For the past four years, I’ve been struggling to lose 10-15 pounds. While I’m not clinically overweight, I’m heavier than I’d like to be. Last year, I finally had some success with Weight Watchers, but I found it very burdensome to have to count points obsessively. When I stopped the counting, I promptly gained back 10 of the 13 pounds I’d lost. Boo.
Since then, I’ve been feeling very blah about my weight…and I think it’s impacting my quality of life. I’ll admit it: I’m vain. I want to lose weight to look better. But what to do? I have literally been on every diet out there, and not one has produced long-term success (shocker). So recently, I’ve been re-examining my eating habits and dieting paradigm.
And then I came across this book: The Nine Inch “Diet”
I snagged it from Amazon and just got it in the mail yesterday. The basic premise of the book is simple: since the 1960s our portions have ballooned…and so have our waistlines. By switching back to old-fashioned 9-inch dinner plates, our portions (and calories) will go down….and so will our waistlines.
So I’m going to give it a shot, but I’ll also expand the premise of the book to a more general principle: cut my portion sizes by one-half. No counting. No special foods. No drama. I’ll eat what appeals to me, just in a substantially smaller portions (think half sandwiches and Happy Meals). I’m going to keep a food diary to track my food intake for a while, but just to keep me honest. Once I adjust to eating less, I probably won’t need it anymore.
Another bonus is that I’ll probably save some money on food, since small portions means the foods that I prepare will last a lot longer, which should mean less expenditures on food overall. (But obviously this isn’t my primary motivation!)