Working out instead of snacking between meals!

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I don’t agree with only 3 meals per day, as you already know.  I am a big fan of 4-6 small meals a day.  It all depends on your situation.  I can eat about 6 small meals a day because I am a stay at home Mom.  If someone has a job all day long then 4 meals may be better geared for them.

I have always said, and still believe, that the best way that I know to make you small meals is to simply divide up what you would normally eat in 3 larger meals into smaller meals so you are not eating 6 huge meals per day.  Of course if you are overeating your 3 meals you may need to lessen the amount first before you decide how to divide them up into smaller meals.

Because I am eating more frequently during the days, there is really no need for the extra snacks during the day but like everyone else in the world, some days I just seem to crave more.  I have found that if I can keep my mind busy during these cravings they pass.  How I keep my mind busy?  Well the best way is to exercise.  If I can say, “hmmm, feeling like I want something extra, I need to run up and down the stairs 15 times.”  This really does help me forget I want to eat.

I am good at this about 40-50% of the time and I need to be good at is 100% of the time.  Since it is Monday my goal for this week is to be good at this 100% of the time.

When I get hungry for extra food, I will either run the stairs, do some push-ups, jump up and down on the floor 100 times or put the radio on and dance with the kids for a few minutes.

Keeping my mind busy should result in faster weight loss!

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12 thoughts on “Working out instead of snacking between meals!

  1. Wow, good tips! I've been slacking off lately on my exercises since I've been feeling pretty tired and lazy… But running the stairs and dancing with the radio on sounds like a great idea! :)

  2. I find I do better if I eat several smaller meals throughout the day as well. When I was really sick that was the only way I *could* eat and now I find that it really helps me overall.

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  3. Eating smaller meals more often is an excellent idea. It's better for your body, too. It keeps your blood sugar from spiking. Sometimes, when you're feeling hungry it may actually be that you're thirsty. Try drinking you a glass to see if this helps. Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday. Am now following!

  4. Hi! I'm a new follower! I'm also trying to get in shape while being a stay at home mom! I look forward to reading about your progress! Thank you for following me and I'm glad I found your blog! Julie

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  5. Love your plan, Tawna! It's sensible and realistic! I also believe in eating 4-6 smaller meals per day. And what a great idea to get up and run the stairs a few times to distract you from being hungry. :) Another good tip: drink plenty of water…in fact, if you are hungry when it isn't "time" to eat, drink 8 oz of water…you probably won't be hungry anymore. :)

  6. Yay!!! That is a great plan.

    I really need to do some strength training exercises…. I do them sometimes… but then I get lazy.

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  7. I am making little changes and hoping to see some results….so glad that you stopped by

  8. I'm trying to do a similar thing myself. I only allow myself healthy snacks if I need something. I am also working out everyday over lunch. Good luck with your 100% goal!

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