You’re Eating All That Food!?  No Wonder You’re Fat!

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You’re Eating All That Food!?  No Wonder You’re Fat!

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The media is always harping on portion control in America.

Everything is supersized. We are referred to as the Overweight Americans for good reason. Faced with a Lumberjack-size portions of food, we are often inwardly delighted. We may say “So much food, I’ll never eat all this!” but damn if we don’t plow through and eat it all – topped off with a gooey dessert.

The other day I saw two extremely heavy women not only order a full omelet breakfast (with bacon, toast and home fries), but they also ordered French Toast – and pancakes! – to share. And they ate it all. I will admit, I was jealous. I would love to be able to eat like that.  I envied that they seemed to eat with no guilt.

But here’s the truth of it (and you know this already). Eat three breakfasts or order multiple desserts and your scale is going to soar. Worse than the number on the scale will be the impact on your health and the way people see you. You will note that I said “extremely heavy women” in describing the big breakfast eaters, not “two friends out for breakfast.”

Someone said to me once: “When you go into a car dealer, you may admire the Bentley or Lexus, but sometimes in life, we can’t afford what we want.” The same is true of food. You may adore pancakes dripping in syrup, but if you have a weight problem, you can’t afford it.

If you truly want to lose weight, you have to make choices. You can’t eat a light salad for lunch in anticipation of a dinner of Chicken Parmesan with a full pound of pasta on your plate.

If you’re like those two women and you just don’t care how much you weigh, go for it. By all means, relish the volume of foods available to you. But if you hate yourself after you’ve eaten, it’s time you face your personal truth: you can’t always have what you want.

When friends say, “Where shall we go tonight?” you have a right to say: “Let’s not do Fred’s All You Can Eat Buffet; sorry, I can’t handle all that food tonight.”

And as you well know, no matter what restaurant you’re at, there is always that moment of truth. A waiter stands in front of you and says “And what would you like?” Only you can answer that question correctly.

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