Eat Less Calories by Having an Early Dinner
I ate an hour after I normally do last night and I had a lot more calories than usual.
Monday is always a long, hard day, with little to no rest during the workday, and yesterday was no exception. Yesterday did have an exception, though, because instead of having dinner at around 5:30-6 as usual it was pushed to near 7 due to a dinner that took way too long to prepare for various reasons.
When I was 344 pounds, we always ate dinner around 7, just because I didn’t have any trouble or guilt with snacking before my meal. Yesterday, I had guilt, but I didn’t have any trouble snacking before a meal.
I grazed a little too much on cookie dough while waiting for dinner to be ready.
If the option is available to you, try to eat shortly after getting home from school, work, etc so you don’t “graze.” Of course, this doesn’t work if you have to wait a few hours for a spouse to get home, or if you don’t leave the house during the day.
If that’s the case for you, you can really benefit from having several smaller meals during the day — instead of going for 5 or 6 hours without eating between lunch and dinner, just have a smaller lunch and plan a smaller meal or a large snack around 3-4 PM, something that will prevent you from starving as you wait for dinner.
You’re not eating more calories doing this, you’re just shuffling them around.
Of course, the best option, the most obvious option, is to simply not keep cookie dough in the house. However, if you have kids, spouses, roommates, etc, this may not be a viable option either, just as it’s not with me. At the end of the day though, that’s fine — cookie dough never made anybody fat.
We can take credit for that ourselves.