Losing Weight With Bigger Meals
Sounds counterintuitive, right? It’s working for me. I had the eating habits of an eight year old. I basically ate what I had to at dinner to save plenty of room for snacks later.
I’ve never had a big appetite. I love pizza, but one slice is usually plenty, maybe two at most, BUT, (and mine is a big butt) I could easily eat my body weight in M&Ms. In fact I am currently hauling around about 50 pounds in M&Ms, Raisinettes and Hershey’s Hugs.
That all came to a grinding halt about a month ago when my doctor told me, no white flour or sugar. Big adjustment. Huge.
People talk about wanting steak or lobster or Fettuchini Alfredo as a last meal and I could never understand why anyone would want more than steak and chocolate.
Well all that had to change. No more white toast with lemon curd for breakfast. No candy from the vending machine to defeat mid afternoon slump. No scones with my cappuchino.
Getting accustomed to doing without was surprisingly simple to adjust to, after a few days at least. The tricky part was getting really genuinely hungry when I didn’t bring enough legal food along. I soon learned to remember to bring Greek yogurt, cheese sticks, canned or pouched tuna along (don’t try the lemon one, it tastes like furniture polish). As well as fruit or vegetables.
The other tricky thing was to actually eat to fullness rather than save room for snacks later. Especially dinner. I eat way more for dinner than I used to, but I’m full. I don’t graze all night. If I need a snack, I have a small bowl of whole wheat goldfish ( my daughter found those) or a sugar free Wegmans frozen fudgicle.
It’s working for now. I have lost 4 or 5 pounds which is really quick for me. I’m sure at some point, I’ll plateau and need to begin tracking my intake. Also, I will add the occasional treat in from time to time.
But my snack centric diet needs to be gone for good