These are some of the ways I keep from sabatoging my efforts without feeling deprived:
- Make breakfast count. Eat those pancakes, just make sure you eat eggs or another good source of lean protein with them (better yet, BEFORE them).
- Plan for desserts. When visiting a friend, I sometimes take a weight friendly dessert with me. If I know they're going to serve my favorite cookies or brownies, I've taken a dessert like fat-free whipped topping and frozen fruit with me. It keeps me from over doing it on the desserts.
- Watch the carbs. Eat 1 pancake instead of 2 (or 2 instead of 3). Eat the fried chicken and pile on the veggies, but watch the roll - eat half of it if you can't avoid it altogether.
- Load up on veggies and fruit. Eating the green beans or salad first curbs my appetite making it easier to eat less of the rest of the meal.
- Eat between meals. Grab a weight loss friendly food before it's time to eat to curb your appetite.
- Make the buffet count! When you're in a situation (obviously out of your control) where your going to be eating buffet, there are two ways to look at it. I'll explain below.
- Remember your goal. You're working to change your eating habits. They have to be reasonable and long term changes. Changing your habits 5 days a week is not very helpful when you totally let go on the weekend. Weight gaining habits like eating 2 pieces of cake or 2 donuts isn't even an option for me. It just doesn't taste as good as thin feels.
- And last but not least... Make up for botched efforts on Monday. I can't prove my little secret with any resource, however, I'm convinced this works. When they've served my favorite cookie and there was NO way I could eat any less than like... 17, and I completely messed up by eating all those yummy cookies, I eat a NO carb meal as many times in a row as I can after that. Usually just one meal, I'll eat no carbs for that meal and I swear it voids the cookies. I do NOT recommend this as a habit, rather as a way of making up when you have messed up.
Eating BuffetBuffets pose a problem because you are unlimited, the foods are loaded with yummy fat and sugar, and because you feel you have to get your money's worth and end up over eating.
I have to decide between two ways to look at the buffet to avoid sabotaging my weight loss.
1) Limit fat and control my portions.
2) Eat as much as I wanted of low/no carb foods. (I explain this concept in this series)
Last time at KFC, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to pass on the biscuits and dessert but I figured I stood a better chance eating more (option 2) because of the buffet mentality I have. I started out with chicken, coleslaw, green beans and a pickle and worried that I wouldn't be able to pass up the 'good stuff' (mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuits, hot apple pie...). After my first plate though, I wasn't nearly as hungry and avoiding carbs wasn't nearly as difficult.
Do your best on the weekends and please... let me know how you did and what worked for you.