How do you eat less?

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Registered: 09-02-2008
How do you eat less?
Mon, 03-25-2013 - 12:43pm

How do you start to eat less? I know I need to cut down and I can portion out things until I am blue in the face but I just help myself to more portions. I know that I need to draw the line somewhere but knowing and doing are two different things. How do you talk yourself into just saying no (to seconds and thirds, etc)?

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Registered: 02-19-2000
Fri, 05-17-2013 - 2:37pm

It's not necessarily about eating less; but rather eating more of the right things and less of the wrong things. I have been on the wagon for 7 weeks, and have lost and gained (lost more than gained). However, I never gain more than I lost the previous week. But the most important thing is that I am not on a diet. I don't have a list of things I can and can't eat (been there, done that, and have failed... more than once). I just choose better. And, usually, I am equally stuffed without anywhere near the same caloric baggage, and more satisfied.

Before, I would get hungry and go find something quick. I'd be on my way home late, and I'd stop and buy a chicken strip meal. Chicken, how bad can it be? Well, at 1530 Calories, very bad! Sometimes, I would add a strip, and another 203 Calories. And that doesn't include the diping sauce!

Now, I am eating everything I want. But, I ask myself several questions first:

1) Why do I want it?

2) Is there something I want more? Something tastier?

3) What else could I eat that will be more filling and equally/more satisfying?

In fact, last night, I was hungry and the first thing that came to mind was "where should I stop and what should I get?" Right in front of me was Taco Bell, and before I would have gone in and gotten a soft taco or something. Instead, I said "I can have some fruit at home". 

I got home, and had some strawberries. Portion wise it was a lot more than any soft taco could be, and it wasn't 200 Calories. 

I have ice cream several times a week. I eat chocolate or a piece of candy on the days I don't have ice cream. I have fruit and/or vegetables with every meal. I go to the gym at least 3 times a week, preferably 5-6 times. I drink water at least once an hour, and I don't waste any Calories on soda. Sparkling water works, so long as it has zero Calories. I am eating more now than I have in years!

It's really not about deprivations; it's about choices. Our choices led us here, and our choices can lead us out.

Good luck!

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Registered: 06-25-2008
Sun, 03-31-2013 - 8:53am

That is definitely the problem with me. I think it's called will power. You simply have to determine you are not going to eat more than a certain amount and stop. It sounds so simple doesn't it? If only it were! Like with most things, practice makes perfect. Start with something small and work your way up. 2 bowls of cereal instead of 4. One sandwich for lunch instead of 2. One large helping of everything at dinner instead of 3 platfulls, etc.

You can do it, you'll just have to set some small food goals and work your way up.