Can Sharing Be a Strategy?

We were at lunch yesterday at Spartans restaurant, one of our favorite places to eat in Burke.  The food is great,  the people working there are incredibly nice, the prices are very reasonable and the quantities are quite generous.  There are some Phase 1 types of meals to be had (omelettes, salads, etc) but there are also “not-so” Phase 1 choices such as big sandwiches, pizzas and pasta dishes.

Yesterday, I observed at a table close to us that the waitress brought to a couple two plates of the same thing.  Each plate seemed to contain the same thing: a half of a turkey sandwich and some French fries.  I do not remember half-sandwiches being a menu choice and the amount of fries on each plate looked much less than the usual. I quickly realized that the couple most likely ordered one lunch and asked that the meal was divvied up to two plates…they basically were sharing one meal.

Now, the meal itself (sandwich and fries) were not a great meal in our dietary plan but by sharing the plate, they each had only ½ the amount of carbs and fats.  The people I observed did not appear to have much of a weight control issue.  I have zero clue what the couple eats at other meals but judging from their weight, I would bet that most of their other meals are higher protein/lower carb choices.

The point of this entry:  There will be times during a long term weight control journey that we will reach for food/drink choices that are not compatible with the SP Plan.  However, during those times, sharing those foods/drinks will lessen the impact for both people and still provide a (welcome) escape from the regimented plan needed for long term success.

Losing weight and keeping the weight off will allow people to live longer to be able to share lots of fun times, other than eating, with the people we love.

Author
Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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