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I've been maintaining my weight for a long time and I am still trying to lose weight. I've actually gained weight because I've been stressed and then the holidays passed so that didn't help! I was consistently losing weight for 3-4 months straight and I noticed after I started cooking my dinner with olive oil instead of the George Forman grill I stopped losing weight. Does using olive oil to saute skinless/boneless chicken breast and some vegetables (bell peppers, celery, garlic, onion) really increase the heaviness of that meal?

For breakfast I usually have fruits or vegetables. Lunch is always a piece of chicken, skinless. And in the late afternoon I'll have plain celery sticks. So I'm just a bit confused. And then in the late evening I do 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weights. This sounds pretty good but maybe I should just increase my cardio by 30 minutes more? Blah!!

I guess I just want to know if olive oil is bad? When you saute with it does that infuse you food with the 220+ calories?? Thanks guys :)

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I cook with olive oil every day and I'm still losing weight.  There is about 40 calories in a teaspoon, and it's full of healthy fats your body needs.  It's the only oil I cook with.

If you think you are cooking with too much start measuring it. 

What kind of olive oil is that? most of the stuff I see in the store is 220+ calories a teaspoon. Thats the only oil I cook with too.  Come to think of it I use extra virgin olive oil, I don't think that matters though.

my olive oil label reads the same as kitty's - 120/tablespoon, or 40/teaspon.  i can't imagine why extra virgin would be that much different - you can't put any more oil in oil, you know?

but trojannight (nice name, btw.  not.), oil is fat.  olive oil is better for you than lard by a long way, but it's still fat.  it's high in calories.  if you use a lot of it, you will gain weight.  then again, if you use a lot of anything, you will gain weight.

i cook in only olive oil, and i've lost 25 pounds.

Olive oil is not bad for you.  There are tons of indications that in small amounts it is actually GOOD for you.  It is certainly one of the best fats you can cook with.

 

Still, it does add calories particularly when compared with a George Foreman grill (which I assume you were using without any added fat or cooking spray.)

Anytime you cook with a fat in the pan you have to count those calories as well. 

Okay. I must be reading the label wrong. I could have sworn I read a teaspoon is 220 calories. I definitely won't cut this out. I must have a snail's pace metabolism. Now that I've ruled this out as the culprit to my weight lull I will have to look at my diet and see why the heck my weight loss is going sooooo slow. thanks Wink

 

Another problem you may be having is that you are not taking ina enough calories.  With the amount of work out that you are doing and your food intake you may be moving your body into starvation mode which will slow down your metabolism.  I spent a week with no weight loss and then looked at my calorie intake and realized I was about 400 calories a day shy of what I needed to be taking in and I have sinced upped it by 400 a day and I am already starting to see weight loss again.
I have just started using an olive oil spray for cooking chicken etc and its great - highly recommend it bcos you really use a lot less than u would with a bottle.
I just had a nutrition student tell me that cannola was better for you than EVOO, which is all I've ever used for yrs.  Recently have to measure it.  Altho I love how Rachel Ray just pours it around in a pan.........thats how you get too much.

Maybe you've hit a plateau.

 

Olive oil is good for you in moderation.  It is heart healthy and helps lower bad cholestorel (ldl), but it is very fattening and should be used in only small amounts.
Original Post by trojannight:

What kind of olive oil is that? most of the stuff I see in the store is 220+ calories a teaspoon. Thats the only oil I cook with too.  Come to think of it I use extra virgin olive oil, I don't think that matters though.

I don't know where you're getting your information.  Oils of all kinds are 120 - 123 a tablespoon.  Maybe that's 220 an ounce?  An ounce is two tablespoons.

ummm no olive is good and bad for you , you can get heart disease from it and other things , it also has a lot fat in it as well .. best thing to do is google , that works hahah

Original Post by jcha691768178:

ummm no olive is good and bad for you , you can get heart disease from it and other things , it also has a lot fat in it as well .. best thing to do is google , that works hahah

Um.. no.

Olive oil is full of beneficial fats (mono/polyunsaturated), and a relatively minimal amount of saturated fat. Please show me the evidence of people developing heart disease from eating olive oil. I realize I'll be waiting a while.. but I have time.

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