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Diet Action Steps





Buy a set of measuring cups and measuring spoons

When it comes to eating healthy and losing weight, the little things can add up. Did you know that one tablespoon of butter contains 100 calories and 11.5 grams of fat? If you’re off by just a half tablespoon, you’ve just cost yourself 50 calories. Now think about all the times you simply eyeballed 2 tablespoons for a recipe, and you’ve probably found an easy way to cut a few pounds. Starting small is a great way to create momentum, and measuring all of your food is a perfect example. No need for high-tech equipment here; a basic measuring kit with teaspoon, tablespoon, ¼ cup, ½ cup and full cup options is perfect. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting out of each meal and be on your way to limiting your portions.


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Measure all single serving sizes for the food you eat this week

Single-serving sizes can be the most misunderstood and deceiving elements in dieting. Did you know that a bag of microwave popcorn is really 2 servings? That a dinner plate full of spaghetti is 3 servings? Many of us wonder why we never lose weight and don’t know the answer may be right in front of us: we’re eating more food than we realize. Measure out everything you eat this week – cereal, the peas you had for dinner, even the mayonnaise on your sandwich – to make sure you’re getting a single serving of each. Knowing how to read food labels is important. You could use label serving sizes as guides, or the SparkPeople Personal Guide to Portions. You could stumble upon the key to reaching your weight loss goals right here.


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Create a leftover storage system

It’s time to revoke your Clean Plate Club membership card. Instead, create a system for storing leftovers. This Action Step is useful and effective for many reasons. Mostly, it gives you the freedom to eat just enough without needing to finish everything in one sitting. Sometimes, recipes – even healthy eating recipes – result in larger portions than you really need. A good storage system is an invitation to make that recipe anyway, knowing that you don’t have to eat it all tonight. Perhaps you can store some of the meal before you even eat. A good system is more than just chucking whatever’s left in a resealable bowl. It helps you plan ahead. Smaller-sized containers provide automatic single-serving portions, and markers and labels let you know exactly what the week’s menu holds. Now, instead of one healthy dinner followed by four days of the drive-thru, you can enjoy a healthy dinner every night of the week.


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