Weight Loss Diary: Just Say No to Bread and Eating After 7 p.m., and Why You Should Pack a Lunch

Okay, so continuing in my weight loss tips, I promised I’d start talking about changes that I made to my diet, including what foods I stopped eating.  This week we get into why bread has to go, why it’s important to stop eating after a certain time, and packing a lunch for work.  Enjoy!

Bread

es, bread, and pretty much anything else that had flour in it had to go. That meant cookies, tortillas, chips, my English Muffins with their nooks and crannies, those delectable croissants that I absolutely adore…yeah well they had to go.

And before you holler, well why didn’t you switch to whole wheat—let me spare you the trouble and just say that bread is bread, I don’t care whether it’s white or whole wheat and what bread does to you is weigh you down.

Look it wasn’t easy. I can’t tell you how many times I backslid or sneaked a cookie here or there or one of those finger-licking-good biscuits from KFC that would just be calling my name from the lunchroom in the office. But I will tell you that it was worth my effort and actually—after a while, you don’t even miss it and you find great ways to be creative with it.

For example, you want a turkey or a veggie burger? Fine. Wrap it in lettuce instead of bread. Holla! You’ll be glad you did in oh about 6 months into it and you’ll know exactly what I am talking about. And for my soul food folks—just bypass Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles and your grandma’s hot water cornbread altogether.

Today, I do allow myself to eat bread, cookies, and the like—in moderation and I do go for the whole wheat when it’s available, but it’s not an everyday part of my diet. For me, it can’t be.

Eating After 7 p.m.

One of the smartest things I trained by body to do was to function without eating after 7 p.m.—and let me tell you, this was no easy feat. I am a snacker—to be exact, an around the clock whenever I am hungry gotta have something right now ransack the kitchen and leave no crumb behind snacker. Like I said, no easy feat.

In order to accomplish this death-defying feat, I had to make some serious adjustments to my schedule. Working in politics means receptions, parties, meetings, and the like almost everyday. Basically, everywhere I turned…I saw food.

I learned that eating after a certain time in the evening meant that food was going to straight to my ass, hips, and tummy. The rule of thumb for most folks dieting is not to eat three hours before bed. Like I always say, do what works for you. But what I will tell you is learning to not eat after 7 p.m. really made all the difference. When I did find myself about to lose it—I either drank a glass of cold water (it will fill you up), a cup of nonfat yogurt, or reminded myself that my ex is running around town with some skinny b$#$^% and we’ve got work to do so buck up and deal with it. No pain, no gain.

Of course, there were times when it simply couldn’t be avoided, but those times were few and far apart because in order to not be hungry after 7 p.m., I had to revert back to my childhood and start taking my lunch and sometimes dinner into the office with me.

My Lunchbox

Yes, if you want a sure way to stay on track, pack a lunch. You’ll be happy that you did, a couple of months down the line. And for those of us that work late hours, pack lunch and a dinner and make sure that you eat that dinner before you leave the office and hope into your car to go home. That way when you get home you aren’t hungry.

And for my folks that work in offices that like to order in, let your co-workers know that you are working your weight loss plan and you don’t need the temptation. Still though, you are going to have to be strong when that pizza shows up on the table in the lunchroom or the gang announces they are going out to eat for lunch and want you to tag along. This is critical to your success.

I pack a pretty healthy lunch these days, including a snack which is often, fruit, nonfat yogurt or nuts. It really makes all the difference. I make good use of leftovers as well in my good ole’ lunch. Hint hint.

So chew on that for this week and when I check back in we’ll discuss eating out and fast food.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • Wonderlove

    “I am a snacker—to be exact, an around the clock whenever I am hungry gotta have something right now ransack the kitchen and leave no crumb behind snacker”

    “….my ex is running around town with some skinny b$#$^% and we’ve got work to do so buck up and deal with it. No pain, no gain”

    LOL You should do a play on your weight loss story…

  • Gulls

    “The Incredibly True Adventures Of Snackers Of The Ransack Kitchen”

  • Thanks for the tips…

  • I’m one for three of these tips. I do pack a lunch and find it helps me stay on track. I love bread but since I do portioning (from counting calories earlier), I don’t overindulge the bread. Since I look at the total calories in a day, I don’t really look at the time so much – I do try and have the Boca burger at around 7PM (I find that I am full the rest of the night).

    Great tips! It is good go see what works well for each person.

  • D

    You are so right with these tips. It really makes a difference when you stop eating after 7pm. Don’t forget…. not only is it healthier to take your lunch to work, it’s a whole lot cheaper.

  • romez

    uhm bread is good for you it keeps you full longer and helps weight loss, need help with info msg me, i lost 90 pounds in 90days without starving myselft, and by working out and eating healthy,

  • Bootsy

    Excellent advice…you’re a brilliant writer. Keep up the good work!

  • “uhm bread is good for you it keeps you full longer and helps weight loss”

    bread is full of carbs, you do not want to intake carbs if you are not going to burn them off (like before bed). which is why the title of this article is “no to bread and eating AFTER 7 PM.”

    learn what you are talking about before you make a fool of yourself. thanks.

  • Although it’s good advice I know a lot of people would have trouble doing this so here’s another tip. Try making lunch your biggest meal of the day. Most people’s evening meal is their biggest meal of the day. But if you change it to lunch, you have more chance of burning it off during the day.

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  • Cynthia

    I loved the article, however, the no bread thing with any diet plan scares me, considering the fact that I’m a bread fanatic. I have managed to cut out breads made with flour-white or brown (enriched) and resorted to eating Sprouted Grain bread,a bread made without flour, but with good stuff such as oats, millet, barley, and what. What are your thoughts on such type of bread?

    By the way, it possible to either send me or post a few sample meal plans that assisted you with your weight loss?

    Thanks,

    Cynthia from Canada

  • Pirlantaa

    If i eat no bread..no Junk..(chips, candy,etc) and not eat after PM…Wouldd I loose weight ?

  • Pirlantaa

    OH ANd..I’ve been doing this diet for about 5 months..but, instead fo water to fill me up after 7..I drink organic green tea.

    But, lately I’ve been slacking off and sneaking bread and bad sugar..

    Im ready to do this diet again..but, Im worried my body will get use to this routine and refuse to loose the extra fat?

    It’s like excercising on the same bodyy areaa and your body just doeant do anything after it gets use to it.

    IS that the same thing for dieting?\

    thanks

  • Terence O’Neill

    Thanks for the tips. I, too, am also in politics and trying to loose the weight. My trainer finally said drop the breads and nothing after seven. I hope to make the progress that you have and look great very soon! Thanks for posting.

  • Ruben Cervantes

    these tips are okay, however there is no scientific backing to the claims that low carb diets are reasons for weight loss. The reason you lose weight is due to calorie deficits. The body runs on carbs and if you treat your body the way it was made to work then you will most definitely feel healthier and lose weight. Remember it the law of thermodynamics energy is neither created or destroyed and calories are energy. Fat, protein, and carbs are essential for the body to be healthy cutting one more then the other is just foolish and unnecessary. count your calories, and burn more then what you eat. simple and healthy.

  • Hey! I just recently decided to stop eating after 7pm. I’m not sure how I’ll make it regarding no-bread, but I do need to cut back. I have a blog of my own. Chubbchubbjourney.blogspot.com (yea… long title, I know) and I love it if you’d check it out. Offer some encouragement, even some advice. I’m no success story just yet, but I’m trying to become one. 🙂
    Anyway, the best tip I think, that you mentioned, was the ice water. It certainly will fill you up! I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog. I’m going to have to frequent it more often.

  • I NEED HELP

    So, i’ve been dieting for about a month, &’nd iRecently switched my bread to whole wheat and whole grain. I have turkey breast sandwhiches 3 times a week!! Is that healthy?? &’nd iOnly eat baked chicken, fresh fruits and vegetables, no pop, &’nd no processed foods. Should this work?? How long before iSee results??

  • Laura

    Hi, I was really happy to of found your blog. I have been struggling with loosing weight. I eat very well, except I have this horrible habit of eating bread! My body craves it! I am trying to learn to do without. I find that when I stay off of the bread, (Flour and Sugar) my body not only feels better but I start to drop inches fast! However, I do feel a bit shaky and weak. I am thinking because I am just an addict. I so want to stop and I really think the pounds will shed off if I just stop!