I LOVE having a nighttime snack before bed. I guess because it's something I grew up doing. It's just part of my routine. And yes, sometimes I have to be careful that it doesn't turn into an all out fridge-raiding binge fest, but usually I can control myself by having a 200-300 calorie snack depending on my overall intake that day and my exercise. Usually that looks like one salty thing and one sweet thing. Like a small bag of popcorn (100 calories) and a small serving of non-dairy ice cream (100-150 calories). Maybe it is sabotaging my efforts to stay trim, but it doesn't appear to be. I lost nearly 30 pounds while still eating a snack right before bed. And even if I could have done so faster or more effectively, it still wouldn't be worth it. My before-bed snack is a treat that I look forward to each night.
2. Eat fruit an hour before or after your meal.
I know that this has many benefits for vitamin absorption, and I should note to you that I usually do have a fruit separately from a meal as a snack at some point during the day. However, during lunch particularly, I like to give myself something sweet, so I'll often have an apple or some mango with lunch. I also put a half of a banana and some berries in my oatmeal every morning. By dinnertime I've usually consumed my allotted amount of fruits for the day, so that usually isn't an issue. Again, I could be getting better results in terms of nutrient and vitamin absorption if I followed this rule but it's what I enjoy and I'm afraid that if I spaced out my fruits accordingly, I might skip them all together.
3. Eat slowly.
This one has many benefits for preventing over eating and aiding in healthy digestion, and I know it would help me, but for various reasons it's a rule that just doesn't seem worth it. I try to eat slowly, but I almost always fail. I just really LOVE food! Trying to conform to this rule seems more arduous than is worth the benefits. I don't usually overeat on a regular basis, so there doesn't seem to be a point anyway. Eating slowly is something that I would recommend to people looking to prevent overeating, but I would tell them that for me, trying to conform to a pace that doesn't come naturally makes mealtime less enjoyable and thus, may not be worth it.
What are some "rules" you break? Does it seem to make a difference?