1. What is the best way to measure a cup when I don't have a cup available? As with most things: practice, practice, practice. When you first start measuring your food quantities, it sometimes comes as a shock to your system (and mind) how little food fits in a cup. Sometimes, however, you're shocked by how much comes out of the cup when you empty it onto a plate. As you measure food quantities more often, you will develop a knack for estimating what a cup or two cups looks like without the benefit of a measuring cup. As well, other means of measuring are often all around us. For example, a 12-ounce soda can will give you a visual reference for what a cup and a half looks like. Or, measure the size of your fist. Does it fit into a measuring cup? How about two cups? If you figure out how big your hand is when balled into a fist, you will always have a ready-to-use volume reference device on hand (bad pun intended). And, most of all: Practice, practice, practice.
2. I do really well with the ProportionFit diet during the week, but it is tough to maintain on the weekends. Why? Sticking to your diet plan is all a part of routine. During the average work week, we often fall into a fairly regular and predictable routine. Thus, maintaining the discipline necessary to limit your food intake is not as challenging during the week. However, that can all fall apart on the weekend if you're not prepared. With sporting events, parties, kids' activities, family gatherings, and any other non-routine activities, your guard is down and you may forget about your diet plan. The best way to combat this potential stumbling block is to prepare for it mentally and physically. Let others know your plan, stay focused, have fun, but avoid munching on food all day long. Stick to the plan!
3. Are there any "free foods" that I am allowed to eat on the ProportionFit Diet? While it would be nice to have "free foods" to eat during those periods of hunger, the ProportionFit diet has factored into the calculations a few extremely low calorie foods. Food items such as lettuce, celery, apples, and many vegetables are very low in calories. However, they are high in bulk. Thus, those food items need to be counted against your daily volume/cup allowance. One of the goals of the ProportionFit system is to condition the stomach to smaller volumes of food. If we allow unlimited amounts of "free foods," then we will be defeating this goal. Therefore, stick to the cups.
4. Isn't this just about eating less? The ProportionFit Diet is much more than just "eating less." It is about understanding calories, food intake, your metabolism, and figuring out the best way to manage your weight by controlling your food intake. It is certainly not just about losing weight; it is about losing weight (if necessary), maintaining a healthy weight (once you're there, if not there already), and helping others do the same. Ultimately, the ProportionFit diet is about making the most of yourself and becoming healthier.
5. How do I get all of my servings of vegetables, fruits, protein if I only eat 6 cups per day? The information given by the government and other entities regarding number of servings per day does not take into account your weight and, thus, the recommendations are often unrealistic--they are blanket statements for the masses. For example, you may see recommendations of six servings per day of vegetables. If you're trying to lose weight, and you're eating nothing but six cups of vegetables, you'll get your servings of vegetables, but nothing else. The best advice is to IGNORE those recommendations and eat a balanced diet of carbohydrates (breads, grains, vegetables, fruits, etc.), proteins (meats, nuts, etc.), fats (meats, some dairy, some nuts, etc.), and fiber (many vegetables, such as celery, lettuce, etc.). Unfortunately, some of these "serving" recommendations given historically have contributed to our weight problem that we have as a society--if you eat all of the recommended servings, you'll probably end up overweight!
6. How does the book "pay me back within a month?"
The book essentially pays you back within a month by saving money on the food costs normally suffered from your current, unaltered diet. Because this diet is so simple and involves you eating the foods you normally eat, but eating a limited quantity of food, you will save money. Put another way: If you spend $300 monthly on food ($10 per day) and are eating 9/10th of what you normally eat to lose weight, then you will only be spending $270 monthly on food--a $30 savings. And that's on the conservative end of the calculation (assuming going from 10 cups per day down to 9 cups per day). Imagine what will happen with more significant weight loss and long term weight maintenance!