In the past I've used calorie trackers (LiveStrong and Spark People) - I realize this diet is not about calorie counting, but about eyeballing portions. I've been using that method during my journey (p.s. I'm 3 weeks in) and also use the Eating For Life book and follow those recipes. Occasionally I will type the meal or recipe into a calorie tracker to see the pie chart of percentage of protein, carbs, and fat. For some of my meals it is not balanced (too many carbs or too many proteins). Is this okay? I've read the book and understand the program - I think I just need some reassurance that I'm doing this correctly.
I am probably paranoid because I have been very hungry tonight.... Not too sure why, this really has not happened to me before. Hmmm. Any advice or supportive quotes?
andini, I have used those trackers in the past as well. I know that there are people following bfl that just can't get away from it, or because they want to analyze every portion. There is nothing wrong if that is what you want to do.
For me I find the ease of bfl is why its so successful. And I really do use the palm and fist method, if that is what you mean by eyeballing.
You can make this as hard or as easy as you want. Also Eating for Life was written more for maintenance, so you can look at recipes, and ideas, but be careful about using it blindly.
Bill states in the book, one protein, one carb 6x a day. Wishing you great success.
Andini - I agree with firesong's advice. However, you need to add vegys to 2 of those 6 meals. (at least)
Every so often I measure my oatmeal to make sure I am still eyeballing 1/2 cup and weighing my chicken to make sure it is 3 - 4 oz. Other than that - like firesong said - dont over analyze it. You'll slowly go crazy frustrated.
It is the protein that keeps you feeling full. Once you recheck your portions and drink your water faithfully, you will hopefully feel more satisfied.
Eating for Life is more for maintenance. I havent got the book myself (I still eat from the original BFL food list) however I hear it is a book to caution as far as portions. Leave those menus for free days perhaps, until you reach your goals.
On BFL, the pie chart will always appear as too much protein. BFL requires more protein. This is why i don't do pie charts, calorie counting, etc. If you want to and have the time and energy to count calories and weigh and measure stuff, why not. BFL is not about undoing a good knowledge. But personally, i am fed up of all the counting and measuring. Apart from different varieties of ww bread and shapes of ww pasta, I don't weigh anything any more. I found that the difference is so small it is not worth the hassle.
As Legs said, if you still feel hungry, add your veg. but with the right size portions you shouldn't be feeling hungry, especially that you can eat every two hours.
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I do add veggies to my meals - maybe I should eat some more. I've been pretty satisfied in terms of fullness most of the time, but yesterday it was a struggle. In terms of the book, I always try to remain aware about the portions... meat portions are pretty easy (can weigh the fish or chicken) and other ones I've divided it into more portions because "my portion" was smaller than recommended.
I avoid tracking because it has made me frustrated - I think its much easier to use the palm method (not to mention more applicable to real life). My only concern was when I plugged in the protein oatmeal changing from peanut flour (which is more protein than carbs) to better n' peanut butter (more carbs than protein) and the percentages changed making it majority carbs (almost 50%).
The more I look at my body, I can see that things are changing. I definitely have lost some fat, but I feel like it is happening slowly.... I have to keep reminding myself that other people's before and after pictures happened over 12 weeks not 1... and to view those pictures as motivation to continue! I guess what is most important is that I feel good! I am never over full or starving (more often than not). I am already seeing small changes, and know there are more to come!!
Thanks for all your support!
andini, small changes over time add up to major changes. remember you didn't get to what brought you to bfl overnight, so have some patience with yourself. It sounds like things are going well for you, take a deep breath and start enjoying the ride.
legs, yep, about the veggies, just an omission on my part. forgot to say that. thanks for catching that.
Your body changes from the inside out. Thinner people and women may not see much change for awhile.
If I was super hungry I might add a an extra meal. More low starch veggies definitely help kill hunger. Broccoli is ideal.
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