Saturday, November 30, 2013

A bite of Peanut butter

Yep, Ive been taking about 1/2 Tablespoon peanut butter with each of my  meals, and it really makes a difference, about  3 bites peanut butter per day--- 1 1/2 Tablespoons. Not much, but it makes a difference!  Im not as hungry between meals, I feel more satisfied!!

Did you know that peanut butter is proven in studies to help people lose and maintain weight? Its because it quells cravings, and helps the body to feel satisfied and full for a longer period of time than normal. People actually eat less calories  without even trying when they ingest peanut butter. But all you need is just a bit, don't overdo it!

Check out these documents here that explain more about Peanut butter and wieght loss

Quote from

But the best news was yet to come, especially for all those health-conscious peanut butter lovers whose biggest question was "If I eat more peanut butter, won't I pack on pounds?" The amazing answer turned out to be "Not necessarily!"
In fact, research conducted over the past few years suggests that going back to peanut butter may actually take off unwanted pounds more easily than following a standard low-fat eating plan. In one revealing experiment, almost three times as many peanut butter dieters as low-fat dieters managed to maintain their weight loss over an 18-month period.

The principle of weight Maintenance is very important in this journey of losing weight and keeping it off in the long term!

Peanut butter increases the hormone PYY which produces feelings of satiety and fullness.  There is a reduced desire to eat for 12 hours after eating peanuts or peanut butter! 

This wonderful side effect of eating a small bit of peanut butter helps people stay on their eating plan for the long term!

Quote from

The Secret of Successful Dieting

According to research at Harvard Medical School and Brigham Women's Hospital in Boston, almost three times as many people were able to follow a higher-fat diet that included peanuts and peanut butter during an 18-month weight loss study.

101 overweight men and women were assigned to either a low fat diet or a higher monounsaturated fat "Mediterranean Style" diet. The study found that participants on the latter diet lost more weight and were able to stay with the program. These findings are consistent with a study at Purdue University, which showed that snacks of peanuts and peanut butter produced more eating satisfaction and feelings of fullness than other high-carbohydrate snacks such as rice cakes. Study participants who were fed peanut snacks didn't feel the need to add additional kilojules to their daily diets to attack hunger.

UPDATE: I now do 1 bite of Peanut butter = about 1 Tablespoon or so.  

So include 1  bite of peanut butter or more  at each meal, and see if you don't notice a difference!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Shift your bites

Did you know that shifting your bites helps you stay on plan during times like the holidays--Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Years?

These holidays are harder for people to stay on track. Make yourself a goal amount of bites to eat for that special day you are celebrating.

For example, if you are normally on 30 bites a day, allow  yourself 60 bites. This is 100 times better to Set Yourself Up for Success!! By this I mean, make a goal amount of bites you can stick to, and that you will feel like gives you some wiggle room to enjoy a bit more food than you normally eat.

The other option that might happen is if you try to limit yourself to 30 bites on Thanksgiving or Christmas, it could be an invitation to just throw up your hands and binge!

 But by giving yourself more bites, you are still setting a limit, and, more chance than not, probably eating less food than you normally would have before you started counting your bites

I know this is true for me! An Unlimited Binge is completely different than allowing yourself a place to stop. When you get to your bite limit on that once in a blue moon holiday, you are done!

Be picky on what days you allow yourself more bites. Save it for extra special occasions!  Don't do it too often, or you will not be successful in losing/maintaining weight.

I have found that by allowing more bites on special occasions, it helps me to stay on track  better with meeting my weight loss goals!

So much better to meet the goal you set for yourself over those special days, then it is to  set a goal amount of bites that is too stringent, and end up binging!

Always, Always, Always Set yourself Up for Success!!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


There is another way to count bites out there called a hapifork. It is more expensive but its an option for counting bites!  You can set it to "train" your bites to be further and further apart and it has graphs and stats for how many "forkfuls" and how many seconds between bites, for the day, week, month, year years! I think the stastics would be handy, if you are very very gradually cutting back on bites and very gradually eating slower.


I haven't decided whether to get a hapifork or not. Its 99 dollars or so, and the 99 cents app I have does a lot of the same things! I just wish the app had more long term stats, longer than 90 days!


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Bites update

Ive almost been bite counting for 6 weeks now!

So here is my stats thus far:

Started October 14, 2013                            218.2 lbs

1 week    October 21st, 2013    208.4 lbs    78 bites per day average 9.8 lb loss
2 week    October 28,   2013     205.4 lbs   71 bites per day average  3 lb loss
3 wks November    4,  2013      200 lbs      60 bites per day average  5.4 lb loss
4 wks November    11, 2013      194.4 lbs  40 bites per day average  5.6 lb loss
5 wks November    18, 2013      192.2 lbs   36 bites per day average 2.2 lb loss

So that's my stastics! As you can see, the loss has slowed down significantly, but close to 30 lbs in 6 weeks!!!!!!!!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Your stomach Shrinks!

Yep, when you count bites and gradually cut down, your stomach shrinks.  Its a proven fact.  Ive noticed many times when losing weight, I tend to get full on only a few bites compared to when I would binge and have a never ending hole to fill!


In one study, for example, scientists recruited a small group of obese men and women and split them into two groups: one that ate freely, and another that was put on a highly restricted diet that included small meals totaling less than 1,000 calories a day. The scientists used latex balloons to measure stomach capacity at the start of the study, and then four weeks later.
Among the dieters, gastric capacity was reduced 27 percent to 36 percent, on average, depending on how it was measured. There was no significant change in the control group

And as your stomach shrinks, your eating hormone levels also change: leptin, ghrelin, ect, and this makes us want less food, and be satisfied with less.  Dr. Alwin Lewis talks about something similar to this called the Hungerstat.

Read all about the Hungerstat here in this article, it explains it...

In a sense, you can get your stomach "stapled" without gastric bypass. Just stay strict to eating a small amount of food/bites for  14 days+ and you will have yourself a new little pouch that will feel full on just a few bites--much less than you used to take!

In the same way, your stomach gradually stretches out again, if you take back to overeating. It even happens to people who have gastric bypass!

Who wants a small stomach? Me!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

What do I use to count bites with?

Ive tried it and it doesn't work very good--counting bites in my head--that is!! I get confused. Was I on bite number 4 or 5? Maybe it was 6! LOL!! It gets confusing fast to try to count bites in your head!

If you are only counting a few at a time (such as 3-5) it may work to count in your head, but much past that and it doesn't seem to work very well.

There are several ways to keep track of how many bites you  have taken.

 When I first started bite counting a few years ago, I started out with a simple Golf counter  like this from amazon. Its really cheap...only 1.85 on amazon right now.

Its actually what Dr. Black from the Family Circle article recommends. (see first post in this blog)

So if you want to go the simple, cheap route, this works well! Just press the plunger every time you take a bite. I usually reset it at each meal and kept track of how many bites I ate for each meal and the whole day on paper or something.

The second way you can keep track of bites is even cheaper, but I think it would be more hassle! It is using a pencil pen and paper.  You simply make a mark each time you take a bite

I learned about it from a video on vimeo, from the one of the founders of 80 bites, and a women who lost ALOT of weight counting her bites. You can find the link here to watch the video, its also a great testimonial how good counting bites works

This women lost 220 lbs counting her bites! Talk about a testimonial!

The 3rd way you can do it is a free tally counter app on your phone

The 4th and 5th way to count bites is 2 different apps for iphone/ android

I use Eat Slower Pro app, and its what I highly recommend. I can count my bites, eat slowly, and see how many bites Ive ate at this meal, and for the total day at a glance. It only cost 99 cents, so for you iphone users out there, I think it is so worth it!  I have mine set to 1 minute between bites and that helps me eat slow too, which is very important in the process of feeling  satisfied with less food, and less bites.

And it also shows you your average bites for the last 90 days which so encouraging as you can see your count gradually go down!

The 5th way that I know of is the 80 bites app, which I have on my phone, but I  don't use this one

80 bites has an android and an iphone app so that is an option for the android users!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The world is waking up to bite counting

Slowly but surely bite counting as a way to lose weight and control wieght  is becoming more known. I found a study that just came out in November 2013 studying people counting bites.

 Quote from


The obesity epidemic has triggered a need for novel methods for measuring eating activity in free-living settings. Here, we introduce a bite-count method that has the potential to be used in long-term investigations of eating activity. The purpose of our observational study was to describe the relationship between bite count and energy intake and determine whether there are sex and body mass index group differences in kilocalories per bite in free-living human beings. From October 2011 to February 2012, 77 participants used a wrist-worn device for 2 weeks to measure bite count during 2,975 eating activities. An automated self-administered 24-hour recall was completed daily to provide kilocalorie estimates for each eating activity. Pearson's correlation indicated a moderate, positive correlation between bite count and kilocalories (r=0.44; P<0.001) across all 2,975 eating activities. The average per-individual correlation was 0.53. A 2 (sex)×3 (body mass index group: normal, overweight, obese) analysis of variance indicated that men consumed 6 kcal more per bite than women on average. However, there were no body mass index group differences in kilocalories per bite. This was the longest study of a body-worn sensor for monitoring eating activity of free-living human beings to date, which highlights the strong potential for this method to be used in future, long-term investigations.

Here is another study which is really really awesome

 Quote from

In the study, when people with low self-control were given a counter to monitor the number of times they swallowed, they satiated at rates similar to people with high self-control.

Attention to unhealthy food intake can lead to faster satiation
Of all the dieting aids a person could imagine, a baseball pitch counter might be the least likely.

But using a counting device to monitor the intake of unhealthy food can actually help people become satiated on that food more quickly, according to new research by the University of Minnesota’s Joe Redden.

Redden is an assistant professor of marketing in the Carlson School of Management and an expert on the topic of satiation. In the business sense, satiation occurs when “as we repeatedly consume something, we tend to like it less,” Redden says.

Satiation can pose a challenge for marketers in that people don’t enjoy their favorite things—be they products or television shows—indefinitely. But it also serves a very useful purpose when it comes to eating; that is, when a person is satiated, it’s a mechanism to stop eating.

Not all about willpower

Redden’s research gets at the intersection of self-control, desire, and attention. Conventional wisdom says that self-control is largely rooted in willpower, he says, but this research suggests that declining desire plays a key role.  

In the study, published in the Journal of Consumer Research, volunteers were grouped into two categories: those who tested as having high self-control and those with low self-control. The researchers then had them use a counter (similar to those used by baseball coaches to monitor their pitchers) to keep track of how many times they swallowed, with an eye toward unhealthy food.

“When we asked people to do that, for high self-control people it didn’t make much difference, because they’re already doing a good job of that themselves; they have their own internal pitch counter,” Redden says. But for people with low self-control, “when you give them this counter … they now satiated like the high self-control people.”

He says the difference is in the “regulation of attention,” and it’s not just about sheer willpower. And paying more attention to what a person is eating is really not that hard to do.

As for healthy foods, pay no attention

Here’s another reason to be jealous of your friends who eat the healthiest. When it comes to eating the really good stuff—the carrots and leafy greens and broccoli—they tend to satiate less quickly.

“It’s kind of a double whammy,” Redden says. “They get tired of the bad stuff faster and they stay interested in the healthy stuff longer.

“The reason is that they’re switching their attention based on the food, whereas with low self-control people, they kind of pay the same attention no matter what it is.”

Here’s where it gets tricky, especially for people with lower self-control. When using the counters, they also tended to satiate more quickly when eating healthy food, which is not the desired outcome.

As Redden says, “You don’t want to pay attention to the healthy stuff. You want to eat carrots while you watch TV; that’s a good thing.”

The bottom line: It’s when you’re eating the decadent cheesecake that you need to be much more attentive.

“This attention to how much you’re having, it’s [like] a button,” says Redden. “When that button gets pushed, you satiate faster.”

        Quote from
Something else the bite counter doesn’t do is track calories – yet.  But the scientists say they are working on a formula – similar to those used on exercise equipment – to provide an estimate for how many calories you’re eating.  And while they recognize that foods vary in terms of their ‘calories per bite’, the researchers have found that in a typical meal, bites average between 20 and 25 calories.  But that assumes that people are eating pretty much the same foods day in and day out

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        Bites as a measure
Isn't a bite of carrots different from a bite of candy? Of course. But nobody gains or loses weight in a single bite, or even a single meal. A common guideline is to lose a pound of weight per week. Our hypothesis is that bite count could serve as a surrogate for calorie count over a period of time. By automating the counting process, and enabling it anywhere, any time, the bite counter can empower individuals to better monitor intake. As with calories, it is possible to count bites for a single meal; but with either measure reduction goals are best evaluated over at least a day. Bite goals, like calorie goals, should be custom set to the individual. This would be based not only upon the size, gender, age, and activity level of the person, but also based upon the foods typically eaten. For example, a vegetarian may have a higher bite count per day than someone who regularly eats more energy-dense foods. In addition, people tend to eat the same foods week to week. Therefore, setting bite reduction goals over a period of time has the same effect as setting calorie reduction goals.

quote from

Volunteers were grouped into two categories: those who tested as having high self-control and those with low self-control.
The researchers had the study subjects use a counter -- similar to those used by baseball coaches to monitor their pitchers -- to keep track of how many times they swallowed.
"For people with high self-control people it didn't make much difference, because they're already doing a good job of that themselves; they have their own internal pitch counter," Redden said in a statement. But for people with low self-control, "when you give them this counter ... they now satiated like the high self-control people."
The findings were published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

My thoughts...

People tend to eat the same foods week to week!!!! And they are saying that Bite Reduction goals Over a Period of Time has the same effect as calorie reduction. AND ITS MUCH MUCH EASIER!!!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Adjusting your bite count

My moving average has dropped to about 3 lbs a week loss according to happy scale. I don't want to lose any less than 3 lbs a week. Here are quotes from the article in my first post on this blog....

The bite diet is intended to achieve moderate changes of two to five pounds a week, but, more important to set a lifelong pattern of eating that will maintain these changes.

No Matter what you eat, if your chart shows no weight loss, you simply have to take fewer bites.

-- Continue to keep your tally sheet with weight, date, and bites per day, reducing or adjusting your bite count till you have the right number to lose weight at the rate you want.

Adjusting my bite count....So obviously my weight has slowed quite a bite. I figured that might happen, and it is simply time to lower that bite count per day again. My body has lost 26 lbs now, and it doesn't need as many calories as it did!

Back when I have lost weight successfully in the past with Intuitive Eating, I often counted bites, and when I was losing good, my bite count was as low as around 20 or so. So I know that this is normal for my body to only want a tiny amount of food while losing steadily.

So here are my stats for around 30 bites a day for last week (60 bites allowed on Sunday)

November 11, 2013 194.4 lbs
November 18, 2013 192.2 lbs

So only a 2.2 lb loss. Which is still good, but drastically getting slower! so I  have went down to 20 bites a day this week.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

One month counting bites

Today marks my first month counting bites.

Starting weight                           218.2
Today November 14, 2013        193.4   

That is 24.8 lb lost

I started out with 80 bites, then 70, then 60, then 50, then my weight loss slowed so I dropped to 30 bites a day, and that is what I am doing now.

I am not expecting to lose 25 lbs next month!

Habit is king, habits stacked up equals success!

Monday, November 11, 2013

30 bites a day

Ive been doing around 30 bites a day now for almost 5 days.  One day I did 35 bites.

In the last week I have lost

November 4th  200 lbs
November 11th 194.4 lbs

5.6 lbs lost

I like that rate of weight loss. Im sure I will have to go below 30 bites to continue going that fast, but for now that's what is working.

How big are your bites?

My bites are on average normal sized. Not piled high  normally and not just a teaspoon either. I would say a rounded Tablespoon on average. 

When I first started I would stuff my mouth sometimes and count that as a bite, but now I know I wont lose weight if I do that! So more normal sized bites it is!

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Ultimate 21st Century Diet 25 bites by Jay Bysinger review

I got  this in the mail today.  It is similar to all the other bite plans out there, but he recomends 25 bites Breakfast, Lunch and Supper. He also counts  some high calorie food as 2 bites per bite. So that seems a bit confusing to me. Anyway, it still is confirmation that counting bites works for other people. It  is legitamite, unlike some other poeple think!

Counting bites is also very free-ing for those of us, who need some kind of a marker or limit for portion control, and yet its not time-consuming like point counting and calorie counting is.

Also, Ive did intuitive eating before and I would argue with myself ALOT whether I was "truly" hungry? Or whether I was "truly" full?  With the bite plan, there is a clear place to stop. When the alotted bites are up, your done..... Thats it.   to go over your bites means you have to make the choice to deal with whatever consequences comes with eating over your bite limit.

And with hunger, I was always focusing on it, looking for it,ect ALL DAY LONG. Now hunger comes naturally alot, I dont have to obssess!

Its so easy, Im actually thinking LESS about food and eating than I was when I was doing the wait unitl your hungry, then eat until your full method before. Sure, it worked, but it took alot more mental arguing with myself and stuff.

I also set meals for myself eating only 3 times per day, that also takes alot of arguing whether or when I should eat. If its not meal time, I dont need to eat!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The bite diet by Rob Moon

I just got this book last night and read through it. .

 He recommends 4 bites 6x a day, he says this is how he lost weight when he got a gastric sleeve.

 He says if he would just have done this diet, instead of getting the surgery, he would have never had to have the surgery in the first place.

Just more testimonial that counting bites and eating very very small portions is better than surgery.

If you can reset your hungerstat,  by eating small portions your stomach shrinks and those cravings for eating  huge amounts of food start to disappear!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

More info on bite counting

More information about Bite counting today.  A good place to start is 80 bites per day. Do that for a week or two and see what it does for you, then start taking 5-10 bites away at a time, as needed to continue losing weight at the pace you want to.

For example, here is how my bite journey has gone so far

I started at 80 bites per day. (sundays are always 80 bites or less  allowed for me) I wasnt perfect  but for the most part have stayed on my bite number everyday

80 bites starting weight 218.2   
70 bites week 2             208.4
60 bites week 3             205.4
50 bites week 4             200

Here are some good information sources about counting bites to lose weight

1.  Why Weight Around?   by Alwin Lewis

Dr Lewis recommends 10 bites per day, and some would consider this extreme, although it does produce fast weight loss, he says if you cant do 10 bites per day you can try some other bite number.  For example 10 bites 3x a day and so on

2. The Bite Diet  by Rob Moon

3. The Ultimate 21st Century Diet:  25 bites  by Jay Bysinger

4. 80 bites system and app 

5. Eat slower app and Eat slower pro app!/id470583771?mt=8

I really like the Eat slower pro app, it keeps track of total bites for
day, and bites per day over 90 day period, showing a graph, you can see your bites gradually go down.  No, I have nothing to do with the sale of any apps or books on this page, just providing info for anyone who wants more information for the bite counting system.

Eating slower (one minute per bite or so) really helps you be satisfied with less bite and corolates well with the bite system. I can inhale 18 bites in 5 minutes OR I can use the app and eat 18 bites in about 18 minutes, feeling much more satisfied with my small portion!

6. G-bites  diet plan   A lady lost alot of weight and helps others lose weight counting their bites.

The first link is her story, the second link her plan

7. A man who ate about 8-10 bites per meal or so after gastric bypass surgery. This is his blog post where he talks about portion control and bites per meal 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Count bites, Not Calories!!!!!

           Quote from Family Circle 1977

Count bites, not calories-- a doctors new technique for losing weight

                    by Samuel Mines From Family Circle September 1977

 Here from the famed Seattle pain clinic is a simple effective way to cut food intake-- and lose weight--without changing your style of eating or giving up your favorite treats The trouble with most reducing diets is that theyre too complicated--the dieter gets tired of the whole thing and gives up. Is there a simpler, more effective way to reduce?

Yes. Here is a technique devised by Dr. Richard G Black (now in practice in Baltimore) while was assistant director of the famous Seattle Pain Clinic at Univeristy Hospital and also serving as associate professor of anestheseoology at the University of Washington Medical School. It has been used for over seven years on about 200 patients in a hospital setting and has produced good results. Countless others have heard about it and put it to work for themselves.

Why from a Pain Clinic?

 Patients suffering chronic intractable pain often have emotional problems, and obesity is a frequent result. Putting such patients on strigent diets can add to their difficulties. Pain makes patients more or less sedentary too; food becomes their comfort and solace, and the result is often a considerable weight gain. For these people, Dr Black needed a sure and uncomplicated system to take off weight without adding to their burden of suffering. Counting calories wasn't the answer. Restricting food wasn't the answer.

What was needed was a simple, less stressful method to enable the patient to reduce his intake of food, and give him short term goals that would mark his progress visibly and also offer encouragement. Dr. Black found a simple, workable tequnique: Count bites, not calories. It consists simple of using a tally register (see Weight Loss Plan page 159) to check off every bite or swallow you take, keeping a register of your weight and the number of bites taken every day, and establishing a baseline for the number of bites that lets you lose weight at the rate you find comfortable.

 Dr Black has seen this technique work with patients who cant adjust to any other method. It offers simplicity with the incentives of short term goals and day to day progress that rewards the patient with measurable results. And it is scientifically sounder than many diets that depend on changes in types of food eaten. Keystone of the system, says Dr. Black, is the realization that people find it difficult to change lifelong habits. A method of weight control was needed that could adapted to the person's usual style of eating. It had to be based on the reconginition that people will return to the eating style they like, to the patterns of long custom. They will not for any extended period of time stay with an unusual or unpalatable diet

. Some measure was necessary to control the quanity of food intake, not necessarily the type of food intake, which is more controlled by the individuals lifelong eating habits. A simple convenient method was to measure actual intake, not by portion, but by bites, as people will always revert to their standard size bite, no matter how much they might attempt to take extra large or extra small bites at the beginning. Attempts to cheat are inevitable, but not lasting. The individual relapses quickly enough to his normal bite pattern The simple expendiency of counting bites is therefore an adequate measure of food intake. It remained only to relate this to the patients weight and to inform him immedietly of his progress--whether increase or decrease--in order to achieve a satisfactory method of weight control.

 One of the advantages is that once you have established your baseline, you can control your own rate of weight loss much more precisely than ever before Radical changes in weight are not desirable, says Dr Black, because of the stress they put on the body and because losses achieved through sudden changes are not generally maintained. The bite diet is intended to achieve moderate changes of two to five pounds a week, but, more important to set a lifelong pattern of eating that will maintain these changes.

  To your surprise you will find that when you begin to reduce the number of bites, it does not entail as much self denial and anguish as you expected. The reason is the little tallier in your hand. As the days total climbs to the mark you've learned is critical, you know you cant afford another piece of bread, or a second helping of whatever. Without knowing precisely what you've eaten, its just to easy to go on. The count tells you exactly where you are, and it becomes relatively easy to stop a few bites short of the original mark. The count gives you a remarkable sense of security. Without it your never quite sure of what you've eaten or how little or how much, but with the counter, You always know.

The simplicity of the bite diet is that you don't have to worry too much about the kinds of food you eat as long as you are on a generally balanced, nutritional diet. The bite technique takes much of the urgency out of limiting the types of food you eat. YOu do not have to give up everything you like. Bear in mind that an ounce of meat moderately fat has about as many calories--75 to 77-- as an ounce of bread. So you don't have to cut out all the foods you prefer.

No Matter what you eat, if your chart shows no weight loss, you simply have to take fewer bites.

  Theoritically, you could live on potatoes alone and still lose weight as soon as you found the number of bites below the critical level that maintains your weight.

  No Matter what you eat, you will lose if you eat less of it.

Small bites, large bites, Rich foods or lean foods-- all these choices become less critical.

Your tallier gives you a positive lock on your progress at all times, and you need no complicated computations to know whether youre eating too much, too little, or just enough. Your record of progress is always in front of you. The long waits, the long term goals are reduced and your enthusiasum doesn't wilt.

 Is carrying your tallier around with you embarrassing?

 Not a bit. If you hang it around your neck on a cord, like a referees whistle, people either don't notice, or they put it down to some kind of project. Youll probably find out that no one even asks what it is. When eating out, you can keep the tallier unobtrusively in your lap and quietly press the lever. When a question is asked, you can explain what you are doing with it. You may even make a few converts to the count-bites technique. Don't leave it at home when you go out, because if you try to count bites mentally for recording later, you'll find that it just doesn't work. The weight loss plan Equipment: You need a sheet of ruled paper and a pencil, a bathroom scale and a tally register--a handheld device sometimes used to count people going into a building.

The weight loss plan Equipment: You need a sheet of ruled paper and a pencil, a bathroom scale and a tally register--a handheld device sometimes used to count people going into a building. It has a ring that slips over your finger, and a plunger to press every time you wish to add a number. Its available at a sporting goods or stationary store for $5 to $7. Draw up a tally sheet: Take your paper and pencil and mark off columns with the following headings:

Date                Weight                  Number of bites 



-- You will need 14 horizontal lines for a two week period, 30 to 31 for a month.

 How To Start

--Begin by weighing yourself first thing in the morning--before breakfast.
--Then, on your tally sheet, write down the date and your weight
--When you sit down to breakfast, have your counter with you.
--Everytime you put food into your mouth or swallow a liquid, press the plunger on your counter.
--Don't diet. Don't try cutting or changing anything yet. Eat in your normal way for this starting period. Just count your bites and record your weight everyday.
-- Leave the breakfast total on your counter. You can make a separate note of this subtotal if you wish: you may find it helpful later as a closer guide. But for now, you want the days total of bites. Add your lunch total to your breakfast total, and do the same at dinner. If you have any snacks or drinks between meals, or in the evening, be sure to add the bites or swallows as you take them
--At the end of the day, put down your total number of bites you have taken in the proper column across from that days weight.
-- Do this for a week or two, just counting the bites you normally take.
--Youre establishing a baseline.

How to establish your baseline:

Check your weight at the start and end of the first week.

-- Are you gaining, losing, or staying at a stable weight?

--What is your average number of bites a day?

-- If you are gaining, you are obviously taking too many bites.

--If you are maintaining, your weight, and wish to lose, you are again taking too many bites.

--In either case, you have to reduce the number of bites that you take a day

For example: If you find that you are taking 150 bites a day and slowly gaining, you m ay discover that at 100 bites, you are holding still, and that between 80 to 90 bites, you will lose. If at 150 bites a day your weight is stable, you may find that you can lose two lbs a week on 80 bites. You can slow weight loss to a lb a week by raising your intake to 90 bites, or speed weight loss to three lbs a week by dropping your intake to 70 or 75 bites a day

  Starting your weight loss:

-- Continue to keep your tally sheet with weight, date, and bites per day, reducing or adjusting your bite count till you have the right number to lose weight at the rate you want.

-- You should try to lose weight slowly. Rapid weight loss does not give you time to adjust to a new pattern of eating, and if you are considerably overweight, it increases the risk of circulatory problems. One to three lbs a week is enough. You put weight on gradually, take it off gradually

--Once you begin reducing the number of bites, you may find it gives you better control to set a mark for each meal than a total for the day. It just may work better to hold breakfast to 10 to 15 bites, Once you begin reducing the number of bites, you may find it gives you better control to set a mark for each meal than a total for the day. It just may work better to hold breakfast to 10 to 15 bites, not get past 35 to 40 for lunch and leave yourself a decent margin for dinner. otherwise you may good past a good point buy the end of lunch and have nothing much left for dinner. This means snacking in the evening in order to stave of the pangs of starvation--and blowing the whole days total

Choice of foods

Do you, as in most diets need totally to eliminate all the foods that make life worth while? Not really. you can continue your usual diet. If you take fewer bites, you will lose weight. How about liquids? Sweet drinks like orange juice, coffee with sugar and cream, and soft drinks with sugar; soup (except boulion) and alcoholic drinks must be counted. Consider a swallow equivalent to a bite.


Will you tend to concentrate on carbohydrates because theyre more filling and satisfying? Not for long. You wont pass up the steak for bread alone, however much you like bread Will you take bigger bites? Probably for a while, but eventually youll revert back to your natural bite size. You may even go the other way and take smaller bites, especially as you begin to see results and realize how easy losing weight has become. In the long run, bite size and swallows will average themselves out, and you can stop worrying about them. But continue to count your bites. Your tallier is always there with the days total, a reliable support and guide to how you are doing. Youre bound to slip up once in a while, Everyone does, and the result is that you may lose more slowly than you otherwise would. But at least you will know exactly when and how you went over, and this is an enormous help in keeping you honest

 Weight Stabilization:

 What happens whwen you've reached your desired weight? You've now got to add some food so as to stop losing. With the bite system, you know exacty how much to add. For example, if you already found that you will hold level at 100 bites a day and lose on 80, all you need to do is go back to 100 bites to maintain your weight. IF that doesn't hit it exactly its simple enough to adjust it a few bites either way to come right on target. Continue to count your bites and keep your records so you don't start to regain the weight you have lost Can you ever give up your tallier? Possibly. Once you know your eating habits have changed and your intake is under control. But continue to keep a close watch on your weight. If a pound or two begins to creep up on you, go back to counting bites to keep your weight under control.

What is a bite?

A bite is the amount of food you take into your mouth at one time and cosequently swallow, with or without chewing.

Its a "bite" whether  you use a fork or spoon or your fingers. (with nuts, for example) to put food into your mouth, lick it up with your toungue, (ice cream cone or icepop), chop it off with your teeth (bread, candy bars, cookies and so on) or sip it (liquids except water and other calorie-free drinks) If you are sucking a hard candy or cough drop, it is the swallows of sweet liquid that count.

Though you may take bigger or smaller bitres at the start, you revert to normal bite size in a short time, Dr. Richard G Black says


LOST- 30 lbs Elizabeth P. developed diabetes in her early 20's after a childhood of being that fat kid.  She was put on a fixed diet and required daily injections of insulin.  The insulin made her hungry and her life became a see saw between eating more food than she needed and taking insulin to burn it up. By the time she was 35, she was 70 lbs overweight.  The doctor said I didnt have to live on celery and carrots--I could eat some of the things I liked, so long as I had a check on how much I was eating at all times.  With the number of the bites staring her in the face, she has a clear directive to stop when the tally limit is reached, and she's made good progress in bringing down her wieght

LOST- 24 lbs Dr Elmer F is a surgeon with a large and successful practice.  His approach to relaxation was to unwind with good food. NOt only was I a welcome sight in all the best restuarants in town, he says, but I became a gourmet cook, taking over that job, almost completely from my wife.  After a couple years of this, I found myself buying suits two sizes larger.  Dr F was introduced to the bite diet.  After three months he is still an occasional visitor to the best restaurants in town but he keeps his counter on his lap

LOST-18 lbs  Emily C works for the welfare department of  her city. Her job which she takes seriously brings her into contact with so much human suffering that she used to become discouraged and depressed.  Her dating was unsuccessful and she spent evenings alone with a book and a plate of cookies.  On the bite diet, she says,  I lost about three pounds a week. In six weeks thats 18 lbs. which is more than enough to show a difference.  With her weight loss, her mood has changed, and her social  life is livelier she reports