When you are just getting started with a new diet, you are always convinced that this time it’s different. A few days in and you aren’t all that confident about yourself. The most dangerous time is the interval after your work and dinner. Well, if you are like me, it’s dangerous all day long.
A good way to deal with this is to acknowledge the problem and prepare for it. Some foods can be prepared in advance and stored specifically for such moments. This habit alone can make a huge difference in your weight management. Here is what you can do:
Boil eggs in advance.
Hard-boiled eggs make for a great snack, or even a meal, if you aren’t picky. They are low-calorie and low-carb at the same time. One medium egg has only about 63 calories and almost no carbohydrates (0.3 grams to be precise). The reason why I suggest hard-boiled eggs is because it’s easy to prepare them in advance, so when you feel hungry or moody, it’s something you can grab and eat immediately. When you are craving, you might not have strength to wait for eggs to boil, leave alone to peel hot eggs.
Prepare chicken breasts.
Similarly, chicken breast is a fantastic diet food. Just like eggs, it keeps you satisfied and the amount of carbohydrates and calories is minimal. 2.5 ounces of cooked chicken breast contain only 110 calories and zero carbohydrates. You can boil it, grill it or bake it and eat with vegetables.
Just so that you don’t go buck-buck after eating too much chicken and eggs, shrimps is another good alternative. Super-low calories – only 33 calories per ounce with zero carbohydrates. They might be a little costly, but are good for change from time to time.
Have a ready supply of vegetables.
While vegetables don’t exactly keep you full, they are delicious and the amount of calories is minimal. Keep red and green peppers, cauliflower, broccoli and leafy greens ready. You can even have a low-calorie dip for extra flavor.