DO NOT skip meals. This is the biggest mistake people make when trying to lose weight and oddly enough think it actually helps because they are eating fewer calories. Well do you know eating too little is sometimes why your weight will refuse to budge? That your body goes into starvation mode and decides its not going to get rid of anything. I am guilty of doing this in the past. Sometimes even currently. Somedays even though I am home I do not plan as well as I should.
The truth is that skipping meals leaves big gaps of time between meals which allows your blood sugar to drop. This causes you to have cravings…
Cravings are the Devil..
Who remembers The Waterboy? HA!
And what happens when you crave, you likely cheat or over eat when you sit down for your next meal. Then you know what happens? You feel guilty and just give up on healthy eating all together (Just kidding you’re in it for good now right?)
Another thing that is done, you have a glutenous breakfast, or lunch so you will just skip a meal. Do not do that! Skipping a meal will not take away the fact that you stuffed your face and enjoyed yourself maybe a little too much. Then you are putting more time in there to slow down your metabolism, and aren’t we trying to speed that up?
So what should you be doing? Pack your day full of healthy meals and snacks.
Some snack ideas…
-1/2 Cup grapes w/ 1 low fat string cheese
-1/2 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt with 1/2 cup fresh berries –
sweeten with one packet Truvia or 1 tsp Agave
– 1-2 cups raw veggies (ie. red/orange pepper strips, baby
carrots, jicama) with 2 TBSP Hummus
– 12 Raw Almonds with a small apple
– 12 Raw Cashews with a small apple
– 1/2 Cup of shelled edamame
– 3-5 slices of lean low sodium turkey breast or roast beef
wrapped around a low fat string cheese
-1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese with 1/2 chopped tomato
season with sea salt and pepper
– 1 hardboiled egg with 8 baby carrots
If you over indulge at one meal pick a small healthy and snack in your next food time. You are going to indulge sometimes, and eat something you probably shouldn’t. You are not a robot! Keep on trucking and move forward. Knowing you can make a better choice next time!
Check out this post on How to Pack Healthy!