Ignorance is not always bliss.
When I was in my 20s, I was running 5 to 10 miles on a regular basis. Back then I started reading about carb-loading and I probably took it to the extreme. Instead of just loading up on carbs for a race, I ate a lot of carbs all the time. Bad carbs. Really bad carbs.
Have you ever heard of a High-Carb Diet?.
The problem, I faced, and which made it difficult, if not impossible, to lose weight, is I had no concept of portion control.
Remember the potato chip commercial, “I bet you can’t eat just one.”
That’s me for my entire life.
I am able to eat an entire large pizza pie by myself or a quart of OJ or a large bottle of non-diet soda. It is easy to chow down an entire bag of chocolate chip cookies, or a baker’s dozen of black/white cookies.
Don’t even mention chocolate cake for dessert. If it has icing on it, there are no restrictions.
I also eat when I am watching TV which is a big “No, No” people say. I just keep eating, get up during the commercial breaks, and get more food and continue eating. I eat out of the peanut butter jar. And I keep eating until I move the jar out of reach and out of sight.
It is not surprising then that losing weight or keeping my weight down has been a problem that I have faced my entire life.
I have the same challenge that most obese people have. We make bad choices when we choose the food we eat, and we can’t say no to food.
I know I should not have the popcorn or chocolate candy at the movie theater. If you ask me, “Should I buy candy, soda and popcorn when I go to the movies?” I know the answer is, “No!”
Still, most times, I can’t resist.
Just last week, I successfully bypassed the concession stand when I arrived and made my way to the screening room. Yet midway through the film I got up, went to the concession stand, and bought chocolate candy and popcorn.
As I walking out of the film on my way to the concession stand, I was having the stereotypical angel on my shoulder argument. The good angel kept saying, “Just buy bottled water.” The bad angel said, “Buy the candy, buy the popcorn.”
Guess which angle won!
And this has been going on for 50 years.
I even play games to justify what I am eating. At movies, I sometimes throw out half of the candy bag before I start eating.
Interestingly, you rarely will find a bag of cookies in my home. I don’t buy them at the grocery store. In fact, if you checked my regular shopping list you will not find a lot “bad” food in my pantry.
I buy my cookies at high “retail” prices at the gas station. There, I can buy a four-pack or six-pack. Just recently, I see you can buy various cookies in packs of 10. They created this size just to tempt me.
But buying 10 cookies is better than buying a large bag of cookies at the grocer!
That’s portion control for me. And that is why weight loss for me has always been a challenge.