The 50% Solution to Weight Loss
edited: Friday, September 28, 2007
By Chuck Van Soye
Rated "G" by the Author.
Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2007
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A wildly successful way to lose weight. Eat anything you want. Take no pills. Don't count carbs or calories.
Choose your target weight, and get there!
Judy could hardly believe the scale at her feet. In big digital numerals, it proclaimed "139," which had to be an outrageous lie, a contemptible mistake, an electronic glitch. She couldn't weigh 139 pounds! She knew in her heart that two months ago she was only a mere 129. Yet this awful revelation clearly confirmed the failure of her months-long attempt to get back into her size 10 clothes.
She detested buying those size 12 dresses and pants over the past 2 years, and had boldly announced to her husband and friends that she was duty-bound to lose enough to be able to wear those favorites that had hung lonely and unworn in her closet for so long. Clearly, the diet she had been pursuing was not working, mainly because she detested it, and didn't follow the instructions faithfully.
A different diet, that's what she needed. There were plenty to choose from. The TV commercials, magazine articles, diet books abounded. But which one? This one counseled to give up carbohydrates; that one to take fat-burning pills while denying anything delicious; still another required all of the dieter's meals to come in boxes by mail. And they all claimed tremendous results. "Lose 100 pounds in 60 days like me." "Here's what I used to look like, and now I've got the same super-hot body I had in high school." "Use our handy-dandy calorie counter or carb counter, and you'll be amazed at your progress."
But Judy didn't need to lose 100 pounds . . . 16 or 17 lost pounds would get her back to 122, her size-10 weight. And she didn't want to give up any of her favorite foods, or take pills that might have unpleasant or even dangerous side effects. She didn't want to count calories, or buy high-priced special low-calorie, low-carb, or tasteless low-fat foods at the grocery store.
Then came the brainstorm: "What if I followed a diet that allowed me to eat anything I wanted, but just smaller amounts?" "Could I do it; do I have the will power?" "Would such a diet really work?" The answer, readers, is a resounding "Yes." Today, Judy is a perfect 10 at 122 pounds. The eat-half diet not only worked, it was totally nutritious, it was fun, and besides that, her husband lost weight right along with her, while saving a bunch of money in the process.
Now if you only want to lose 5 to 20 pounds or so, you can do it too. Here are the diet's rules:
1. At each meal at home, eat whatever foods you want; no holds barred on any meats, starches, or vegetables. But eat only half as much as you used to eat normally. You ask "How?" Easy, with only modest self-discipline. Put normal-size portions on your plate. Then, before you start to eat, divide each portion into two halves. Next, remove one of each half portion from your plate.
You can save these unused portions for another day, dump them into the garbage, or give them to your husband or partner. Whatever's left on your plate, Enjoy. Eat slowly, savoring each bite. Yum . . . T-bone steak, or ham, or fish, or whatever protein provider you love . . . french fries, mashed potatoes, pasta, rice, or whatever starch you prefer . . . and for vegetables, your favorite cauliflower and broccoli covered with cheese sauce, or baby limas and butter, or salads with blue cheese dressing. Don't cheat. No loading up on quantity so that after you divide it in half, you'll get your normal portion size. Don't try to cook smaller amounts for at least the first few weeks. Cook regular amounts.
2. Set a target weight, and follow your progress each morning on arising. After you see steady progress towards your goal, perhaps a couple of weeks later, you may wish to cook smaller amounts, so that you don't have to store or waste as much. But don't change the half-portion size that you've become familiar with eating.
3. When you eat out at a restaurant, the rule is the same. Whatever the portion size served you, cut each food type in half. Push the forbidden halves to the side of the plate, or ask the waiter for a spare plate and store the uneaten halves there so that you can later put them in a doggy bag for consumption the next day at home. Watch out especially if you frequent fast-food places like Burger King or Taco Bell. The same eat-half rule applies for fast food too. Cut that hamburger in half, and only eat half of those fries.
4. Judy found that this next rule was tough. Until you reach your target, don't eat any desserts. And cut out the snacks between meals. If you find yourself faltering in resolve to stick with this rule, take refuge in a piece of raw carrot or celery. And if you enjoy regular soft drinks between meals, substitute the diet versions. Instead of mixed drinks at cocktail hour, have a single glass of wine.
Tricks to Help You Persist:
Now here's a trick that Judy found to be helpful. When she and her husband dined out, they ordered one entree and one appetizer. They split each. She got her regular eat-half diet portion, and her husband got the other half. They both lost weight, and saved a bunch of money. In fact, they found themselves eating out more often because it was so much fun and inexpensive. (Of course, if your companion in restaurants doesn't want to play this game, and he orders his regular portions, don't offer him your uneaten halves, or he will soon start putting on the weight you are losing.)
Judy found that she needed a little help to avoid feeling hungry after these smaller meals. This was a problem the first few weeks, but she discovered that if she drank a full glass of water at the conclusion of the meal, that hungry feeling disappeared; in fact it made her feel full. In time, though, her stomach seemed to have shrunk, because the hungry feelings went away.
Hurrah! You've reached your target weight. Now how do you stay there? If you continue the eat-half routine, you'll keep losing weight. If you stop the routine and go back to eating the way that you usually did before you started the diet, your weight will slowly rise right back up. So you carefully find the middle ground. Add back a little to your portion sizes. Occasionally share a piece of cheesecake or key lime pie with your companion. Have a cocktail at the next office party. But don't overdo. And of course, continue or initiate regular exercize. If you do overdo and you find your weight starting to creep back up, you now know a wonderful secret on how to ease your way back down to your target . . . the eat-half diet. And share that secret with your friends who admire your new figure; they'll love you for it.
By Chuck Van Soye