Hello again everyone. I just got back from the gym and I feel really pumped and motivated. I’m currently eating a nice big salad that I made myself. Tastes great! Or so I like to tell myself . Anyway, I thought id use this post to go over some foods that have helped me curb my food cravings.
The first and obvious one is vegetables. They are a great choice for a snack or to add to a meal, even if it is a “cheat” meal. I like to add crushed broccoli to everything. The reason I do this is because there is almost no calories in broccoli, it tastes great, and when you add it to a meal that is high in calories you tend to eat a lot less. Mostly because of all of that fiber. Yup. In fact, I find that foods with a lot of fiber in them to be great for digestion as well. Carrots are great as well. Get yourself a blender and your set. I try to drink carrot juice at least 2-3 times a day. This is great because I like to eat a lot of sugary stuff. I have always been a “fat kid” which means that sweets were my favorite food group. Carrot juice is sweet so it clams my sweet cravings. It is also great for an energy boost as well. I mix it with some tasteless protein powder right before i go to the gym. the surge in energy i get makes me real motivated, especially when i am sore and am trying to find excuses not to go. Vegetables will give you more energy anyway so you should eat them regularly if you plan on doing any gym work at all. The trick with veggies is to try as many as you can until you find one you actually like. Make sure you avoid putting anything on them too. When i first starting dieting i would eat a salad but slaver it with dressing or oil. Once i learned how to read a calorie label i found out my low cal salad had become a full course meal!
Fruits like apples and bananas are great too but you have to be careful. Make sure your eating the whole fruit and not going for the surgery juices. Again, fiber is key here. I also remember reading somewhere that chewing makes you less hungry because your brain thinks you are getting filled up. I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but I have defiantly noticed i feel fuller for longer when i eat wholes fruits instead of just the juices!
Nuts are great too. My favorite are pecans. I kind of use them as a cheat meal because they are high in fat. When i do a low carb diet i eat a ton of these. You might say i go a little nutty. I like to keep some trail mix in my drawer at work instead of going to the snack machine. I always try to keep some sort of nut based snack on me when i am not at home so i can reach for that instead of heading over to McDonald’s or something. Oh yeah, make sure you nut butters. They go down to easy and are very high in fat.
Beans are amazing for weight loss. They keep you full and are real cheap to buy in bulk. They are rather tasteless unfortunately. Your best bet is to add a little balsamic vinegar to them. Balsamic is very low cal and gives them a sweet taste. Be careful with beans, they give me lots of gas. Beans will make you very unpopular!
Last but not least is dark chocolate! If you are like me and and love candy, a little dark chocolate every now and then will go a long way towards stopping the binges. Dark chocolate is much lower in calories than the milk version and it makes you feel good too. I read an article recently that said people who eat chocolate early in the day tend to eat less calories during their main meals. I have noticed this is true. I think dark chocolate may have some secret anti apatite effect or something, haha.
These foods are my weight loss bread and butter without the butter. I could go on all night but it is late and I have to get to sleep. Good night everyone!