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This Easy Math Trick May Help You To Lose Weight

Weight Loss Calculations

Math is the bane of my existence. But, here is an easy math trick that is sure to help melt away the pounds and lose weight.


It is reported that the weight-loss industry is worth 59.8 billion dollars. That is billion with a “B”. That’s a lot of protein bars, milkshakes, diet pills, and exercise DVDs. I have personally contributed a few dollars to the cause myself, and if you’re reading this, you probably have too.

My daddy used to say that the best strategy for weight loss was to stop bending the elbow and opening the mouth so often. That’s kind of a no-brainer, but by golly, it makes a whole lot of sense!! But for many of us, knowing the right thing to do and doing the right thing are worlds apart. Unless there is a medical condition involved, we know that being overweight is caused by taking in more calories than we are burning.

I’d venture to go even further and say that, even though we know “how” it came about that we are carrying extra weight, understanding “why” we do what we know we shouldn’t do is another story, and another topic altogether. Getting to the root of the “why” would be the ultimate weapon with which to defeat the enemy – the appetite – but few of us will ever get to that point. Changing the “I should lose weight” to “I want to lose weight” to “I want to lose weight more than I want this bag of M&Ms” is a process that we must go through before we can become successful. There’s a little saying that says “Nothing tastes as good as being skinny feels.” That’s easy for a thin person to say. But for many who have been overweight for years, the memory of feeling skinny is so remote, that the pull to eat is much stronger than the memory of being skinny. And at that very moment, when the saliva is flowing, and the smell is assaulting our nostrils, then the feeling of being skinny is going to lose most of the time. I can personally attest to this.

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But then, there are times when we are able to overcome the monster, and walk away with our head held high. And though we are not feeling “skinny”, the elation of overcoming the temptation certainly feels better than tasting the food! Victory actually tastes pretty sweet!! (see this article that speaks of the thrill of victory)

We may not have the bazooka arsenal that conquering our mind-set would allow, but we can certainly use smaller weapons that we do have at our disposal. The last physician with whom I worked took a very real, and doable, approach to weight loss. Many of the patients in our family practice were overweight diabetics with hypertension, and all the ensuing problems associated with these conditions. Some were unable to exercise at all. So how can you advise a patient to lose weight, when often they cannot move, and who must depend on others to prepare meals? His advice was simply this: Don’t eat as much. Okay, that sounds pretty simple. He would tell them if they normally have two pieces of bread with dinner, then cut back to one. If they ate a cup of mashed potatoes, cut back to half a cup. If they ate a bowl of cereal for snack, cut back to half a bowl. Even if their ADA plan allowed them to have 15 carbs per meal, cut the carbs back by half, and eat more of other diabetic-friendly foods.

For the non-diabetic patient, who simply needs to lose weight, the same principle applies, just with whatever foods they would eat. Normally have a cinnamon roll for breakfast? Only eat a half. Two sandwiches for lunch? Have only one. And so on. And instead of chips, choose fresh vegetables for crunching. He was not a proponent of denying anything that one is accustomed to eating, because that would be a set-up for failure. The idea being, as the weight starts to slowly drop off, and the person is encouraged by this, then they are better able to start making their OWN decisions about what to cut out altogether.

Tonight when it’s time to fix your plate at the dinner table, how about giving it a try? Cut down on the serving size that you would normally put on your plate – by one-half! If you’re like me, that will be plenty enough. I find myself eating whatever is on my plate, even after I know I’ve had enough. (Buffets are the death of me!) Use the weapons you have, and practice your math skills by measuring out half a serving. Check back in with a comment, and let me know how this works. I’ll bet you’ll be plenty full at the end of your meal.