I talk with a lot of folks and listen to a lot more talk about losing weight, weight control, being over weight, etc. It seems that everyone wants to lose some number of pounds whether it’s ‘the last 10’ or 100 or somewhere in between. Everyone wants to drop some weight. So, how do you lose that weight?
Well, you could take a radical approach like on the reality TV shows. But, let’s face it, that’s not reality for most of us. Most of us cannot spend time with a personal trainer and a dietician all working under the supervision of a doctor eight hours a day. And, most of us will not push ourselves so hard that we begin to throw-up. That just isn’t going to happen. So, where do you begin?
Portion Control. It’s all about how much you eat. Read the labels on every food product. Find out how they define a portion. I was shocked the first time I measured out a food and took a look at how small it seemed. Compared to what I used to eat, it was small. But, if I was going to lose weight and control Diabetes, I had to know how much I was really eating. Small, or not, I stuck with the portion sized listed on the labels.
That was how I did it. And, yes, the larger plates we have made it look even smaller. So, I started using salad plates – they made what I was eating look like more than it was. But, others take a different approach.
I had the privilege of speaking with a bright young wife and Mother this past weekend. We talked about a lot of topics, but one of them was weight control. She said, “It all comes down to portion control [her words, really]. My husband just will not eat just what I serve him. He always goes back for more which is what is keeping him on the verge of being overweight.” Yeah, her husband is a big guy – not so much overweight as he is ‘substantial.’
Anyway, she went on to tell me about one of her co-workers who bought all new dishes that were smaller so it would look like more food. I used salad plates. The co-worker just got all new plates for her family so the portions would look larger. Is anybody really fooled? Of course not. I knew there was less food, but having it on a smaller plate just does not make it look like it’s that much less. And, it’s working for the co-worker’s family, too.
Whether you use smaller plates or use bigger plates, follow the portions on the packages, and you will probably be eating less. If you eat less, and add just a bit of exercise/movement, guess what will happen?
Yep, you will lose weight. If you lose weight you reduce your chances of getting Diabetes, or you will find it easier to control your Diabetes. It all works together to make you healthier!
As always, thank you for reading. Keep up the good fight – you can win!