Some people love sweets, or have particular cravings for certain foods that make weight loss difficult for them. These are not my problems. I love healthy food and I don't even really care for sweets much. I eat dessert... don't get me wrong. I eat dessert. But I eat dessert because it is socially unacceptable to order a second dinner. Literally - I would prefer a second dinner to dessert.
I love eating in large quantities. I love living in America because it makes me happy to order a bowl of pasta and know that I can literally eat until I am sick of eating because there will be enough to keep going. I order sandwiches knowing they will come with an abundance of fries. I love going out to dinner because wow! Appetizers! Salad! Meal! Dessert! So much eating. When I have a stressful day, I order something massive.
So when it comes to weight loss, my issue isn't so much particular foods as it is making sure if I'm going to eat a lot... that it's got to be very low calorie, very high-nutrient food. I know that restaurants pose a problem for me because I don't like ordering healthy at them. But I have found a way to eat healthy that works and where I never feel deprived of quantities of food.
First of all, I avoid social eating as much as possible. I know that eating is a social endeavor and it is very hard to avoid, but I really do just avoid it. When I go out, I stick to white wine and will often order side dishes of veggies for food. It's not awesome. Luckily, I am in graduate school and there is no abundance of people wanting to go to fancy dinners right now.
The way I maintain my lovely idea of portions while eating right around 1200 calories/day? So many vegetables. It seems simple, and boring really. But the truth is, I just love stir fry.
So my days are predictable. I drink a giant coffee. I have a breakfast/lunch that I try to keep in the 400 calorie range. Always something packed with protein and healthy carbs. Baked potato, tuna melt (with one piece of sprout bread), omelet, and I substitute Greek yogurt for EVERYTHING. It's funny. I started doing this a long time ago and now I don't even like the things it replaced (mayo, sour cream, various sauces).
The biggest thing is that I always have enough fresh vegetables and chicken sausage to make stir fry. I never get bored of stir fry. I cut up a huge abundance of whatever fresh vegetables I have. Usually bell peppers, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts. I'm talking a heaping, heaping pile of them. Then I cut up some lean chicken sausage and sauté it all in some olive oil, I serve it with a big heap of Greek yogurt that I mix with sriarcha. I seriously eat this dinner multiple times per week, every week. It takes so long to eat, it's so easy to make, and I am losing weight rapidly. I try to eat carbs more often earlier in the day, but if you want to add some carbs, I usually go with quinoa, which I make with chicken broth instead of water for added flavor. The meal pictured below contains two full chicken sausage links and clocks in at 486 calories.
Then I'll usually get a little snack like some chocolate or make chocolate banana oatmeal cooked (just mash up a banana with 1/2 cup oats and some chocolate chips. Makes 8 cookies and there are only 50 calories per cookie!). Sometimes in the middle of the day I'll eat a banana or a Kind bar or something if I am feeling hungry or bored.
I end my day around 1200 even and am never hungry. It's going quite well and is really just about having access to the right foods all of the time and being predictable in your meal choices.