I'm not obsessive about it, weighing myself just if my pants feel tight. But after I blew my knee out in a fall, I lost 20 some pounds and felt so much better after, I've worked to keep it off.
So when I feel like I've overindulged, I don't count calories, I don't do extra time at the gym. I just cut back on carbs for a few days, more of a Paleo style diet with no processed/high sodium foods, including meats and cheeses (which even if low carb aren't all that great for you), no dairy, grains (except for chia seeds in smoothees) or bread. Then I seriously up my low sugar fruits and veggies. For me, my downfall is carbs - waffles, pancakes and particularly cornbread, corn anything, which is a favorite. So a couple of weeks ago, when I saw a 4 pound weight gain from time off with my Dad I said NO to all carbs and bread going cold turkey (literally) with more Paleo style eating for a whole week. The result was the phone call that ensued, to a good gal friend of mine, retired Air Force, NRA instructor and squirrel in another squirrel division. We all have those friends, that are more like sisters and you can tell ANYTHING to.
Me: I tried to do the no bread/no processed food Paleo thing - it didn't go so well.
L. - What happened?
Me: I made it almost a week.
Me: I just ate an entire box of corn dogs. . . . . With a beer chaser.
L. (laughing) I love you.
But cutting back on cheese, sugar processed food and supersized portions IS a healthy way to cut back, but it's easier if you start by just replacing a few meals as you gradually adjust to healthier eating habits.
By using a measured container, I find I get a nice variety but I'm not stuffed and heading into a coma after lunch. Herb Chicken, salad with candied pecans and blueberries, grapes, carrots and almond raisin mix. All I add is a splash of olive oil based salad dressing I keep in the fridge at work and a bottled water. There's also extra apples in the fridge for an afternoon snack with my tea if I need one.
For dinner - something totally new.
ZOODLES. That's right, noodles made out of zucchini I bought the little julienne tool at Amazon and figured - worst case scenario I could eat the sauce. I was just craving some pasta and thought it was worth a try.
Simply wash the zucchini's, cut off the ends and make a thin slice on the top and bottom. so it stays in place on the cutting board and you have a level surface to julienne, Then you simply run the slicer over it to make long strands of zuchinni.
Cover the zoodles and nuke for two minutes when the sauce is heating. (If you're doing a big batch you might want to cook a bit longer).