Of course. That's what I did when I started. However, I learned that if I want to be fit and healthy the way I wanted, I needed to be more mindful. Eating junk in moderation isn't a lifestyle; it's not good for your body. It's okay to have pizza, but you should still be aiming for a healthy, balanced diet to provide your body with the nutrition it needs to function at its best.
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It's certainly going to work better than not doing anything at all!
Start that way. Give it a few months. If you don't lose weight, you can try something more precise later.
My theory is that this is a great approach for people who were slim as children and teens but gained as they got caught up in work and family life and became less active, or for the superobese who just never knew what normal portions are. It seems to me that those of us who have always struggled with weight need a more controlled approach involving measuring portions and limiting some foods to special occasions. Men also tend to be more successful than women in losing weight without tracking, partly because they can eat so many more calories that they have a wider margin of error.
Definitely try doing what your friend did and see if it works for you. At your size, it very likely will (assuming you are a guy; if you're a woman, it might work but will take longer.) If it doesn't, then you'll know that you need to do something different and you can try something else.
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that's exactly what I did to lose 80 lbs in 1 year. My exercise routine was different, but either way. Yes. smart portions + exercise = weight loss. depending on a person's specific goals, one would have to micromanage nutrients (more protein for muscle building, more carbs for heavy cardio, etc) But overall it's that simple: Burn more calories than you eat.
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You pretty much described me to a Tee but working out for me is a way of life......I train for one huge race a year but there are still foods I don't eat as they are triggers for me....ice cream is one of them! I eat pretty much whatever I want in the veggie, fruit, carb, protein, good fat arena yet we eat at home 97% of the time.
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I've seen it work, and it kept me maintaining often enough, but there comes that point when even that will not be followed very well and you have to deprive yourself once again. It depends on the person and just how much deprivation they are willing to go through, it changes as your life changes.
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I have pretty much lost weight this way (I do exercise 5 days a week minimum), but I've also made some modifications in what I eat as well as how much I eat. For instance, alcohol consumption has gone down, not that it was high to begin with, but those few beers on the weekend or the wine at dinner a couple of times a week can add calories. Also, I watch the refined carbs/starchy foods. If I have, say, rice for lunch, I won't have a starchy carb at dinner; I'll just have veggies and a protein. I don't eat any starchy carbs at breakfast (not much of a breakfast person anyway.)
Yes, I indulge in french fries and cookies and such from time to time, but I build them into my calorie range (well, most of the time ;) ). I find that eating more slowly also helps because you fill up faster. In the beginning, I'd use a smaller plate to make that smaller portion look larger. It was a way to combat the psychological feeling of deprivation by cutting portions. It made a difference, believe it or not. :D
I lost weight without changing my diet by starting a weight lifting program. When you gain lean muscle it raises your metabolism and torches calories. Of course you have to eat the right proportions of food too but was surprised how easy it was!
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I think it really depends on what your food choices are and portion control.
When you see what you would have to do to burn off 500 calories, you realize that with weight loss, what you eat has a huge impact on your success. www.myfitnesspal.com/exercise/lookup
Every time I watch one of the Eat This Not That videos on YouTube, I learn a new lesson. Unless your activity level is Olympic, you might want to consider WHAT you eat plays as big a roll as portion control. It's amazing how the calories add up at the end of the day...and the studies show that foods high on the glycemic index, make us store fat and take our blood sugar levels on a roller coaster ride.
comparing yourself to someone else isn't always a good thing. You need to find out what works for you
It is perfectly reasonable that controlling portions would lead to weight loss. One of my early steps was to attend to portion sizes to reduce my food intake.
Your family member has probably gotten better at estimating his portion sizes. Nobody is going to whip out a scale at a restaurant or a potluck, but I've gotten a lot more accurate at guessing a reasonable portion size. Also, I do measure pretty much everything at home, which keeps my eyes from growing bigger than my stomach in other contexts.
You are probably seeing the results of a lot of smaller steps your relative has been taking for quite some time. You can do it too!
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Does anyone feel its possibly to lose weight (with exercise) eating the things we still like but with controlling your portions?
A family member has lost 45-50lbish from just never eating seconds and not going crazy on the portions. He runs every other day. He eats (although he does eat HEALTHIER then he used to.. EG not eating out every day) BUT he pretty much eats whatever he wants. Instead of 2 hamburgers like he use to eat he eats just one now.. instead of a bunch of fries he cuts it in half... he eats most the things he use to, but just doesnt over eat i guess? He doesn't carry a scale with him.. he doesn't measure portions be weight etc.
Just brings me hope that i could achieve the same thing. He was about the same weight and height as me (about 5.11 260ish lbs) and about same build. I dont know if this is realistic or if hes just one of those exceptions.. but everything in moderation would make sense.
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