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Mar 07, 2019 08:34:02

I lost weight while eating chocolate [Part 2]

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Julia Saxena

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Yesterday, I wrote about how I managed (somehow) to lose weight while visiting my parents and eating things like potatoes, bread, butter, and chocolate on a daily basis. 

Today, I'd like to share what I think happened. I believe there were two crucial parts:

1. Portion sizes 

My mum has perfected portion sizes. She knows exactly how much she needs to cook for four people. There was rarely the option of going for seconds. But it wasn't necessary either, because the first portion was filling enough. So, no overeating.

2. Eating times 

My parents have a pretty fixed schedule. There is an only minimal deviation from the daily eating times. That discouraged me from snacking in between because I knew for sure when the next meal would be ready. Also, I enjoyed having an early dinner, so the stomach is not too full when going to bed. 

There are two more points that, I think, contributed in some way:

- The main meal of the day was lunch, not dinner. When the most amount of calories comes in during the day, the body still has more time to use them (in theory).

- I was eating the food I grew up on. Can my body use the food better when it has been used to this type of food for its whole life? 

Now, I'm back with my husband, and his parents are visiting. I'm suddenly forced into entirely different eating habits. We are eating Indian food (my husband is Indian) which I certainly have not grown up with. Dinner is the main meal and is eaten pretty late (8 pm). 

After not even one week, my flat tummy is gone and I'm feeling bloated again. I will continue to monitor how the change in diet is affecting me. 

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    @juliasaxena The question of whether eating food that you grew up eating is beneficial because your body is used to processing it is an interesting one. I don't know the answer. I would say the first two points do explain how you were able to manage weight control. I wouldn't be surprised if the rice or the spices and rich sauces in Indian food are what are causing you grief. And don't forget about all that garlic naan.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 06, 2019 15:47:04
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      @brandonwilson I'll definitely do some research around this question and try to stay from the Indian food as much as I can ;)

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Mar 08, 2019 09:07:52
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