Hey everyone, just thought I’d throw a few thoughts your way about what dieting means for your stomach! One of the things that Dr. Huizenga, of Biggest Loser fame, used to drill into us over and over is that counting calories and being on a diet does not mean that we have to walk around feeling hungry! It just means that we need to be intentional about how we use our calories for the day.
You definitely want to plan them out ahead of time. For me, that means I know how many calories I’m allowed per meal, and then how many I’ve portioned out for snacks. I’m a night owl, so when I’m in diet mode I always save 100-200 calories for snacking while I relax in front of the tv. That’s plenty for some sugar free jello or a 100 calorie count bag of popcorn!
More importantly, it means I’m a little more careful at meals. I have the appropriate servings of my higher calorie options – meats, breads/grains, etc. As opposed to back in the day, however, when I would fill up on a pound or two of steak, I’ll have the 6-8 ounce piece … and then stuff myself with salad. Do you see what I’ve done? I’ve gotten my important nutritional foods in; those necessary servings of dairy, carbs, protein, etc., and then I fill up on healthy but low calorie food like steamed vegetables or salad. You can have a mountain of vegetables for a hundred calories (depending on the veg – we’re not talking about peas or corn here, those guys are healthy but high octane on the calorie meter). You definitely need to be making use of your calorie counter book or websites (www.SparkPeople.com) and be aware of what you’re popping into your mouth.
So, to sum up, get the appropriate portions of the healthy food you need for a balanced diet, and then fill up on the low calorie stuff that might not do a whole lot for you, but will keep you full and better able to manage your appetite.