Ok. Upfront I am going to tell you that you HAVE to watch what you eat. I am NOT going to tell you that you can’t eat junk food.
Here is my philosophy on eating…ready for it?
EAT WHATEVER YOU WANT
Seriously. The minute someone decides they want to go on a diet (fyi…I hate that word) junk food is out the window.
This was my biggest mistake with losing weight. I had the hardest time with it during all of my weight loss attempts. I would do the typical things like no more candy, no more sugar…that kind of thing. But it didn’t work for me. There are that few rare people who can do that and lose weight successfully, but in my personal opinion it just didn’t work for me.
I still eat cheesecake, cupcakes, chocolate, ice cream, chips… just in moderation. If you tell yourself you can’t eat it, you will be miserable.
The key is to eat it with some control. Once in a while (1 or 2 times a week isn’t going to hurt you) Eat small portions, 1/2 a cup of ice cream is still going to make you as happy as the whole pint,1 cookie is still going to make you as happy as 6.
It’s all about control.
When I first started losing weight, I had talked to a doctor for the best way to do it. He suggested counting calories. So I tried it, and have been doing it ever since. Does this mean it is the only way to lose weight? Of course not. It is just the way that worked for me.
I count calories to keep myself in control. I have a certain number of calories that I allow myself to eat on a daily basis. It’s usually right around 1400 (varies either way). Find what works for you and stick to it.
Eat more fruits and veggies!!!!!! Duh, moment right? They are multifunctional….good for you and they help fill you up so you eat less. I’m sure there is a list somewhere that has every single good thing about vegetables on it.
Want that nummy cheeseburger? Go for it! Have a side of veggies. My rule of thumb, my veggie sides should be bigger than my main dish…..Eat the veggies first….then you won’t be as hungry to go for seconds (or thirds…for me it’s PASTA)….
If you are hungry and looking for a snack…go for some of your friendly neighborhood freggies!
2. You are not a turkey….no need to get stuffed!
My number one problem with eating.
Stop eating when you are full…. don’t stuff yourself…. as soon as you start getting full….stop. Put down your fork and stop. Hard to do…but many people’s problem is eating past that “full point.”
Stay conscious while you are eating, take it slow…..if you are anything like me, you don’t notice you are full until it’s too late.
It usually takes about 20 minutes for your body to feel full…take it slow and you’ll get there without diving off the plank into Stuffed Sea.
4. Going out to eat?
Ask for a “to go box” upfront…put 1/2 your meal in it….then enjoy what’s left. I went to Applebees and ordered a meal that came out to 700+ calories…I only at about 350-400 of it…and I was good and full!!!!
If at all possible prepare in advance…if you are going to a franchise look up the nutritional info online. Plan ahead what you are eating upfront…drives my boyfriend nuts…lol.
If you can’t check….ASK ASK ASK…… Ask your waiter what would be healthiest…. they get it all the time… you aren’t the only person on the planet who asks questions about food. People who are vegetarian or vegan do it. People who have allergies do it. People who are diabetic do it.
Why can’t you? If you don’t get a good answer, stick to what seems healthiest and CUSTOMIZE it. Don’t forget…Freggies are your friends!!!
5. Fat is GOOD
Eat fat! Don’t shy away from good fats (nuts, avacados, etc.).
We all need some amount of fats in our diets (hello…on that pyramid thingie)….
Disclaimer: This is not an appropriate excuse for eating your weight in deep fried mushrooms (I’m guilty on that one, I’m sure)
6. Cook at home!
Eat as many home cooked meals as possible. If you cook for yourself it’s easy to regulate what you are putting in your mouth!