Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Portion control has been a major weapon in my weight war. I grew up thinking that a quarter of a huge watermelon was a portion, that a package of oreos serves two, and that a pint is a small serving of ice cream. Measuring cups and a postage-type food scale, along with nutrition tracking, have made me face reality on a daily basis for the past couple years.
I'm now considering buying an electronic scale. A friend told me that she broke a plateau with an electronic scale when she discovered that her measured oatmeal, suppose to be 150 calories, turned out to be 210 calories. There is part of me that wants to be more precise, using my heart rate monitor more for calories burned, and electronically measuring my food. Then there is another part that thinks I'm doing pretty good maintaining with increasing estimation of portions and I should not be so compulsive.
What do my SparkFriends think? Do you have any experience with an electronic scale? If you've lost 50 pounds or more or were overweight for many years, do you estimate frequently or measure as accurately as you can? (I'm thinking people who only lost a little or were only overweight after childbirth or menopause probably don't have much portion control problems, but I could be wrong. Feel free to straighten me out.) Thanks for any insight you can provide.