Posted by Tim Stobbs on January 6, 2009
Well it’s official I had a good vacation. My work pants are a little tighter than they should be in the waist. So am I worried or will I go on a diet. No!
You see diets don’t work. Period. You can sugar coat it anyway you like, but in reality diets are by their very nature a temporary thing that is NOT going to help you keep off weight in the long term. So save the cost of Weight Watchers or any other system or special food. They don’t work in the long run (hence why these companies are still in existence after all if they really worked don’t you think they would have run out of customers a long time ago).
In my case my normal eating methodology is just fine given my size. I don’t typically gain weight. I don’t need a diet. I just over did the extras during the vacation: too much treats and booze (I firmly blame Santa for the booze because that’s where I got drink martini shaker and glasses which lead me to the great taste of a chocolate cream martini).
So how do I lose the extra weight. Eat less for a few weeks. Really that’s it. Our bodies are very simple. Energy in = energy out means no weight gain or loss. Yet when you eat less and keep up your activity level the same you lose weight. Shockingly straight froward eh? I don’t even own a scale so I don’t know what I actually weigh. I just adjust my eating habits by how my pants fit. If my waist is getting tight I ease off of the extras like dessert or snacks in the evening for a while until the pants fit right again.
So how do you create a healthy eating methodology. Easy. You just make sure you eating lots of the good stuff (fruit, veggies, whole grains, you get the idea), keep the meat and cheese portions on the small side and moderate your extras like dessert and booze. Adjust the amounts of each until you stop gaining wieght for at least two weeks. Then you found your typical eating pattern where you won’t gain weight. Now if you want to lose some weight cut back for a few weeks on the extras.
That’s it folks. The incredically easy and free way to control your weight forever. It’s sort of reminds me of the generalities of personal finance. The basics are easy (ie: live below your means), it’s actually finding what works for you that is hard. Good luck.