I know when you're starting a new diet, it can be very exciting. You're making all these lists of foods you can and can't eat, adding up calories, throwing away stuff that shouldn't be in your fridge, keeping a journal recording your food/ exercise regime. Maybe you can do it for a week or two, or maybe even a month. Let's be honest, if we kept this up more than a month we wouldn't really be here...
The reason why this kind of excessive planning doesn't work, is because it's too much work!!! I feel the easiest way to actually be able to stay on point with the calorie count without cheating here and there is to have the same thing every single day. It’s easier on your mind and your budget.
YES- It’s boring- and it will get old. But do this for TWO weeks. Only two weeks, and you will see a major difference in the quantity of food you can eat. Give your body just enough time to adjust to the decrease in calories before trying anything fancy. And when you do, take it slow.
This way you can’t have something you’re not supposed to. You only buy just enough to last you a week or two; this way there’s no excess food lying around the house.
SNACKS: Honestly, I don’t think you should be snacking during this time. Even if it’s within your daily calorie limits. We need to get around this impulse we have to be constantly eating/snacking throughout the day. I know I tend to snack out of boredom, or because I think I’m hungry when I’m really not, or if it’s just been a while since my last meal.
How many of you eat lunch and think about what you’re going to make for dinner? BAD BAD BAD- We need to rewire or brains a little. I know “5 small meals a day speed up your metabolism blah blah blah-“ Fuck metabolism. If you get used to 5 small meals a day, you’re teaching your body to be constantly hungry. And if ONE DAY, you have shitty foods laying around- there goes 3-4k calories in a day. We are not perfect.
Besides, like I’ve said before- WHO has the time and energy to worry about 5 meals. 3 is hard enough to keep track of.
Eat to live, not the other way around.