The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

When it’s not worth the calories

In one of my various work-roles, I am often provided with a lunch-time meal. And it’s usually pretty healthy, and pretty tasty too. I load up on the fresh veggies and salads, and then select carefully from the rest of the food items so as to keep to my particular diet goals.

But every now-and-then, there’s a meal that doesn’t feel like it’s ‘worth’ the calories. This happened today. The meal was a soup and some bread. Now, soup can be pretty good, but the soups we make ourselves at home are so good that most others can’t compare.

I decided that soup was not going to satisfy me today, and I didn’t eat breakfast this morning. So I decided to fast until dinner time. This was not necessarily the plan for my day, but because I have experience knowing that fasting is not going to kill me, I can do it fairly easily, and drop some calories from my weekly total, ultimately leading to a better weight loss for the week.

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Skip a meal if it’s not worth the calories

A 24-hour fast, or just skipping a meal every now-and-then, can be a wonderful way to make a difference to your diet programme, because the number of calories in drops, and you’ll still burn the same number as you would have anyway.

So you’re changing the equation for that day, and therefore that week and month, too. And if the meal wasn’t going to make you happy and content anyway, what’s the point of eating it?

(Not to say that that’s the point of food, but it’s always better to enjoy your food, and I’ll enjoy my lovely dinner even more now).

When it’s not worth eating… don’t.



Take a look at the articles below for more information on the little things that make a big difference to your weight-loss goals:


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