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If I don't love it, I don't eat it.
That is one of the things I have learned about dieting. I cut out a bunch of foods that I decided were not good for me, and I love some of those. Not once have I had to stomach a 'healthy' meal that I disliked but felt like it was for my own good. In my case, this was most carbs (I am one of those dreaded low-carb dieters who has managed to keep the weight off for many months while eating stuff I actually like!). Once I started to get close to a better weight, I started adding back in foods that I love that were contrary to my weight loss. I also now eat the occasional food that is actively bad for me (cake, tortillas) but still keep those to a minimum. And every time I am faced with eating something that is probably bad for me, I ask myself the question, "Is it worth it?" For me, I answer that question based on how much I like the not-healthy food. Cake....yes. White rice...no!
If you don't eat between meals (no snacks at all), then meal time is the only time you have to worry about portion size. What is hard is cooking for one, or two people, and trying to manage NOT to have leftovers. One suggestion is to keep it as simple as possible - just one sauteed cutlet, instead of something big that you have to slice. No leftovers. Or buy a small amount of fish, for one meal. This requires shopping every day, but if you work, and the market's on the way home, and you can buy just what you came for (don't 'shop'), then you have fresh food at dinner and the lunches you pack.
Much more complicated when you're cooking for other people!
Portion control is definitely part of my plan. If I want a snickers bar, I will get one in the just for fun size (only 80 calories). If I want a donut, I get a munchkin. I am a bit of a mindless muncher when it comes to things like crackers or potato chips. I solved the problem by portioning these kinds of foods into 100 calorie packs and filling up snack bags. Then I just grab one bag and know exactly when to stop.
I also like to recreate many of my favorite foods in far healthier ways. I make my burgers from extra lean beef and serve them with a side of oven baked fries. I even make my own pizzas with lean topping and reduced fat cheese. I do this with most foods and it is working out great!!!
My take on this is that you can eat anything you really, really want and still lose weight. You just can't eat *everything* you want, every time.
Basically, my rule is that if I'm going to eat something that's high in calories and/or low in nutrients, it has to be FABULOUS and it has to be exactly what I want. I don't eat cookies out of a package or cake from the supermarket anymore, for example; they're not worth the calories. If I want cake, I spend a few days looking over recipes and contemplating exactly what type of cake I'm craving, and then if I still really want it, I bake one. (Most times the craving passes before I find time to spend half a day baking.) If I decide that I want a ginger cookie from my favorite bakery but when I get there, all they have are oatmeal, I don't get one. I wait and go back when they have the "right" kind.
Another thing that helps a lot is to make a list of your favorite foods and see how any of them are already healthy or are easy to make healthier. Then just eat more of those and less of some things that aren't so healthy. For example, I used to eat a lot of macaroni and cheese, usually with smoked sausage and extra cheese. But I like spaghetti marinara just as much, and it has about half the calories. It was no sacrifice at all to start eating that more often instead of the mac & cheese. And a lot of your favorite foods can be tweaked to add more veggies and reduce the amount of fat, etc.
I have lost 43 pound so far eating whatever I want! Obviously the key here is portion control & moderation, but nothing is "off limits"...I have ice cream in the freezer and I ate pizza last week. I also have alcohol a few times a month.
Think of it this way: Calories are your budget. Let's say you can eat 1800 calories a day and that's your budget. You can spend those 1800 calories on donuts, pasta, chocolate cake, and a Big Mac, but it won't take you very far....if you spend 1800 calories on whole grains, lean meats, low fat dairy, and fruits and veggies, it'll last you all day.
Like today, I wanted a chocolate chip bagel from Panera. So I ate one. However, now in order to budget that into my day, I'm planning on having tilapia & veggies for dinner. I still get to eat my chocolate chip bagel, but I am also still within my calorie range for the day! It's a win-win!
There is literally nothing I have cut out of my diet. However, that's not to say that I haven't had to moderate what I'm eating and when. I try to plan ahead as much as I can that if I know I'm going out to dinner tonight I'll watch what I eat during the day more closely and make sure I work out that day, no excuses.
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I lost 15 pounds before coming to this site (used a different calorie tracker) and I was, and still am able to eat the foods I love in moderation. I will say though, any day I eat a serving of potato chips (my favorite food, could never give it up) I try to make sure my other meals are healthy. I want this to be a new life style, not a diet. If I could not eat the food I love, I could not do this forever.
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The short answer, at least in my experience is no. That has never worked for me.
If the food you eat is unhealthy and literally made in such a way that the manufacturers want you to over eat, it is very likely you will.
The longer answer is that healthy food is not just salad. Healthy food, in general, is simply real, whole food. Refined, processed, packaged, etc junk is what is not healthy, but if the food came (rather directly) from a plant or an animal you can make it work. These are the types of foods your body was meant to eat and these are the types of foods that you will actually be able to practice portion control on.
So I guess the question is, what exactly are the foods that you like? If you like whole foods but just think some of them are not diet food, you are cool and learning portions will get you there. If you like, I don't know, deep dish frozen pizza with 4 kinds of processed meat on top, there is nothing you can do that will make that nutritionally positive.
like but just with portion control. I find that if I eat only salads and cut certain food groups out I become somewhat depressed. If I could find a way to portion control foods I like with healthier choices and portions I think it would be more manageable. Has anyone lost fat doing it this way?
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