originally posted by: ketsuko
I was at 190 a little over a year ago. Now I'm at 145 on my way down to around 140ish.
We cook most of our food from scratch. When we buy, we get the stuff with the fewest ingredients on the label and avoid sugar on the label.
Get a bit of exercise.
Portion control! Even the healthiest stuff will make you fat if you don't control the amount you eat. So at that point, feeling full is about eating
smart. Some stuff is healthy but not very filling.
I think those are two that people don't really have sink in well at all -- reading the nutrition label/ingredient lists, and then adjusting portions
There's a TON of crap in mainstream & value packaged foods, and it does not take a lot of effort to compare products. Similarly, it does NOT take much
effort to switch from National Brand A, loaded with the extras, to the version from Healthier Brand B, and accommodate a price increase with decreased
shoveling of said food. Yes, you're paying more for less weight in the package (that's a whole 'nother bitch-fest, but rooted in costs of
certifications and such) BUT, and I stress the "but", you're getting cleaner products in terms of less, or even no, fillers to pork you up further.
That's what counts.
Portions run a very close second here, if not outright tie the spot. Ours are SO horribly huge in the US. Over the years, we've cut down our portions
dramatically in our house, from what I like to dub "American Standard", to Reasonable. Meaning, I don't eat a 10+ oz steak all to myself anymore, a
one pound cut of rib eye or porterhouse reasonably feeds the 4 of us well, along with the veggie sides not soaked in butter
. I stopped
buttering everything but potatoes a long time ago, things like buttered green beans taste very heavy & unappealing to me now. Believe it or not, a
very LIGHT amount of sea salt to taste gives them far better flavor than butter does.
The biggest issue in this country is those extremely simple changes are met with enormous resistance. "How can you call 4 ounces of rib eye a meal,
you trying to starve people? How can you eat a vegetable without something on it! That's not food, I'm not eating that!" People are fat because they
prefer the prepackaged stuff loaded with all the extras we don't need, and come hell or high water, will NOT cut their serving portions down. Gluttony
or bust, it seems.
If you can manage to eat a piece of meat no bigger than or thicker than your palm (no fingers, just the palm) or a deck of playing cards, then that's
a nutritionally adequate serving of meat. A big slab of carcass the size of the plate is not
. If you're not going to try to weed out the worst
of the prepackaged things, at least start with your intake amounts of meats. It really is not hard to do, and the payoff is worth it.