How's an aging girl who loves food (and LOVES to cook) ever gonna lose weight...?
I turned 52 in December and middle age is no longer a specter that threatens to swoop in sometime in the far-distant future; it is the resident ghost that haunts my steps and daily distorts my mirror.
Middle age has not been kind.
So how IS an aging girl who loves to cook and eat ever going to lose weight? In the past I've lost a fair amount of weight on no-carb diets like Atkins and South Beach but it takes all the fun out of cooking and eating and it just isn't sustainable for me. I researched juice fasting and water fasting. It appears that there are many detoxifying health benefits from a 10 day fast for health and weight loss. I could probably commit to 10 days without cooking and eating but that would only work for me if I lived alone.
I've given it a lot of thought and I think I have come up with a doable plan for aging girls like me and Ellen. I am calling it "The Brown Plate Special" and I invite you to try this along with me!
I got the idea when I bought a couple of cute little chocolate brown plates on clearance last week. They are just 9 inches in diameter instead of the standard 10.5 inches and have a little "well" in the center that is 6.5 inches in diameter. I'm thinking that if I commit to using this little brown plate instead of a regular plate for all my meals, and "load" it only so that it looks visually porportionate to a normal serving of food on a normal plate, slowly but surely I will get portions under control and begin to lose weight without giving up cooking and eating the foods we love.
You can use any small sandwich or dessert plate. The only other guidelines are just the common sense stuff that most of us in our 40's and 50's have already come to grips with:
- No between meal snacking
- No evening snacking
- No second helpings
- No deserts except on special occasions
For soups and stews and foods that aren't "plated" a half-portion would be a good rule of thumb. I plan on switching to a smaller, rice bowl for soups and stews.
As time goes on, I'll be posting up some photos of my brown plate special portions compared to my hubby's regular plate portions. Since accountability is essential in such matters, I'll be weighing in every Monday morning and I'll confess my weight loss (or lack thereof) in a regular Monday morning post.
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So, what have you got to lose?
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