5 New Healthy Eating Habits for Weight Loss

Are You Eating Backwards?

People who struggle with their weight often find their evening meal to be the most challenging. When it comes to dieting, most people don’t have much of a problem watching calories throughout the day. Then they come home and BAM! They eat more calories in one sitting than they did all day long.

One reason this happens is we’ve been conditioned to eat big meals for dinner. Normally that means a meat, a couple of sides, and sometimes bread or dessert – but who said a meal has to be a 7-course meal? It must have been the same person who invented the Pop Tart for breakfast – and they have it all backwards.

Let’s look at food as fuel. Do you need a lot of fuel to power you to sleep? No. Do you need fuel to power you to work? Yes. So why would we have a small breakfast and big dinner? It’s completely opposite from what our body needs.

5 Healthy Food Habits for Weight Loss

Here are small changes you can make to your daily eating habits that can deliver BIG results.

1. Eat a 300-400 calorie breakfast with a nice balance of fat, protein and low-glycemic carbohydrates. Stock up on breakfast foods like Egg Beaters, oatmeal, bagel thins, low-carb wraps, grits, Chobani greek yogurt, Designer Whey vanilla protein, peanut butter, granola and fruit. Plan ahead and be creative. Cooking breakfast in advance and utilizing leftovers (like spinach, asparagus and meats) can really help create fast fixings.

2. Splurge for lunch. Instead having your biggest meal at dinner, schedule cheat meals at lunch. At least you will have several hours to burn off what you ate, instead of eating at night and hitting the sack on a full stomach. Even if you are eating healthy, try to save your high-carb meals, like sandwiches, pastas and potatoes, for lunchtime.

3. Simplify dinner. Don’t over-think your evening menu. If you are trying to diet, limit meals to one white meat and one green side. Use a little olive oil or natural fats, like avocado, to help the meal stay with you longer. Green vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, green beans, spinach, zucchini, collards, cabbage and salad greens are normally lower in calories. Be very sparing with beans, even the green kind. Peas, black-eyed peas, lima beans, black beans, pinto beans, navy beans and kidney beans are all higher in carbohydrates and calories. One green bean that’s an exception is the soy bean (edamame). Edamame has a excellent balance of carbs, fats and protein. YUM!

4. Just skip it. Sometimes people eat just because they think they are “supposed to”. Just because it’s meal time, you don’t always have to eat a traditional meal. If you come home late at night, or you really aren’t that hungry, sometimes it’s OK to just make a protein shake and call it a night – especially if you just left the gym. Or maybe you decide to just have a few almonds and a piece of fruit, or some yogurt to curb your appetite. Although you do need to keep a steady small amount of calories coming in to keep your metabolism revved, they don’t have to be anything fancy or complicated.

5. Choose only one 100-200 calorie evening snack. If you are like me, you can snack the entire night away if you let yourself. Instead, choose your snack wisely. Do you crave sweets? Then a sugar-free fudge pop, jello pudding or fruit may be the way to go. Do you crave salty snacks? Then you may prefer 100-calorie popcorn as your go-to snack. Whatever you choose, try to limit your calories to only one 100-200 calories, and only choose one item – that includes drinks. Even if you WANT to snack, you won’t die if you go without snacking – and those little after-dinner calories add up quick so be stingy with them.

About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on September 5, 2012, in Diet & Nutrition Tips, Healthy Foods, PFOODIE and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Love your posts!!! You and Steve are doing a great job!!! The best fitness couple!!!

  2. I had the same problem for years, but it took a lot of discipline to cut down later in the day;)

  3. Thks 4 d tips. Will definitely come handy. My problem though is, I only hv time 4 a very quick breakfast like a bowll of oatmeal. No time at all 4 luunch. May a fruit. So I get home in d evenin (8pm) verrry hungry. Pls what should I do, cos all I want then is a huge meal????

    • You make time. If you have time to pee, you have time to eat. I think you maybe over thinking it. There are plenty of easy foods to grab – fruit, cheese sticks, almonds, protein bars, lunch meat, tuna & crackers, soup and lean cuisines. I don’t have a lot of time to eat either. I normally get about 10 minutes and that’s all I need – and I snack on the go, often in the car on the way to gym or while running errands. HOWEVER, if you don’t plan ahead, you are doomed because getting food or preparing it DOES take up quite a bit of time. Remember, a good fitness motto is No More Excuses. If it’s important to you, you’ll make time. 🙂

  4. I’ve been reading your posts for a couple of days and I must say that all of your posts are great. Thanks for the tips!

  5. Salmon and green beans are one of my favorite plates, especially when you bake them all together with lemon and a few other spices.

  6. Don’t try to change everything in your life at the same time. You should make a list of all the things you want to change eventually and then go through the list one by one. Start with the worst things like sodas and fried foods and you will be able to do the harder things once you are more experienced.

  7. Great insight in this post. I find that most people don’t know where to start or have any motivation to keep going. Diet is a great way to start a new life. Laser liposuction is becoming popular but isn’t sustainable without dieting.

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  10. I totally agree with having a bigger meal for lunch instead of dinner. It seems to be working for me, because with lunch, I still have a lot of time to be active as I run errands, and then when i get home I eat smaller for supper because i know I only have a bit of time before i sleep. Thanks so much for sharing, I love your site!

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