Eugenia Killoran has been the food and fitness journalist for the Pritikin Program since 1992. She has published more than 3,000 articles, lectures, and book chapters on a wide variety of healthy living and weight-loss topics.
If you’re really hungry during meals, down a nice big cup of water right before you eat. This will help trick your stomach into thinking that you’re more full than you actually are, making you less hungry.
APRICOTS – Calorie content: 12 kcals per apricotEating apricots is said to help reduce the risk of strokes, and heart attacks. They’re also full of vitamin C, potassium and dietary fibre, which all promote good heart health
Get in the habit of warming up/stretching before going all out. Put on some of the best, most motivating 80s dance music, and get ready to get ready. Warming up and stretching will help you get the most out of your exercise. Plus, who can exercise when they’re injured? Examples of warm up exercises include:
Are you eating enough volume of food during breakfast? I eat breakfast at around 8:00 AM – lentils, mixed veggies, spinach and a protein supplement (pea protein) and sometimes I don’t feel hungry till late in the afternoon or early evening if I have to miss lunch…
Bread, cereal, pasta, fried food, rice, bagels, doughnuts, waffles, chips, tortillas, candy etc. – these things are all loaded with carbs (and if they’re processed – refined carbs and sugar), and I’ll bet a million Monopoly dollars they’re the cause of 99% of the population’s weight problem.
Intermittent fasting is another simple way to reduce weight quickly – this forces you to reduce your calorie intake, since you are limiting your eating to a short window of time. But if you’re combining fasting with exercise, it may be wise to do the fasting at a different time than your workout.
Even if you cannot stand this, it for a month or two to calibrate your portion control (and realize that a lot of paleo recipes are loaded with fat for flavor, which is a big reason why seemingly none of them have nutritional info but will contain a biology textbook in between). Just like everyone’s tolerances/health is different, so too is everyone’s hunger response and relying on intuition won’t get you where you want to go.
Start a calorie journal in which you write down the values of everything you eat. Creating a calorie journal and writing in it consistently will help you know when you’ve gone over your limit. It will tell you what foods worked when and whether they tasted good. It will give you a record of your struggles, which are always fun to look back on after the pain has passed!
“It’s been 5 years since Matt and I lost a combined 200lbs with low-carb Paleo. After then facing nutritional deficiencies and an autoimmune flare, I learned the importance of nutrient-density and fueling my body. Prioritizing the difference between healthy over skinny meant nourishing myself, gaining muscle mass, managing multiple autoimmune diseases, and finding a balance that made this lifestyle sustainable for our family. The best part of this weight loss journey has been losing the shame and guilt associated with disordered eating, societal ideals, and scary scales and finding confidence and joy in strength and health – while maintaining a 100lb weight loss!”
Perhaps you’ve been on a diet before, and perhaps you’ve even lost a significant amount of weight. But more often than not, that weight creeps back on, until suddenly you’re back to the weight you were at when you started dieting.
Pick up any diet book and it will claim to hold all the answers to successfully losing all the weight you want—and keeping it off. Some claim the key is to eat less and exercise more, others that low fat is the only way to go, while others prescribe cutting out carbs. So what should you believe?