Gotcha! Course you do. We all do. It’s that last 5 pounds. Or maybe it’s the first 20 or 30. Either way, you can knock off 10% of your calories easy wheezy. Slenderizing your meal is just freshness away.
On 5 different occasions, women were offered a large 100-calorie salad. Lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, celery, cucumber, shredded light cheese and fat-free Italian dressing graced the bowl. It accompanied a cheese tortellini and tomato sauce entree on this fare date.
When told they had to eat the whole salad, these women ate 11% fewer calories in the meal than when they had no salad. Here you go….when told to eat as much of the salad as they wanted, they only ate 2/3rd’s of it, and ate the same number of calories as when they didn’t have a salad.
When I work with nutrition clients, it’s always about what you can add to your plate. Deprivation sucks. I know that. We’ve all been there. Good grief, the Thank-God-I’ll-Never-Do-That-Again 3-day diet of wieners, cottage cheese and green beans was the grossest thing ever. We don’t want to feel like we have to give up anything. We don’t want to eat less of our favorite foods, or never have pasta or Thai food or cake again.
Speaking of cake, seems like this is an easy way to have your cake and eat it too. Add a salad. A large one. Or add roasted asparagus to supper. Caramelized carrot pennies to the menu. Broccoli and cauliflower saute. Fill half your plate with veggies and enjoy the quarter-plate each of your favorite protein and grain. Enjoy that 11% less calories that leads to 11% less waist.