I was asked if I’d like to review the diet plate, a portion control diet where your crockery spells it out for you, literally. It comes with an optional membership on a website where you can get goals specifically for you. I am technically overweight, and have been for what feels like most of my adult life. I’ve tried diet and exercise – which worked great, except I couldn’t maintain the lifestyle. I did it for over 2 years, through my pregnancy with Phoebe and got back into shape afterwards. Then, when I got pregnant with Daniel, I had an excuse in my mind to let go, and I never went back to it, preferring to spend my spare time blogging and being with my children rather than the gym.
Essentially, I get hungry and I like food – as a reward, a comfort, a fuel, a way to relax and a sensory experience. I know what’s healthy, how much I should eat and drink. I don’t consciously overeat, I don’t eat much between meals and I choose healthy where possible. We cook from scratch a lot and have the odd takeaway, but not every week. I’m old enough now to change if I want to. The thing is, I’m not sure I want to change. I’m not drastically overweight, I’m a uk size 16, I’ve always been curvy. My weight has been stable the last 2 years, I’m not piling on the pounds. I am sensible about what I eat and I don’t binge eat. I’ve tried hypnosis, which does have some effect and is a good grounding tool. I use it for relaxation more than anything else, and if it makes me choose the healthy option, all the better.
I tend to slim down a bit in the summer, I’m more active and eat less, then bulk up in the winter. It’s a natural, ancestral rhythm (Based on the science of me).
Trying The Diet Plate
As far as the diet plate goes, the look of it is great, it’s a nice design, with clear portions. I had a few questions straight away, but they’re easily answered in the accompanying leaflet. For foods with sauces like curry or stir fry, you put the main component in the middle circle, then the rice or noodles around the outside. With sandwiches, you can put the individual components on the plate. Same with burgers. They advocate avoiding fast food and desserts. What, no chocolate? OK maybe treat yourself now and again, or incorporate treats into your diet, count the calories and bring it into your general calorie intake. That way, if you over indulge one day you can cut back the next to stay in the ‘green zone.’ You can see on the image below, I probably should have had less rice and more chicken and veg. Less chicken skin maybe – but it’s my favourite part!
The bowl too is easy to follow, with it’s colour coded rings. With all diets and programmes, you have to put in the effort if you want results. If you’re a visual learner, it works well, and if you don’t know how much you should be eating it helps. The booklet goes into a lot of detail about different cereals, so breakfast once you know how much of your favourite cereal to have becomes easy. You can also have fruit with breakfast, or save it for your mid morning snack. I find if you do stop for a snack mid morning it really helps you not over eat at lunch time. Really, most sensible people know why they’re overweight, it’s just so difficult to stick to when you’re hungry, and you get so much pleasure out of food. If you’re not as hungry at lunch or dinner time, you’ll eat less.
If you find that your favourite cereal or snack is higher in calories than you thought, then look at alternatives. There’s nothing more disheartening when you see how little you get for your calories. When you choose the right foods that will keep you fuller for longer, it makes such a difference.
I’d love to throw in some motivational quotes and some platitudes for you, but the truth is, to really lose weight and keep it off, you need to change your lifestyle. You can do it a little or a lot. Start gradually and don’t expect immediate results. Stay away from the scales.
As for me? I’m at peace with my body and how I look. I don’t feel my outer body matches my inner body, but I still love my body. I enjoy my food and on the whole I’m healthy. I will use the plate and bowl, but I don’t have enough time to do the things I need to already, so inputting everything I eat on a constant basis isn’t for me, even if it is a few clicks at a time. I also forget to do it, then feel like it’s a chore. I fear I’d always be in deficit.
If you’re looking for a system that’s easy to follow, with visual cues and the back up of a support group online, with goals you can set and adjust, think about the diet plate. It is easy to fill up the plate and feel satisfied, so you won’t go hungry. You can have a plate for men or women, and there’s a children’s plate too. It’s backed by clinical trials and promotes slow steady weight loss. There can be no calorie counting if you strictly use the bowl and plate, or you can add that in from the website. If you do the scheme, let me know how you get on.