I use the term "diet" in it's literal sense: eating program. Doesn't matter if it's reduced calories, low fat, high fiber, etc. what keeps you from or entices you to eat other than the way you'd like to.
I should be eating a reduced calorie diet (with exercise to help reduce calories) and a low carb for my diabetes. Lower carbs reduces the amount of insulin I take and helps avoid rapid weight gain.
I start the day with the best intentions but somehow by 4:00 I'm tired and tend to just grab stuff. I really need to eat a regular dinner at 4 because if I don't I'll consume a thousand calories, all carbs in less than an hour. Not cookies or cakes, but crackers and cheese or bread and cheese. I plan ahead, even write it down and then "forget" my strategy for staying legal.
I get so tired I forget I'm even ON a diet and that I should be grabbing an apple and cheese instead of nachos.
I totally loose focus. Fortunately it balances enough that I don't gain weight: dieting for half a day; eating like a cow the other half. But it's not helping me loose weight.
Nezzy, I think I have the same thing. It's so hard to grab a salad. All the prep. Or raw veggies. All the prep.
I've even given myself permission to but it ready made and I STILL can't get it right. Thank God something is working some of the time. I'm fat, at least 50 pounds over but I don't weigh 400 pounds either and that could happen in a matter of months if I wasn't as careful as I am!
Crispy Chicken sandwiches. Crispy Chicken Wraps. Crispy Chicken Strips (with honey mustard, thank you). Ummm, yeah. I think it's mostly convenient fried chicken breasts in any form that does it for me.
Originally Posted by OneMarbleLess
I am telling Obamama!!! OBAMAMA!!!!!! SHE HURT MY FEELERS!!!!!!
I also 'forget' to eat.
By that I mean I am never 'hungry' until I am ravenous and literally shaking.
ezduzit, can you try keeping a protein snack you like handy so when you get so tired you forget your diet, it's handy to eat? Maybe in addition to a smaller portion of the carb, so you get fast energy from the carb followed by the slower protein?
What kills my diet? This time of year it's ice cream. Other times it's salty/crunchy things like chips [mmm chips and salsa or guac!].
for me it's evening. I eat well and properly all day long but when evening hits I'm insatiable. even if I've had a high fat high protein meal of grassfed, organic, low glycemic anything---seven or eight oclock rolls around and I am searching for sugar.
when I grocery shop I always get cookies or ice cream for dh, but I'm folling myself---he never eats it, I do. every bite every nite.
I have to have more control when shopping, and be less delusionsal about just who I'm buying ice cream and cookies for.
occasionally I am able to satisfy myself with nuts and berries and milk, I have to practice that until it's all I want or need.
seriously, I quit tobacco and barely noticed, the sugar is much much more difficult for me,
Sometimes I'll buy cookies. 20 carbs for 3 cookies...Keebler fudge stripes, I think...and I'll have 2 with my tea in the evening. Ya, that's the ticket. No denying myself a treat after a long day, be fair, enjoy a bit of life. I do that 2 nights in a row. I'm so proud of myself. See??? I can do this. On the third night I sit down with the package and eat them all....who am I kidding????
Suz that is interesting about you being hungry at 8.
I try not to eat after 8, or better yet 7:30.
It's a killer when DS is swimming and practice is from 5-7:30 and he gets off the bus at almost 4... there's no time to eat a real dinner before, and starting dinner at 7:30 is too late.
Starting Monday, while DS is doing swim camp from 7-9 am. I will be walking on the track.
Should be interesting to see how that changes things [or how long it lasts- ]