The tried-and-true habits that have helped you lose weight the right way.
I eat protein with every meal and it keeps me satisfied and full much longer than just carbs alone. My favorites include: hard boiled eggs or egg whites, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, turkey jerky, string cheese and tuna pouches.
The number one thing that worked for me was cooking ahead on weekends so that I have food prepped for the week, having breakfast ready the night before, packing my lunch & snacks, and have dinner menu planned ahead of time. It keps me from the drive-thru & mindless eating!
I tend to take a lot of little nibbles throughout the day. To make sure that I account for those snacks I premeasure a portion of each go-to snack food. Now I can track exactly how much I have eaten. I can count the full portion on one day or break it up over the 3-4 days it takes me to eat it.
When I'm looking for a treat, I have a Diet A&W Root beer and drink it slow, the flavor makes it a real treat @ 0 calories
When I eat out; I cut my meal in half and place it in another dish. I have the set aside portion wrapped and enjoyed another day.
Weight loss is a tough thing to achieve. I try to not beat myself up for slipping every once and awhile by eating or drinking something that isn't 100% healthy. I just make sure to remind myself that I need to make healthy choices for the rest of the day.
I find that if I think I am hungry, I am probably just wanting something to do. I will get something to drink sich as water, unsweet tea, coffee, or diet soda, sit down with a book, newspaper, internet, or writing tablet and drink my drink while I read, write or surf.
I always allow myself one cheat day per week, usually Saturday. Just knowing that on Saturday I can eat what I want helps me to make it through the rest of the week.
I have issues with portion control. I have found that if I chew cinnamon flavored gum after eating,....it keeps me from going back for more portions/calories and over eating. I think the cinnamon numbs my taste buds too, because if I try to eat after chewing some, food doesn't taste right.