I'm not going to say I hate diet tips and strategies....you didn't hear me say it, did you?
There are a million and one diet tips and strategies, or maybe just a few, but interpreted a million different ways! They are all good, and they all probably work if you DO them! That's key, right? Doing them, not knowing them! I try and never offer tips as if they are easy to follow through with because I know that when it's just not time, it's just not time! It seems that more often than not we have the best of intentions and then something happens....oh yes, I remember...
"It's all easy until you get hungry!"
Hunger of course can be a just a feeling, or indeed a fact. The science behind weight loss, no matter what some popular books/authors write about these days, for me, comes down to calories in, calories out. What it comes down to for you? Well, only you really know what and how much you eat, but this I know. If I dropped you off on a deserted island and came back for you 1 month later you would weigh less, a lot less. I'd put money on it.
I completely understand wanting more food for no apparent good reason other than it tastes good, and it feels good when I'm eating it, AND I can have whatever I want, when ever I want, pretty much all of the time. I'm spoiled. Or, more accurately I may be, literally, spoiling (my health). Anyway, enough with the know it all attitude and back to some diet tips!
As I posted a couple of days ago I tend to serve myself larger portions of food at meal times. I know I'm doing it. It's not a secret or a mystery, I admit I do it. I'm not really liking doing it anymore so I think I'm going to change that habit. Okay, I changed it. Extra large portions also include second helpings! But I think I may be ready to take it a step further.
I really, really liked Amanda's comment to my last blog post about stopping at 80% full! I think I'm going to tweak it a bit, and change it to starting with only an 80% serving! I think it's a pretty easy strategy to "eyeball". In fact now that I think about it my portions have easily crept up by an additional 20%-50%, so cutting them back to "normal" is 80%! lol
This is something that I can feel good about right away. I got tired of lying to myself. It's just not fun. In fact, it would be funny if the science worked out perfectly and by cutting my calories 20% I would lose 20% of my body weight! Hmnn...wouldn't that be a fun game to play?
Diet tips and strategies come and go...and then come around again! Really, I only offer up some suggestions as I find my own way through the feelings and emotions that seem to be connected around my eating and the foods I chose to eat or not eat.
What have you changed? What worked for you? Do you have rules? Do you have a strategy?
Or do you never think about eating and/or food? I'm always interested to hear about "you"
people! lol What's that like? I can imagine a time when I will feel the same. Maybe tomorrow? That would be nice.