psa: losing weight? here’s how all your meals ought to look

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(Not pictured: a liter of water.)

That is, every time you put something in your mouth, accompany it with a crap ton of vegetables (and water!) as the main course, your source of protein and/or carbs/fats as the side. Even if your side already has veggies:

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If you want to snack, replace whatever you were gonna with 1-2lbs of veggies. It’s much easier to devour that much if you put them in big, covered bowl (with some water on the bottom) and microwave for 20 minutes. “Bachelor-steaming” make it like eating mashed potatoes.

Why eat that much?

• Low calorie + high fiber + high-volume = hunger control.
• All those nutrients. And did I mention fiber? Doubly good for you!
• You won’t have any room left for that slice of cheesecake.

I call this POVAM, or Pound Of Veggies A Meal. And something like this is essential for losing body-fat, because no extended period of calorie-restriction (the only way, no matter what a million myths and scores of silly pseudoscience say) will last long if you’re hungry. And nobody gets fat eating like a bird.

What do you know?

I went from over 400 lbs to under 230 in five years.

There’s no way I can eat that much!

Then eat like half that. Whatever you can stomach, or better yet only what you need to kill your cravings — which will be a lot more than you think.

But it doesn’t taste good!

Spices, hot sauces, red wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, very spicy mustard — it’s too easy to squirt in several tablespoons of, say, honey mustard which could easily double the calories. Whatever it takes to get it past your tongue, so long as you DON’T ADD ANYTHING WITH LOTS OF CALORIES, for example most dressings ever.

But that’s expensive!

Less expensive than that box of donuts. And your blood pressure pills. And your Xanax. And the rest of your medical bills that you either have now or will have down the road if you stay overweight. Don’t shoot the messenger.

But I’ll fart a bunch!

Until your body gets used to all that fiber, yes you will. And they will be beastly. Meet your new best friends:


That is unless you like the idea of burning the hairs out of every pair of nostrils you walk by. And taking spares of underwear everywhere you go. Gotta do what you gotta do to drop the pounds. Nobody said it’d be easy, but we did say it’d be worth it.


Author: ma'habocath

ma'habocath knows some, tells much. ma'habocath knows few things others do. This one is a live-alone, full-time burger-flipper with an odd mind and too much to say. ma'hab always tries the best ma'hab can to keep up: • Chores • Bodybuilding and other health-nuttery • Japanese language studies • Culinary experimentation (see “other health-nuttery”) • Exploration of newfound spiritual territory • Exploration of my Self • Figuring out how to socialize well enough, mostly face-to-face • Backlogs: books, heavy metal, anime • Blogging, chatting, texting, and talking to whomever will listen about all of the above

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