So I get cravings like everyone else. In order to keep life from getting boring, I try to even make the healthy food tasty. Otherwise, you wind up only looking forward to those cheat meals. After that it’s only a matter of time before you start cheating too often. Luckily my wife is a master at making healthy food tasty. If you don’t know how to do it (or aren’t lucky enough to have someone help with that) then check out the past newsletters; many of them have healthy recipes. If we compile enough, maybe we’ll put together a Next Level Cookbook over time.
The biggest dietary challenge I’ve had to overcome the last two weeks is portion control. I had gotten in the habit of always going back for seconds. Especially at dinner time. Now I force myself to stop after one reasonable sized portion. Harder than it sounds (because you still feel hungry) but effective.
My challenge for you this week is to try it.
My second challenge for you is to cardio. It doesn’t have to be boring; make it something fun. Run with your dog, play some tennis or racquetball, shoot some hoops, whatever. Yes your workouts should be intense. Yes intervals are more effective. Forget all that just for a minute and get down to the basics. Go outside and do something fun at least once this week!
I actually enjoy rebounding. It is the only actual exercise I can do and not mind it. As far as moving goes, I think we could all stand to play more and work less. I read a book where this guy explains the importance of always playing like a child no matter your age and working like an adult. You need a good balance. Being outside just gardening or tossing the ball to the dog is a good way to enjoy some sunshine and burn some calories!
Doing some cardio exercise is on my list. I think I can do that. But portion control? I don’t really know man. This is my problem too even now. Sure I do have my own set of diet already made for me but sometimes, I just can’t help but eat more or too often. I’ll try to keep in mind your advice and do something fun too.
Challenge accepted! Portion control sounds hard but if I can prepare everything ahead of time I think I’d be able to do it. I won’t be surprised if I get too hungry most of the time while my body is still adjusting to portion control. Not being able to eat a full meal can really deplete your energy, gotta prepare everything before going at this.
That’s my problem…going back for seconds. I need to stopped that too. I’m just still hungry. I was thinking about drinking a glass of water instead of having seconds. Definitely going to start this!
If you’re having trouble getting full, load up on green veggies. The calorie count is minimal, it help to fill you up and it’s full of vitamins and anti-oxidants to build your immune system!
I must confess, I am guilty of this revelation. I have always battle with controlling how much I should eat for every meal. This is an eye opener. Thanks
I think many of us have the occasional battle with portion control. Even with the successes I’ve had with eating small portions, it only takes one mistake and it’s all downhill from there. It has to become a habit, otherwise, it can ruin a diet plan. It takes a lot of getting used to, but once you get into the habit, you won’t have the urge to come back for seconds, even if it’s cheat day.