Most people think weight loss consists of exercising and fasting, but the real solution is to exercise AND eat (the correct amount of course - 1500-1800 calories). If you eat too little, your body stores everything because it doesn't know when its next meal is coming. However, if you eat enough, your body is willing to let go resulting in lost weight! So eat people!
I have replaced almost all traditional bread, crackers and chips for dipping with vegetables. This has been a HUGE benefit because i'm fitting in more vegetables, especially RAW organic vegetables into my daily diet. I don't mean "Grab your celery People" I mean PEPPERS!! and NOT Green. Red, yellow and orange ~ YUMMY!!!
Make good choices. Ask if you can have an extra vegetable instead of rice, potato or pasta & whole wheat instead of white bread. Most restaurant meals are larger than meals eaten at home, so as soon as a meal is before you, ask for a container to take home the leftovers. But, don't wait to see what is leftover. Immediately divide everything in half. Eat the half left on your plate & take the rest home. One exception is if the vegetable or salad portions are...(click title for more info)
Switching from lettuce to spinach for salad not only gives a boost to the nutrition level but adds no calories. Sprinkle with lemon juice for flavor and forego the dressings. Zero calories added. I eat a big spinach salad every day and vary the veggies I add to it.
Plan you menus. How many calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fats do you need for each day?
Everyone lives at such a fast pace today that we swallow our meals without even realizing what we ate. Set the table! Get out a tablecloth, napkins & the good china. Whatever you put on the plates is going to be dramatically more appealing & you will have had an experience, not just calories.
Schwan's Chicken Bites are very nicely cleaned, lightly spiced, perfectly cooked, tender pieces of chicken breast. Pop it in the oven for 17 minutes and you have absolutely perfect chicken for whatever. My family loves this & I am thrilled with having it on hand.
If I'm craving a specific food or am planning on going to a specific restaurant for friends, I type in the meals I'm planning on eating for the day to check my calorie count. That way I can alter what I'm eating to accommodate the food I want to eat so I don't go over my numbers.
When eating out at a sitdown restaurant I want to enjoy a good meal not bland grilled chicken. Most restaurants have huge portion sizes to begin with so me and my husband choose to split a meal and end up saving on calories and getting a great meal for half the price which is a great bonus!
My husband and I do our weekly meal planning before we go to the grocery store. This gives us 2 advantages.
You know after a BIG workout at the gym you get home and fell like you can eat a horse (to restore your body's energy.) Anway I always make myself a big salad for lunch, w/carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, onions, peppers, tomatos, protein and maybe cheese. I also have fruit after.
I plan my meals usually the night before. I tweek where needed. Then with an unbiased look, I am able to see where my plan can be made healthier. Maybe I need more protein, or there is too much sodium. Further tweeking may be necessary.