Dieting Math

Just finished reading an article suggesting 90/10 eating for weight loss. Ninety percent of the time you adhere to a “diet” and the other 10% you eat what you want. Last year, I think it was 80/20 and the year before that was 5:2. As in days.

I hope it’s not just my advancing age but more of my wisdom when I say, “Those are BAD PLANS!”

They all reinforce going “on a diet” and then “cheating.” Restriction and deprivation and then overeating or splurging.

And, please, how are you going to do the 90/10 calculation? Are you going to eat 9 healthy foods and one that’s not? Are you going to count up to 90 healthy calories and 10 not-so-good for you?

How long are you going to stay on a diet? What’s the general success rate of weight loss diets? What happens after you lose the weight?

Wouldn’t it make more sense to consider what you routinely eat and like? And then take a single step: reduce portions. A calorie deficit is what it takes to lose weight. Wouldn’t changing a double cheeseburger to a single cheeseburger leave you satisfied and not feeling like you’re on a diet?

With a plan to downsize your portions, weight loss can be accomplished fairly painlessly. Of course a second step would be nice. How can you modify the foods that you like so that they’re healthier? But, why not take a sane first step?

Move to a smaller dinner plate. Portion BEFORE you cook. Avoid eating directly from a package or container.

Slow down your eating rate so you can enjoy what you’re eating 100% of the time to be well.





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