The tried-and-true habits that have helped you lose weight the right way.
drinking water before each meal helps me to eat less. I find if you drink one glass of cold water you get full faster. I also use water in between meals if I feel hungry. Sometimes that satisfy and I tend to snack less.
I use a fork instead of a spoon so I eat slower instead of shoveling the food into my mouth.
I find that if I have a craving, a bite or two of the treat can be very satisfying in different ways. If I don't give in to a craving, I'm more likely to binge & then beat myself up about it. If I have what I really want (a small portion), I have taken care of the craving & I'm still in control.
To avoid eating seconds, before eating dinner I pack the leftovers in individual sized containers to take to work for lunch. Since all the leftovers are already packed away, it is hard to go for seconds.
Sunsweet has dark chocolate coated plums. They are yummy, rich and satisfying. The carbs are not bad, fiber is good and the calories are o.k. A serving is 14 pieces. I eat about half that and feel very indulgent!!!!
One of the things they keep telling you is "drink more water" another is to "get more fiber". Fortunately for me Crystal Light makes a drink mix in the individual packets in a raspberry peach flavor with only 10 calories and 3 grams of fiber. Helps with both.
If you can't determine how many calories and fat is in a particular food choice, don't eat it!
I eat low carb so when I REALLY need some pasta I cook a whole spaghetti squash and use it as the base for my home made lo carb sauce - I can have as much as i want guilt free!
We use smaller plates and it really does work!! You get enough to eat and clean your plate and walk away feeling full!!
I allow for some temptation food in my plan but I get single servings usually out of the house. I keep the main bulk of my menu around me at the office and home so it is the only choice I can make. Out of sight mostly out of mind