My mother used to call it healthy, and friends would call it pleasantly plump. Today in a world of perfectly honed bodies of both mail and female Adonis, just where is the average person?
From South Beach, Atkins, Cambridge, you name it and its out there….. carb counting, veggie, lean, there is a minefield of options and almost as many warning labels on each one. So how can you loose weight and more importantly, keep it off?
Well, perhaps a better question may be, do you want to loose weight? Are you happy or not so happy with the way you look, feel, and getting about? Some are content being a little heavier. On the other hand, if you have huge rolls of blubber that takes on a life of its own, indicating the onset of an earthquake by the amplified vibrations through the skin long before it arrives, you may want to consider losing a pound or two.
We all know your friend, the one that can eat absolutely ‘anything’ never seen a gym, and you think has a perfect figure, eats everything and anything in sight never puts on a pound. Healthy right?…….. wrong…
Imagine you have two cars……. One that has excess power to spend all the time (you) and the other that is always running at max output (your friend). Same design same engine.
If that friend were living on the same calories as you, then that friend must have an inefficient body. You are storing the excess energy but the friend finds it adequate. Put it another way. If you (and your friend) lived on the calories your body requires your friend would feel hungry.
So I am gonna suggest something that has worked for me, not a scientific study you understand, just a personal observation. I am not a doctor, or a nutritionist, but I know what I need to live on.
The main thing here is that you still eat all the foods you like, just moderate them a little. That way you do not have to have a radical change in eating habits.
Start by taking a little time to find out about your habits. Write down every single thing that passes your lips for 4 weeks. Well maybe not everything that passes, lets change that to everything you digest.
I want a diet today you say? well you have been a fatty for a while, what the heck difference is 4 weeks gonna make?
There is the first reason a lot of people have trouble with diets “I want it NOW” This is probably the only bit of your life that needs rethinking. It is after all the reason you are reading this. I want it now…… turned into I am gonna eat it now, turned into, I wish I hadn’t.
So four weeks it is…..every single morsel you digest….every one.
My theory is if I put on 10lbs in a year, it stands to reason I could lose 10 lbs in a year. In this last year I have lost 34lbs or a little over a half pound a week. Not a lot if you want quick results, but taking it off at about the same rate you put it on would not be a shock to the system.
Things I like fall into many categories, and most are bad. I like ice cream, soft drinks (with my rum) bread, butter etc… I am not a healthy eater. Chocolate cannot stay within arms length for more than a minute. Custard creams I have had a passion for a long time, since I was a kid I think.
So what do we do? Well for starters take the first three items that have the highest calories on your list and make them a one a week item and rotate over a three week cycle.
Second take the next three items and dilute them down by 50%. For instance in my rum and coke, I used to have rum, top up with coke, now I add three cubes of ice first, effectively watering in down by 50%…….. so that two drinks from each can instead of one…….
Fried egg sandwiches are another favorite of mine……… butter and bread…. mmmmm so how do we water it down??? well now I only butter one slice, and instead of frying the eggs, I boil them and when in the sandwich you would never really be able to taste the difference as all the things you have been used to are still there.
Ice cream is another bad thing that I love……. but if instead of having a bowl of it, simply give yourself a spoonful after a meal (two at most) when you feel like it………
Custard Creams are a value of 55 cals per biscuit and I could eat the whole pack at one sitting, yes I know I am a pig……… instead just one with a cup of coffee, and I sit there looking at it for 5 mins first (yes sad isn’t it?)
So its a case of taking nothing out at all, just moderating all the bad stuff, but keep on having it…….. Well it worked for me!
And for those that need numbers look at it this way……..
1) One pound equals 454 grams (decimal places aside, this is a fact);
2) Fat has nine calories per gram (this is the universally accepted conversion, but it is an estimate and significantly rounded down from even the original estimate);
3) Human fat tissue is approximately 87% lipid (this is a widely accepted conversion, but it is also an estimate).
Putting these together, we can derive the sum that 454 grams of body fat tissue has approximately the calorific energy of 395 grams of pure fat (454 grams x 87%), that is 3,555 calories (395 grams x 9).
So it follows that if you have 250 grams more than your body needs each day you will have 1lb extra at the end of two weeks…… or 25lbs at the end of one year.
So lets take a case in point………I was 199 lbs (what I weigh today) about 10 years ago. about two years ago I was about 239 so we had about 40lb in 8 years….or 40lb divided by 8 = 5lb per year X 3500 = 17500 cals per year divide this by 365 days and you get 48 cals per meal on average…… that’s all…… just 48 cals…….
So I wanted to take off a little faster ( 2 years ) which is four times less so 48 X 4 = 192 per ,meal.
But when numbers become more important to you than craving it is of some use……… feed the habit…. moderately……