The holiday season is officially over. Most of us are a few pounds heavier than we were a few months back. I bet it happened slowly. In fact, if you are like the average American adult, you will gain or have gained 2-3 pounds a year beginning at about age 30. No big deal… until you do the math. Two pounds a year from age 30 to 50 years adds up to a hefty 40 pounds! That is one story problem I understand.
Let's break it down, bite by bite. One pound of fat contains 3,500 calories. So, gaining 2 pounds a year means you have taken in an extra 7,000 calories over 365 days. That's roughly just an extra 20 calories per day! The number of calories in ONE chocolate kiss per day. Or, it could be that last fork-full of your dinner.
That is why I recommend "Eating Before You Eat". Yes, it will spoil your appetite. (Yes, mother, you were right.) But is it such a bad thing to sit down to dinner and NOT be so hungry? I say no. If you want to cut your calorie intake, go ahead and spoil your appetite, but do it right. Eat a small, healthy snack, 30-60 minutes before dinner. Have something like an apple, banana, nuts, or yogurt. About 60-80 calories should do it. You won't sit down to the meal as ravenously hungry. The odds are good that the calories you save at dinner will more than offset the calories in your snack.
You can also accomplish the same if you drink just 8-12 ounces of water or other calorie-free liquid before you sit down to lunch or dinner. Even just a couple of mouthfuls of a meal can make a big difference over time. A big glass of water will help to make you feel full sooner.
Avoiding just a few dozen calories per day can make a big difference in your weight. So, think about it. Spoil your appetite, the healthy way.
In Good Health, Barbara Burns