Day 5 of my weight loss diary, 1500 calories No grazing between meals. For me, eating at 9, 3, or 5 is the best time to eat.(See the other days in my weight loss journal here.

Oh my! Today, I was 116.6 lbs. My scale wouldn’t send the data to the tracking app no matter what I tried. I think it assumed it wasn’t possible that it didn’t even change a tenth in the last three days.

So, I waited 20 minutes and then started again to get a new reading (116.4). Then it uploaded to my app. LOL.

Day 5 One Month Weight Loss Plan

Day 5: 116.4lbs

No Grazing!

Instead of saying “no snacking”People get confused by the fact that I have a midday snack. To clarify, I will call it what I really mean.NO GRAZING

However, the old school diet mentality dictated that you should eat 6-7 small meals per day. “Keep your metabolism running”.

I was very easy to buy into the 6-7 meals per day hype. This seemed like a win for someone who loves to eat. You will eat more often and experience more joy in your life.

MY 6-7 meals weren’t available. “mini-meals”. When I eat, I like a big, hearty, satisfying meal. But, even worse, the time between meals got longer. Instead of six defined meals, I was eating all day.

We now know that your metabolism doesn’t fluctuate just because you skipped a meal. Our bodies are smarter than that. We also know that eating properly between meals is better for digestion than constantly processing food and grazing.

But more than that, I find it MUCH easier to stay in my calories for the day when I just decide I won’t eat between meals, and stick to 3-4 meals per day. You can read my two articles on the science behind that here: Stop Snacking to lose weight and 3 Meals a Day Diet.

One of the reasons I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is to have good glucose and insulin numbers. You can see in my article linked above that we should allow enough time between meals.

Insulin sensitivity is backThis will lead to easier weight loss. Insulin is a hormone which controls the energy use of your cells. A way to make insulin resistant is to take aConstant stream of glucose Stop eating. Limiting your food intake allows for glucose time to be Used between meals and help your insulin do it’s job. (Source)

3 Meals per Day Diet

Even though I know this, the reason it is so difficult for me not to eat between meals is

  • I work from home, and eating while I’m working, or to avoid working is TOO convenient.
  • I am literally a food blogger! I love food! Pinterest And Instagram All day, you are exposed to delicious food.
  • and finally, I’m impulsive. I think about what I want to eat and then I eat it. Sometimes, I don’t even think about it. I found it easy to adhere to the diet in the last weeks of the bikini show. All I had to do was stop snacking. It can really be a game-changer if you let.

Anyway, maybe it’s a longer rant for another day, but speaking of snacks……

My PROTEIN TREAT

I eat around 9 a.m., noon, 3 :00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. My 3:00 pm meal is a protein snack or dessert. Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. However, I love desserts and treats!

I’ve been LOVING lowfat cottage cheese with sugar free pistachio pudding mix!! OH MY HEAVENS! Here’s one way to make it (a little more indulgent) with cool whip and yogurt.

Yesterday, I just mixed the pudding mix with cottage cheese. My photo shows pistachios, but normally I wouldn’t do that. It was just because it looked better in my photo!

You should definitely try this delicious treat! It was 230 calories, 25g protein, 16g carbohydrates, and 6g fat for this bowl. If you are adding a meal to the bowl, MyFitnessPal,Search 1500S04 by Health Beet

cottage cheese and sugar free pistachio pudding

My Workout

Cardio

Yesterday, I ran three miles on the treadmill. It started to pour, and the temperature is dropping below 20 degrees. That’s usually when I start bringing my running indoors.

Strength

Yesterday was also shoulder day! I’ll do a more thourough dive into my training plan tomorrrow, but I honestly just do BASIC moves. There’s nothing fancy.

Exercises for shoulders (and abs) were:

  • Lateral raises
  • Dumbbell Overhead Press
  • Dumbbell upright rows
  • Dumbbell front raise
  • Hanging leg raises
  • Ball crunches

I’ve been lifting for a long time at heavy weights for 4 sets of 6-10 reps.

That’s it for today. Be back tomorrow and I’ll share more about my strength routine!

Day 5 journal- no snacking between meals


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