Did You Resolve to Lose Weight in 2011?
This is probably one of the most common resolutions on New
Year's Day in the USA and many other countries where food is plentiful.
How many people carry through with it? Probably not too many, according to
There's right ways to do it and wrong ways. Bad efforts
include drugs and supplements, starving oneself (usually followed by pigging
out), bulimia, laxatives, and criticism or nagging from others.
Good ways are easier and healthier.
- Store your large dinner plates, soup bowls and
dessert plates for company. Actually put them out of reach. Buy
smaller plates for dinner use. Use cereal bowls instead of soup plates
and use teaspoons, not soup spoons. Find tiny dishes for desserts.
I get small plastic dishes used for favors at Walgreens and use them for
pudding and other such treats. I even have a set of tiny spoons!
- Don't put the serving dishes on the table.
Leave them on a kitchen counter, where diners would have to get up for a
refill. This goes double for bread and butter. Don't even
put butter on the table. Go for thin sliced bread and lite "butter".
When a meal calls for crusty bread, or bread and butter, serve it on a small
plate for each person.
- Drink a full glass of water before each meal.
Keep a pitcher of cold filtered water on the table, and serve each person a
glass of water before the meal. If your habit or culture calls for
wine with a meal, try serving it AFTER the meal instead. Drinking wine
with a meal often leads to more eating.
- Serve less carbs, and make those that you do serve
ones with fiber, whole grains if your family will eat them. Try mixing
part whole grain and part refined at first if you meet with resistance.
Serve LOTS more veggies and salads. Find ways to serve them that your
family will accept, even if it raises the calorie level a bit. Go for
clear soups when you can, rather than cream soup or thickened stew.
- Cut the fat! Trim ALL fat from meats
before cooking. Leave skin on when roasting poultry, but
remove it before serving. Find a decanter for your cooking oil
that dispenses much less at a time. Buy REALLY good Teflon
cookware. I can personally recommend the
WearEver Premium Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Sauté Pan
or the other Hard-Anodized choices; 8-Inch
Saute Pan, 11-Inch
or even a
10 Piece Cookware Set. I've
had my sauté pan for two years. As per instructions, I don't
cut anything in the pan, or scrape with a metal utensil or scrubbing
pad, but I do often use a metal spatula to turn things. These
pans are practically indestructible, and will allow you to cook
using cooking spray or virtually no fat at all, with little change
- Excess weight usually begins in the grocery
store. STOP buying sodas (even non-caloric - they tend to increase
a desire for sugars), fruit drinks or cocktails, chips, cookies, ice
cream. Use skim or 1% milk in coffee or tea, rather than creamers
- you'll get used to it (eventually). Make sugar-free gelatin
desserts chock full of fruit; nutritious puddings, iced tea, or fresh,
bottled or frozen real fruit juice. Cut out most prepared frozen
dinners. They are generally higher in salt and fat and lower in
If it's not in the house, they can't snack on it (at home, anyway).
You'll be less tempted too. Chocolate covered nuts or raisins are
a better choice than candy bars. Nuts are a better choice than
chips. Try apple slices with a tiny slice of cheddar, or carrot or
celery sticks dipped in peanut butter, or in low-fat sour cream mixed
- Resist the vending machine or fast food place for
lunches at work. Pack a delicious lunch.
Tupperware has GREAT lunchware,
and you'll eat healthier and save money too. Do it, even if you have to use
a paper bag!|
- Walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Park further from work or school. Try to take a walk several times a
week; you'll see interesting things, meet new people, burn calories and
improve your overall strength and health.
In other words, trick yourself into losing those unwanted
pounds and keeping your New Year's resolution.