When you’re trying to lose fat, you will likely have to eat less – and differently – than you usually do. All sorts of unfortunate situations and feelings crop up. So what do you do to curtail these tough issues (or in some cases, eliminate them completely)?
Remind yourself. Sometimes, in the rush of the day, we lose sight of our own goals. So every time you get ready to eat, stop for one moment and ask yourself, “Do I want to lose this fat?” If the answer is still “yes”, then proceed appropriately!
Prepare to go out. It’s Saturday night and everyone’s going out to eat. You already had a little extra earlier that day. What do you do? Plan ahead.
To make it easier to “do the right thing” at the restaurant, do a little pre-emptive attack: Eat an apple, 1/8 cup of almonds and drink an 8 oz. glass of water before you leave. Why? You’ll fill your stomach up with some quality and space-consuming calories, leaving less of a “hole” for starchy carbs and desserts to disappear into.
Have an idea of what you will – and will not – order when you get there. You don’t have to be too specific. But make a general agreement with yourself: I’ll eat the meat, fish or chicken first, then the vegetables and then I’ll eat just half of the bread/potato/pasta.
Realize your options. There are dozens of low- or non-caloric flavoring options available for your protein sources. Plain grilled chicken is not your only companion while losing weight! Think: hot sauce, soy sauce, mustards, black pepper, oregano, basil, garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, salsa, lemon and lime juice… you get the idea. (There are several flavors of calorie-free dressings for your vegetables, too!)
Get your protein. Why? Protein fills you up better than carbohydrates. It keeps your metabolism running better than carbs or fats. It preserves the muscles that provide the curves for the “toned” look. If you don’t get enough protein while dieting down, you run the risk of ending up with an unhealthy, flabby-thin look. You want to look slender – not skeletal, right?
Think globally. While counting calories and paying attention to food selection is incredibly important, you need to focus on the longer-term. Day-to-day misses (“I shouldn’t have eaten that!”) are a drop in the bucket when compared to eating right 90% of the time for months on end. Patience (with yourself) is a virtue.