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on this discussion in the comments below!
I think the main thing to note here is that:
There is certain amount of VOLUME we desire to have for the treat or meal to feel satisfying.
If it’s a food we really savor the taste of, we’d like the time spent eating it to last for a little bit.
There is a limit to the number of calories we can take in, especially right after Phase 2, without weight gain.
With these 3 main truths in mind, I find for myself that I would prefer to have a larger amount of something that is lower calorie, than say, 1/4 cup of something that’s very calorie dense.
The examples here:
It was all about pumpkin dessert – all these examples are low carb because only a small amount of pumpkin is used in all the dishes.
For 107 calories, you can have 1/4 cup of this low carb, sugar-free (and Phase 3 friendly if you’re having dairy) pumpkin mousse recipe. 1/4 cup is about 3-4 bites for me, so it would be really hard to drag out the time it takes to eat this little ditty to more than like, a minute.
For the same 107 calories or so, the Pumpkin Pie Smoothie in the Phase 3 hCG Maintenance Program is 1.5 cups!
Knowing this gives you a choice- what would you personally rather have?
If you want something super decadent and can handle eating only a little bit of it in a few mouthfuls, then that’s totally okay.
For me, I tend to like a treat that takes awhile to eat and that has more volume to it. Hence my several-years-long obsession with these Phase 3 dessert smoothies now.
But why is this mousse-thingy so SMALL? This recipe, despite being sugar free, is very calorie dense because of the fat content from the lots of whipping cream. FAT IS NOT BAD AT ALL. But just scientifically speaking, it’s very calorie dense which means that a lot of calories can pack into a small space with fat calories vs. other types of calories.
We totally utilize fat in the phase 3 meal plan. But I find I feel most satisfied when I strike a balance between fat content in my food for the day with also having enough VOLUME. How much actual food I get to eat.
There is a mental aspect for most of us women at this point when we eat something as to whether we feel satisfied and like it was enough or not.
Let’s say we want to compare the same portion size of
The same pumpkin pie smoothie vs the same low carb, sugar free pumpkin mousse:
Now, to be honest, whether or not I could actually get this much down my gullet without feeling sick I’m not sure because obviously the level of fat in here is very high, which means I’m going to get fully really fast. Whereas the smoothie has 9 ice-cubes in it, where I will initially get full, but then I’ll get un-full pretty quickly.
But remember, when we’re thinking about having dessert, we have to think about what is going to be mentally and emotionally satisfying as well – not just what will physically fill our stomachs to the proper 81.9999% or something. Because being REAL, a large percentage of us are going to end up making choices based on this in the long run.
And this is whether in Phase 3 or beyond – like me, I utilize smoothies like this EVERY DAY and I’ve been maintaining my weight loss for almost 4.5 years now, without any further hCG or specific “diet”. This has been one of the keys for me! Because I’m not a robot when it comes to eating, so YES I eat lots of times based on what tastes yummy and how much I feel like eating and how long I want my moment of eating to last.
With 100 calories here and there you can’t really do any damage. Even IF you’ve used all the calories your body needs for the day and you’re technically going “over”, 100 extra calories is not going to hurt you.This will only be a problem if it starts to add up over many days, and even then, several days of overeating by 100 calories would only take fasting for 1 meal to fix.
With something like 742 calories with the pumpkin mousse, it’s going to be really easy to screw things up- in fact, it’s going to be likely, unless you compensate in some major ways, like only eating chicken breast for the rest of the day.
And you COULD do that. And sometimes you might choose to do that. Like I said, maybe you are just wanting something super decadent sometimes.
But if you did this for several days in a month without compensating majorly elsewhere, you can see how quickly the pounds could add up if this were way over your metabolism’s level.
When you’re a person like me who has historically never been aware of how many calories were in something, we might not realize how easy it really is to fork down 1,000 calories in one dessert serving.
EXAMPLE: There’s a chain restaurant and it appears that their chocolate chip cookie sundae contains 1,550 calories, the blue ribbon brownie contains 1,310 calories, and the maple butter pecan blondie comes in at 1,020 calories. People (maybe even us before Phase 2) eat this at restaurants every day.
You don’t have to count calories at all (I usually don’t) if you eat a certain way (like P3 smoothies ;), and you learn just a few facts like just how drastically different the calories are in these regular desserts. For me, it’s just never worth it actually. I know with my Phase 3 dessert smoothies, I’m totally safe.
But the problem is, for me anyway, I didn’t use to know the differences in calories and foods and such. All I knew was I like to eat a lot and, I knew to choose low carb when trying to stabilize and maintain.
as we see, if you have the 742 low-carb, sugar-free mousse, and then end up eating another 1500 calories of regular food that day, then you’re over 2,200 calories for the day and it’s likely you’ll run into trouble unless you’ve really boosted your metabolism through some serious weight lifting, which if you’re just starting Phase 3, you’re probably not at that point yet.
I hope that helps you get an idea in the differences between types of recipes.
To me that’s kind of what matters the most to me. I want something I can take my time eating. When I eat something that takes 30 seconds or a minute and then it’s already over, even if it was physically enough, I find myself looking around for something else to eat because I don’t feel mentally satisfied yet, but then technically I can’t eat any more, and that puts you in this kind of unsatisfied weird position.
You want to indulge.
Either because you’re feeling good and you want a major treat.
Or maybe you’re just feeling super crappy and you haven’t learned how to not rely on food yet to get through emotional trauma. Because that ability is something that can take years to achieve. It’s taken me a long time and I’m still not perfect.
Whatever the reason, you’re going to indulge.
For the same calorie amount, actually a little more, about 244 calories, you can now have a 1/2 cup of the sugar free pumpkin mousse recipe, instead of 1/4 cup.
1/2 cup is of course more than 1/4, but when you look at the size, it’s still QUITE a bit smaller than the doubled Phase 3 smoothie, even though the calorie amount is about the same.
These are choices. These obviously taste a little different, but for me, the satisfaction level I get when it comes to taste for either of these is really about the same.
So for me, since I think my pumpkin pie smoothie tastes really good, I’m going to go with that since it’s WAY BIGGER.
Whereas with the mousse, because it’s so small, I’m going to eat it in a few minutes, and then that’s it. My treat is over so fast.
If you’re the type of gal who is happy with 3 decadent bites, well, you just might be my hero.
I’m just a person who really likes to have volume in what I eat. If you’re that type of person, you can see the differences here and be able to make an informed choice like that.
The point of this is to show you ways that I utilize to have treats and indulge without it causing problems with my weight in my day to day life.
With my smoothies I don’t have to save dessert for once a month. I have these every day, often multiple times a day.
So there ya go.
See ya guys in the next video soon!
Would love to know if volume in what you get to eat appeals to you as well? Comments anyone?