Calorie Counters - Facourite tricks for eating less without going hungry..




Intotouch
04-04-2013, 09:23 AM
(I'm hoping that this will become a sticky)

In no particular order:

*Splitting my lunch. I now eat half at 12 and half at 3. I don't need a snack then to keep me going in the afternoon and for some reason didn't get hungry after only half a lunch at 12. Even from the first day that I did it.

*Drink more water. When I first get hungry I drink a glass of water and this helps me delay eating for almost half an hour. Most liquids help this.

*Tight stomach holding in pants. I wore one of these to a wedding and they were so tight I felt uncomfortable eating lots. So didn't!

*Soup. Either before a meal or as a snack. So long as it's veg based it's low calorie but fills me and so I eat less of other food.

*Filling low calorie foods. It took me a while to figure out what these are for me but porridge is high on my list of favourites. It fills me for hours and is ridiculously low calorie. Turkey is another, and chicken. Noodles too. Egg whites.

*Distraction. This can be exercise or any kind of work. So long as it absorbs my mind or keeps me moving. (TV doesn't work for this) If I am distracted time passes faster and I seem to eat less. I will want to complete tasks too before eating. Finishing sewing a seam feels less important than food sometimes.

Over to you....


IanG
04-04-2013, 09:46 AM
Beer, for the evening anyway.

I never feel hungry with a belly full of hops and gas.

Vex
04-04-2013, 01:41 PM
Related to Ian's but not QUITE the same...

I like fizzy drinks. A diet caffeine free pop fills me up for a bit.


IanG
04-04-2013, 01:55 PM
Why do I get the feeling I am the only person that uses beer and alcohol as part of their diet?

:(

mnemosyne
04-04-2013, 07:21 PM
Why do I get the feeling I am the only person that uses beer and alcohol as part of their diet?

I drink beer occasionally. Good beer, maybe once a week and generally only one. I'd rather eat food at night and more than one beer (especially on the otherwise empty stomach I'd need to make calorie allowance room for more than one beer) would make me tipsy.

I had a blood-orange hefeweizen yesterday, and drank about half a pint because it was late, I was tired, et cetera. It was delicious, but yeah. Beer is NOT a regular answer for me to those questions.

ChickieChicks
04-04-2013, 08:50 PM
I use coffee, Ian. Lol

Coffee, tea, water....all day.

If I need to really get serious and stay on track, I revert back to my tried-and-true habit of turning everything into a salad. This way I can still cook for the family and eat a small portion, but on top of a huge salad.

L J
04-04-2013, 09:16 PM
I feel like I live on protein bars and coffee some days. :/ Not terribly healthy, but at least I buy organic, whole food ones! That's more a result of my over scheduled life than it is dieting.

If I eat a really high protein breakfast, I am less hungry all day.

Instead of eating lunch I eat three small snacks between 11-4.

I take a lot of supplements (again, not related to dieting, just something I have done for years) and I take them at night and by default drink a 20oz bottle of water to swallow them. That pretty much kills my desire for a bedtime snack.

IanG
04-05-2013, 12:08 AM
would make me tipsy

Well, I'm just back from my happy hour.

I refused all bar food and drank three pints of IPA and a fourth pint of Guinness.

Should be a good weigh in tomorrow. Expecting a whoosh. But there could be a slight stall after that due to too much booze.

Always a risk. But, generally worth it.

I don't feel hungry. Time for bed...

freelancemomma
04-05-2013, 09:51 AM
Why do I get the feeling I am the only person that uses beer and alcohol as part of their diet?

:(

Well, I have a glass of wine every night, though I wouldn't say I "use" the wine as part of my diet as much as make room for it. Anyway, cheers!

F.

surfergirl2
04-05-2013, 05:49 PM
I've always loved oatmeal but i didn't realize until recently how MUCH you can eat for so little calories. One cup of dry oatmeal cooks up to a HUGE portion and it's only 300 calories.

joefla70
04-05-2013, 10:04 PM
I use coffee, Ian. Lol

Coffee, tea, water....all day.

If I need to really get serious and stay on track, I revert back to my tried-and-true habit of turning everything into a salad. This way I can still cook for the family and eat a small portion, but on top of a huge salad.

Me too. Water throughout the day, and a coffee in the mid morning and mid afternoon.

joefla70
04-05-2013, 10:08 PM
Well, I'm just back from my happy hour.

I refused all bar food and drank three pints of IPA and a fourth pint of Guinness.

Should be a good weigh in tomorrow. Expecting a whoosh. But there could be a slight stall after that due to too much booze.

Always a risk. But, generally worth it.

I don't feel hungry. Time for bed...


I have actually done that before. My office went out for happy hour a few weeks ago. I was only going to drink one pint of beer (like you, an IPA). But one beer turned into two, then three and then four. On top of that, people starting buying shots. So, I had a couple shots of tequila, a lemon drop and red headed slut (I think that's what it was). The only bar food I had that night was a couple slices of raw tuna. I was afraid that my weight would go up. But, surprisingly, it did not. I guess giving up dinner was the trade-off.

IanG
04-05-2013, 10:10 PM
Thanks Joe. I'll try to stretch it to a few additional extra shots next time!

Ouch.

Missy Krissy
04-05-2013, 10:17 PM
Why do I get the feeling I am the only person that uses beer and alcohol as part of their diet?

:(

I very much enjoy a nice glass of sweet muscato or a mug of thick, malty beer (porters are my favorite!), however I enjoy the act of eating more. In general I try not to drink my calories unless it's a special occasion.

OP: I do home-made soups in large batches, freeze them, and pull some out as necessary. My favorite is beef and cabbage (which also has lots of other veggies, including onions, celery, potato, tomato, and carrot). I only use a minimal amount of beef and let it cook ALL DAY to get that amazing slow-cooked flavor. It ends up being only .48 calories per gram.

IanG
04-05-2013, 10:24 PM
I very much enjoy a nice glass of sweet muscato or a mug of thick, malty beer (porters are my favorite!), however I enjoy the act of eating more. In general I try not to drink my calories unless it's a special occasion.


My hunch is that booze is different, at least for my body.

Booze and the food that often goes with that equals weight gain. Absolutely.

But just booze resisting the munchies, I am not so sure. It does not seem to disrupt my weight loss on its own.

I would like to make 100lbs loss without giving up any beer (that would make an awesome goal pic!). And I am using beer to make me feel less hungry in the evenings (only). Like now, for instance...

Alyssa Autopsy
04-05-2013, 11:36 PM
i just like to eat low-calorie meals


example

breakfast: 1 egg on 1 slice dry toast with 1 tbsp ketchup and 1 slice bacon: 265ish
lunch: 1 can tuna with 1 tbsp olive oil mayo on cucumbers: 205ish
dinner: 1/2 chicken breast with 1 cup mixed veggies: actually only about 200 calories

and i snack throughout the day on stuff like yoghurt with berries (100), apples with 0-cal caramel sauce (74), and of course a nice chocolatey treat of 5 dark hershey kisses (128).


some days i actually have trouble getting all of my calories in and will eat something like a serving of ramen for a quick 190, or a turkey sandwich for 285, or an ounce of cashews for 170.


oh and i drink water WHILE i eat, helps me fill up faster.

Munchy
04-08-2013, 12:49 PM
I incorporate non-starchy vegetables into most of my foods. I wrote this before, but instead of re-writing it, I'm going to post it:

Volumetrics eating is an awesome way to stay really satisfied and get a lot of nutrients in. I've been known to make obscenely large meals that are low in calories/points, just because they're bulked up so much with non-starchy vegetables.

For example, I'll take my 2oz portion of pasta (sometimes even cut it down to 1oz), sauté onions, an array of colored peppers, sliced mushrooms, and spinach and mix it into my pasta and add tomato sauce. It's a huge bowl of food that sometimes I can't even finish because I've added so many veggies.

Peeling zucchini and/or yellow squash into ribbons (LINK (http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/Tomato-Sauce-Zucchini-Papardelle-Clinton-Kelly-Carla-Hall)) and mixing it 50:50 with fettuccine and making an "alfredo" sauce is another favorite pasta dish. I even add in asparagus and peas for more bulk, nutrients, and general deliciousness. You can also mix your pasta 50:50 with spaghetti squash or just eat the spaghetti squash instead of pasta (LINK (http://homecooking.about.com/od/vegetablerecipes/ss/spagsquashsbs.htm)) .

My Asian noodle bowls and stir fry meals are mainly veggies. I'll use mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, and usually a frozen stir fry mix too. A little bit of oyster/hoisin/sriracha or whatever you like, and you have a great meal.

I shred zucchini and/or squash into my burritos and enchiladas (LINK (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/03/cheesy-zucchini-enchiladas.html)) so that it's mostly veggie, and the beans are a smaller component of them. Usually my rice and beans are filled with all kinds of peppers.
Burgers (LINK (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/05/turkey-burgers-with-zucchini.html)), meatloaf, and meatballs can be made with shredded zucchini or any other veggie, but zucchini is my favorite, and veggie nuggets with squash, zucchini or a mixture (LINK (http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2010/09/13/makeover-a-fast-food-favorite-sneaky-zucchini-chicken-nuggets/) OR LINK (http://skinnymom.com/2012/02/03/skinny-chicken-veggie-nuggets/) )

Cauliflower is great to add into everything. I make my dal half cauliflower (LINK (http://magicoven.blogspot.com/2011/12/lentil-dal.html)) , mix it with potatoes in baked potato soup (LINK (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/02/baked-potato-soup.html)) or mashed potatoes (LINK (http://paleocomfortfoods.com/recipes/cauliflower-mash)) , or I'll make mac and cheese with cauliflower puree mixed in (LINK (http://www.grandparents.com/gp/content/food/recipes/article/recipes-macaroni-and-cheese-deceptively-delicious.html)), or just mix a little pasta with a lot of broccoli and cauliflower to give it more nutrition.

I love eating soup - and I'm a thick soup kind of woman - so I use pureed veggies in my soups. I love broccoli soup (LINK (http://www.cestlavegan.com/2010/01/roasted-broccoli-soup/) ), carrot soup (LINK (http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/776/Peanut-And-Carrot-Soup112533.shtml)) , and tomato soup (LINK (http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2009/11/michael_symons.html) OR LINK (http://www.ourbestbites.com/2009/03/creamy-tomato-soup/) ), and I puree them all. I make chili with about every vegetable under the sun (LINK (http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=233278)) . It's not vegetarian, but it can EASILY be tweaked.

If you’re using ground beef in a recipe, food process 8-16oz – your preference - of mushrooms into small pieces for each pound of beef when you brown it. You’ll never notice it.

Be creative! Whenever you're making something, think of how many vegetables you can add into it to make it more nutritious. It will fill you up!