Diet Tricks Of The Not-Even Internet Famous
This is a personal finance blog, not a weight loss blog: I’m aware of this. But dieting has been a big part of my life of late, and if you haven’t noticed, the topics of weight loss and finances tend to go hand-in-hand elsewhere in the blogosphere. Besides, if Dooce can be a consultant to a TV network that features information on improving your home and garden, and Momversation can be a finalist for an award in blogging, then I can fucking post a weight loss tip list. Get off my back, topic police: I’m cranky and hungry. Anyway, I thought I’d share with you the things I use to try to keep myself on diets when I’m really hungry and I think I’m going to fail. I was hoping people would add their own suggestions in the comments, or perhaps just chime in if you think I am insane. Because no matter what, it’s got to be better than what they’re selling on Lap Band Alley or sending your money to Lose It Or Lose It.
In terms of calories-to-fullness-feeling, popcorn gives you a lot of bang for your buck. I don’t usually start out the day by eating a bag of popcorn (though I wouldn’t put it past myself, either), but at the end of the day, when I feel like I’m going to starve to death, sometimes I’ll pop in a bag of Orville Reddenbacher’s Smart Pop Kettle Korn microwave popcorn. The small bag is only 100 calories, and the larger one is like 250. Either one will keep you from eating a whole pack of Oreos, and they also are easier than trying to fall asleep on an empty stomach. Win-win.
I use strawberries in a similar way to popcorn: a cup of strawberries has like 50 calories. You can pretty much go nuts with the strawberries for dessert and not have to worry about it. When they’re sour, just throw a packet of equal on top and call it a day.
When you’re worried about eating something that is tempting, go ahead and squirt out some wasabi and eat it. End of the craving, and no need to use your neti pot for several days, either.
Hot Chilies, Or Hot Chili Sauce Of Any Kind
I prefer wasabi for the burning of the taste buds/elimination of appetite, but anything made of hot chilies will serve the same purpose. Be careful when using hot stuff to quell your appetite, though: too much will make you feel nauseous. Also, you might want to take some Pepcid just in case.
Anyone got any more tips? Or better ones? I’m dying over here.