Dieting is NOT Practical. It’s not supposed to be. That’s what makes it a diet.
For those of you who are on a diet of some sort, remember what you are doing is temporary. Don’t forget that.
Weight loss is very impractical, but you have to remember this won’t last forever. The worse feeling ever is going to bed hungry.
If this keeps happening to you, I would suggest Intermittent Fasting (IF). This is a fancy term for skipping a meal or multiple meals with the understanding that you will make up those calories later in the day.
For example. My “magic number” when dieting (a calculated daily caloric goal based on my height and weight for weight loss) is 1,800 calories a day. If I eat three meals a day, that averages about 600 calories per meal.
If I were to introduce fasting to my diet, I could skip breakfast and take those 1,800 calories and spread them out over two meals. Now my meals come out to be 900 calories each!
There are many benefits to this both psychologically and physiologically.
Physiologically, you will give your gut some rest from digesting food all the time. You will find yourself more alert while helping normalize blood sugar.
Psychologically, you will feel fuller since your portion sizes are more significant. You won’t feel deprived as often after meals.
This technique has proven the most successful in keeping individuals on a diet much longer than those who didn’t practice Intermittent Fasting. Give us a try and let us know what you think!
Just because it’s called breakfast doesn’t mean you have to eat things other people eat for breakfast!
In our culture, breakfast usually means a processed carb-fest. However, you will have to buck the popular culture somewhat when it comes to breakfast. Remember, if you want a different result than the norm, you will have to do things differently than everyone else!
There are two ways you can go about this– The simple one is to get used to eating foods not traditionally thought of as breakfast in the morning. This can really save time if you happen to have leftovers.
The second option is to cook your protein and vegetables in a breakfast style.
Here’s how you do it…
1) Start by selecting a protein source. Leftover meats work really well for breakfasts.
2) Then select some vegetables.
3) Add your fat as needed. Add more cooking oil (usually olive oil or coconut oil) if my daily fat needs are higher.
4) Finally, the spices. This will really make the difference in your meal. With different spices, this very same base recipe can be quite different.
There are several spice combinations that you can try: add soy sauce (wheat-free tamari) and sesame oil for an Asian flavor. Add tomato sauce, basil, and oregano for an Italian dish. Cumin, chili powder, and oregano for a Latin meal. Curry powder and ginger for an Indian flavor. Countless spice and herb combinations are possible, expand your horizons and try new combinations.
Another tip is to bulk cook, making a large enough batch so that you have leftovers for the coming mornings. This can really save time in the long run.