Just eat less...How?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Being fit.
They make it look so easy...My friends, my family, women in the street, strangers.
Why is it so hard for me to just eat less?
Lots of water, veggies, fruit, more smaller meals, I get it..but my stomach doesn't.
How do I make myself ignore this feeling of needing more food. .

I was talking to fit women around me and online, trying to find out what they do and do the same. But I can't, there is no mystery to how they do it, because they simply don't eat as much as I do. They eat LESS. And that's it. No big secret, no diet, no program, no exercising every day..They eat normal portions, some of them eat fruit for dinner and that's it..
How on earth do they do it? Well, it's easy for them. Of course it's easy after making it a habit to eat normal portions. I manage to do it for one meal, two meals, a day, two days, perhaps few days in a row. But I always fail at making it into a habit. The hardest thing is surpassing this feeling after a meal - the feeling of craving for more.

And the main conundrum - how do I make myself just eat less?
I'm not talking about filling my plate with veggies, chewing carrot sticks for snacks, eating fruit, drinking water, etc. I'm thinking about the mindset needed to stop myself from reaching for another bite, grabbing another serving, going into the kitchen for more..

The weirdest thing is that what everybody around me is doing is what's normal, and what I'm doing is not...I'm perplexed by the fact how wrong it is what I'm doing to myself and how hard it is to eat normal portions.

I have lots of determination at the moment, but who knows what the rest of the day will bring.
What kind of mindset do I need to set in order to stop myself from eating more?
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    I agree with Holly. I keep some of the Atkins bars around and if I really need to have a snack, I eat one of them. They have enough protein and are low carb.

    3318 days ago
    I have been eating Atkin Avantage bars. I was surprised at how full I feel after eating. I now keep protein bars and atkin bars in my purse. When I start feeling really hungry, I grab one.
    3320 days ago
    It's also important to remember that hunger - actual physical hunger - is different from appetite. When you're wanting more food, think a bit on how you feel physically at that moment. Is your stomach growling? Are you feeling a little light-headed or weak? Then compare that with how you're feeling mentally. Do you feel dissatisfied with what you last ate? Do you feel deprived. (Maybe even throw an emotional check in there. Are you bored? Sad? Angry? Wanting comfort?)

    Learn to listen for the cue of real physical hunger.

    The other recommendations in terms of making sure you get fiber and protein are great too. Another one that people tend to avoid - make sure to include a reasonable amount of fat with meals. Fat helps trigger the brain connection that food was satisfying. If you go too low-fat on everything, you can eat more than your body needs and still not feel satisfied with it. Healthy fats, of course, and within reason - in the recommended range.
    3320 days ago
    You are taking steps forward by asking questions. The suggestion of drinking a glass of water before a meal is a good one. I also always need something crunching in a meal. That is satisfying. Take it one meal at a time - perhaps just aiming for one meal a day that is smaller portions. Then, after a week or two, add a second meal...then the third meal. You can do it. I know you can! emoticon
    3320 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10706677
    Great advice from all above, and I'll just add I try to eat more dense foods.
    Sunflower seeds in salad, or in the palm of my hand, low fat cottage cheese fills me up for lunch, apples, oranges are also a favorite, baked potatoes are great, just remember to eat them no bigger then the size of your hand or fist!
    Hope that helps some.
    Remember it takes time to make new habits, and it takes time for the stomach to shrink in size. Also drink lots of water inbetween meals! emoticon emoticon
    3320 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    Okay there are 3 thing you can do make yourself feel fuller 1eat more fiber 2 drink water a glass before every meal 3 eat a lean proton with every meal these are not magical cure but might help a little emoticon
    3320 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10386126
    You have to be ready, maybe you should just start by eating healthy,than reduce your portions one meal at a time till you get yourself and your stomach used to it!

    Remember Rome wasn't built in a day!

    Good Luck!
    3320 days ago
  • no profile photo BONDMANUS2002
    Eat to Live by Dr. Fuhrman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    3320 days ago
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