Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Chef's approach to eating lighter, losing weight, and getting in shape .... Part 3

This is the conclusion of a three part post.
You'll want to read Part 1 and Part 2 before continuing here.

I discovered that I had already had the tools to eat well but healthier. I even used a related approach to incorporate exercise into my life. Yes that's right, you are going to have exercise in some fashion. Believe me, anyone who tells you that you can lose weight and especially keep the weight off without moving your body is lying to you. Don't stop reading though. Trust me, we are going to make this doable, even fun.

It was later though, after I had decided to merge my love for cooking with my interest in health and started a business specializing in preparing food and menu plans for people seeking to lose weight that I made some really startling discoveries.

First and foremost, I found out that I wasn't unique. I really thought that the situation of my career and associated lifestyle made me a special case when it came to the challenges of losing weight. Or maybe it was because Mama always told me I was special.

The truth is that we are all constantly surrounded by temptation. Whether it is the doughnuts someone brought into the office, the fast food places we pass by every day, the processed foods that litter supermarkets or the commercials on TV. Fattening, unhealthy food is waved in front of all of our faces all the time.

The truth is that most of us live and work with friends and colleagues who don't share our desire to lose weight. It's no secret that carrying a few or even quite a few extra pounds has become very common these days. Weight loss “buddies” can be hard to come by for many of us. In fact, as I'll discuss later, we may even be better off without one.

The truth is that we all have busy lives. Just about everyone has to at least occasionally “eat on the run” or “grab a quick bite” or have a “working lunch.” We often don't have time to seek out healthy choices and tracking the calories we eat just isn't going to happen.

The truth is, the need to eat quick, convenient meals is a primary cause for many people's unwanted weight gain. Fear not, this is another negative we are going to turn into a positive.

As time went on and I worked with more and more people who were trying to lose weight I began to see patterns emerge.
I realized that for many people, weight issues are not always so much about what they eat as much as what they don't eat, how they eat, where they get their food and how they schedule their meals.
If you are willing to be a bit more conscious about your eating habits you may just find that you are able to better food and often more food and begin to lose some of those unwanted pounds.

It may be as easy as doing a little fine tuning to your lifestyle to put yourself on the path of feeling better, looking better and living in a healthier body.

The question you need to ask yourself, are you ready and willing to give yourself a tune up?


  1. I keep thinking that I should make my own blog post.

    "My miracle diet - how I lost 15 pounds and 3 pants sizes! Here's the big secret!"

    I hit a weight I never imagined, or wanted to imagine at least, at the beginning of last year, due to some health complications and a very stressful work situation. Comfort eating took its toll.

    Around March, when I out buying pants the next size up again, I decided I needed to do something about it. And you know what the trick was? Eat smaller portions of healthier food, and walk daily. I dropped about 2 pounds a month, and hit my happy weight in November. And I'm back to a size 6 again, the same size I was before I had my daughter.

    I don't do without a lot of the foods I really love. I'll still indulge in a pan-fried chicken breast on angel hair pasta with alfredo sauce, and have cheesecake, and hot chocolate and croissants for breakfast from time to time. But having a light breakfast, a snack, a light lunch, a snack, a light dinner, and another snack, with a half-mile or mile walk 4-5 days a week, is working so much better than 2-3 heavy meals a day and sitting on my rear all day long.

  2. I think you are right, but sometimes the challenges are larger. I hit my high a few years ago of 240. Yeah, and I'm barely 5' tall. I had been doing GREAT on Weight Watchers, mostly by avoiding anything they sell and eating more natural/healthy foods. Got down to about 170 (20 lbs to goal! Whoo Hoo!), and then....stopped. Plateau for over a year, then they took me off some thyroid medication and I rocketed up to 190.

    I know there is no quick fix, but sweet jesus, I excersize 3 - 4 days a week, walk almost daily, and watch every molecule I put in my mouth. Suggestions, oh Food Guru?

  3. Victoria, it sounds to me like what you have stumbled upon is calorie averaging; a practice I very much agree with.
    I'm a big believer in eating well & indulging so long as you keep the overall calories in line with how much you burn. Of course, the more you exercise the more calories you can consume. And most importantly have good food in your diet. Have plenty of vegetables & fruits along with lean proteins to give your body something to work with and keep the wild cravings away.

  4. Panther I have an idea for you. We should talk.

  5. Well, email or call me when you have a chance.