Posts Tagged ‘Hunger’

How can I go to Panera and not go off my diet?

Panera Bread

Panera is easy but some restaurants take a good bit of effort.

Most important thing is to have a great time. It’s so amazing, that if you’re having a really good time, involved in a really interesting conversation, it’s MUCH easier to eat less. You become like one of those skinny people at Christmas gatherings who runs around talking to everyone and loses their plate! I would have *never* lost sight of my plate before. Heh.

Second — yes plan it out, use their nutrition calculator, eat like you eat. They’ll bend over backwards at Panera or almost any other place — even Waffle House! — if you explain what you’re doing and why they want to help you.

Use their menu of a list of the foods they have. Then just ask for whatever combination you want. The grilled chicken off one salad and the strawberries off another. They’re fine with that.

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Head Hunger

You’re hungry because you are not eating without restraint.  We’ll leave aside the possibility you’re  actually physically very hungry, and talk about psychologically being especially hungry.

You get head-hungry when you’re in a situation in which you’d normally eat.  The goal here is going to have to be, now and for the rest of your life, to reprogram whatever it is you do when you’re bored or lonely or happy or with a fun crowd of people or whatever situation you’re in, so you don’t stuff down food to medicate yourself in that setting.

Only you can decide what you’re going to do instead, but decide that before you actually start your weight loss program. If you’re already started, let me give you a few alternatives.

1. Do something you can’t eat during.

2. Do something that involves your mind enough that some time will pass without it seeming like an eternity

3. Do something active

Or some combination of all three.  Keep trying things till you find what works for you.

Myself, I walk on the treadmill and watch movies when I’m thinking about eating way too much.  That’s probably not what your method will be …. but do find a better alternative.

Why eating less and exercising more can actually hinder your weight loss

Thanks to Gary Taubes for this excellent illustration.

Let’s say I’m inviting you to a special dinner at my house tomorrow night, with tons of great foods you’ll really want to try, and I tell you to bring your very best appetite with you so you can eat as much as possible.

What might you do to make sure you’re not too full?

  • Eat less at every meal during the day
  • Go to the gym and have a really tough workout to whet your appetite
  • Maybe even skip the meal before

Been there, done that.  It increases your ability to consume more at the big meal.

But you know what?  These are the same step lots of us are taking to lose (or keep from gaining) weight!  Our carefully constructed food and exercise play may actually be heightening our appetite.  Helping us get hungrier and hungrier.

It’s part of why most people’s weight loss efforts fall over within the first 6 weeks — we get so hungry trying to limit our intake and maximize our output.

Here are some real world helpful ways to avoid this trap.

  1. Don’t eat incredibly below your daily intake requirement
  2. Don’t use exercise as anything except what it’s for; moving some today so you can move some more tomorrow.
  3. Look at what you eat, not just its caloric content.  Eat mostly foods that cause the biggest decrease in your feeling of hunger — proteins, vegetable carbs and even some fat.
  4. Eat often enough that you’re not really very interested in eating more.
  5. Don’t medicate with food. Do something positive instead.