I was looking on the Men’s Health web site at their diet articles and I found the following. It was informative. There was a recent article and news blurbs across the country about French people eating much smaller portions and posited that that’s why they’re not an obsese country like the U.S. Here’s a few paragraphs from one of the many articles you can find here.
“Exercise alone won’t make you thin. A recent study of military personnel who increased their exercise during a 3-year period found that they gained weight despite their extra efforts. Why? Food, most likely. They simply ate more than they burned off.
Solution: The last thing you want to hear, especially from a female, is that size matters. But trust me on this: Controlling portion size is absolutely essential to weight loss. And the best way to control portion size is to limit how often you eat out.
“According to the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, a single restaurant meal often could feed an entire family. A pasta dish at an Italian restaurant might include eight 1-cup servings. A rib dish might have a pound of meat–more than five servings. A side of fries might include 70 of the little devils, which is seven servings. And a nut-filled cinnamon bun in a mall food court could total 1,100 calories–more than half the calorie intake on a typical weight-loss diet.”
So far I’ve lost about … let’s see … I think I’ve lost 12 lbs. in the past 3 or 4 weeks. Our scale here is a little funky. It jumps around. So I’ve either lost 9 lbs. or 12 lbs. That’s from drastically reducing the amount of sugar I eat each day, mainly by cutting out fruit juices, sodas and white stuff. Fruit juice alone was about 720 calories a day (a tall glass with each meal). And I lost about 5 pounds from March until August from exercising.
But I don’t really count calories. I’m acutely aware of calories and carb intake but at this point I can lose just by order of magnitude. Little things that eliminate hundreds of calories or tens of grams of carbohydrates. Makes a world of difference.
I still have a ways to go but like the saying goes: A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.