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Eating Breakfast Like a King-6/13/13

Thursday, June 13, 2013

In my childhood I learned not to expect "instant gratification" in most things ... I was taught, and I'm mostly glad of it, to wait for what I wanted, to save up for what I wanted, to keep something in reserve in case I might need it more later. This works great with money. Now that I'm on a very limited income I'm glad I've learned the difference between wanting and needing, and that if I save a little bit here and a little bit there someday I'll be able to afford what I need.

I've always parceled out my calories the same way. If my daily quota is 1200 calories and I only eat 300 for breakfast and 300 for lunch I can have a whole 600 for dinner. Or, I can have 300 for dinner and 300 for chocolate.

Don't laugh. I bet a lot of people do it this way. (Yes, most days I eat more than 300 calories per meal, the "quota" number I chose for my example was just to make the math easy ... LOL!) But the "system" makes a certain kind of sense. If you're frugal and save up all day then you can relax and have what you want and still not go over your quota for the day.

Except for many many many months I have not lost a pound that way. So, after reading a whole horde of books on nutrition at the library, I have decided to try a new way of eating. I am going to eat a very healthy breakfast which will include a fruit and veggie smoothie along with something more solid l (like, for example, this morning's two eggs scrambled with red peppers, onions, a slice of Morningstar veggie "bacon", and an English muffin) even if it comes in at a somewhat hefty 730-some calories. Which it did. Which is almost half my quota of calories for the whole day.

This is going to take some getting used to. Lunch I kept light - some Greek yogurt and fruit today. But it has to be something with protein in it, because according to my nutrition tracking I'm always short on protein. And dinner is going to be very light and because I am not good at giving up some things my snack will be some dark chocolate but only a couple of very small pieces.

I am documenting this so I will have it on record what day I started, and I'm going to give it at least a month to see if it results in any weight loss, and I'm sure hoping all those weight-loss experts who tell you to eat breakfast like a king and dinner like a pauper know what they're talking about.
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    You can do it! The thing is to keep trying until you find something that works for you. We are all different and it is a personal journey to find your true path when it comes to weight loss. emoticon emoticon
    1707 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    We are on the same wavelength. I do so much better, in terms of weight management and freedom from cravings, if I begin the day with a substantial breakfast, heavy on the protein. I notice a distinct difference if I get in 50 grams of protein before noon - it makes me far less hungry and prone to mindless eating at night. So, why do I stray from this? Well, not for any good reason, but I do. So, today, rather than waiting a while to eat breakfast, and then eating something not very substantial, I have had steel-cut oats with cinnamon, a fruit smoothie made with almond milk and greek yogurt, and for a snack I had a protein drink because I exercised a lot this morning. I am interested in reading your follow up blogs to see how you do, and how you feel, with this new regimen. Good for you for educating yourself and being willing to challenge yourself. Take care!
    1711 days ago
    I am impressed with your self discipline. emoticon
    1712 days ago
    emoticon Every Body is Different, that is part of what makes this so Difficult. I have heard that Plan before, and - In Theory - I could try it. But I DO like my evening Snack, and it isn't always "Small"
    emoticon I may have to ponder this, and maybe see if it will work for me.
    emoticon Good Luck to both of us!!
    1712 days ago
  • ICEANGEL0531
    I cannot eat a big breakfast or lunch, for whatever reason I am not hungry during the day. I consume most of my calories at dinner and I have been averaging 2.3 lb weight loss weekly- last week I lost 4.2 lbs.
    1712 days ago
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