Downsizing

Dieters often feel that they are ‘in control’ of their portion sizes.

They check the scale, and presume that the kilos piled up due to some other reason besides “’eating too much, too often”.

BUT… it’s been proven that over time, we just become accustomed to looking at portions of food that are too big for us. Particularly in South Africa, were we like to pile our plates full of meat and potatoes, and other comfort food. And when we cut down, we don’t cut down enough because we feel like we’re ‘cheating ourselves’ out of the enjoyment of food!

And if you enjoy your food, and you enjoy cooking, you’re EVEN MORE likely to be dishing up too much despite your best intentions.

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So, essentially, if you are overweight, you NEED to downsize

There are a few ways to do this. You don’t have to eat less of everything, at every meal.

  • One option is to eat nothing at lunch time, so you can eat a larger supper. Or do one, or two, 24 hour fasts per week so you can eat ‘normally’ all the other days.
  • Or you can cut the size of everything you eat by some amount at every meal-time. Or you can drink protein shakes for breakfast and lunch, and eat a proper dinner.
  • Dish up on to a side plate instead of a dinner plate, and don’t go back for seconds
  • Find out how many calories you SHOULD be eating (using an online calorie calculator) and then diligently check the calorie count for each of your meals and the correct portion sizes until you’ve learned what a ‘healthy’ diet-friendly portion should look like.

If you want to lose weight, the simple answer is to eat less food. That’s the unfortunate bottom line, so you have to deal with it.

Try a few ways to reduce your portion size, and find the one that works for you. Pills, potions, and drugs can’t help you though. You have to actually do the hard task of ‘depriving’ yourself somehow.

That’s dieting in a nutshell.  But the results are worth it!

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