All posts tagged: Weight loss

Rules for Losing Weight

Weighing in, 12/30/2009. Darn! I gained a pound over Christmas! Here are my rules for healthy eating and sane weight loss.*See yesterday’s DadCooksDinner Loses Weight post for an overview of how I got to these rules… 1. Eat a variety of foods. (The Marion Nestle, “Eat a variety of foods within and among food groups” rule.) The wider range of food I eat, the healthier a diet I have. There is no one way to eat; different cultures have figured out many different cuisines that are both delicious and healthy. Explore! 2. Cook for yourself, using unprocessed food, and emphasize plants in your diet. (The Michael Pollan, “Eat real food, mostly plants” rule.) If I eat at home most of the time, and do my shopping around the edge of the grocery store, then I’m on the right track.  I cook most of our meals; we reserve eating out as a treat.*I get bonus points if I shop at my local farmer’s market, but the important part is to stay away from the processed stuff in the middle …

DadCooksDinner Loses Weight … Then Gains Some Back

2001 and 260 lbs, 2002 and 180 lbs, 2009 and 225 lbs Growing up, I was always a skinny kid. In my twenties, that changed. I injured my knee playing basketball, which caused me to cut back on my activities. After I graduated from college, I started my first job behind a desk. My weight started to creep up. And up. And up. At my heaviest I weighed over 260 pounds.*I bought a scale after I started losing weight, so I don’t know where, exactly, the top was. The first time I was brave enough to get on the scale, I weighed 255 pounds. Yikes. In the summer of 2001, after Ben was born, Diane signed up for Weight Watchers to help lose her pregnancy weight. At the same time, I read Walter Willet’s Eat, Drink and Be Healthy. This book explains current medical research on eating and health. These events pushed me to get serious about losing some weight. In my imagination, I was thin, like I was as a teenager. I wanted to …