Post by davesenesac on Aug 13, 2019 22:39:30 GMT -8
Good luck Zeke. I know several people just like you battling the 200# weight border, but they have little hope until they cut way down on their too often beer drinking that is the largest impediment for most Americans. Simple truth is many people eat too large of portions of food that increases the size of their gut and makes them hungry until meals fill it. If one eats small portions over a period of months, eventually one's gut will shrink and one will feel full and content eating less. Besides weight, another issue with food is it can become a significant drain on one's money especially those with a restaurant lifestyle.
People envy how I have it so easy weight wise, however over decades I've also had to endure some long horribly hungry periods where I could hardly eat anything lest I end up dead. For this last year, at 5'6", have been close to 135#, that is BMI 22, dead center in the healthy zone. Before I retired 2.4 years ago, varied 5# to 10# more that is BMI 23. Most of my weight gaining is from occasional binging on sweets including ice cream.
When I was 20, due to my own fault, I suffered a bizarre hemorrhage that permanently left me prone to develop a condition similar to pancreatitis where the only way to recover is to not eat much of anything. Over the years have learned how to avoid redeveloping that and for the last two decades have had few bouts. Because even a single fair dose of monosodium glutamate aggravates it, I've had to avoid eating at non-chain restaurants that is a no fun lifestyle issue and have not drank coffee since age 20 so have never spent a penny at Starbucks. By age 30 it also made me stop drinking anything but small amounts of alcohol another not fun lifestyle issue. Thus am not one to envy.
Most of my meals have little or no meat and when it does is usually chicken or fish. When I do eat red meat, it's almost always on the road at fast food places or pizza. I do eat tons of dairy. Today my only real meal was chicken tortilla soup. At home I infrequently eat breakfast and often just eat one real meal a day with the rest snacking. Then each of last couple days, Birds Eye Steamfresh Protein Blends that are excellent for less than $2.5 at supermarkets.