Good food is important, not just for our weight loss but also our overall satisfaction. How many times have we eaten something and not enjoyed it and gone searching for something’nice’?
If we are satisfied with what we have then we are less likely to drool over things we think we shouldn’t have. All too often we start out with great intentions aiming to achieve a immense weight loss for example eating foods we don’t really enjoy in order to get that result, however when you think logically it was never going to work long term as we don’t really like them. It would be far better to accept that in order to achieve long term results we need to make changes that are sustainable- not a quick fix. Remembering that a little of what you fancy does do you good and should be savoured.
When we commit to depriving ourselves of the nicer things in life, we are in effect punishing ourselves for being overweight which then leads us to thinking a deserve a ‘treat’ for doing so. We are not pets & our reward should not be food related the treat comes from changing unhelpful behaviors and increasing our sense of self worth, pride and self esteem.
Which sizes are important to you?
- Size of thighs?
- Size of bum?
- Size of waist?
- Size of tum?
- Size of the clothes you wear?
Actually most of us are more concerned about size than numbers on our scales, if we looked and felt fabulous odds are we wouldn’t get weighed!
In order to change our size we need to change habits and obviously the food we eat and a major factor is whether or not you are satisfied with the size and appeal of what’s on your plate.
What makes a satisfying meal?
- Loads of vegetables
- A combination of variety, colours and textures of food on your plate
- Pudding and Desserts
- Fluids and Alcohol etc
Adding fibre can help you stay fuller for longer, helps balance blood sugar levels (which can help with sugar cravings),and keeps food moving smoothly through your digestive system, but really important when you increase your fibre intake you need to increase your fluid intake to minimise constipation!
Is a meal more satisfying if it was a 3-course meal? Of course psychologically it is.. Volume speaks louder than words!!!
It’s relatively easy to stretch meals to make a larger portion simply by adding more ingredients that are healthy, nutritious and more filling eg: extra vegetables to soup/casseroles. Which than frees up valuable calories to spend on the other 2 courses. It just takes a bit of thought and planning.
If your 3 course meal was lettuce, lettuce and lettuce you may be full, but you definitely will not be satisfied mentally as very few of us would choose to eat like that every day.
Your eyes have got to be impressed first, if its not looking tempting it won’t mentally fill you either!