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Several years ago, while on vacation in Jamaica with my friends, we created an eating plan that I hoped would end, once and for all, my struggle with food. Alas, it did not (big surprise!), however, it does fill in nicely when I need to lose weight quickly or when I need to jump-start my weight loss efforts.
A few weeks prior to this vacation, my good friend, Lisa, had underdone gastric bypass surgery. After studying her new eating habits and talking back and forth, we developed the 5-4-3-2-1 Plan.
When I came home from vacation and actually tried this plan, I have to admit that it was difficult at first.
I have always been a volume eater. Given a choice of eating a small amount high-caloric food or a large amount of low-caloric food, I would choose the one that gives me the most volume.
I gave myself a time line of two weeks. I figured that I could force motivation for that length of time. After about three days, I got “in the groove” and discovered that it wasn’t really so difficult at all.
I wasn’t hungry. I attributed that to waiting a minute between bites. The fourteen-bite limitation pretty much covered a typical frozen dinner, which indicated to me that that number of bites was forced portion control.
I lost what I considered a reasonably significant amount of weight in two weeks, enough so that I decided the plan was a “keeper” for those times when I needed a drastic program to jump-start weight loss.