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My eating program is NOT a diet. This time around I've decided to track nutrition on the SparkPeople nutrition tracker. I allow myself about 2000 calories a day, but try to stay with the recommended fat/protein/carbohydrate percentages. I lose a little more slowly than on a lower calorie program, but I'm training myself to eat "normally" forever.
Using a regular blender put in frozen fruits and veggies, which are just as nutritious as fresh and not as expensive. Chop up some fresh kale, spinach and parsley. Add a natural protein such as 2 tbs peanut or almond butter. Add 1 tbs hemp seed. Just as good as expensive protein powder. Use more greens than fruit. I add unsweetened almond milk, or water or green tea.
I really need a snack before I sleep because I can't sleep if I'm hungry. I usually eat dinner quite early. I found that I can eat a very small snack if I drink two glasses of water first. It helps me eat less and feel fuller. Also the water serves as a natural alarm clock, since I will always have to use the bathroom before I have to get up.
In my OMAT team, we pick one reasonable and reachable goal for each month and work on that small goal for a whole month. By the time the month is done, you've now broken an old habit and created a new one! I've been doing this since September 2013 and it's the one thing that helped me finally budge the scale!
When you're feeling hungry and are fighting the urge to snack, go drink a glass of water. Wait 10-20 minutes, and if you're still hungry, go eat a healthy snack. If the water filled you up, you just saved yourself some calories.
Food tracking by reading the actual calorie and nutrition content and staying in your calorie range for your body. Real food is real fuel for the body. Water, what the body is mostly made of. can be depleted if not replaced. It can't move the nutrients properly. Exercise strengthens and prepares the body for rest. Sleep lets the body regenerate for the next day's work. All four elements are key to healthy weight loss.
Numbers come hard to me, especially calories. I've learned to label my food groupings with the calories involved as well. For instance, instead of (milk and cereal), I now have "Milk and Cereal 195." I have a food group named "GLOP" which is now "GLOP 250." By listing the calories with the food group, it's easier for me to remember how much I'm eating without having to go into the collection itself. (I haven't tried this with my "favorites," but that's next.)
Getting plenty of fruits and vegetables in is what keeps my weight loss going the right way. They are packed with vitamins for energy, healthy and full of fiber, more filling than other things, and vegetables especially are low calorie, while fruit helps with the sweet tooth!