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Best Diet for Pilots?

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by TylerC-IL, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. Oxman

    Oxman Well-Known Member

    Nov 1, 2008
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    and dark bourbon based beer.
  2. 100LL

    100LL New Member

    Dec 5, 2016
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    I'll throw my 2 cents in. If you haven't tried a low carb diet, do some research before you start and give it a go. My experience with it was a real eye opener. A few caveats: you have to be pretty religious about it. "Cheating" a few times a week will doom the effort.

    The Pros: you'll lose weight like crazy, especially if you are male. Within several days of starting it, you have uncanny clarity of thought. No joke. Make sure you consume 2.5-3.5 g of salt. If you don't you'll get fatigued, or the "Atkins flu".

    Cons: you have to swear off sweets, rice, pasta, bread, potatoes, starchy vegetables, most fruit. Eat none of it.

    Target a caloric intake similar to this:
    80% Fat
    15% protein
    5% carbs

    Yes, you read correctly. No, you won't clog your arteries.

    Search: paleo, Atkins, Gary Taubes, Stephen Phinney, LCHF, Jimmy Moore, ketogenic diet.

    Ever wonder why you get hungry between meals? It's because your fat is stored away and your elevated insulin levels have it locked away so you can't use it.

    Ok, I know that all sounds like lunacy, but it works. Bacon and eggs will be your new best friend.
  3. saxman

    saxman Well-Known Member

    Mar 26, 2006
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    I'm bringing this thread back. I've the no/low carb thing. It does really work. I tried no sugar for 2 weeks. My uniform blazer could fit properly after about 5 days! But then I fall off the band wagon for a bit. No one in this thread has mentioned alcohol though. I love my craft brews at the local brewery but they are loaded with carbs. It seems like I start my low carb eating again, I get that crew that always wants to go out to drink and eat. There's always eye candy too, so I can't say no of course.

    So what do you guy eat when all you can get is airport food? ORD isn't exactly the best place for airport food and I get tired of the same old places/meals over and over again. When I'm sick of that I start venturing out and eating the carbs again.
  4. learhawkerbe400

    learhawkerbe400 Well-Known Member

    Nov 8, 2011
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    If you get tired of the same meals then eating healthy is going to be very hard for you. There's a lot of healthy food, but most of it isn't readily available in airports/hotels.

    Going to have to bring food on your trips. I spend 3-4 hours before a trip cooking, portioning and bagging 4 meals a day for however long I'm gone. Pain in the ass but worth it.
  5. wheelsup

    wheelsup Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2004
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    I lost 50 lbs over two years. 5'9". I was 195 now I'm 145.

    Bring almost all my own food. Don't count calories but am aware of what I eat. When eating out I traditionally get a turkey burger with salad and balsamic vinaigrette dressing. On a 4-day now and I won't buy a thing out.

    Exercise is important when losing weight. Do weights skip a day do cardio. Hard cardio not this walk for an hour stuff. 20-30 mins is all you need. Aim to burn around 500 cal.

    I don't do low carb but have reduced the carbs that I eat. IE don't eat all pasta. At home we will have wheat pasta but cook broccoli/zucchini/tomatoes and put it in the pasta as a "filler". Normal serving of pasta is 56 grams, aim for around 45, then fill with veggies.

    I have a sweet tooth, that is my downfall, but it can still be done even while eating sweets. Everything in moderation.

    Low carb is no way to live. Your body needs carbs. It's energy. I suppose it's fine for a short time period. But sustainable long term? Personally I don't consume alcohol.

    Just had my blood pressure two days ago. 98/59 heartrate 51. Cholesterol 124. I eat a dozen eggs a week!
  6. Stratopilot

    Stratopilot Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2007
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    Anybody have any points on how to do cost effective low carb diet on the road? I commute and I'm really wary about bringing 3-4 days of meat and ending up puking my guts out right around day 2 from food poisoning.

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