I've been struggling with gaining too much weight on the weekends.
Well...gaining the weight is not the struggle. Eating too much is the struggle.
I tried food tracking...and failed.
I had a crazy idea to track this past weekend and also post pics of my meals on facebook.
I did it!
I posted a pic of each meal and snack on Saturday with calorie counts, and fat, carb, and protein counts. I kept totals of each throughout the day. I tried to make the pics look attractive by meticulously arranging the food on pretty plates.
The encouragement that I got from facebook was awesome.
The scale was happy Sunday morning. I had managed to maintain the weight I lost during the week. Success!
I took pics of my meals on Sunday, too, but waited to post all of the pics with the calorie and nutrient counts until the end of the day.
I had my two grandkids on Sunday, so I didn't have much free time that day.
Monday's weigh in was even better...another pound lost.
I consciously planned healthy meals.
I ate about every 3 hours even if I wasn't feeling hungry.
I made sure to include plenty of lean protein.
I ate lots of salad.
I kept a check on the carbs.
Only healthy fats...
I weighed and measured every food.
I drank plenty of fluids (sugar free Raspberry tea).
I left room for a couple of my favorite treats.
I got in a couple of short weight lifting workouts.
I never felt hungry. In fact, I couldn't eat everything I had planned to eat on Saturday.
When I had the urge to eat something outside of my plan, I thought about the camera. I told myself I could eat it, but I had to take a picture of it and post it first. This 100% deterred me from eating the food.
I now have a mapped out guide to a weekend eating plan that I know works and that I know I can stick with right in my very own food tracker.
If you are struggling...I highly recommend doing this.
I felt a little silly doing it, but fooey on that. It worked.
I don't really know why it worked over just food tracking. Who cares.
Are YOU hungry now?