Be aware: this is only the goal of this diet, not necessarily its outcome. Results vary from person to person. Consult your doctor or dietician before starting this (or any other) diet.
The Smartsize Me diet was created by Ingrid Steenhuis, Maartje Poelman and Wil Overtoom and was developed at the VU (Department of Health Sciences). The diet is intended for overweight people (with a BMI above 25).
On the homepage you can compare this diet with other diets.
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The authors state that portion sizes of food products have increased enormously, causing us to eat more. This has contributed greatly to the overweight in the population.
The book Smartsize Me focuses on portion control. It also discusses psychological insights and management techniques, and contains easy, low-calorie, recipes.
Consult your doctor or dietician before starting this (or any) diet. Smartsize Me is not suitable for people with heart or eating problems. If you have diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension or apnoea it is recommended that you consult your doctor or dietician before starting this diet.
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As you see fit
Lasting weight loss is only possible with lasting changes. SmartSize Me takes you on a journey through your own home. How big are the plates and glasses that you use? How is your fridge and pantry laid out? Where are the temptations? Through these questions AND the adjustments you subsequently make, you literally rearrange your home to make healthy choices easier and unhealthy choices less easy. The book also deals (briefly) with: eating during social events emotion eating smart shopping SmartSize recipes and various fill-in-the-blanks assignments.
Smartsize Me starts with awareness: how big are your glasses and plates that you use, how many tempting products do you have in the house and what is the composition of your meals? If you know where you can improve, you can tackle these with the tips and assignments. This way, Smartsize Me helps you to reduce your portions so that your calorie intake goes down and LASTING weight loss is possible. Not a diet, but common sense. As a dietician, this makes me happy :) I have also coached people with this method individually and in cooking workshops, and I see very positive results, especially in the long term.
Not a real diet, but a method to gain more insight into your eating behaviour. Insight into your own eating behaviour is certainly of added value if you are not successful in losing weight. Behaviour and habits need to be changed for a long-lasting result. What's great about this book is that it doesn't just look at what you eat, but also where and how you eat, for example by looking at the size of your plate/utensils.
With the professional help of a dietitian it should be easier to reach your goals. Please contact a dietician in your area or talk to a doctor before starting any diet.
Please take note that most diets do not have a scientific basis.
Consult your doctor or dietician before starting a diet, especially if you have a chronic condition like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease or kidney disease.
If you think you might have an eating disorder (like anorexia or bulimia), it is important to look for professional help. Contact your (house) doctor or find help elsewhere. Here you can find a list of several websites that can provide (online) help. These sites also provide information for people that know someone with an eating disorder.