My weight has been having too much fun on the see-saw the past week, so I thumbed back in my Fitbook to see what I was eating when it was working well. Here are just a few things that were keeping me full and losing weight:
- Almond butter
- Protein shakes
- Cheese sticks
- Perfect Foods bars
- Full-size Dove bars
Yeah, you read that one correctly -- every night for three days, I enjoyed a "real" 250-calorie ice cream bar. Was it the fat, the amount of calories, the dark chocolate, the perfectly happy and satisfied feeling that kept me out of the kitchen? Could be.
OK, aside from that (or not...), the list is heavy on healthy fats, protein and fiber. I often feel like I need to cut the fat to make the scale move but that tends to backfire on me.
Those Perfect Foods bars were fantastic meal replacements. They were around 300 calories with at least 10 grams of plant-based fats and around 15 grams of protein. So I'm off to buy a bunch of them (FYI, they're on sale at Fresh Market stores, two for $3). Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper (name-dropping alert!) turned me on to the bars at the BlogHer conference. The fine folks at Perfect Foods -- a small, family-run company in San Diego -- sent me a few to sample and Bob was right. They're filling, dense and really yummy. They're so bereft of preservatives and so full of good ingredients, the company suggests you store them in the fridge for optimum freshness.
I think I've been relying on too many carbs this past week. Fruit is good for you but not when you're jamming bowls of cherries down every night. Think I'll stick to lower glycemic fruits instead (berries, citrus).
Because while it does boil down to calories in-calories out, the type of calories can make a difference in what shuts off the hungry bear inside. Fat tends to do that with me, but wrapping my head around eating more fat can sometimes be hard, undoing a lifetime of believing the opposite.