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Tuna substitute on a weight loss plan?


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Hi all,

My personal trainer is a bodybuilder and gave me his personal diet to try out.  I am not bodybuilding, but I have decided to try a modified version of the diet 5 days a week for 1 month.

This is what he eats every single day:

18 egg whites, 1 cup of broccoli

MET-RX protein shake (2 scoops), 1/2 cup white rice

12 oz tilapia, 1 cup green beans

10 oz tuna, 1 cup white rice, 1 tbsp EVOO

MET-RX protein shake (2 scoops), 1 cup short cut oats, 1 grapefruit

12 oz chicken, 8 oz sweet potato

 

For two days he eats everything; the next two days he halves the carbs; the next day he cuts ALL the carbs.  Then he repeats.

I'm modifying it by decreasing the portion sizes, using brown rice instead of white rice, replacing the oats with oatmeal (he just eats the oats dry - blech!), and I use whiting fish instead of tilapia.  But I realized that I HATE tuna.  I've been eating it out of a pouch since I heard it tastes better but it's a no go.  Any ideas of what I can use instead of tuna?

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Oh, I am also drinking some 1% milk in there, probably will switch to skim though.  I have a hard time eating that much food as it is, the milk helps with needed calories.

Gross, that diet sounds awful

You can sub sardines or canned salmon for the tuna.

I like salmon, how's the canned stuff taste?

The diet isn't too bad, really.  I have this really nice glaze I put over the rice and fish to make it good, and use some nice seasoning on the chicken.  Still getting used to grapefruit though...

Original Post by css193:

I like salmon, how's the canned stuff taste?

 Not like regular cooked salmon. Worth a shot but don't expect it to be the same!

This kind of diet isn't really meant for someone who doesn't have body building goals...

you could also sub in cottage cheese or egg whites for the tuna (similar protein content).

Yes, it's definitely protein-heavy.  I've cut out a decent chunk of the protein.  I do work out twice a day, when possible, and lift as heavy as I can - I am looking to gain muscle and lose weight.

Didn't even think about cottage cheese, that's awesome!

OMG I LOOOOVE TUNA!! how do you not love such a versatile, meaty (albeit stinky) fish?? 

I eat it AT LEAST once a day, if not more... although I probably shouldn't because of the mercury blah blah blah, I don't care, it's delicious. I crave it all the time

My favorite is warming it up in the microwave then sprinkling stevia on top, then some hot sauce! thats it! sooo good! (add a little olive oil if it's too dry)

another tasty way is taking 2 cans of tuna and mixing them with spices and a whole omega 3egg (the yolk acts as a binder, and adds healthy filling fats).. then form into patties and fry in a little olive oil spray= yum! (makes 2 servings)

 

Original Post by carmenxox:

My favorite is warming it up in the microwave then sprinkling stevia on top, then some hot sauce! thats it! sooo good! (add a little olive oil if it's too dry)

Not to be rude, but....that sounds disgusting! LOL

If you've ever shared a kitchen with someone who has used canned tuna as the meat in spaghetti you'll understand not loving it...it took me 2 years before I could even look at a can of tuna again!

You could try sashimi grade tuna, it's so wonderful and you can cube it and mix in garlic and herbs with a bit of soy for a poki salad.

Original Post by smw:

If you've ever shared a kitchen with someone who has used canned tuna as the meat in spaghetti you'll understand not loving it...it took me 2 years before I could even look at a can of tuna again!

You could try sashimi grade tuna, it's so wonderful and you can cube it and mix in garlic and herbs with a bit of soy for a poki salad.

 I like using tuna as the meat in dishes like spaghetti, or pasta bakes Embarassed

Cottage cheese is the nicest thing suggested instead of tuna. You already have a lot of egg whites and I find too much egg white 'bungs me up' (if you know what I mean...)

Original Post by calisue:

Original Post by carmenxox:

My favorite is warming it up in the microwave then sprinkling stevia on top, then some hot sauce! thats it! sooo good! (add a little olive oil if it's too dry)

Not to be rude, but....that sounds disgusting! LOL

tuna and hot sauce is really good, it tastes like chicken.. how I would imagine buffalo wings taste if I ate them. The stevia adds a fantastic sweetness, similar to the "sweet fire" sauce at my work, which is a mixture of hot sauce and honey they put on chicken wings

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Apr 09 2011 03:45
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Tuna is also good topped with Dijon mustard. Straight out of the can, or even better on top of flatbread.

Pickled herring is even better.

I love tuna (canned) with hot sauce. I love sardines (canned) even more with hot sauce. I love smelly fish. I love fish with super fishy tastes too. Yum-yum. :D

What Carmen said sounds really yummy to me except I can't bring myself to microwave it because the smell would linger (my apartment has no windows) for days. I love warm tuna though... yum.

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