ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Slimming - Can I Lose Weight The Easy Way?

Updated on September 13, 2012
Slimming needn't be difficult
Slimming needn't be difficult

An Easy way to Lose Weight and start slimming

Ok, before I even start on this one, I should point out that I am NOT a nutritionist, NOT a Doctor and NOT a diet, or weight loss expert, so it might be a good idea to consult with your Doctor before embarking on this or any other regimen or slimming diet to lose weight.

What I am about to share with you here is not so much a diet, but my own personal discovery. It is the way I lose weight when I need to. I find it far less painful and boring than any other slimming method I have ever tried. I thought that I would share it with you. If you have tried every slimming diet and slimming fad that ever came out, and you are still struggling to lose weight, then why not try it. It works for me - It may work for you.

The Need to Lose Weight

I have never been massively overweight. But there have been times in the past when I needed to lose weight - when I piled on far more weight than was good for me. Possibly the worst time was many years ago when I was working shifts, and was required to do many months of night duty. It was a fairly sedentary job and over that period my weight seemed to be on a continual upward curve. Happily I was able to normalise my weight fairly quickly once this sedentary period on nights was over and my activity rate returned to normal.

Throughout my life, however my weight - like most people's I suppose - fluctuated between good and not-so-good, and seems to do so in cycles. I was never one for using the bathroom scales and so was not aware of creeping weight gain until it became patently obvious by looking in the mirror that I had started to pile on the pounds.

So here is my first tip - Monitor your weight at least weekly even when you don't need to! It is a helluva lot easier to lose the odd two pounds that you may have gained in the past month than it is to lose the twenty pounds that crept up on you when you weren't looking.

I know that some people with weight problems have an aversion to using the scales. It's almost like they are afraid of what they will find. They will say things like "I know when I've lost weight, I can feel it". I think this is basically wishful thinking, as these seem to be the people who struggle most with their weight. If you have no measurable way of comparing your weight now with your weight a week ago, how can you assess whether or not the method you are using to lose weight is working? If you do lose weight, how will you know? - It can't be done by guesswork and wishful thinking - So get on those scales - Do it alone and keep it secret by all means - But get on them at least every week. This will allow you to quickly react to sudden weight gain using a slimming method and nip problems in the bud.


Slimming - Walking is good exercise
Slimming - Walking is good exercise

I know you don't like to talk about it, but - Exercise

As I mentioned earlier, I once went through a period when because I was working a night shift, I piled on weight. It took me completely by surprise because the difference in energy expenditure between the job on days and the job on nights wasn't massive - but it was consistent, and a small change carried out consistently can produce big effects and help you to lose weight.

It served as a lesson nonetheless on how important it is to have some form of exercise when slimming in order to lose weight. The fact that I was sitting down rather than just walking about my workplace was enough to tip me from maintaining a relatively static weight into an upward graph of weight gain (you can't lose weight sitting down). So never underestimate the value of doing even little bits of exercise - If you do them consistently and often, they all add up to useful amounts of calorie burning exercise, and when you're trying to lose weight, every little helps.

Make simple changes. Become the sort of person who never uses elevators or lifts - take the stairs instead. If your journey is less than a mile - walk or cycle there! (by the time you've found a parking space, it's probably just as quick anyway). Simple changes of habit like this can accrue big changes in your body's energy usage when you are trying to lose weight.

Down to the nitty-gritty - What do I eat when slimming?

This was one of the biggest problems for me - Dieting! I had tried every slimming fad going in order to lose weight - The cabbage soup diet, The Atkins Diet, Low Carb Diet, Low Fat Diet, No Carbs after Six Diet, The Special Slimming Diet Diet . Yes I tried them all and stuck with them all... for a short while. Occasionally I even managed to lose weight, but then I would revert to my normal eating habits - and gain some more weight.

The problem was that either the slimming diets were too complicated. I simply wanted to lose weight, but they were requiring me to become some sort of lay nutritional scientist, weighing, concocting and accumulating data by the pageful, until I lost the will to live, or the fare on offer was so unappealing and repetitive that I just got bored with the whole slimming thing, and pounced on "normal" food just to alleviate this culinary boredom - It was no way to lose weight.

The only answer for me - If I was going to lose weight at all - was to create not so much my own slimming diet, but my own slimming regimen. One that would help me lose weight, and yet produce as little change as possible to the stuff I normally like to eat - And here's how I did it.

I didn't "cut out" anything

It wasn't even a slimming diet as such. I didn't stop eating anything - I just rejigged the way I ate it. Rightly or wrongly I didn't want to "give up" anything whilst I was slimming. I knew that if my attempt to lose weight was going to be overly complicated, or, at the other end of the spectrum, boring, that I was going to lose interest rather than lose weight and that would inevitably lead to failure.

I was aware however, of the need to reduce my intake of food in order lose weight. I must admit that I am a bit of a "sweetie face", My usual diet was disastrous.I love all the wrong stuff - Ice cream, crisps (chips), biscuits (cookies), cakes, as well as stuff like chips (french fries) - In fact I could (probably did) live on stuff like this, so I wasn't prepared to do without them while I was slimming. Instead I decided that I could indulge in these "forbidden foods" once each per week - but once only. I would normally have had these about three or four times a week (maybe more in the case of stuff like ice cream), and so this one change alone reduces the calorie intake from these particular foods by 75% or more without weighing or calorie counting - and without giving up the stuff that I like.

Slimming Stroke of Genius
Slimming Stroke of Genius

Slimming Stroke of Genius

Now lets move away from the "special treat foods" and onto the main bulk of what constitutes my everyday meals - the average, not particularly unhealthy stuff that goes to make up my everyday diet.

Now I knew that when not slimming, a man needs about 2,500 calories per day (women about 2000). This means of course that if I was consuming say 3000 calories per day, there is an excess there of 500 calories per day which will just turn to fat and attach itself to my belly.

Now if I could chop that 3000 calories per day in half - i.e. 1,500 calories per day - there is a shortfall of 1000 calories per day which my body will have to make up for by dragging some fat off my belly and burning it. Aha! I thought - Easy-peasy! Who needs a complicated slimmimg diet? All I have to do is half-fill my plate instead of filling it and I would be instantly cutting my calorie intake in half, and I would lose weight - Simple!

Well, It started well, but human nature being what it is, the definition of what "half a plate" was, increased over time - "oh there's only a couple of spoonfulls left in the pan, I may as well have them as well" - and before long the plate was as full as it had ever been and my plans to lose weight had stalled.

Then came what I like to think as my slimming stroke of genius - use a smaller plate! I found myself a small plate - Actually a side plate, and this became my "slimming" plate. The rule was that I use only this plate for all my meals and I could only have one plateful per meal. The size of the plate physically restricted how much I could put on it so I couldn't cheat by being creative with the portions. This also produced a "double whammy" effect as it also reduced the quantity of the "naughty foods" mentioned above, as they all had to be consumed from my "slimming" plate.

Slimming Info

Simple Secrets to Easy Weight Loss: The diet free and pain free weight management system for the lifestyles of today
Simple Secrets to Easy Weight Loss: The diet free and pain free weight management system for the lifestyles of today

Eating is one of life's great pleasures and I want you to enjoy eating every time you eat. Hunger is the body's way of telling us we need food and this is a critical protection function of our natural system. You will never go hungry using my specially designed and developed techniques. My weight management technique uses every thing and every technique I have found to work and uses none of the fads or deprivation diets we all know do not work. I teach you a pain free, craving free, deprivation free, hunger free, surgery free, drug free, supplement free, anxiety free, easy to understand and easy to follow set of guidelines that, if followed reasonably closely (yes, you are allowed to lapse occasionally), will help you manage your weight successfully.

 

Slimming - Easy Weight Control

This is the method I now use when slimming to lose weight and maintain easy weight control.

  1. Increase your exercise by simple habit changes as discussed above
  2. Establish what weight you wish to maintain
  3. Weigh yourself weekly -If your weight is on target then just live your life and stop worrying about it.
  4. If your weight has crept say five pounds above your ideal weight - switch to the small plate and continue with this until your weight returns to ideal.
  5. Return to number 3. above and repeat.

The small "slimming" plate strategy has other added benefits besides just losing weight. You will find that after you have been using the small plate for any length of time, the portion size will "normalise" in your mind. i.e. your concept of what a normal portion is will shrink and a "standard" portion on a normal plate will begin to seem huge to you.

It will also train your stomach to expect less with each meal and you may find that your capacity to eat large portions was not what it was - Don't fight it. Go with the flow!

So that's it. I don't diet per se, I just follow the five rules above. No calorie counting. No afternoons sweating in the Gym and no missing out on my favourite stuff. It works for me - It could work for you.

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • profile image

    Jacobb9205 

    3 years ago

    Great ideas, thank you!

  • Gaizy profile imageAUTHOR

    Gaizy 

    7 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK

    @ CyclingFitness - Thanks for the comment - and the tip about the water. I'll try it.

  • CyclingFitness profile image

    Liam Hallam 

    7 years ago from Nottingham UK

    Interesting hub. Your 1500 calorie idea is slightly flawed in that the body will be pushed into 'starvation mode' and will force itself to burn less fat as it wants to conserve energy. Cut too many calories and you actually will lose less weight.

    The best trick i ever learnt is that the body mistakes the stimulus for dehydration as that of hunger. Therefore if you feel hungry have a drink of water first, wait a while and check if you still feel hungry.

  • Gaizy profile imageAUTHOR

    Gaizy 

    7 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK

    You're welcome Scarytaff.

  • scarytaff profile image

    Derek James 

    7 years ago from South Wales

    Now this is a great idea, use a smaller plate. It's bound to work. From experience, when in hospital the meals were about a fifth of what I would normally eat. I lost a lot of weight. So cheers, Taff. I'll give it a go.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)