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10 November 2010

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Tabitha

I've been thinking about this off and on since I first sent it to you yesterday. It reminds me of your post that to start a diet you don't eat MORE of things. So, even adding more veggies doesn't work if you're not controlling the total calories.

I thought this was fascinating, because I bet that psychologically the inherent portion control in a Snack Cake is helpful. It's easier to stop eating those than a pan of brownies or even a great casserole in front of me. It's kind of like Jared's Subway diet--the portion control is built in. I think lots of people do well on pre-packaged plans, but have problems coming back into the real world of food everywhere--those skills still have to be learned. As least this pre-packaged plan is cheaper than something like Nutrisystem...

Since treats are often my downfall, I need to find a way to build that portion control into them.

LeeAnn Balbirona

Thank you for pointing out the similarities in your diet and the twinkie diet. One interesting thing to learn will be the composition of his maintenance diet. I think it is so interesting that he was a conscientious healthy eater before the twinkie diet but realized that he was just eating too much. I used to buy bulk or large sizes of a lot of foods to save money (and sort of to be environmentally friendly and reduce trash output) but now with at least two overeaters in my house, I've switched more often to individual serving sized prepacked foods for things like juice, snacks, lunch side items to take to school, etc. It's so much easier to say, "you can have one juice box" than "just fill the glass only 1/3 full." (Of course they need to learn how to do that too.) As much of a pain as it is, I may actually give consistent calorie counting a try.


I think you and Professor Haub should share notes.

bearing

Tabitha: I bet you're right that the portion control inherent in things like Twinkies made it easier for him to stick to his diet. Treats are often the easiest thing to portion control, if you're willing to buy them pre-portioned -- it costs extra, but a lot of people really find it worth the money. Later, when you've gotten used to smaller sizes, it isn't so hard to portion them yourself.

Investing in small bowls that only hold the "right" portion of dessert is a trick of mine...

Christy Porucznik

mmm - I had a mni Twix and a mini Snickers for lunch.

bearing

Truly you have excellent taste, Christy. If I had to make lunch out of two candy bars, those would be my choice. Number three: Mounds. Oh wait... Pearson's Nut Roll.

LeeAnn Balbirona

Did you have a link or recommendation to a calorie-tracking site?

bearing

I like Sparkpeople.com quite a lot. I think Professor Haub mentioned he used one on livestrong.com .

MrsDarwin

"Gosh, I just ate a whole lunch of junk. There wasn't any nutrition there. I better eat a SECOND lunch with some nutrition in it."

THis is a temptation that I very consciously have to resist. When you've eaten, you've ingested calorie, which calories are not canceled out by more healthy calories.

I don't care at all for Twinkies, but I do have a soft spot for the Little Debbie cake rolls.

Cathie

I lost about 60 pounds eating WHATEVER I wanted, when I wanted as long as I waited until my tummy growled about 10 years ago. I was healthy and I lost about 10 pounds a month.

I didn't feel like I was dieting. I ate cake. I drank pop. I had self control. For me, I have to have enough sleep to have the self control to wait for the tummy growl. I had to also eat just enough so that I was hungry at meal time. I didn't want to sit there while my family ate. If I'm sleep deprived (like I am now), the self control is harder.

Thanks for posting this!

bearing

Cathie, the "stomach growl definitely played a part in my weight loss. I didn't exactly wait till my stomach growled to eat. I ate on schedule (I needed an explicitly external cue because I was so bad at recognizing hunger for what it was).

But one thing I did try to do, at least sometimes, was to NOTICE whether my stomach would growl -- whether I would have pangs of definite hunger -- between my meals. It was a sort of game I played with myself -- I would try to eat just enough food at each scheduled meal or snack so that my stomach would begin growling and I would notice real stomach hunger about an hour before I was scheduled to eat.

If I got hungry more than an hour ahead of dinner, I would know that I'd probably not had a big enough afternoon snack, and I'd plan to have a larger p.m. snack the next day. If I didn't get hungry before dinnertime, I would assume I'd eaten too big of an afternoon snack, and I'd make sure to eat a smaller afternoon snack the next day.

After a while I got pretty good at calibrating how much I needed to eat so that I would always "turn up hungry" at the next meal.

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