Lose Weight by Eating Chinese Food, Chicken Wings, or Whatever Else You’d Like

16 Responses

  1. Jesse says:

    Amen, brother!!

  2. Carter says:


  3. nemiah1981 says:

    i like your approach to weight loss more tyler… what is the point of recommending all the “perfect” things to eat if you nobody wants to stick to the diet long enough to eat it? its better to eat a little “bad” food, in moderation like you say, and eat the perfect things too and still lose weight while being health concious in the process. good for you tyler

  4. Lori Lynn says:

    I have struggled with this a lot, b/c I do want to eat the “bad” foods, but still lose weight! I know it’s a balance and having moderation, and I have to work on not denying myself, b/c that’s what gets me into trouble, and I get to overload mode.

  5. Kyle says:

    Great post, Tyler. That’s what I’m striving for in my life too: A little bit of balance.

    Chinese food, pizza, and wings can cause you to gain weight, but then again, fruit, whole grain bread, and vegetables can cause you to gain weight as well. Yes, I generally prefer to eat the latter foods for a multitude of reasons, such as nutrients, fiber, etc., but you get my point.

    I’ve learned as well that depriving yourself of anything you enjoy is a recipe for disaster, as it just makes you want that thing more (food or otherwise). I lost 200lbs in 15 months by going to the gym and eating fruits, whole grains, and vegetables while counting calories, but I also was able to enjoy other foods I enjoy in balance like Chinese food, pie, and chips.

  6. David says:

    I can only imagine the dietitians/ trainers/ etc rolling over right now reading something like this. Most people have been brainwashed into thinking weight loss was some miracle drug, workout, food. Its not, you proved it, and i think you are really creating an army with your vision. I know i love this site, along with the community.

  7. Kris says:

    Bang on post!

    I hate the bloated feeling I have for days after eating Chinese food (the high sodium content!), but I still eat it 2-3x per year… and enjoy every bite!

    Today, it was an order of fries, my first in a couple of months. I ran 5.0 miles and biked for 70 minutes, so I *earned* those fries! And they tasted great!

    Everything is about balance, moderation, and choice. I’ve kept my 100+ pounds off for almost a year but practicing all of them!

  8. Power says:

    I disagree somewhat. If all you care about is scale weight and not body composition then this is ok. But if you do care about what your body looks like underneath your clothes then you would make better food choices. Also, telling someone with hi cholesterol to eat hi cholesterol/ hi sodium foods as long as its within the calorie count is sorta reckless, but i guess its better than nothing?

  9. Tyler says:

    I appreciate it, Carter. I like it too, just wish it might have been a little more colorful. Colors came out fairly dull, I probably need new lighting in this house!

  10. Tyler says:

    EXACTLY! I can quote textbook suggestions to you and foods you SHOULD eat all day long. But if you don’t, ignore my advice completely, and just eat 5,000 calories of nachos and cheese, what’s the harm in what I’m suggesting? Absolutely nothing.

  11. Laura says:

    I second Power’s comment, and I’ll also note that whether you want quality over quantity is a subjective matter. For myself, I usually prefer feeling totally full to eating something really decadent. When I eat not-so-good-for-me foods, getting to that point is REALLY unhealthy because of many calories it is; if I eat a homemade salad (no cheese/nuts/other calorie dense add ons, homemade light vinaigrette, etc), I can eat as much as I want without having to worry about the calories. I would much rather eat a massive bowl of homemade vegetable soup than a small piece of chocolate, even though they both have the same calories.

    Just a different opinion, though I think your points are very valid for a lot of people.

  12. Tami says:

    I needed this and needed your advice in my life…..last year i started myfitness pal and ignored even people on there with the diet stuff…and lost 29 lbs…eating real foods…
    and now i have to keep that focus and not get sucked back into the diet traps…

  13. Lisa says:

    This is actually a common debate in my house. My bf claims that someone could lose weight eating 1500 calories a day in just Cheetos because losing weight is about eating less calories than you burn. True. It is a math equation.

    But I also come from the “athlete” point of view where food is fuel for me. There’s no WAY I could have run Hood to Coast last summer on just Cheetos. 🙂

  14. Laura says:

    You could definitely lose weight by eating 1500 calories of Cheetos per day (assuming you burn more than 1500/day), BUT you’d probably be hungry all the time. 1500 calories of Cheetos is probably like one regular-sized bag, and that’s just not filling enough. Plus, you’d be ridiculously unhealthy and wouldn’t have energy even to do more sedentary activities.

  15. Power says:

    The question is, do you just want to lose weight or do you want to lose fat? To those who want to lose weight, then eat wings, fries, chocolate, cheetos etc, as long as its in your calorie count.. To those who want to change their body composition by dropping bodyfat & looking great despite what the number on the scale says, then you you view food as fuel for your machine(body)
    The funny thing is is Tyler the owner of this blog found out the hard way about body composition, regardless if he lost 50 or 150, because he had no muscle & stripped what muscle he had off doing cardio and no weight training. Now he’s trying to make up for it now & its a up hill battle because he shunned the weights for to long and focused on the scale.