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Rule 6: One major meal per day
Dr. Barbara views this approach as an effective way to keep overall calories down. She advises this approach because of the psychological attachment many of us have to eating when we're not hungry.
Knowing you are going to have one main meal for fuel, and then eat lightly the rest of the day whenever you're hungry, is a mental trick to keep from grazing on snacks all day, and then perhaps overdoing it at night. I have this problem in a BIG way! This rule is the main one I see as giving me the structure I need.
A major meal will include protein, vegetables, fruit, and perhaps your acceptable treat. She advises choosing your own mealtime- it doesn't matter if you have your "major meal" for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The rest of the day your food intake would look like this:
• One major meal (as above)
• Mini-meals (two food items): ex, soup and salad
• Fast grabs (only one item): ex, fruit, carrots, nuts
The "fast grabs" are important so that you NEVER sit there and let yourself be hungry. Our bodies sometimes surprise us with unexpected, true hunger, and we need to respond to it. The calorie target is up to you. Dr. Barbara doesn’t think in calories, because she feels that if you’re eating natural foods you won’t be overeating calories.
Here is where I part with her a bit- I think when you’re not used to knowing how much is the right amount, having a calorie target helps to guide you. I think many people get to the point where they kind of know and don’t have to count, but some of us need counting- memememememe!!!
However, I like this structure for how to consume those calories throughout the day. Being too open-ended allows unhelpful choices to creep in! I look forward to incorporating this rule.
Next up: Rule 10! One acceptable treat per day.