When it comes to weight loss many “little” things can add up to success. Adopting new habits or changing old ones can become interesting if we look at them as experiments. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Switch your biggest meal of the day to breakfast or lunch.
2. Move the carbohydrate foods you would normally have at dinner time to breakfast or lunch. Substitute another vegetable or a salad for the carbohydrate you would normally have at dinner.
Note: Carbohydrates include grains (examples; bread, rice, cereals, pasta, sweets and anything that contains sugar or flour), legumes (kidney, garbanzo, black, and pinto beans, as well as dried beans and peas, lentils and chickpeas), fruit and dried fruit, some dairy products, (examples; cow’s milk and yogurt) and some vegetables (winter squashes, corn, peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams). These vegetables are higher in carbs. They’re all good to eat but treat these higher carb vegetables as you would other carbohydrates and have them earlier in the day. Remember, “earlier is better” for all of these foods.
This not meant to be a complete list of carbohydrates. If you have any questions you can type them in “comments” below or send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Somewhere in the afternoon or early evening (3-6pm), stop eating carbohydrates.
Many clients (me too) have found these ideas to be very helpful when it comes to weight loss. Try them on and see if they’re a “fit” for you (do they feel comfortable and do they make a difference?). Things that “fit” we can easily continue, things that don’t, “we’re done”. Some people may lose weight just by rearranging the time they eat certain foods. Though experts disagree on whether it is necessary, I encourage people to experiment and see if it works for them.
You may be wondering, “what can I eat if I’m hungry in the evening?” I will post my list of food suggestions on next week’s blog. Things you can try the next day if you’re hungry in the evening include:
1. add a snack mid morning or mid afternoon
2. eat a bigger breakfast or lunch.
3. eat more protein at breakfast and/or lunch
Generally, the more we eat during the day the less hungry we will be in the evening, the opposite is also true.
With love, Jackie