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The Perfect Diet Portion Plates....and they're free!

Updated on June 12, 2010

Before 218lbs & After at 192lbs.

  Finally! My wife located this before picture on her laptop. Me at 218 lbs.
Finally! My wife located this before picture on her laptop. Me at 218 lbs.
 Me at 192lbs. March 20 2010.
Me at 192lbs. March 20 2010.

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!

Check out my other hub Four ways to create diet meals

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    • JamaGenee profile image

      Joanna McKenna 

      6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Hi, nifty! Yes, Americans eat way too much! If you ever want to start a riot in an all-you-can-eat buffet, just mention the human stomach is only designed to hold an amount of food the size of your fist. Be sure to add that to stuff and stretch it with two or three platefuls of food (piled high, of course) is a ticket to an early grave.

      Glad you figured out eating less is better, but after you're rid of the entire 50 lbs - which I know you will be - maybe you could treat yourself to a more attractive divided plate?

      Great hub! Voted up and awesome! ;D

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks habee for your post! It takes a little while to adjust to a portion control diet! When starting I could easily eat 2 or 3 Marie Calender meals, but after 7-10 days 1 Marie Calender Meal is plenty filling on it's own!

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      I think the principles of portion control are essential to virtually any weight loss system! I also think that you should eat a wide variety of food unless you have restrictions by your doctor for medical purposes! Thanks Peggy W for your post!

    • habee profile image

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Kudos! I'm working on it, but I have a long way to go.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Congratulations! Seems to be working great for you. Some good common sense ideas in this hub. Voting it useful.

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks celinewayne for your support! I'll check out your Detox hub(I'm always looking for an advantage on the diet front)!

    • celinewayne profile image


      8 years ago


      great effort on losing weight.

      what an achievement, i've just voted it up for your great effort =)

      i have different method when i try losing my weight, i use detox diet. feel free to read my experience on detox diet at

      to your health!

      ps: let save money to buy our dreaming delonghi 6600 =D

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you oceansnsunsets for your kind comments!

    • oceansnsunsets profile image


      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      This is awesome, way to go Nifty! Great hub

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks for posting 4foodsafety! I think everyone needs to check their BMI, because while most of us are over weight, becoming obese can sneak up on you and before you know it, you're morbidly obese!

    • 4FoodSafety profile image

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Fontana, WI

      Great Hub! I just purchased smaller bowls - this is so hard. You are brilliant to check your BMI. Also your resting heart rate for exercise is important. Very proud of your accomplishments. My summer resolution - off to the gym to tone and will remember to cut back on the portions. Thank you very much!

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      I concur,truth of the matter is when I started this diet right after New Years I wasn't planning on doing this hub! Heck I didn't join until a week ago. But as stated under the picture I'm still searching,thanks for your interest and input!

    • DonnyBoy profile image


      8 years ago from Western New York

      Could of used a before and after pic to explain and show the success better.

      Way to go...


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