The image just made me smile. Do you ever feel that way at snack time? That was one the reasons I gained a few pounds back – feeling just as hungry as that shark at my night snack time.
If you are a regular reader, you know that I managed to gain three pounds in three months. I thought I was being careful – but scales don’t lie – if they are calibrated correctly. As a result of my most recent weigh-in, I went back to using a food diary/journal. And, I have told you about the 2:00 a.m. feedings – which are becoming fewer and fewer.
The food diary gave me a piece of information I did not expect. I discovered that I had stopped eating by the clock – especially for my last snack. Eating by the clock means I eat at, or near specific times and I eat specific amounts in terms of carb count. The last snack of the day should happen at around 8:30 – 9:00, which is a bit late, I know, and be about 15 carbs. I should eat dinner at about 6:00…exercise, do a few things, and then have a snack.
Pretty simple and straight forward, right? It worked for me. Seventy pounds were lost eating this way; eating by the clock. So, you’d think I would continue to do just that when I was taken off of Metformin. Yeah, you’d think so. Not so much.
My last snack was getting pushed back to 10:00 or 10:30 – late – and it was bigger because I was hungry. Ravenous – kind of like that shark. And, then I was eating again at 2:00 a.m. No wonder I was gaining weight. You see, I just wasn’t hungry at 8:30, so I just waited. VERY bad idea. When I was eating on a schedule, it didn’t matter if I was hungry, or not. I ate the allowed carbs, and that was it.
And, it worked. My body got used to the eating on a schedule pretty quickly. I didn’t wake up hungry in the middle of the night. It was great.
Guess what I am going back to doing? Eating a specific amount of carbs on a schedule. It worked for me before, and it will work again. Diet does not only mean what you eat, but when you eat it. Timing is important. For me, it’s:
- Breakfast at 6:00
- Snack at 9:00
- Lunch at 11:45
- Snack at 3:00
- Dinner at 6:00
- Snack at 8:30
All times can vary by about 30 minutes. Meals are about 50 carbs; snacks are 15 carbs.
It’s simple – I like simple. It’s just getting back to basics.
You can win your War On Diabetes…one day and one meal at a time.
As always, thank you for reading.