It is really better to eat a little something 5-6 times throughout the day rather than just have 3 big meals. This helps to keep you blood sugars level throughout the day and keeps you from feeling starved at a meal and blowing it. (If you do blow it, just blow it off and start again.)
For example: breakfast in the morning consisting of a whole wheat type of cereal(3grams or more of fiber in a serving which will probably be 3/4 cup-MEASURE IT) with a glass(8oz. ONLY-MEASURE IT) of skim or low-fat MILK and a fruit (NO FRUIT JUICES if you are trying to lose weight because juices offer no fiber like whole fruit so they do not fill up the stomach and satisfy as long like whole fruit. Another thing, fruit juices are lacking in nutritional value as compared to whole fruit. Juices are mainly empty calories and sugar.)
Two to three hours later: Eat a fat free yogurt like Yoplait. It comes in a variety of flavors and is only 90calories-none of which is fat calories. NO HIGH CALORIE, HIGH FAT yogurt. Be aware of what you are buying and what you are putting in your mouth!
Lunch will be getting close within a couple of hours. For lunch:Make yourself eat a salad but watch the extras like cheese, nuts, croutons-SEVERLY limit or eliminate these! As for myself, I cannot eat a salad without croutons. So I crush them up that way I use MUCH LESS but seem to have more. Stick with a non-fat or low fat dressing. There are very good ones out there. Try them out until you find a variety you like. It takes some experimenting and detective work but it will help you in the long run. Don't keep using the same high calorie, high fat dressing because you don't know what to try. Read labels and Buy new. THROW AWAY THE ONES YOU DON'T LIKE AND TRY ANOTHER VARIETY. DON'T GIVE UP AND DON"T FEEL GUILTY about THROWING AWAY WHAT YOU DON'T LIKE! This is about your health long term and you DESERVE IT! With your salad, have soup or a sandwich on wheat bread. Use lean meat sparingly with lots of veggies. Mayo needs to be non-fat. (Yes, you will get use to the chance in taste and like it!)If you have potatoe chips, try the baked kind. The baked doritos or baked cheetos are actually quite good even my husband eats these. Watch the serving size. YOu may need to measure for awhile to get an idea of what an actual, real serving size is. Most people OVER-estimate by ALOT!
I better make a third post. This is getting way long! SORRY
Post Edited (Hopes) : 8/30/2007 8:46:38 AM (GMT-6)