Wearing a newer style such as the one our model in the photo is wearing for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day may involve some major changes. Have you eaten a lot of holiday cookies and cakes this year, along with second (or more) helpings of ham, turkey, dressing, and Sweet Potatoes New Orleans Supreme, only to discover that you can’t fit into the outfits you wanted that you just found at Kohls, the Gap, and Old Navy? Perhaps you have decided that as of New Year’s Day you will lose 50 pounds in two weeks so you can fit into a size 2 instead of a size 12, if you’re a lady, or into a size 36 suit instead of a size 48 if you’re a man. If that’s your plan, even though you are in Chicago (and can’t exersize outside when there is inclement weather), read on.
If you’re realistic, you are going to have to make some changes in your lifestyle if you want to lose that much weight and keep it off. Maybe the last time you fit into a 2 or 36 was when you were 25 years old (and you’re now 35), and you figure that you must have low thyroid since you have put on that much weight. Well, if your primary care physician has told you (again) that your blood tests have shown a normal amount of thyroid hormone, it makes sense to eat less, don’t you think? You may have just finished telling your doctor (again) that you have very fast metabolism and will lose this weight quickly, but then the logical thing to do is to pay attention to the photo of a normal portion of food on the wall on your doctor’s office and eat that size portion, isn’t it?
After all, if you’ve tried on those Lee jeans that are supposed to be slimming (again), and have gained that much weight, your New Year’s resolution just won’t work unless you change your portion size permanently, even if you readjust your time frame for losing weight to something more doable. Keeping that weight off once you get it off will mean you’re going to need to do more than eat a big dinner salad once in a while if you want to get the weight off without getting sick. So if you want to be at least as thin as our model in the photo, you’re going to have to stop claiming that the mirror and the style of clothes are what make you look fat and face the music (by eating less food consistently).
Should you go ahead and splurge on that yellow dot sale where there’s a 60% off black dress or suit that fits you well at Carson’s, even though it might be made in China, a Calvin Klein, and for sale in Chicago? Just remember that even though it makes you look thinner, despite the fact that it’s the perfect color (black almost always seems to be in style anyway) and probably wasn’t made in a sweat shop, if you eat three cookies for dessert every single day or every time you have tea with your neighbor (which may be several times a week), you’re very unlikely to lose the weight. Don’t worry about insulting the cook when you are invited to your friend’s house for dinner. There’s a reason she probably fits into a size 4 or 6. (Doesn’t she usually save leftovers instead of eating them all at once?) Wouldn’t you rather wear stylish bold colors at least once in a while anyway?