Big Picture. Big Results.
Big Picture. Big Results.
Whenever you tackle a big project or make a major change in your life, it’s important to keep your focus on the big picture and not get lost in the details. It’s the exact same thing with losing weight, especially when you’re first starting out. Lifesize focuses you on a few simple, big picture ideas so that you can have an eating strategy that you will be able to follow and that will work for the rest of your life. But these simple ideas aren’t simplistic. They have very sound science and psychology behind them. For example, the first idea is:
Just focus on losing the weight, and forget about
You’ve read or heard that they should eat more vegetables and less meat, more fiber and less sugar and processed foods. You’ve been told you have to worry about fattening foods, or food that’s bad for you, or good carbs vs. bad carbs, or saturated fats vs. trans fats.
You’re going to get lost in those details. So take a step back and re-focus on the big picture—just lose the weight, and forget about everything else.
If you’re too heavy, you are flirting with trouble.
No matter what you’re eating—vegetables or good carbs or good fat or fiber—if you’re overweight, you’re facing health problems. Most people in the medical community agree that losing weight is the single healthiest thing you can do for your heart, your whole cardiovascular system, most of your organs and your immune system, regardless of what you’re eating. Getting to your proper weight will lessen your risk of diabetes, many cancers and depression, regardless of what you’re eating.
Now we’re not saying that you should never focus on trans fats versus saturated fats or good carbs versus bad carbs or eating too much sugar and not enough fiber, antioxidants and other healthy foods.
We’re just saying…don’t focus on those things at first. Get rid of the excess weight first. Then you can take Step 2 and focus on saturated fats and fiber and all the other micronutrients and health issues.
Another big picture Lifesize idea: Just focus on portions . . .
and forget about everything else.
One big reason why diets fail is that they make you do too many things all at once. Diets make you change the foods you eat, eat foods you don’t really like, deprive you of foods you love, and also make you eat less food too. That’s too much and too many details. We tell you to do just one thing, eat the right portion sizes, and forget about everything else.
Don’t get lost in the details of whether you should have ham or turkey in your sandwich. Focus on the size of the portion of ham or turkey in your sandwich. When you sit down to eat, don’t focus on the carbs in your meal. What you should focus on is, “should I eat one piece of toast, or two?” And here’s a suggestion that you won’t hear on any diet, if you love KFC, eat KFC. But have two pieces of chicken, not a bucket.
Even diets that make you count calories are focusing you on too many details. They push you to eat a low calorie fruit like an apple instead of a higher calorie fruit like a banana. Why? To save 30 calories?
Don’t be calorie-wise and pounds-foolish.
You have so many ideas about what you have to do to lose weight that even if you’re not officially on a diet, you will change what you eat because you think you’ll lose some weight. For example, you might be in the mood for steak at dinner. But you choose broiled, skinless chicken instead because you think it is “healthier” and lower in calories. If you believe that by simply eating chicken instead of steak you’ll lose weight, you won’t pay attention to the quantity of the chicken you eat. So, you will eat too much chicken, and you won’t end up losing weight. And you won’t end up healthy either.
Lifesize keeps you focused on the big picture—it’s not what meat you’re eating, it’s how much. On Lifesize, the proper portion size for all meat—steak, chicken, etc.—is exactly the same. It’s one Lifesize Meats device. There are more calories in steak than in chicken, but do you know what the difference in calories is between the Lifesize portion of steak and the Lifesize portion of boneless, skinless chicken? It’s around 150 calories. Max!! That 150 calorie difference is not what’s making you fat.
What’s making people fat in America is overeating by 800 or 1000+ calories in a day or more. What’s making people fat is eating 10 ounces or 16 ounces or even 19 ounces of steak. We’re not saying ignore 150 calories, after all it’s calories in versus calories out. We are saying, don’t be calorie-wise and pounds-foolish. If you love steak but eat chicken to lose weight, then you are depriving yourself of food you love just to save 150 calories. And if you deprive yourself for very long, you’ll drop that diet or eating strategy and go back to overeating by 1000+ calories a day.
To be sure, there’s more fat in red meat than in chicken. And there are people who need to pay close attention to their fat intake because of family history. But for most people, the difference in the amount of fat between the Lifesize portion of red meat and the Lifesize portion of chicken is not enough to clog their arteries. But…
. . . if you are overweight by 40 pounds, that extra body weight does have enough fat to clog your arteries.
Eating chicken instead of red meat to cut some calories, that’s getting lost in the details. The size of your portion of red meat or chicken, that’s the big picture idea.
Don’t obsess over the “what,” focus on the “how much.” When you Lifesize, there are no bad foods. Just bad portion sizes. So eat everything that makes you happy and satisfied, just eat everything in the Lifesize portion sizes so you lose the weight.