I've recently been in contact with personal trainer, and body builder Frankie Rongo. I contacted Frankie to inquire if he could send me a sample of his Calfroller. The Calfroller will be reviewed in a future post to either Bike Diva, or my soon to go live, Run Diva site. Frankie was kind enough to send me a sample of his other product; a booklet and DVD on how to control your weight.
Frankie's program, called The Answer for Lifetime Weight Control is in Your Hands, is all about portion control and frequent eating. Many people, myself included, have gotten into following unhealthy eating routines. Eating too much at any one meal and skipping meals, are both problems that will prevent the average person from loosing weight.
I have always had a problem eating breakfast in the morning. I just can't stand looking at food first thing in the morning, especially if I've gotten up really early, say around 5:30 AM, for a training ride. In the DVD Frankie mentions that he isn't a fan of early morning eating either. But breakfast is your most important meal of the day. Your body has been fasting all night, and it needs calories to wake it up, and get your metabolism started.
Eat a handful of nuts, and half a piece of banana if that is all you can stand eating first thing in the morning. Then and hour and a half to 2 hours later, try a bowl of oatmeal and the other half of the banana.
Portion Control & Frequent Meals
Frankie's plan is all about eating small portions of food throughout the day. Don't skip meals, don't eat junk, and don't eat HUGE quantities of food at any one time. If you buy a subway for lunch, cut it in half, eat half at lunch time, and place the other half in a Tupperware container. An hour or two later, eat the other half.
Breaking your meals into smaller portions, and keeping your body properly fueled at all times, will help keep your blood sugar evened out throughout the day. Eating a large lunch, or a huge dinner, gives you an initial surge of energy, as insulin is released into your body, but then you experience a crash later.
Think Thanksgiving dinner, everyone practically passes out after eating such a huge meal. You can still enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, holiday meals, and other special occasion meals, just divided the plate full of food into 2-3 portions. Eat part of the meal at your regular dinner time, then an hour and a half, or two hours later, eat the second half of your dinner.
ABOVE: Frankie Rongo
Portion control is another problem for most people. Frankie says to use your hand to measure out how much food too eat. Not a heaping, 6 inch tall handful, but a normal handful from the base of your wrist, to the tips of your fingers. That is the size of an average chicken breast. If you want to have spaghetti and meatballs, eat a handful of spaghetti and 1 or 2 meatballs. Then around 2 hours later, you can have another handful of spaghetti and 1 or 2 more meatballs.
Frankie's DVD is approximately one hour long. It is filmed in front of a live audience. The back of the DVD box says: "No gimmicks, excessive counting, measuring, and most of all, NO continuing costs of buying pre-packaged foods and special shakes."
I found Frankie's DVD to be very motivational, anyone can follow his eating plan for the rest of their lives. Frankie gives many examples of how often, and how to much to eat throughout the day in both the DVD and in the booklet. The booklet contains a ton of information including:
- Food plan choices
- Daily food plan examples
- Create your own food plan charts
- Helpful tips
Visit Frankie Rongo's The Answer Foodplan website for further information on his weight control booklet and DVD. The DVD and booklet can be purchased on the website for $29.95.
My husband and I are hosting a spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction at our house on March 14. This event is being held to help us raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I will be donating my copy of The Answer booklet and DVD to be used as one of the prizes at the Chinese auction. Additional details on this event, including a complete list of all Chinese auction prizes, can be found here: Bike Diva's Dinner & Auction.
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva