of water, green tea. Coffee every now and then also if needed.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 10, 2022 - 1:51pm
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