Tell me what normal eating looks like.
July 8, 2010 2:26 PM Subscribe
I want to know what a "normal" person eats over the course of a day. What types of food, and how much.
posted by Serene Empress Dork to health & fitness (58 answers total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
I need to lose a fair amount of weight. I've been on and off diets my entire adult life. Sometimes I'm on a plan that restricts a whole category of food (fat or carbs, usually) but encourages you to eat the allowed foods "to satisfaction". Other times I'm on some sort of calorie or points-counting regimen.
It has gotten to the point where I no longer have any idea of what a normal portion of food looks like, or what a basically healthy but non-strict daily menu consists of. And I'm sick of "dieting" all the time.
The thing is, I know all about eating to satiety without stuffing myself. But it seems like even if I eat enough of a healthy meal to get full, I'm always starved by the time the next meal rolls around. On the other hand, if I eat a bacon, egg & cheese biscuit, hash browns and orange juice from McDonalds, it will hold me until lunch without needing a snack. But I don't want to eat junk every day!
I want to learn how to eat like a person who doesn't have a weight problem. I'm not looking for diet tips... I know weight can be lost and maintained by discipline and hard work. But surely if I ate like a normal person and exercised moderately, the weight ought to come off slowly but surely, right?
So if you're maintaining a reasonable weight without deliberately restricting your diet too much or exercising like a maniac, can you give me some idea of what you eat in a day?