Diet Tip

I’ve always been struggling with my weight but I’ve really gotten serious about it lately and found the best way to do it is simple. Eat less and exercise more. I have tried everything under the sun but it’s hot hard to eat less. Once you get used to the idea, you don’t crave food as much. And what you choose to eat makes a big difference. Eliminating carbs and processed foods is extremely helpful. So is portion control.

When I eat I always take the small portion and I often don’t even eat all of it. It took awhile but my appetite has really shrunk because my body got used to it. I don’t deny myself food, I just try to be smart about what I eat. I cut out the junk food from my diet.

The human body doesn’t need as many calories as we consume. This graph shows you what are portion sizes you should consider. It’s very good. It may seem extreme at first but once you get used to it, it’s perfectly fine. If you watch thin people they tend not to eat so much.

I’m not going to obsess about my weight or how much I’ve lost every week because in the past that would end up defeating my efforts, I am just sticking to a path and I will just keep losing over time, however long it takes. I’m not going to try to rush it. It becomes easier and less stressful when you take that approach.

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  1. Keep up the good work, sir. 

    I’ve been dropping weight myself, mainly because stuff like soda and junk food just aren’t consumed anymore. Why? Well, for one thing, we got a grill, which helped us cut back on pan-fried foods, and we generally stopped eating pasta on a regular basis. Additionally, in order to save on time cooking during the day (as well as fast food runs), I made it a weekly routine to cook up a crockpot full of baked beans (even with bacon in it, a standard serving was relatively small, and very, very filling), which was eaten off of throughout the week.

    A couple of times in the past few weeks, I grabbed some junk food just ’cause, and a soda (I hadn’t realized it until later, but it had been weeks since I last had a soda. Not a conscious decision; just had been digging on iced tea and water for a while). Each time, I felt like crap later in the day. Indigestion and sluggishness crept in. While I hadn’t been on a strict diet or anything, I found out that super-rich foods and once-beloved junk foods just don’t agree with my system (at least, not anymore). 

    So, oddly, my reason for eating better is simply to not feel like ass (so far, so good). As a pleasant side effect, I’ve lost weight solely due to nutrition over the past few months. I had to use an awl to poke two new holes into my belt, so it can be cinched tighter (and I’m close to having to make another hole). I have no clue how much weight, per pound, that I’ve lost; I’ll probably break down and buy a scale sooner or later. All I’m looking to do is go down a few jean sizes (I’m about a month away from needing jeans that are one or two sizes smaller than what I wear now), so I don’t have to pay extra for clothes at Wal-Mart or Target anymore. 

    Bought some new trail shoes (New Balance) two days ago, looking forward to walking/jogging again (my old Nikes were on their last legs, and I kept putting off replacing them).

    • Yeah, that’s what I do. Eliminate the processed food and sugar which effects your feelings and moods, too. I am much calmer and feel better eating right and going for regular walks and exercise. 

  2. About two years ago, I got sent some family photos of my parent’s recent wedding anniversary.  The sight of me in those photos set something off in my head, and I decided I had to lose weight.  After doing a lot of research, I came to the conclusion the best way to lose weight was…eat less stuff.  The rest is playing around.  I ditched all snack food (I keep none in the house), ate only when my body was absolutely screaming for it (if that means once a day, great) and chose small portions of very satisfying food to large portions of “filling” crap.  Eg, I’d rather eat 2oz of a fine Tuxford & Tebbetts Stilton cheese than a sack of baby carrots.  I could go on with various little tricks, but one thing I’ve learned as people have watched me drop back down to my high-school weight over the last two years and asked for advice is that a lot of dieting is really personal–what works for you like a charm may be impossible for someone else.  You simply have to try different things and see what works.  For example, some people seem to have to never break the rules or they instantly spiral out of control.  For me, if I want to go out and have a giant pizza feed, that’s not an issue.  I just go back to business as usual the next day.
    And willpower is overrated.  Not highly overrated–without it you are doomed from the outset–but it’s like any other muscle…the more you use it, the stronger it gets.  It really does become easier as time goes by, and you lose bad habits.
    Overall my diet path became very similar to Jim’s as described here, and it worked…and keeps on working.  I especially agree with not obsessing.  Pull out the scale once a week, no more.  It’s taken me almost two years to get to within 5 pounds of what I want, and if it takes another to make that last bit, fine by me.
    Most of what is written about dieting is utter rubbish.  I found Taubes’s books interesting, though–very un-PC and he doesn’t shy from asking some hard questions about common assumptions.  And, surprisingly, Toshio Okada’s “Sayonara Mr Fatty,” which I read about a year into my diet, really squared with a lot of my personal experiences.
    “Anti-fat crusaders” denegrate the idea that many people have metabolic issues.  This is rubbish.  I’m 6′ 2.5″ and eat (roughly–I don’t obsessively count calories) about 1600 calories a day to sustain my weight at 205.  “The books” say I should need about 2600. 
    And while exercise is good for you, it’s going to do little to help you lose any significant weight–the amount of calories you can burn versus the amount in food means that, literally, a 5-mile run won’t burn off that Krispy Creme.  The tired old “muscle burns calories” argument has a grain of truth, but again, the difference is so slight a handful of pretzels negates it.  If you can’t make the “regular exercise” part of dieting work for you, don’t feel guilty or that you are doomed to fail. 
    Finally…yeah, dieting is hard.  The hunger impulse comes from deep within our brain, like the desire to breathe.  It’s not like, say, quitting smoking–a learned behavour.  To resist as your brain stem screams at you to EAT! can be brutal.  People who have spent their life eating what they want and scoffing at “weak willed fatsos” deserve a savage beating with a crowbar.  They have no idea what it’s like to battle survival messages from your own body.*  I feel very fortunate these messages faded in intensity over the months and years, but not a day goes by that they don’t pop up.  I just have the experience and tools to handle them, now.
    Oh, and the BMI?  Biggest load of crap on earth.

    *: Tomoko has always been very supportive but her eye-opening moment came when she had to fast for 24 hours before a medical test last year.  As she told me later “I’d never before felt really hungry in my life.  It was almost impossible to think of anything else.  Is this what it’s like for you all the time?”
    Yes, for many decades, it was.

    • So you’re back to te old skinny Toren? The one from that old picture of you and me I have taken at Baycon 83? I want to get to under 200 pounds. We’ll see how I do but I am not rushing it. I fidn that I don’t crave food anymore. It’s mainly from reprogramming my mind,. If you tell yoursef you don’t really want something enough times, then you won’t. Now I have no problem refusing myself things I used to like. Those landjagers were the only thing i bought recently that might be fattening but since they are all protein and I only ate no more than 3 a day and cut my meat elsewhere, I should be ok. Foods high in carbs are the biggest problem and processed foods. I try to stay away from that stuff as much as I can. But there is no point in denying yourself by eating water chestnuts for dinner. Weight Watchers works for a lot of people. They have an exchange system that seems to work. But I am not interested in following rules beyond a simple keep your intake low, Get some kind of exercise every day, For me its mostly walking. But as I lose weight I am doing some calisthenics now. 

      • Yeah, pretty much.  Check the new pic on my Wikipedia page.  It was taken at AnimePunch about 4 months ago.  I’m down about 5lbs since then.

          • You’re an awfully tall guy to be aiming for under 200.  I had a vague target of my high-school wieght of 190, but when I hit about 205 Tomoko opined I was looking too thin for her taste (“borderline unhealthy,” she said), so I’m stabilizing around that.  I will note that at 205 the BMI considers me “overweight.”
            As I said, the BMI is bullshit.

          • Well, that is so far off in the future, we’ll see, Right now I need to get below 300 pounds. 🙂

            I will see how I look as i get down there. But I would have to worry about being 200 is a year from now. I just want to be slim. I have seen how slim people do it and I am trying to follow their example. The trouble with the muscle mass I have is it turns to fat over time unless you keep working out. Bodybuilders often get flabby when their not training. 

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