Weight Loss Support - If you're skinny or have made goal please advise!




Michelle125
03-10-2008, 11:53 AM
I am sure lots of us want to know the answer to these questions!
If you've met your goal and are skinny I'd like to know a few things about you:

1) How often do you eat cheat foods?
2) Do you ever let yourself get full?
3) Do you feel hungry a lot and just get used to the feeling?

I have a big appetite and am making progress, but used to almost starve myself a few years ago. But starving myself back then was actually me eating enough calories to stustain a skinny woman (1000-1200), but I felt as if I were starving. Now, my mom is naturally skinny (110lbs) and my height, and she can't eat too much. She'll eat like 1/2 a restaurant hamburger and be like "wow I'm so full."

So I'm just wondering for all of you who have reached your goal and are thin (like 120-140lbs), how do you feel and eat day to day? I'm wondering if I need to wait for my stomach to shrink :)

Thanks for the advice!


nelie
03-10-2008, 11:59 AM
There is a maintainer forum that you might find useful
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=170

Also, I highly recommend reading the book "Thin for Life". It is a book based on a study of those who have lost 30 lbs or more and maintained it for a year or more. It is quite interesting to learn what people who have lost weight do to maintain that weight loss.

beckaboo72
03-10-2008, 12:13 PM
HI Michelle,

I mostly lurk on this sight but your question really struck a cord. I am 5'6" and range anywhere from 125-135 lbs. I will tell you what I have learned. I never, ever deny myself. I love chocolate and eat some everyday, but I don't eat a lot of it. I guess for me one cookie is all I need and I have learned that is all I really want. I find if I deny myself little luxuries, I binge later in the week.

I have also learned there are some foods which I love and will overeat. So I never buy them. They just aren't worth the extra pounds!!

I have learned to eat when I am hungry and eat often. I don't ever skip meals. I try to eat a big breakfast, good-sized lunch so by dinner I am not super hungry and don't overeat. I also never eat past dinner. If I stay up later than usual, I will usually eat a piece of fruit or some almonds. I have also found that if I am hungry during the day and have recently eaten, I am really thirsty and not hungry. So I drink a big glass of water and that usually does the trick. I think staying intuned to your body is the key to weight loss and staying fit and healthy. Starving is never the answer!!

Good luck, Michelle, you are on your way!!!


agatut
03-10-2008, 12:21 PM
I agree with beckaboo. I recently reach my goal weight. while trying to slim down I ate less "bad" stuff and more "good" stuff, but I never starved myself. I use to eat only twice a day, but the weight actually started coming off when I ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a snack in between. I also tried to eat bigger breakfasts and smaller dinners. For my sweet cravings, I make cookies and then freeze them and only take out whatever i plan on eating. I actually just made the drop ginger bread cookies (not sure if thats the exact name) from the cookie recipe on this site. I think they are delicious.

In order to loose the weight I had to motivate myself first.. I worked out real hard, 5 days a week for an hour and a half (I dont recommend jumping in this hard if you havent been working out). for me, by starting real hard i was able to notice result quicker, which kept me motivated. I am definetly adicted to the gym now.

I tried pilates and tapes at home, but there is no better motivationn than having a buddy and actually getting out of the house. I like to start with aerobics and then lift some weights. I first lift to build some muscle to help burn fat (=high weight), then i reduce the weight on week 3 or so, and just try to slim down.

This is what recently worked for me. Hope this helps!

Azure
03-10-2008, 12:26 PM
But starving myself back then was actually me eating enough calories to stustain a skinny woman (1000-1200), but I felt as if I were starving.

Many women in the maintainers forum, and the exercise forum have posted that they maintain on anywhere from 1400-2000 calories a day (depending on height, weight and exercise level). I don't think anyone maintains eating 1000-1200 calories...and if they are, their metabolism is probably just shot from too much dieting. Most people wouldn't even ever suggest that you diet by eating under 1200 calories, since you risk lowering your metabolism and cannibalizing lean muscle tissue. You felt like you were starving because--you were! A restaurant hamburger all by itself (not counting any sides) can be up to 800 calories! So, half of one with some fries is more than enough calories for anyone in one meal.

pamatga
03-10-2008, 12:44 PM
I have been naturally thin like your mom and I am now unnaturally fat.

I am relearning how to become naturally thin again and then stay that way.

I do eat several meals a day which I will plan to eat when I maintain my weight lose. Skipping meals doesn't work. In fact, it can make you fat.

I too spend time reading the posts of the maintainers. Why? Because they made it and they have the right attitudes, behaviors and lifestyles to support that choice. If you want to learn, you go to the ones who have already succeeded.

From them, I have learned that this is it. Maintenance is not going to be much different than what I am doing now so what I learn to do now that will help me lose weight will also help me keep it off. Someone has a quote on their postings that I like "Eat for the body you want." So, I do not expect my life as 140 lbs to be much different than it is today. It took me awhile to get that deep down in my psyche but once I did, I can see what I need to do and then do it.

good luck, Michelle, you are asking all the right questions. It shows you want this and you will get it. Keep going!:hug:

junebug41
03-10-2008, 12:46 PM
I am sure lots of us want to know the answer to these questions!
If you've met your goal and are skinny I'd like to know a few things about you:

1) How often do you eat cheat foods?
2) Do you ever let yourself get full?
3) Do you feel hungry a lot and just get used to the feeling?

I have a big appetite and am making progress, but used to almost starve myself a few years ago. But starving myself back then was actually me eating enough calories to stustain a skinny woman (1000-1200), but I felt as if I were starving. Now, my mom is naturally skinny (110lbs) and my height, and she can't eat too much. She'll eat like 1/2 a restaurant hamburger and be like "wow I'm so full."

So I'm just wondering for all of you who have reached your goal and are thin (like 120-140lbs), how do you feel and eat day to day? I'm wondering if I need to wait for my stomach to shrink :)

Thanks for the advice!

Hi :) I agree with azure... if you are starving (like really starving) on 1000-1200 calories a day, you are obviously not eating enough and that can cause health issues. Also, if you look in the maintainer's section, I don't think you will find many who have an average daily range that low. I know it isn't uncommon for people to go that low if they need to "get back to basics", but I think it would be really difficult to to that every day and call it "maintenance". I think that having the mindset that you can *only* eat so many calories (especially that low) ever single day is misleading and can give people a bit of a scare.


I also like to eat in volume, and that's partially why I follow the diet I do. You see a lot of people mention "mixing bowl salads" and that's an absolute staple to my diet. I regularly eat an entire head of red leaf lettuce in one sitting, in addition to all the vegetables and add-ons I throw in. Having a diet high in things like veggies (raw and cooked) and being willing to try new things (I just discovered sweet potato "home fries"!) is incredibly helpful as well.

I have come to terms that people that are naturally thin (and I don't mean all of them) have certain habits that come naturally to them, like your mom only being able to eat half a hamburger before recognizing that she's full. I will never be full enough to stop at half a hamburger and in order to maintain my weightloss, I have to be able to see that and deal with it.

beckaboo72
03-10-2008, 01:10 PM
I just wanted to add that I maintain my weight at anywhere from 1800-2100 calories and when I want to lose I try not to go any lower than 1500 and vamp up my exercise.

rockinrobin
03-10-2008, 01:14 PM
I am sure lots of us want to know the answer to these questions!
If you've met your goal and are skinny I'd like to know a few things about you:

1) How often do you eat cheat foods?
2) Do you ever let yourself get full?
3) Do you feel hungry a lot and just get used to the feeling?



Hi Michelle.

1) While in the losing process of my journey, very, very little. Once I made the decision to lose the weight, I became very, VERY determined and therefore knew that the more I said no to the "cheat" foods, the sooner I would get the weight off. I also knew that if I elminated my trigger foods and the "cheats", the faster the cravings for them would go away. I did find delicious HEALTHY, LOW CAL foods to replace the "bad" stuff with though. Which was key. I made lots of substitiutions and truly love, LOVE the food that I am eating now. It does take time though to experiment and find those foods.

2) I aim for satisfied, not necessarily full. I count calories and that helps me determine portion size which keeps me on the straight and narrow.

3) I can't recall the last time I was truly hungry. I eat very often. Every 2 hours or so. I also eat very, very filling, satisfying foods - low fat proteins and an enormous amount of veggies. These keep me full the longest. I would never, ever stick with this lifestyle if I were hungry. Me and hungry don't do well together. So therefore, I do my very best to avoid that feeling.

I will tell you that the first couple of weeks, probably even a little less, were very, very difficult. The cravings were not so good. But you stick with it - like GLUE - and then it gets much, much better.

tleef
03-10-2008, 01:25 PM
I agree with what the others said...1000 calories a day is just not enough. I average a 1-2lbs loss every week at 1500 and very simple exercise. I could probably guarantee myself a 2lbs loss EVERY week if I cut back to 12-1300 and upped my exercise, but what I'm doing works for me for now.

The only diets I have ever seen that were below 1200 consistently were ones like Medi-fast and Bernstein, but they are MD developed and in the case of Bernstein they're medically supervised! It is not recommended that a woman eat less than 1200 calories long-term. I always understood that 1200 was a minimum to not burn lean muscle mass along with fat.

Try this website: http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm

You can put in your stats and find out exactly how many calories you need now to lose weight and also how many you would need (on average) to maintain your loss.

Hope that helps.
Cheers,
Tamara

Glory87
03-10-2008, 01:29 PM
I am sure lots of us want to know the answer to these questions!
If you've met your goal and are skinny I'd like to know a few things about you:

1) How often do you eat cheat foods?
2) Do you ever let yourself get full?
3) Do you feel hungry a lot and just get used to the feeling?

I have a big appetite and am making progress, but used to almost starve myself a few years ago. But starving myself back then was actually me eating enough calories to stustain a skinny woman (1000-1200), but I felt as if I were starving. Now, my mom is naturally skinny (110lbs) and my height, and she can't eat too much. She'll eat like 1/2 a restaurant hamburger and be like "wow I'm so full."

So I'm just wondering for all of you who have reached your goal and are thin (like 120-140lbs), how do you feel and eat day to day? I'm wondering if I need to wait for my stomach to shrink :)

Thanks for the advice!

3 years maintenance:

1) How often do you eat cheat foods?

I guess that depends on how you define cheat foods. I have some foods I have declared offlimits forever (these are my own personal decisions for me and I am definitely not saying anybody has to do this): sugar soda, fast food burgers/fries/shakes etc (I still eat stuff like Subway and healthy Chipotle options), packaged baked goods, chips, most fried foods, cream-based sauces). I never eat those foods and haven't since the day I started.

Now, if you're asking do I eat TREATS - the answer is yes. I normally have 1 evening a week where I go out to dinner in a nice restaurant and have a glass of wine and split an appetizer, have a nice entree, split a dessert. This is a planned treat, not a "cheat" since I have planned to have it.

2) Do you ever let yourself get full?

This is an interesting question. I now HATE the feeling of being "too full." If I eat too much (which sometimes happens) I get that "stuffed" feeling and it makes me feel so uncomfortable, I hate it. I am much much much better at pushing back my plate if I really get too full. I went to a dinner party this weekend and I made individual servings of molten lava cake for dessert (YUM). I ate about half of mine and just felt so full I stopped eating. That would NEVER have happened for me before.

3) Do you feel hungry a lot and just get used to the feeling?

I hate being hungry. I eat about every 2 hours, usually before I get hungry. I don't like to be hungry it makes me feel miserable - sometimes I get light headed and sweaty and I make TERRIBLE food choices.

Here is my menu for today for example (I am up 3 lbs so my menu today is for weight loss, not maintenance):

7:00 breakfast - 1/2 cup pumpkin flax granola (140 calories), fat free Greek honey yogurt (120 calories)

10:00 snack - 6 oz fresh blackberries (100 calories)

12:00 lunch - big spinach salad - chopped red onion, shredded carrots, grape tomatoes, 1/5 red pepper, 1/4 cup roasted corn, chicken breast, organic barbeque sauce (estimate - 300 calories)

3:00 snack - tangelo (100 calories)

5:00 snack - cut up veggies (sugar snap peas, baby carrots, orange pepper strips, grape tomatoes (100 calories)

7:30 dinner - 4 oz chicken breast (breaded in a little egg, panko), steamed broccoli crown, 1/2 spaghetti squash, 1/2 cup low fat marinara (estimate 400 calories)

junebug41
03-10-2008, 01:33 PM
2) Do you ever let yourself get full?

This is an interesting question. I now HATE the feeling of being "too full." If I eat too much (which sometimes happens) I get that "stuffed" feeling and it makes me feel so uncomfortable, I hate it.

That's a really good point that I should have clarified. While I love to eat (and cook and chop and...), I don't eat to be "stuffed". My stomach seems have evolved:lol: On the other hand, I also hate hunger and avoid that, too ;)

Michelle125
03-10-2008, 01:51 PM
Thanks so much, everyone! I didn't realize I should have gone to the maintenance section- I will read that more often! Everyone's advice was so good, but I just have to talk about this one:

JuneBug41- "I will never be full enough to stop at half a hamburger and in order to maintain my weightloss, I have to be able to see that and deal with it."

That struck something in me! Thank you, Jen! I guess I needed to hear from someone else that it's ok to not be satisfied. Like, it's ok to walk away a little hungry... and eventually (hopefully) I won't be hungry after 1/2 burger at a restaurant. (well I usually order salads and healthy things... but like my goal is to be able to eat almost anything but regulate my appetite accordingly).

And someone else mentioned having foods that are off limits. I've actually outlawed bread, rice and pasta for the last 3 weeks and have been doing great. (I still get my carbs from oats and sweet potatos). But it's like no matter how whole grain those grains can be, I still eat a ton and get ravenous. So keeping those off-limits has been working wonders. And I really think I will outlaw white pasta for the rest of my life. When it comes to that it's all downhill.

So thanks for everyone's advice! And for the record my mom has been 110lbs her whole life (at 5'5'') and a dietician had her record her foods and she naturally eats between 1000-1200 calories. But she's 'skinny fat'- she's about 18-20% body fat and her doctor wants her to change that and gain some muscle for health.

JayEll
03-10-2008, 02:23 PM
Hey Michelle125! :wave:

My answers to your questions, just FYI since you've gotten such great replies already.

1) I don't have "cheat" foods. I don't think that way. I can eat any food, but not mindlessly, that is, I have to be real about it. A serving of Doritos is 12 chips. Ice cream has a lot of fat and sugar. 1/2 cup of rice is 100 cals. And so on... Like you, I have some foods that currently I do not keep in the house.

2) I do feel full--with much less food now. I almost never eat all of what they serve me in a restaurant--usually I take at least half home, unless it's something like a WW plate at Applebee's. So, feeling full is no longer an issue. Once I started eating the correct serving sizes, my capacity shrank accordingly.

3) When I first started, I did feel hungry from time to time. I think that's just part of losing weight. However, I used strategies to reduce that feeling, such as planned snacks between meals. That way, I am never more than a couple of hours away from being able to eat again. I can bear that amount of hunger. I don't skip meals--that can be a disaster. I will sometimes skip a snack, though, if I'm just not hungry when the time rolls around.

Jay

the slim me
03-10-2008, 02:44 PM
Hi, I can see you're very serious about losing weight. Planning is the key, and that's waht you're doing.

I am at goal and Plan to stay that way. I eat what I want, but i tend to eat healthy. After getting all the healthy things I need, there is very little room for "junk" food. I try to get some protein and good fat at each meal. It keeps me feeling fuller longer. And remember, if you eat untill you're feeling full you're over eaten. It takes your body 1/2 hour to send the signal to your head that you're full.

As for "forbidden" food. There are none. I love chocolate and i'm not about to give it up. I have a really good piece of chocolate every afternoon with my cup of green tea. I look forward to it, choose it carefully, and enjoy it. There are trigger foods that I know I can't eat, I can't controle. Corn chips. Not something i can't live without anyway. I just don't bring them into the house. Know your weaknesses and work around them. If I truly HAVE corn chips I buy a small bag. Forced portion controle. But, truly, I know I'm better off not even having them.

If you still can't do portion controle at a restaurant, ask for a doggie bag at the beginning of a meal. Put half the meal in the bag before you even start eating. Some people can leave 1/2 a meal on the plate. I know I can't do taht, I will sit there and pick at it.

Good luck

Rhighlan86
03-10-2008, 02:55 PM
I have been at my goal before, (I gained it back b/c of car wrecks and laziness), but for me when I first started, I do WW, I would feel a little hungry at times, but it was because I was used to eating constantly. After a week I would be fine and have adjusted to the new lifestyle. I began even looking for foods that I could eat that I called filler, basically fruits and veggies. That way I could have say a hamburger that was smaller, but feel OK with it because I have a huge salad with it.

I also allowed myself one cheat meal a week. For me I tried to never make anything off limits 100% because I knew that there would be a day something would happen and I'd not be feeling the best and I would go crazy.

There are things I know I shouldn't keep huge portions around like yogurt covered pretzels, and cheesy bugles, but allowing them for an occasional treat is nice. I generally try to find substitutes for those things for example, I love cupcakes (i love popping the top off and eating more icing than cake) but doing that a lot would not be good so I found an alternative...my grocery store makes 6 packs of quarter size cupcakes. That way I can indulge in my sweet tooth and be done with it. It's amazing though because more often than not I begin craving the healthy stuff, like right now I can't wait for strawberries to be in season here so I can have them with sugar free cool whip.

One of my personal favorite tips is in my spare time, if I am just sitting here doing nothing, I look through food websites and find out the nutritional information for all of my favorite foods, both restaurants/fast food and regular food. That way I will never feel stuck because I don't know the points of what I am eating. I will have a general idea of a lot of things and be able to make a good decision. It helps me a lot

Good Luck! :hug:

tomandkara
03-10-2008, 03:44 PM
And someone else mentioned having foods that are off limits. I've actually outlawed bread, rice and pasta for the last 3 weeks and have been doing great. (I still get my carbs from oats and sweet potatos). But it's like no matter how whole grain those grains can be, I still eat a ton and get ravenous. So keeping those off-limits has been working wonders. And I really think I will outlaw white pasta for the rest of my life. When it comes to that it's all downhill.

I have recently completely cut out wheat in my diet. It's a huge trigger food for me - seems to spike my blood sugar and cause cravings. I had only been eating whole wheat and still had this problem. I eat a lot of oatmeal now and use oat flour and brown rice flour for things I would previously have used wheat flour. I buy rice pastas and quinoa pastas and supplement my veggies at dinner with brown rice or quinoa. I also found brown rice bread in the freezer section, which is great for sandwiches (all one a week I tend to have :lol:)

In response to your other questions...
1) How often do you eat cheat foods? I try very hard not to "cheat". That particular word makes me think of hiding food, concealing my calorie consumption from myself or others, going on a downward spiral off-plan. I have to stick to plan 100% or else I feel out of control and then go bananas. So that means my plan has to include indulgences. I eat a very carefully controlled 1,000 calories a day and then have 200 calories that I allow myself to "play" with. If that means I want a snack of cheese and crackers in the middle of the day, I can have 100 calories of that. If that means I feel like some chocolate (like last night), I'll break off two squares of really good quality dark chocolate and have them with a cup of tea in the evening. Coming up this weekend I have several dinners out at either other people's homes or restaurants and I am attacking this problem in a couple ways. I am perusing restaurant menus ahead of time and planning what I will order so I can stay within my calories for the day. I am also bringing food to contribute to the dinner parties so that I know there will be something there that I can safely eat while staying on plan. And then, the day AFTER the special occasion HAS TO BE planned out to the bite. I cannot allow myself to latch onto this "Ah, I already went off plan, I might as well eat whatever I want today..." idea. I have recently come by the AHA! moment that I am accountable to every single calorie that goes in my mouth. It doesn't matter if I planned it or not. If I consumed it, I consumed it. It sounds dumb, but sometimes I thought that if I didn't write it down or think about how many calories it was, it wouldn't count. Not the case.

2) Do you ever let yourself get full? You know what? Not any more. I eat four meals a day (that's the carefully counted 1,000 calories) and then have 200 calories "free choice" a day that I sometimes eat in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon, and sometimes in the evening. I don't usually feel stuffed after I finish eating, but I know I'm going to eat again soon and I know that I have eaten what I planned, so that's good enough for me.

3) Do you feel hungry a lot and just get used to the feeling? I think my stomach size has shrunk because I can't eat as much as I used to without feeling ridiculously stuffed. I don't like that stuffed feeling. I do get hungry sometimes. I have a six year old, a three year old, and a one year old, and sometimes I don't get to eat when I had planned to, but I do what I can. I try to eat about every three hours.

I'm not yet at goal, but I am at a healthy weight. It's a long journey!

Kara

tomandkara
03-10-2008, 03:49 PM
Try this website: http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm

Thanks for posting that calculator, Tamara! I love how it gives you a break-down of calorie cycling numbers!

Kara

shrinkingchica
03-10-2008, 10:19 PM
1) How often do you eat cheat foods?

Depends usually a couple times a week (like a giant cookie or a pint of ice cream or fries or something) but I always log it into my caloric intake and daily exchanges. So they are somewhat "legal" cheats. Or at least that is how I look at them.

2) Do you ever let yourself get full?

Occasionally. Like a few times a week. But usually I feel badly afterwards. Because if I am full then I have eaten too many calories to maintain my weight and I am aware of that.

3) Do you feel hungry a lot and just get used to the feeling?

Yes. I am literally hungry most of the time. But sure you get used to it. Sometimes it hurts and sometimes it drives you mad and you just have to eat something to make the pain go away but most of the time it is livable. Like a dull ache. But I remind myself that that ache is a good thing. It means that I am not over indulging and I am keeping my body in check. I never feel bad about a day in which my tummy aches from hunger. It's when it doesn't that I start to question......

almostheaven
03-11-2008, 12:42 AM
1) How often do you eat cheat foods?

It depends. What are we calling cheat foods? I don't consider any food to be off limits. I consider some foods to be ocassional items though, rather than daily like they used to be. And, as an example, I don't eat mac & cheese as a main meal now, but as the side it was intended for. Pizza and burgers are ok, very ocassionally. They shouldn't be consumed daily. And they shouldn't be consumed when you're extremely hungry or having a bad day which may tend to cause you to overindulge on them. ;)

2) Do you ever let yourself get full?

I usually eat until I'm satisfied. Don't know if that's really full or not. From time-to-time, I have managed the old habit of eating til stuffed. It's not a pleasant feeling. Never was. And I'm glad I don't do this regularly...as I used to.

3) Do you feel hungry a lot and just get used to the feeling?

Not usually. If anything, I often feel less hungry. While I try to graze most days, there are some days I just get way busy and tend to "forget" to eat. I never had THAT problem before. ;)

tomandkara
03-11-2008, 08:20 AM
Yes. I am literally hungry most of the time. But sure you get used to it. Sometimes it hurts and sometimes it drives you mad and you just have to eat something to make the pain go away but most of the time it is livable. Like a dull ache. But I remind myself that that ache is a good thing. It means that I am not over indulging and I am keeping my body in check. I never feel bad about a day in which my tummy aches from hunger. It's when it doesn't that I start to question......

Charlotte, be careful! You shouldn't be having to deal with that. Sounds like an invitation to go off plan to me. You've come so far and are obviously successful with your plan, but maybe you could work it around a little so you're not feeling so hungry.

I eat about 1200 calories a day and am rarely ravenous. Most of my calories come from high-bulk, low-calorie foods like fresh vegetables. Did you know two cups of fresh spinach has 20 calories? Two cups! Maybe if you switched out some of your calorie-dense foods for more filling foods, you wouldn't suffer those hunger pains.

And what about eating more frequently? I have recently redivided my calories into four meals instead of three, so I generally eat a full meal at 9:00, 12:00, 3:00, and 6:00 and then have a snack (about 200 calories) in the evening. I still want to eat when I'm stressed or excited or see someone else having carrot cake, but I'm not usually so hungry that I can't make good food choices.

Be careful with your body. It's telling you something if you're that hungry all the time.

Kara

shrinkingchica
03-11-2008, 06:24 PM
Maybe if you switched out some of your calorie-dense foods for more filling foods, you wouldn't suffer those hunger pains.

Be careful with your body. It's telling you something if you're that hungry all the time.


You are right. :yes: I should eat more healthily with more filling options.

But I don't do too, too badly usually. For example:
B: apple, orange, banana and 1 packet low sugar oatmeal

L: protein bar

D: 6 oz grilled chicken and 1.5 cups steamed broccoli with 1 cup brown rice

S: Some hard candies (like 3-4) (a couple are vitamin supplements like vit. C or airborne even though I regularly take a multivitamin).

S: 100calorie ice cream bar or 1/4 cup m&ms or 1 serving sugar free chocolates

tomandkara
03-11-2008, 07:42 PM
Looks like it could be the protein bar that's killing you. What about having some bagged fresh veggies with it?

Kara

gastronome
03-11-2008, 11:50 PM
I remember when I did my first real diet it was really hard because I was just becoming aware of the things I was eating and I was still trying to figure out what I needed to do to lose weight. At the time, I was not losing weight for health but rather for appearance reasons. So back then I did it in an unhealthy way of restricting foods, so I almost always felt hungry and when I did eat I ate all junk foods. Needless to say after my diet was over I ended up gaining back all the weight I had lost. It was only during my pregnancy that I started eating for health and continued doing so afterwards so I was able to drop the weight. Because I was eating for my health I was naturally eating more veggies and fruits and lean stuff so it helped a lot. I also eat often...every 2 hours or so. I try not to let myself get too hungry. I eat until I feel full. As for the cheat foods, I used to eat a lot of sugar free cheat foods like sugar free muffins, sugar free chocolate... because I figured if I was going to "cheat" it might as well be lower calorie. Now I've given up on the artificial sweeteners and that has helped my appetite as well. When I eat sweets I feel satisfied now, vs before it would be insatiable. I tried a lot of diet plans and found what worked for me -- calorie counting with emphasis on proteins, veggies and whole grains. Some people do better on a low carb diet, others a high carb diet...it's best for you to experiment, read and find what works for you. Best of luck! You can do this!

shrinkingchica
03-12-2008, 12:04 AM
Looks like it could be the protein bar that's killing you. What about having some bagged fresh veggies with it?


I agree that the bar is not the best lunch. But I have to because of major convenience issues with regard to a midday meal. So, there is no compromise there and bagged veggies are a no can do at that time of day as well...... oh, well. But thanks for the concern/suggestions. :)