One of my kitties, whom I refer to as Fat Kitty on this blog, has a bit of a weight problem. He’s always been kind of a big cat. He’s really long and muscular but over the years he’s gotten a little tubby, too. The weight gain started when I got Maya as a kitten. I was feeding her kitten food (i.e. super fatty food) and Fat Kitty decided he wanted to eat it, too. He’s the love of my life and I worry about his health. I’ve tried many times to put him on a diet, to no avail. I’ve never seen any weight loss. Look at how cute he is–and how TINY he was as a kitten!
The other night I was feeding the cats dinner, Healthy Weight food from Costco. Fat Kitty was jumping up and down with excitement. DINNER! FOOD! FEED ME! FEED ME! MEOW!
Seeing the bag of food, it got me thinking. It doesn’t matter if it’s DIET food, if Fat Kitty devours the entire bowl in two seconds and wants more, it’s not going to help him lose weight. And that’s his problem. I may measure out the diet food, but he scarfs it down as fast as he can.
This goes for us, as well. We can think we’re doing well, eating right, but if the portions are out of control there won’t be any weight loss. Watching Fat Kitty snarf down the food reminded me of how important it is to watch portions, eat slower and pay attention to whether or not I’m actually hungry–not just whether there is food right in front of me.
My biggest problem has always been portion control. That’s hard for me. In the beginning, it was because I didn’t know what a serving size was. It sounds really simple, but I just didn’t know. (Why didn’t they teach us this stuff in health class? When I was in school and had to take health, we learned stupid crap I don’t even remember. Why didn’t they teach us what a calorie is, how many calories a day we should be eating, what a portion size is??)
I still struggle with portion control on occasion. Every so often I go back to measuring out my food. It’s a good reminder of what a portion actually is. Sure, eating plain Greek yogurt for a snack is a healthy option, but if I’m REALLY eating 2 portions of it and not counting it that way, the scale will most definitely reflect it. We may lie to ourselves about how many calories we are eating, but the scale will be honest. Always.
Am I tasting my food?
Am I enjoying my food?
Am I savoring each bite?
As for Fat Kitty…I’m trying to teach him portion control (meaning, he eats breakfast and dinner only–which means I have to be strong and not give in to his whining for more food). I’m also trying to get him to slow down while he eats (I try to distract him in between gobbles).
QUESTION: Are you eating a lot of “diet” foods currently? Has this helped you with portion control or hindered you?