I've learned this the hard way the past 3 days. Don't know why it took 3 WHOLE days for me to figure it out...but I am definitely sure about it now. Even if you're eating something VERY healthy...say bare, naked lettuce...you can STILL eat too much of it and get OVER full.
Almost every meal for the past several days I have done this. It's weird...like why all of a sudden am I eating enough for 5 people? Tonight for dinner I made stir-fry veggies---very healthy. Only a little soy sauce on them so really no "limit" to how many I was allowing myself. But before I knew it, I had eaten SO MANY (like 3 big helpings) that I was MISERABLE. Miserable to the point of wishing I was in a wheel chair and someone would wheel me away from the table. This morning I made myself a bowl of Kashi oatmeal (which is really small) and a small (kids cup) of protein shake. Shouldn't be "too much" but I actually started feeling full about 2/3 of the way through. I knew I should have stopped then....but I didn't and by the time I had finished it, I felt nauseus. What's really weird I guess...is that it doesn't seem like I am eating THAT much more...I am just maybe getting fuller quicker? Hmmm....that's a thought! Maybe my stomach is shrinking!!! Wouldn't that be delightful!?! All I know is that if it is trying to shrink--I am probably stretching it back out by over-stuffing myself. I am going to make that my goal tomorrow...to not feel THAT full one single time. There is NO reason for it and being real full is actually way worse than being real hungry.
BTW, does anybody know if it's "ok" to eat cold cereal on this diet? (like Life or Kashi) It's not ever listed in the nutrition guide...but I've been craving it!!