OK, its day one girls! I was pretty motivated this morning, breakfast was good. A slice of toasted Ezekiel bread with 2 egg whites and some left over veggies from dinner last night.
Thanks to some extended overeating over the holidays I was hungry about 1/2 hour later! My stomach is getting used to the feeling of not being full or should I say, over full! The first week is the toughest when making big changes in your daily caloric intake with day 4 being the worst.
A few tips....
Drink lots of water, 10, 8oz glasses spread out thouout the day and more if you are exercising. Eat 6 times a day, every 3 hours.
Snacks should be small (about 100 calories) and include protien and a carbohydrate such as a fruit or vegetable or whole grain.
ALWAYS carry snacks with you if you will be out for more than 3-4 hours.
Be honest about your portions.
Expect to be a bit dissatisfied at first as your body adjusts and gets used to less food.
Expect your energy to go up, up, up, as your body sheds the excess food that was sitting in your digestive tract.
Your body will immediately begin to function more efficiently with less food and more water.
Be sure you are taking in at least 1200 calories a day, more if you are exercising.
Consume the bulk of your calories before 4pm, dinner being a lighter meal.
Do your best not to eat after 6pm unless it is your small snack.
Let go of the diet, performance mentality!
When you make a less than stellar choice, give yourself a break and right back to it!
Move! Walk, park in the back of the parking lot, take the stairs (when we I went to New York City my friends thought I was crazy for taking the stairs up to the 11th floor, I didnt gain any weight on that trip!) dance while cooking dinner! Anything! This is a lifestyle change not a 3 month sentence!
Please email any questions, nutritional or exercise related to me at:firstname.lastname@example.org or use facebook, I will respond here on the blog and hope to have a post most days.