I’m not eating between meals and I’m not taking seconds. Just today. And I’ll try this for a year to see what happens.
I talk a lot about not eating between meals (probably because I spend so much time not doing it.) But, the part about not taking seconds is just as important to my commitment (and yes – for the worriers – portion control matters) and for me it’s especially an issue at dinner time.
Breakfast and lunch are always the same thing — cereal & coffee for breakfast then a sandwich for lunch. But dinner could be anything and sometimes it’s very tempting to get a little more.
But there are two things helping me keep my commitment. First is the fact that for some reason if I have seconds of any pasta dish I wake up in the middle of the night with a terrible, horrible pain in my lower gut, it’s the worst thing and it comes in the depth of the middle of the night (I finally learned that drinking 5 glasses of water very quickly makes the pain go away within 15 minutes. Before that it went on with no relief for hours).
Second is my blood sugar — the more I eat and the longer I spend eating extra food, the longer my blood sugar will stay elevated. I relearn this lesson regularly, so I know that even though I’ve lost a lot of weight, it’s still very much a concern (just read yesterdays Commitment Discussion for the proof of this)
So for me those two issues are my enforcers — but the proof of the effectiveness of it all is that my weight is steadily going down in spite of virtually no exercise for these last 2 weeks and my gut never hurts any more and my blood sugar is (mostly) under control.
And that all comes from the little discussed piece of the commitment: Not taking seconds.
What helps you keep to the commitment? And can you see direct benefits yet to either piece of it?