The Perfect Diet Portion Plates....and they're free!
Before 218lbs & After at 192lbs.
It's not the economy...It's portion control!
Please read this disclaimer, before beginning any diet or exercise program consult with your Physician. I am not a doctor or nutritionist so the information that I am going to share with you should be considered strictly ancedotal.
After trying every diet plan under the sun, I came to the realization that they have one thing in common, and that's portion control. Look at the size of the meals you get in Europe, compared to here, then look at the size of the Europeans compared to Americans. As a nation we just plain eat too much!
Over the Christmas break I checked out my BMI,( which is your body index number), and was shocked to find myself at my heaviest weight ever, and falling into the obese range, while tipping the scales at a Staggering 218lbs. As an American, being over weight is really par for the course, but being in the obese category puts you at higher risk for everything from diabetes to cancer to early hip and knee replacements.
I resolved to lose 50Lbs. Why 50? Because that would put me in the average category with a few pounds to spare. At 218 lbs. my BMI was 31.3 And At 168 lbs. my BMI would be 24.1, anything below 25.0 BMI is considered below over weight. 2721.4 calories would maintain 218 lbs.. If I ate 2359.9 calories I would lose a pound a week and slowly reach my goal. After talking with my doctor I decided to try to eat about 1500 calories a day. I have a physical job( servicing heavy equipment) so exercise isn't an issue, ( although I do hit the recumbent bike for an hour if I overindulge ). As of this date, I'm happy to report that I have lost just over 25 lbs., and my current BMI is 27.7! I'm out of the obese range and safely in the over weight range.
My routine goes like this. First thing in the morning, after I use the bathroom, I weigh myself on a fairly decent digital scale. Then I write my weight down on a monthly calender. I have a fairly large breakfast consisting of toasted oats cereal, walnuts and blue berries, and a slice of whole wheat toast with peanut butter. Lunch usually consist of a ham sandwich with cheese, a small bag of carrots, a cheese stick, an orange or apple and a fiber bar (that has about 120 calories). For dinner I either have a Marie calender's meal or I use one of the re-used pvc plates from a Healthy Choice or Marie Calender's meals to serve up a home cooked meal. I try to follow the saying: " Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pulper". And if possible, I try to eat dinner by 6pm.
The pvc plates really make dieting, portion control, and meal planning a lot easier. I can throw in a main entrée, fresh or frozen, like chicken, steak or pasta, then add vegetables or mashed potatoes, and add a sugar free filling for desert. Any leftovers are are put into re-used trays that can be microwaved, vacuum sealed by a Food Saver and then frozen. These trays last for many, many uses.
When the end of humanity finally comes there will only be three things that survive: Cocker Roaches, Cher, And these darn pvc plates!
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