Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I saw a fellow today that I used to see often when I first joined the YMCA. Now that I'm running I don't take near as many exercise classes, so I hadn't seen him for a while. Right off I could tell he had lost a significant amount of weight, complimented him, and asked him how he had done it. His answer really surprised me.
He said that the biggest change he had made was to quit eating Cheerios. I like Cheerios. I still occasionally eat Cheerios. I don't have trouble including a reasonable portion of Cheerios in a day of healthy eating.
It occurred to me that maybe that was it -- the reasonable portion part. I remember a friend of mine who lost a lot of weight on a specific program. Her mother tried the same program, but gained weight. When my friend went to visit her mom, she discovered that her mom had given up her breakfasts of fried eggs, bacon and biscuits all right. However, the "one ounce" of cereal that she had substituted turned out to be 8 ounces when my friend weighed it! I wonder what this fellow's portion size was.
I mentioned the Cheerios puzzle to my daughter. She pointed out that there are several new varieties of Cheerios that are much higher in sugar than the original one I eat. That might have something to do with it, too.
I asked the fellow if his exercise wasn't at least somewhat responsible for his success. He said no, that he had been working out regularly for several years without losing weight. He insisted it was the Cheerios. I didn't question him any further; I just wanted to give him support. Obviously, what he is doing is working for him.
A couple years ago I asked a friend who had lost 100 pounds how she had done it, and she said she simply gave up peanut butter. She had eaten it in the evenings by the jar. Now that made sense to me. But Cheerios?