Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday March 14th, 2010 - 10% less

I was conversing with a close friend of mine who is struggling with her weight. Of course, I'm no stranger to struggling, but I think I gave her some good advice that I think I should follow to.

A doctor once told me that obese people get there by eating more than 10% extra per meal. So loading up your plate by just a little more than your thin counter-part adds up. It lends to reason that if you flip that around and eat 10% less than you normally would, you would eventually lose weight without really giving up too much. It's lends credence to my earlier statement that "if you want to be thin, do what thin people do." We, obese people, like to say that we are big boned or that it's genetic, but we all know that's bullshit. The only thing you get from your family is bad eating and exercise habits. If you live in a household that eats too big at each meal you will end up fat. I'm sure you would like to say you eat as much as skinny Uncle Bill, but there is really a subtle difference in either the 10% plus meal or his occupation, or his exercise. Something's different. Maybe it's as simple to when he eats their meals. Maybe he don't eat after 6pm. Maybe he sleeps better. It has to be something. Some little tiny thing. Being obese doesn't just happen.

What I'm saying is that there are so many contributing factors to gaining weight it's just not as simple as "put your fork down." Boy, I hate that phrase. It's like rich people telling you money can't buy happiness. I say send me some of that unhappy money because it will make me smile at night! Anyway, back to the subject. Try the 10% less thing. Try to manage your sleep, your meds, and, really, everything. It's like I pound down. It's not just one part of you; it's all of your parts. It's all of your habits. Mind your food; mind your mental health; mind your exercise; and mind all of your habits. Maybe you sneak in a candy bar every day. Think of it this way. If you added up all the extra food or your candy bars and stacked them up on a table at the end of the year what would you see. You would see why you're fat.

You should also try to reduce your dairy by 50%. Try substituting Silk soy milk for cereal and cooking. It tastes great straight, so they tell me. I've never been a fan of drinking milk in a glass of any kind. Do something as simple as cutting the cheese out of burgers and don't add cheese to spaghetti or pizza. Try to limit sweets and eat sherbet (also known as Italian ice) instead of ice cream. Here's a big one! Drink wine or champagne instead of mixed drinks or beer. Sound reasonable? You may not lose 20 pounds in a month, but you will start losing weight. How would 5 pounds a month sound? Sounds better when you add it up and you have 60 pounds in a year. Make a goal of 5 to ten pounds a month and no more. Think in terms of years and not weeks or months. I mean, did you get fat in 30 days, so how can expect to lose 30 pounds in 30 days and be able to keep it off.

1 comment:

  1. I lost 30 pounds all fat, doing this routine. As far as exercise I did 3 mornings of cardio for about 45 mins. alternating with 90 mins. of light weight lifting the other 3 days. Sunday off.

    In order to lose weight I ate 5 to 6 small meals (300 to 500 calories each) and did juicing for 2 of those. I never eat the same caloric content for each day. I think calorie shifting fools your body into thinking its not on a diet. Start your first meal at 7am and the last one at 5pm. Only drink water after 5pm. Throw in a little morning aerobics to rev up the metabolism for the rest of the day. Don't forget to clean your pipes before starting a weight loss program - more info here:

    One more thing, for motivation I took very revealing photos of myself in my underwear and posted these on the fridge, mirrors, car dash, etc. I also wrote my body fat measurement on these pictures. Take pictures once each month to see your progress, This works!! Also, journal your progress and adjust exercise and diet as necessary.