I am a calorie counter. I can try to give you some tips.
First off Special K. Low in calories, but also low in substance. I would be hungry in 10 minutes if I ate cereal for breakfast. Breakfast for me is one of my biggest meals of the day.
I go for something more substantial:
Omelet made with egg beaters, with turkey breakfast sausage and toast
French toast made with low calorie bread and egg beaters, sugar free syrup
Breakfast burritos made with egg beaters, lots of veggies, on a whole wheat wrap
Some kind of wrap or sandwich, lots of volume to it with lots of veggies
Mini pizzas, made on tortillas or flat bread , YUM
Sides usually involve baked chips, carrot sticks and hummus, any kind of veggie, some times soup and salad.
Dinner: You see okay with, but I am a college student so I to understand the hours and hours of class. However some of my dinners.
Spaghetti and meatballs, made with whole wheat pasta or sprouted grain pasta and turkey meatballs.
Chicken breast, can be used for so many many different things.
Fish of many kinds because you can have a large serving for less calories than the same size piece of meat. We have Alaskan salmon (from DHs family), we love tilapia, and really any kind of seafood.
I dont worry about carbs, for me I dont have to, if you are someone who doesn't lose as quickly while eating carbs then maybe you will. However you have said you are new to dieting, so if you haven't tried just counting calories without counting carbs give it a go.
I eat 6 times a day 3 meals and 3 snacks, now being a college student sometimes my meals are snacks and my snacks are meals. Next semester I will on campus from about 2:30pm-9:30pm most of that time spent in classes so I will be snacking a lot.
Snacks: carrot sticks, fruit, low calorie crackers and laughing cow cheese, Yogurt.
I for one embraced my taste for certain foods and just found lower calorie versions. I love potato chips, I switched to baked. I like Popsicle and other frozen treats, I switched to low calorie, sugar free kinds. I LOVE pasta, even though it has the same calories I switched to whole wheat, takes less to fill me up and it simply is more filling than white pasta, same with rice. I am a soda freak, its diet for me, I prefer the fruity flavors over the others but I found what works for me.
You will find what works for you. A lot of people don't do well with artificial sweeteners, I am fine, my husband can only have splenda without getting horrible headaches.
A lot of people have to avoid their trigger foods. I can have them in smaller portions, or make smarter choices with them.
A lot of people have to avoid carby foods, I haven't seen a problem with that, I switched to whole wheat instead of white simply to try it and liked it.
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