I ALWAYS lose more weight when I intentionally pack on the veggies... Even if I don't track or follow any other diet method. While, I am trying to make sure I track my food, the veggie method still holds true. The best thing I have come up with is hiding veggies in everything I eat. If I simply must have that drive through cheeseburger, I order it with extra extra veggies like tomatoes, lettuce, and onions. Seems to make a huge difference.
My newest trick (which really seems to help a lot) is that I always keep a bag of baby spinach in the house- the kind that is pre-washed and ready to eat. I choose spinach because I know it's nutrition value is great (greater than a number of veggies) with such few calories. I add it to everything that I can... Especially sandwiches... by at least a cup full. It adds great flavor and a heaping serving of veggies, but not the kind you might just pick at and feel bored about eating. I even add it to sandwiches I bring home from restaurant take-out.
I know this information to be true because I have heard it consistently and have tried it and it did work. I lost 6 pounds in 3wks monitoring my food intake in just these ways........thanks for the boost now on to make it happen! :)
Some great tips, but I disagree that every person must eat breakfast every day. I'm in my 50s and am rarely hungry early in the morning. Forcing myself to eat when I'm not hungry makes me feel sick, and I believe that by now I know my body. I think we should learn to respect our bodies' hunger signals instead of eating "by the clock."
Another tip: Do NOT shop for groceries when you're hungry! Everything will look good and jump into your cart, especially snacks and other instant gratification foods. Shop after you've had a satisfying meal.
Well, if smaller dishes work for you, great. However, I actually eat MORE when I use smaller dishes. I always think I can have a second portion, cuz, geez the plate or bowl is sooo small (i.e. I feel like I am eating a snack instead of a meal). I find if I take a regular size plate and just spread out the food, this works much better. If I don't have quite enough to spread out? Just put some more veggies on.
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