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Friday, August 04, 2017

Belvita Breakfast Biscuits

Do I Deserve Breakfast?

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that even when dieting, you should never skip breakfast. I get that. After starving for 8 or so hours throughout the night, I'm famished when I wake up in the morning. Skipping breakfast would be torture for me. How would I conduct Homeschool in the morning when I'm hangry?

I usually try to workout in the morning before breakfast. And this morning, I was wearing short workout shorts since we've been having a heatwave here in Seattle. As I was doing my side plank, I saw how my thighs hung down like big blobs of goo. And I thought, for that, I don't deserve any breakfast!

But remembering the old adage about breakfast being the most important meal of the day, I decided it was best to eat breakfast, but I would cut it in half. And I actually found it easier to do than I thought it would be. Lately I've been eating Belvita Breakfast Biscuits for breakfast. They are whole grain, not to sweet, contain a little protein, and not too high in calories. Plus, my son and I think they are pretty yummy.

Cutting Meal Portions

I've been eating one pack of these biscuits in the morning. They come 4 biscuits to a pack. It used to be that I would eat two packs. But I've since cut it to one. And today, I ate only half a pack. Will I survive? I think so. My plan is to just cut my meal portions at the same time as eating healthier foods. I am noticing my stomach capacity is shrinking as I am no longer cramming it full with everyone's leftovers. That way, I am feeling more satisfied with less.

I imagine Matt Damon on "The Martian" rationing out 1 small potato per day. Not that that's all I want to eat. But it's all about the caloric deficit. Eating a little less than what your body needs causes it to start using the energy stored as fat. That was really hard for me when I first started trying to do that.

Eating Until I'm Sick

My loose, stretched out tummy would be craving to be stuffed to the max. That feeling would bug me all day long. And honestly, I would break down at dinner and stuff myself a little. But then I would get that opposite feeling of being too full. A sick bloated belly suffering from food gluttony. I realized that feeling was almost worse than hunger.

I decided to try to pay better attention to my body and eat each meal until my body felt it was enough. Rather than eating until I was stuffed, beyond full. This was a little hard to get used to. I noticed that about 30-60 minutes after a meal, I felt like my tummy was empty again. But I fought through it until the next meal.

The Incredible Shrinking Stomach

After a few weeks of this, I started to get used to it and actually welcomed the feeling of hunger. It told me that I was doing my part in cutting down on my portions. Soon, my stomach started to shrink and required less food in order to feel satisfied. I still crave desert after dinner sometimes. But now, I'm noticing myself eating just a few cookies rather than the half the pack or the whole pack.

I think working out during dieting is very important. The body also uses energy stored in muscle tissue during your caloric deficit. Keeping the muscles toned keeps the muscle tissue building. Once I lost the bulk of my body fat, the weight loss slowed down. I'm sure part of it is a battle between burning stored muscle tissue verses fat tissue. The last several pounds of fat are probably the hardest to loose.

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