He once compared me to a chipmunk – always looking for food.
That’s an obvious exaggeration but in a sense he’s right. I have 2 snacks in the afternoon and sometimes another after dinner. I’d call it a delayed dinner dessert, but who eats Greek yogurt for dessert. No mid-morning snack for me since that’s when I’m usually working out.
I’ve learned to control my portions at meals and conscientiously use my food scale.
I can really delude myself when I’m measuring a “healthy” food. I’m capable of consuming enormous quantities of healthy food. Something about “it’s good for me” distorts my vision as to portion size.
Through trial and error I’ve found the ranges and nutrient balance that work for me and with the help of SP now know which foods provide them.
I was thinking about this because of 2 SP articles.
On Wednesday I read: “Eat more often, lose more weight”
It’s important to read beyond the title. It’s not for everyone. I like the statement.
“If five to six meals a day sounds appealing to you, try it. If not, stick with what works for you, but don’t stress.”
On Monday SP invited me to read:
“Can you cheat on your diet and still lose weight”
I have no opinion on this, since I don’t consider what I’m doing a “diet” nor do I consider it “cheating” when I don’t have a perfect day of eating.
Still, the premise of the article makes me feel like an oddball. Specifically, it describes:
“feeling obsessed or exhausted of counting calories” and finally,
“I think everyone would agree that…daily calorie counting is a big pain in the butt”
Oh dear! I LIKE the data, information and even the challenge of my daily tracker.
I love considering “what if I eat this not that.” What effect will a specific substitution have on my nutritional balance? I don’t try to compute that while standing at the buffet table, but over time, I internalize the result.
I like my results and years of maintenance. I don't get stressed by anyone claiming to know EXACTLY what everyone should do. For example
Don't pay attention to X, it's not important
Do it my way; my expert is smarter than that other expert”
Calories in/calories out worked and still works for me after a quarter century of personal excuses. I hope everyone finds success on whatever path that is.