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    Is there a way to lose weight while only eating ramen?

    I am currently on an all ramen diet, but not by choice (I'm broke). I can eat for 2 weeks for about 15 bucks. What I want to know is what kind of effects is this sort of diet going to have on my body? and is there any way to lose weight while eating like this? any and all opinions welcome.
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    Originally Posted by jacobb88 View Post
    I am currently on an all ramen diet, but not by choice (I'm broke). I can eat for 2 weeks for about 15 bucks. What I want to know is what kind of effects is this sort of diet going to have on my body? and is there any way to lose weight while eating like this? any and all opinions welcome.
    I hate to say it, but ive been there and know exactly how you feel (being broke and only able to afford ramen)

    As to say can you lose weight while eating only ramen? yes of course, as long as you eat with a caloric deficit. Now its not going to be the best on the body. You are going to be lacking a lot of the macro nutrients the body needs.

    To maybe make it a bit healthier, see if you could possibly go buy some frozen broccoli (fairly cheap for a large bag) and no salt Mrs. Dash or something. Don't use the ramen seasoning if possible because its got an outrageous amount of sodium in it.

    I would strongly suggest trying to vary from the all ramen if possibly, your probably going to feel like crap if its all you eat. Get some veggies and meat when you can, quite often you should be able to find a grocery store selling chicken leg quarters 5lb bags for like 2-4 bucks (at least in my area). there are always other options than pure ramen when broke, just gotta keep an eye out
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    Thanks for the help, Tipps! I'm done buying groceries for at least one more week, but the next time i hit the store i will definetly get some broccoli and chicken. I completely forgot how cheap that stuff is too. i guess ramen isnt exactly "brain food" lol
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    You should supplement your ramen diet w/ milk to get some cheap protein.
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    Oh man, i ate ramen for a while and THEN i realised what a ****ty **** **** it really is.
    Youd think its low on calories and mostly fibre, but man was i freaking wrong.

    http://caloriecount.about.com/calori...n-noodle-i6582

    Substitute ramen with something else bro, you definitely dont want that fat and sodium in you. Or maybe one ramen for a meal and then something else. Again, if youre hitting your macros and your in a deficit, youre golden!
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    To be honest, I think a 40lbs pack of rice might be even cheaper. One bag lasts a hell of a long time. And much healthier.
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    Peanut butter may be another cheap choice to mix it up a little.
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    Just Ramen will cause you to lose a lot of muscle mass and pack on more body fat than you'd think. The palm oil used to initially fry the noodles is highly saturated, and high palmitic acid intake has been shown in some studies to contribute to heart disease. (See WHO report on Palmitic Acid)

    Having ramen (particularly when meat and vegetables are added) a few times a week isn't likely to give you problems, but I'd use something else (rice, sweet potatoes) with cheap chicken or pork as your mainstay.
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    heres what i did, use it if you like. went to sams and got a HUGE bag of oats. went to vitamin world and got bogo HUGE tub of nasty whey. lived on ONLY vanilla whey oats with a little maple syrup to make it taste okay. actually did pretty well.

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    Originally Posted by asdfvtn View Post
    To be honest, I think a 40lbs pack of rice might be even cheaper. One bag lasts a hell of a long time. And much healthier.
    Thanks for the advice. White rice or brown rice, which is better?
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    Thanks for the advice everyone! I have some natural peanut butter and i have a big container of plain oatmeal and honey that i eat every morning. I eat the ramen for 2-3 meals per day, occasionally 4. I'm going to picK up some rice the next time I go to the store. I'm starting a 8 week HIIT program today, so hopefully that will help with all the bad food I'm eating. I just joined this website yesterday and it has already given me the motivation to get back off my a** and get work done. Thanks again for all of your support guys.
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