I won't be able to constantly snack all day (unless I pack a billion snacks to take to work, and let's be honest, I am way too lazy for that), and I won't be able to mindlessly consume all the extra calories that have landed me back in my fat pants. (Ok, that's a lie. I'm not so much in my fat pants as spilling out of them these days!)
Since I am terrible at "dieting," I (as most Americans are wont to do) decided to ask Dr. Google the easiest tricks for cutting calories and losing weight. 99% of them are no-brainers, but since brains often get shut off in the weight gaining process, I figured I'd share them here.
Di's 5 Tips to Eat Less and Lose Weight
- Use Smaller Plates - Smaller plates fill up faster, tricking your mind into thinking you're eating more than you actually are. (We actually started this last year, when we donated our old plates and bought new ones in a smaller size.)
- Eat Protein For Breakfast - Protein helps fill you up and gets you going in the morning. (I am terrible about this, as I usually don't eat breakfast, or if I do, it's mostly carbs. This morning, I had a Dr. Pepper. Eep.)
- Drink More Water - A lot of times when you think you're hungry, you're really thirsty. Water helps hydrate you, and can help you feel full without needless calories. (I am terrible about this. Really, really horrible. I rarely drink water at all.)
- Chew Your Food - Ok, duh. We obviously chew our food. But do we chew enough? Studies have shown that people who slow down and chew their food 20+ times before swallowing actually consume less calories per meal. (I have never paid attention to how much I chew, but I probably don't do this, either)
- Don't Eat in Front of the TV (or computer) - Again, studies have shown that "distracted eating" leads to consuming more calories. Sitting down at a table for a proper meal instead of mindlessly eating in front of your favorite show will help ensure that you pay attention to what you're eating. (Again, shockingly, I am bad at this. I'd say 95% of my eating happens in front of a computer or television)
So....... it's obvious why I've gained weight, right? I don't take my own advice. Well, we all know the hallmark of being a parent is "Do as I say, not as I do." Right?
No. It really is time that I set a better example - for my kids and myself. So starting right now, I follow my own rules. We'll see what happens.
Oh, and I may as well add on a Rule #6. RUN! I did so, in the rain, last night. It was the shortest run ever (it was REALLY raining!!), but it felt good and I was happy to be out there. Plus I burned a few calories, and that's always a good thing!