My mom has been overweight for most of her life and almost two years ago she went to a doctor and he told her that it doesn't matter what you eat, it's how much you eat. Although eating healthy food is important, it's also about portions. Overeating is overeating. He told her to eat 4 times a day and whatever she was eating it has to be the size of her fist, you can eat whatever you want. It might sound difficult at first but you get used to it! She has lost almost 40 pounds!
yeah, you’re definitely right! overeating is overeating, regardless of what particular food is being eaten. however, i’m more concerned with the inside than the outside of one’s body.
while it is indeed possible to lose a lot of weight by simply eating junk (and i’m no way saying that that’s what your mom is eating), i don’t like it.
when it comes to weight loss, yes… it does come down to the numbers.
without considering exercise/calorie expenditure, here’s an example: you can eat 3000 calories of fruits and vegetables and the good stuff every day, or 1800 of ice cream, chips, and candy. obviously, you’re gonna gain weight with the former because your caloric intake is higher, even though the food is better for you.
and while obesity in itself raises one’s risks for certain diseases, the “ice cream diet” isn’t much better, as it ups the bad cholesterol levels in one’s body in addition to increasing other health risks.
the fist-size portion four times a day probably works simply because it prevents overeating. that and it’s easier than having to count out one’s calories per meal.
since it’s working wonderfully for her, sweet! but for others, it’s just as easy to achieve the same result by monitoring one’s daily caloric intake (though it takes some practice and a little bit of thought).
tell her congrats on the 40 pounds though— that’s quite a feat! :)
I've got a quick question: I'm not interested in losing weight, I'm comfortable where I am and with my size (5'8" and 143-152 lbs depending on the day and how much I ate the day before), but I do want to lose some of the leftover fat I have on me that I haven't been able to get rid of even when I used to work out hard 5-6 days a week. I mainly do bodyweight exercises at a quick pace but I've had little to no results losing the fat. Any advice? You can touch on anything you deem necessary :)
hey there, nick!
before i unleash all that i know, i have a few questions for you.
1) what does your diet look like? how many calories/give me a general idea of what kind of food you eat.
2) do you factor in aerobic exercise into your workouts? if so, how often/how much/how long?
3) describe your “bodyweight” workouts. give me a lil detail about how many sets/reps you do.
thanks in advance! :)
Do you agree with the idea that if it has a food label it isn't food? One more thing, love the workouts!! :)
hi there michelle!
while i’d definitely say that eating foods without labels would be the ideal, as it implies fresh fruits, veggies, and the like (aka the good stuff), i think that to expect people to go along with this idea, especially in this day and age, would be ridiculous. i mean, i sure don’t follow such a guideline.
having tasted the edible wonders that factories can produce for us, i’d say that for the majority, switching to non-labels would be extremely difficult/near-impossible.
but this doesn’t mean that we can’t limit how much processed stuff we take in. i’ve always been about moderation and taking little steps, so i’d say cutting out artificial foods one at a time or even simply limiting the overall amount of processed foods would be a good start to any health journey.
oh, and thanks— i’m glad you enjoy them! :)
ahh i love your blog!
its so hard to find good healthy/fitspo tumblrs as most of them are just eating disorders or unheathy.just saying love your tumblr!
thank you. :)
i definitely try to avoid any of that kind of negativity!
is it possible to lose 20 pounds in a healthy way in 2-3 months?
considering that 1-2 pounds a week is the goal when it comes to healthy weight loss, i’d say that 20 pounds in 2-3 months is very possible!
and going about weight loss in such a way is commendable. it’s simply unrealistic when people ask for ways to lose 30 pounds in 2 weeks… due to the rapid weight loss (a good majority of which is water weight), these individuals typically gain the weight back and can become very discouraged/unmotivated about changing their bodies.
really though, they just went about it the wrong way. so to answer your question: yes! it’s possible and is a healthy goal at that. :)
despite the amount of nutrients and protein that they may boast, not all nutrition/energy bars are good for you!
always read the nutrition facts, keeping in mind the grams of sugar and if there are any partially hydrogenated oils!
i love your blog! it's very inspiring, thank you so much (:
noo, thank YOU!
i know i’ve been pretty inactive lately, so i can only hope to continue to be an inspiration to others. :)
eat healthy, work out, and be happy— don’t be too hard on yourself, okay?
good health is not something we can buy. however, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.
- anne wilson schaef
i try to keep my opinionated posts to a minimum, unless i’ve been asked something specifically or feel very strongly about an issue. also, very rarely will i ever use others’ photos or material, but frankly, right now as i browse through tumblr, i’m disappointed.
looking at the original version of this photo in addition to all the “daily calorie count” posts (some of which amount to less than 500 calories…..), i can legitimately say that it makes me sad to see the promotion of eating disorders and anorexia. i understand that people struggle with image issues— who doesn’t? it’s a part of human nature.
i also understand that many people with ED blogs are working on recovery, and for those who are, i applaud you. yet… many of these same people, who complain and wish that they didn’t have an eating disorder, reblog photos like this. let me be clear: reblogging photos that are pro-anorexia won’t help. at all.
even worse, many pro-ana, pro-ED tumblr users are still striving to be skinnier, promoting these kinds of images (“i’m happier when i’m starving,” “nothing tastes better than being skinny,” and etcetera).
don’t get me wrong… you may have the mindset that being skinny automatically leads to happiness, but i’m pretty positive that hunger pangs and debilitating health won’t. lie to yourself if you want, but being skinny is simply not enough to be happy.
i realize that some of my followers are pro-ana and pro-ED, and i may lose you because of this post. before you un-follow me, please read these final words:
take matters into your own hands by realizing that your health is most important. no, i’m not calling anorexic people “f***ing disgusting” like some other people do, as that’s not fair or right. i’m also not saying that it’s right for people to say that girls have to look like marilyn monroe in order to be “real”— what people need to realize is that some are born skinny and will be skinny their whole lives.
all i’m saying is to stop and think before internalizing all of the negative thoughts you may have of yourself.
human beings were meant to eat. good night!