As dieters (and/or maintain-ers), nothing can excite us and, at the same time, strike fear into every fibre of our being as dining out can. Thankfully, today’s Rockstar Dieting Tip offers a way to half your cake and eat it, too. (Read on!)
Rockstar Dieting Tip #4 — When Dining Out, Split Your Meal with Yourself
Here’s a little something I learned from one of my famous actress friends here in Los Angeles. When dining out at a restaurant, order what you want with reckless abandon. But — while placing your order, tell your server you want the food split in half — and that you want 1/2 of the meal put into a to-go container before it’s even delivered to the table. This way you’re enjoying your favorite foods at your favorite restaurants — but in more reasonable (and more diet- or weight maintenance-friendly) portions. In other words, you really can have your cake and eat it, too. Just make sure you half your cake (or whatever) before having it. Then take the extra portion home to share with a roommate, spouse or to even have yourself (at another appropriate mealtime).
This might seem like a simple thing to do. But it’s not necessarily easy. After all, when we sit down to dine at our favorite eateries, we sometimes want to enjoy the bigger portions. But we never enjoy the overstuffed, bloated feeling we have after the meal is consumed. And we never enjoy having to squeeze into our jeans the next day (or, worse yet, see a “gain” on the scale the next time we weigh ourselves).
That makes this a great tip for being moderate while enjoying different types of foods. (Not to mention this tip allows us to have a social life even while trying to just stop eating so much!)
As dieters, we too often get caught up in the “This is the last time I’ll ever eat this” syndrome (thanks to years of on-again and off-again dieting). This little restaurant trick stops that mentality in it’s tracks. We can have it — we can just choose to not have so much of it.
And don’t worry about what the server thinks. You can add a little something extra to the tip if he or she is nice about dividing your meal in half at the beginning of your dining experience. And you can take pride in knowing you’re doing the same thing some major actresses do to keep their camera-ready figures.
And why shouldn’t you do the same as them? You’re a supermodel, darn it. And if anyone questions that, you send them to me.
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Today’s Rockstar Dieting Tip has to do with appearance. As dieters, we’re too often focused on what we’ll look like after we’ve taken off all the excess weight we want to get rid of. When actually it’s just as important for us to do everything we can to look good at this moment — no matter how much we currently weigh.
Rockstar Dieting Tip #3 — Stop Wearing Baggy Clothing
When dieting, we tend to wear very loose clothing, thinking it masks our layers of blubber — when actually the loose clothes make us look like we’re walking around in a circus tent. It’s not attractive and leaves us feeling lousy about our appearance. No matter how much you weight now — and no matter how much you want to lose — go out and buy some fitted, attractive, snugly comfortable clothes and start wearing them when out on the town. There’s nothing wrong with embracing your shape as it is today, in this very moment. The self-esteem you gain from looking good will ultimately help you take the unwanted excess weight off once and for all. The better we feel about ourselves, the more we’ll care about making positive changes.
As overweight people, we’ve been taught to wear loose-fitting clothing. But at the end of the day, it’s really not doing us any favors and these clothes are actually making us look bigger than we really are.
When I weighed over 450 pounds, I used to wear the biggest shirts I could find (thinking that if they looked “loose” it would come off as more attractive). And I almost never wore “real” pants — instead donning sweat-style pants that didn’t have any kind of waist. Not only was this not an attractive look, it also left me unaware of what my body felt like in real clothes, thus giving me a false perception of what it feels like to wear snug or fitting clothing. And let’s face it, when clothes are more fitted, we’re reminded of the girth we want to lose. And that extra motivation doesn’t hurt.
Feeling good about yourself (even at your current weight) is only going to lead to caring more about yourself and, therefore, caring enough to take steps to ensure you reach your health-related goals. So go ahead, go online, go to a certain store, go to a place where you can buy the trendiest outfit possible for your current size and wear it with pride.
After all, you’re a supermodel right now (in this very moment). Work it.
Time for another Rockstar Dieting Tip — one of many helpful ideas I incorporated into my life in order to take off more than 250 pounds of excess weight (and keep it off for over 10 years). You might be surprised to learn that this latest tip has nothing to do with food or exercise. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less valuable to your journey toward total and lasting health.
Rockstar Dieting Tip #2 — Start a “You” Scrapbook
When dieting, we tend to focus on what we’re giving up (ice cream, potato chips, etc.). So instead, why not create your very own “You” scrapbook — one that’s filled with positive cutouts and imagery (healthy body types that inspire you, clothes you want to wear after reaching your goal weight, pictures of social situations that motivate you to take off the excess pounds, etc.)?
I created my own You Book (see above — that’s the actual one) that was eventually chock full of visual clues as to why I was committed to finally taking off the excess weight once and for all. With a “You” scrapbook, you can focus on what you’re getting by losing weight, not what you’re giving it up.
This tip was so popular with my friend Joy Bauer that she actually shared it on the Today Show. It really is something you create yourself that becomes all about you and your reasons for taking off the unwanted pounds. Think of it as a vision board you can add to, look at and take with you anywhere. I used to pick my scrapbook up all the time when tempted to cheat on my eating plan. And nowadays? It serves as an amazing testament to what I went through to not only take off the excess weight, but to keep it off.
When you start your own You Book, I hope you’ll share some images with me. I’d love to see it and even share it here on Just Stop Eating So Much! or on the Just Stop! facebook page. It also just might help motivate others to start their own scrapbooks. (And the best part of this treat? No calories to speak of whatsoever!)
As you might have gathered from the #1 in this post’s title, Rockstar Dieting Tips is going to be an ongoing series here at Just Stop Eating So Much! Each writeup will contain a specific tip that will hopefully help you out on your journey to lasting health — whether you’re in the process of taking off excess weight or you’re at your goal weight and working to maintain it.
This first tip is one that might seem very obvious. But I know that it’s one that a lot of us (including myself) struggle to achieve on a daily basis. And yet it’s one of the most essential steps we must take in order to permanently shed — and keep off — those unwanted pounds.
Rockstar Dieting Tip #1 — Drink Lots of Water
This is one of my biggest diet “musts” — along with eating less and exercising more. (Duh, right?) But seriously… The more water, the better. We’ve got to rinse out those fat cells along with the other impurities we’ve built up through years of unhealthy eating. Also, more activity (like exercise) requires more water.
I know. I know. We’ve heard it all before. But fact is, if you’re not drinking enough water, you’re not giving your body (not to mention your metabolism) what it needs to purify your body, rinse our your fat cells and keep you hydrated before, during and after exercising.
According to Gina Shaw‘s writeup on WebMD, the director of performance nutrition at Athletes’ Performance, Amanda Carlson-Phillips, RD, reports “In my experience, most people are not aware of how much they’re drinking and are not drinking enough — many, as little as half of what they need. Water’s involved in every type of cellular process in your body, and when you’re dehydrated, they all run less efficiently — and that includes your metabolism. Think of it like your car: if you have enough oil and gas, it will run more efficiently. It’s the same with your body.”
If you have some Rockstar Dieting Tips that you’d like to share, feel free to contact me directly — or simply post the tip as a comment below. We’re all in this together… And together we can reach lasting health!
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I recently came across a writeup by Laura Bogart titled “I choose to be fat” and was instantly intrigued. Before reading it, I honestly believed the author might make a valid point about reasons to stay heavy — perhaps doing that rather than yo-yo dieting and/or continually gaining because of constantly going on (and then cheating on) a diet. But as I read Ms. Bogart’s writeup, I soon realized that no such arguments were contained in her post.
While I respect Ms. Bogart’s — and anyone’s — life choices, I can’t help but question the validity of not only this piece, but also the author’s true feelings. While she inventively compares herself to a “Fat girl Jason Bourne,” and shows an entertaining and highly original perspective on life, her argument that “Doctors have bullied me about my weight for years, but obesity has given me the armor I needed to survive.”
In the piece, Ms. Bogart writes, “I packed on the pounds as a neglected child whose father passed out when his rage was spent, whose mother was petrified to move, to wake him. I was a little girl whose dinners always went cold. So I enacted a kid’s version of nourishment, swallowing fistfuls of Cheese-Its and pulling the cheese off left-over pizza. I took that lead-bellied feeling of fullness for actual satisfaction. I binged because I was frenzied with need. If I didn’t sink my teeth into something — anything — I wouldn’t know I was alive.”
While I can totally relate to using an outer layer of blubber as a coping mechanism during my challenging childhood years, I might suggest that the writer now realize those painful years are behind her and that, in this moment, she is in control (not her abusive father).
And while Ms. Bogart opines that “I have fought against myself for so very long, against everything I’d internalized: everything my father told me I was, everything my mother told me I couldn’t do; everything the kids at school told me I looked like, everything my (supposed) care providers swore I should be. I’ve laid down my arms. I will simply be,” I would argue that actually your body is wearing down with all the excess weight that it’s bogged down by. And real control comes from getting healthy and feeling fantastic. And as someone who once weighed over 450 pounds and ran out of breath just from talking on the phone, I certainly know what I’m talking about.
I’m not suggesting that the writer — or anyone — isn’t perfect just as they are. But it’s through this kind of acceptance and declaration of perfection that we can then do ourselves the favor of taking off the dangerous, excess weight and getting healthy for ourselves and for our future (our abusive pasts be damned).
And please — don’t think I’m adversely judging the writer. In fact, I’m not judging her at all. But at 23 years old, she has an incredible opportunity to lose the weight before it starts affecting her health in more severe ways. At the end of the day, it’s not about choosing to be fat. It’s about choosing happiness, life and self worth. And that stuff — not to mention that kind of happiness — is never found in overeating.
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