Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Go to bed hungry!
I shared last year about my weight loss endeavors. As Autumn passed, my time and efforts became consumed with the details of a cross-country move, and I was left with 10 pounds still to lose.
The problem with 10 pounds is that it's not depressing enough to get serious about the goal again. I mean, really -- 10 pounds is only minimally depressing in comparison to being 30-35 pounds above my ideal weight, which is where I started.
One of my birthday resolutions last week was to finish losing that weight. (And actually, it's more like 12 pounds now, not 10!)
I stayed on track today by writing down exactly what I was eating. I already know how many calories I should be eating each day in order to lose a pound a week.
At dinner time, I had 550 calories left for the day. (I had eaten a big breakfast and lunch, obviously!)
I put 550 calories' worth of food on my plate.
I slowly enjoyed that food. (It was chicken breast, half of a baked potato with cheese, and green beans, by the way.)
No seconds at dinner for me.
I think it works better that way. Instead of "I'll just have a little more chicken... okay, just a little bit more sour cream to finish up this potato..." etc. I just ate what I knew I should be eating.
I wasn't hungry when dinner was finished, either! Actually, I haven't been hungry all day.
But it's bed time, and I'm hungry now! But heading to bed a little hungry works great, because by morning I'll actually be less famished at breakfast than I would be if I had a big snack right now. I've noticed this time after time -- the more I eat before bed, the hungrier I wake up. Does it work this way for other people too??
Okay, so this isn't really a kitchen tip. But it IS a tip! And right now I'm all fired up about the best way to lose 12 pounds, not the best way to slice a cheesecake. Besides, I already know how to slice a cheesecake... ;)
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