Curb those Late-Night Cravings

It’s 10:30 p.m. and you have had a long day. You already ate dinner, but you’re starving again. How can you curb these late-night cravings? Wendy Ida, a health and fitness expert, suggests three ways:

  1. Eat meals that include the right nutrients 
    • Curb your late-night appetite by eating healthy foods throughout the day. Though it may seem contradictory if you’re trying to lose weight, do your best to eat a protein, carbohydrate, and fiber with each meal. Such components will help keep your hunger at a minimum.
  2. Chew gum 
    • Keep gum on-hand and chew it daily. Studies have shown that chewing gum can actually repress hunger. Gum is a low-calorie substitute that can keep your mind and mouth occupied.
  3. Go to sleep at consistent time
    • If all else fails, try just falling asleep. When you’re asleep (obviously) you can’t crave food. Make it a habit to go to sleep at a reasonable hour every night. The most consistent you are with your sleep schedule, the less likely you’ll be to crave late-night snacks.

2nd Week of Maintenance

Doing what I can to stay on the wagon!  After two weeks of keeping my diet reasonable, I’m still hangin’ on…

Weight: 210.6 lbs.
Waist: 40″

When my brother-in-law gets back in town, we’re going to kick off another round of dieting.  For now, I’m happy to be maintaining :-)

1st Week of Maintenance

After doing the HCG Diet, there is a recommended 3 weeks of “maintenance” to keep the weight off.  After such a strict diet, it was hard to deal with the suggested maintenance routine and I opted for a simpler approach and ate whatever I wanted, but generally stayed away from late night snacks and OD’ing on candy and treats.

After one week trying to keep my diet sensible, I’ve managed to hold on…

Weight: 210.2 lbs.
Waist: 40″

HCG 21 Day Cycle, Back in the Bod Pod

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Wow!  I can’t believe I made it through 3 weeks of the HCG Diet!  The first week was one of the longest in my life, but this last week went by pretty quickly.  While the weight loss slowed down a bit more, I still made progress and looking at the total 21 day HCG cycle, I’m definitely happy with the results.

Weight: 210 lbs.
Waist: 40″
Body Fat: 32.7% (still 68 lbs of fat, but better than 80!)

That makes for weekly progress of 3.4 lbs. and 1.5 inches off the waist.  Not spectacular on weight, but great on the waist.  I must have lost the right 3.4 pounds!

The grand total for 21 days of HCG dieting:

Weight loss: 18 lbs.
Waist shrunk: 3.75″
Body fat reduction: 2.7% (12 lbs of fat)

Was it worth it?  I think so.  The best thing it did was reset my mindset and my appreciation for food.  A “normal” healthy diet seems a lot more doable after such a strict diet.  I’m going to take a few weeks off and try to maintain the weight loss, but then I’ll crank up another round of dieting and add in some exercise.

It feels great to finally get things moving and it gives me more confidence that this will be the year that I finally drop 30 pounds :-)

Buckle Up, The Weight is Coming Off

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Today is another week down, just one more to go!  The progress was a little slower this week, but still in the right direction…

Weight: 213.4
Waist: 41.5

Down 5.6 lbs and another inch of the waist.  I even had to start tightening up my belt!  The food choices are definitely boring, but I’ve got the routine down and I’m sticking to it.