These traditions might be why we have strong cravings and weak willpowers. We mistakenly believe we must be ravenous to lose weight. In fact, when we're ravenous is when we most often make poor food choices and overeat. Planning ahead as the trainer suggests will arm your husband with healthy snacks and small, healthy meals spread throughout his day.
Food for thought
If you fail to plan, you might as well plan to fail. A health commitment requires forward thinking. Small healthy meals don't fall out of the sky.
Begin your day with lean protein and carbohydrates -- eggs with a little fresh spinach and low-fat cheese or oatmeal with a slice of toasted whole wheat or Ezekiel bread. (Don't forget about portion control.)
Whether cooking in or dining out, think about saving half for later or for the next day, which helps you instantly turn one meal into two.
Mid-morning meal (snack) could be yogurt and fruit, a protein bar or shake, or celery with peanut butter. This will keep energy up and relax your hunger at lunchtime.
For lunch, enjoy a salad with grilled chicken and an olive oil-based dressing or the other half of last evening's dinner. (Watch the amount of dressing; it adds up.)
Eating for health means all meals should be nutritionally balanced. They should be made up of non-starchy carbohydrates, lean protein and healthy fats.
Mid-afternoon meal (snack) could be a cup of low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese.
Dinner is no heavier than lunch. Try grilled fish with freshly sautéed or steamed non-starchy vegetables like asparagus, bok choy, broccoli and red peppers.
Timing is everything. Space your meals out to fuel your metabolism and control hunger. Make your last meal an evening snack such as an ounce of almonds with a cup of warm herbal tea.
There are lots and lots of substitutions for the meals I suggested. Insert any lean protein and vegetables for lunch and dinner. If you are making your salads from iceberg lettuce, know that it has little nutrition. Instead try romaine, red leaf, spinach or one of the many lettuce mixes available. They are tastier and better for you.
Eating with a purpose will not only help you lose unwanted pounds, it will support you in your energetic life. And you'll never go hungry again.
Cindy Boggs, fitness presenter, author and Activate America director, has been an ACE-certified coordinator/instructor since 1989. Send your questions about fitness, training or health to YMCA of Kanawha Valley, 100 YMCA Drive, Charleston, WV 25311, or e-mail cindys...@aol.com. Look for Cindy's award-winning fitness advice book, "CindySays ... You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World" on her Web site, www.cindysays.com, or contact the YMCA at 340-3527.