no one wants to eat just one

From The Seattle Times food & wine section, Think twice before you nibble on “just one”

When talking to people who are trying to lose weight, I often come across the “dieter’s paradox”: They “hardly eat anything,” but they still don’t lose weight. This seems to be one of our biggest problems — we never believe we’re eating anything.

Broccoli floretsThe article breaks down some of the usual suspects…

  • One Pringles potato chip – 10 cal
  • One McDonald’s french fry – 5 cal
  • One grape tomato – 1 cal
  • One green seedless grape – 4 cal
  • One M&M – 4.3 cal
  • One Jelly Belly – 4 cal
  • One broccoli floret – 0.8 cal
  • One baby carrot – 1.25 cal
  • One cashew – 8.5 cal

I may have to start trying to enjoy broccoli more often, damn it… It reminds me of when some of the guys I’ve dated were doing weight watchers on the points plan and every single time I’d tell them what I had for a meal they’d start rattling off how many points I’d blown and I had to resist saying, “It’s your big ol’ ass on the diet, bitch, not mine.”

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2 Responses

  1. Rainy says:

    I did the weight watchers thing for a few months. I remember seeing that one fast food burger was an entire days points. All the points you get for the whole 24 hour span. That was mind boggling for me. It also cured me of my desire to eat fast food. Why waste a days food allotment on something that technically isn’t even “food” at all?

    While the point system (and indeed, the whole concept of being on a diet) ultimately did not work for me, it definitely shifted a lot of my thought processes around how/what I eat. I began to see it as a balancing act, and something that I was able to be in control of. I got more comfortable with the idea of “or” vs. “and”, which is to say, I can have two jelly donuts for breakfast, OR I can have a fancy coffee with whipped cream and whole milk and sugary syrup and chocolate and bengal spice sprinkles.

    If I have both, I must then buy new pants. Which involves dressing rooms, obscenely perky sales associates, flourescent lighting and possibly murder. Heaven forfend.

  2. Brian says:

    The weight watcher points system, based on what I read, is the most sobering thing I’ve ever seen in how it relates to food. I had to remind myself that this was about losing weight and not merely maintaining it.

    I could imagine how, after a while on the plan, every food item looks like a ticking time bomb ready to blow up one’s hips!

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