We have seen this too often where kids and adults continue to clean up all the food on their plate even when they are full and stuffed like Thanksgiving turkeys. It is absolutely okay to eat half a plate, and put the rest into the fridge.
Imagine yourself going to a restaurant, and the dishes of food that comes out from the kitchen are huge portions. You have to make a choice whether to doggy bag the remaining portions or finish the plate.
The smart choice is doggy bagging it for next time. Just because you don’t finish your serving does not mean you are wasting food.
Retrain yourself. You don’t have to finish the french fries, the last chicken wing, or the extra bite of dessert.
Save it for next time. Let your body have some time to burn off the fuel before feeding it more food.
Once you hit age 70, you can throw BMI numbers out the door. Not that you shouldn’t care about it at all. Researchers have found that waist to hip ratios are a better determinant of whether you have a higher chance of premature death.
This would certainly be applicable to younger individuals also. When you waist is growing at an alarmingly higher rate than your hips, you have a problem. You don’t need a rocket scientist to tell you what’s black and white.
Learn to regulate your body to adhere to the law of averages instead of being the exception. If your tummy is bulging, eat less and exercise more. If you are all sticks and bones, then put some food into that body of yours.
A better indicator: If all of a sudden you don’t fit into your clothes due to some extreme weight gain, then you are more likely to face a premature death.
We all need posters to get us motivated, to remind us the things we need to do to make it right. Losing is not easy, and the right motivational poster will go a long way in jump-starting your weight loss program.
Don’t Put Limits on Yourself – we are all living as if we are already dead when we put limits on ourselves. People on a weight loss goal stop too often. We need to break that habit to cross over the failure threshold.
Working with a personal trainer, Mandisa managed to lose 80 pounds of weight and hopes to lose up to 100 lbs or more. Along with regular exercise 3-4 times a week, she has completely cut out processed foods including white flour and sugars. Her salt intake is limited also.
Instead of opting for boring exercise routines, Mandisa chooses to enjoy the weight loss process with Zumba dancing. (We too are believers in the greatness of Richard Simmons.)