Friday, June 28, 2013
I've been reading Pete Thomas' Lose it Fast, Lose It Forever. SLIMKATIE mentioned it on her website (www.runsforcookies.com). She interviewed Mr. Thomas, and reviewed the book, and said that she learned some important ideas from the author. I figured that if she could still learn new things (after losing more than 100 pounds and keeping them off for years), I could learn some new things too!
I think the two best things I've learned so far (I'm only half way through the book) are
the motivational saying "Winners do daily what others do occasionally" and the way he structures his meals.
In every meal he includes a fluid, a filler (soup or salad, mostly lower calorie ingredients) and a feast (a small serving of a favorite food). I don't think the fluid idea is too important for me because I drink water all day. However, the concept of including a filler in each meal is definitely new to me. Also, he says that you need to include a "feast" food because you have to be able to continue this way of eating forever or the weight will come back. Of course, he does his best to find "feast" foods that don't break the bank. For example, his feast food at breakfast is turkey bacon (which he eats a lot of), and his burgers are sans bun or cheese.
When I lost 40 pounds between 2005 and 2007 I did it by cutting down the servings of favorites to very small portions. I knew I didn't want to give up these foods, and having the small portions seemed a good tactic. However, once I lost the weight the servings didn't always stay small, so the weight slowly started coming back. I think that by incorporating the filler idea I could make sure than even if I'm hungry I would still keep my "feast" food servings small because I'm just not as hungry once I've eaten the salad or soup with the meal. I hate to feel too full, so I think this will be a very powerful tactic for me. I wish I had thought of it six years ago!!
And I LOVE the saying "winners do daily what others do occasionally." This is my new motto. We build a life on the behaviors we do daily. I'm building a life of fitness and strength and great nutrition. Thank you, Pete Thomas (and SLIMKATIE)! Thank goodness for folks generous enough to share their knowledge!!