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I have never been accused of being grumpy or in a bad mood.
There are 'portion pots' available on the market. I use standard measuring cups/jug - 1 cup for each 'food group' (protein, carb and 2 cups for veg). Even then I am potentially serving up too much! BUT it's literally 2/3's LESS than what I used to eat. Portions can be difficult. If having trouble - USE a measuring CUP - IF you are still hungry after EATING slowly, just be careful, be aware. The 'portion pots' were silly prices, I already OWNED measuring cups! :)
In the wintertime, I cook a quiche every Sunday night to last me through the work week. It's quick and easy and you can create different combinations so you don't get bored! It really helps me not skip breakfast, or even worse, over-eat and feel sluggish the rest of the morning.
Drinking a cup of warm or hot water seems to help delay the desire to nibble here and there. The warmth relaxes my stomach, and sipping replaces the grazing habit. I have also been trying to get at least half (four cups) of water done by noon.
When I finish eating, it's best if I put my plate to the counter and go brush my teeth! I also use ACT mouthwash and you aren't supposed to eat or drink for 1/2 hour after rinsing with it. I find that combined with just getting away from any food cues for a few minutes helps me stop eating beyond what I need.
Overweight means that your insulin doesn't work as well to control glucose levels. When you are insulin resistant ( and normal people can be insulin resistant at times) your body converts every calorie it can into fat, even if you’re dieting. It won't let you burn fat when you exercise....even if you exercise like wild! Too much salt boosts insulin, the hormone that tells the body to store fat. The more insulin, the more fat is stored and the more you gain. When blood sugar drops cravings begin.
I work in a building that has 3 floors and sit at my desk pretty much of the day. At least 3x per day I do a walk around the building and climb the stairs to the lower floor then the upper floor and back to my office. In all, it takes about 5 minutes and gets me out of my office. Afterwards, it does help with keeping me more alert. If I can, I go outside for a brisk walk, if time allows.
I set up a calorie budget just lke you do your money budget to achieve your goals.