Weight Loss Wednesday: Portion Control
Hey Mamas (and Papas),
Welcome to the first installment of Weight Loss Wednesday. If you didn’t read the Introduction to this series, check it out. It will fill you in on the what and why.
Let’s dive in with our first tip:
I know you know that cookies are bad for you and apples are good for you. We’ve already discussed how important tracking your food is. I’ve got a novel idea for you, though. An idea that has worked for me and helped me lose over 30 pounds in the past year.
Only eat 1 serving of a food.
I know, I know. It sounds silly, or simple, or stupid. However, if you commit to eating only 1 serving of whatever it is that you’re eating, it will go a long way towards helping you lose weight.
Many, many people overestimate what one serving looks like. Many more people disregard that there’s even a serving suggestion and just eat from the container. Food companies now sell “individual” packages of food that contain 2 or more servings. The bag may say 100 calories, but if there are 4 servings in the bag, you’ve just consumed 400 calories! Yikes!
Use measuring cups, food scales, or an abacus to count out your servings. However you do it, make sure that you’re eating only one serving of whatever you’re eating. It’ll go a long way towards helping you avoid over eating and the weight gain that comes with it.
Don’t know what a serving size is? Look on the container. The nutritional facts label that is required by law will tell you what one serving is equal to and how many servings are in a bag.
Do yourself favor, count or measure out one serving and put the rest away BEFORE you start eating. It’s especially important if you’re not paying attention while you eat (I’m talking to you, TV snacker).
Take this week to commit to measuring out your portions. Not just some things.
I bet you’ll still feel full, but not have the calorie bomb that you’re used to. Try it.
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