Portion control: The key to weight loss

Published On: Dec 19 2011 04:43:32 PM EST
Updated On: Sep 04 2012 04:20:18 PM EDT
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(NewsUSA) - The rigors of appearing on the reality TV show The Biggest Loser led Lisa Mosley to the emotional breakthrough that empowered her to lose almost 100 pounds. But it was portion control that kept her losing weight when she returned home from the set.

"I live on the motto "Moderation not deprivation," she says. "As soon as I got home from the ranch, I started using a small plate instead of big dinner plates. It has been extremely successful for me."

Mosley didn't start gaining weight until she was about 20, when she began taking medication for a chronic anxiety disorder. The medication made her feel like a new person, but within six months she began to gain weight. Over the next 10 years she gained about 120 pounds.

By 2010, Lisa had suffered several personal setbacks. She had been laid off from her job, had lost her home and had no prospects to find work. The defining moment in her struggle to lose weight came when she discovered that her daughter had stopped eating and drinking because she didn't want to be heavy like her mom.

That spurred Lisa to take action, including her willingness to bare her soul on The Biggest Loser.

When Lisa left the show, she had dropped 60 pounds. But she continued to lose weight, dropping another 37 pounds at home after she learned to control the size of her portions.

She recently became the national spokeswoman for Yum Yum Dishes, sets of hand-painted 4-ounce ceramic bowls. Tracy Adler, mother of two and former restaurant owner, created the bowls to help parents and kids control the size of their snacks.

"The idea for these dishes is what got me through this," Mosley says. "A lot of times when I have entered into diets in the past, I went into it thinking I am never going to get a cookie, ice cream, or a piece of cake again. I was never successful with that," she adds. "These dishes remind you that your life isn't over and you are not going to be missing out."

Today Mosley works as a fitness boot camp instructor and personal trainer. She weighs about 190 pounds, wears a size 12 and is happy with herself.

"I am literally a different person," she says, "not just in how I feel physically but also how I feel mentally and emotionally."

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