It is amazing what you think is a serving as to what it weighs. I use to think eye balling it was good until I started weighing. Even though I add cereal to my yogurt and fruit just about every day I still weigh it because it seems like so little for what I would use by eye balling it. Just the little things add up before you know it. I have an inexpensive scale that I ordered from amazon. I too have very little space in my kitchen so I just keep it in a cabinet where my dishes are that way when I reach for a dish it is right there. I can also use it without the bowl that came with it. I just set my dish on top and zero it out that way when I add my food it only read the weight of it.
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I don't measure like I should. I know how much cold cuts I use, based on the number of slices and the weight when I start the package. Beyond that, I rarely measure anything. Every so often, I go back and reaquaint myself with the "Portion Distortion" slideshow, so that I can recalibrate. I measure liquids, though. And I do try to stick with packages of foods that I can easily (mentally, if not literally) divide into appropriate size portions. For example, if I buy a 1 pound package of pork chops, I look for one with 4 equally sized chops in it. Then I know they are all about 4 ounces before cooking. I want a digital scale. Everytime I go to Target, I look longingly at the scales. And then I think about the size of my kitchen and I walk away. I may be ashamed that I eyeball amounts but, it is working, so I can't sweat it too much.
-Lora smoking quit date: 11/16/13
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Measuring is huge for me . It is so easy to under estimate what you are about to put onto your plate. I too have a set of digital scales that measure in grams and ounces, one of the best purchases I have ever made! I find sometimes too that I will look at what I have measured out and think to myslf - "this isn't enough at all" - only to not be able to eat everything that is on my plate.
With portions ballooning to extreme sizes, it's sometimes tough to stick to what we know are proper serving sizes. Eating contests, "value" meals and bags that contain "30% more free" all contribute to our environment of excess. You've chosen to fight back and take control of your portions. Great! It's a key step to weight management and will make you feel powerful in your food choices. Use some of these methods to help control the crazy portions so you can reach your goals.
I know Measuring is a big thing for me. I measure all my protein and carbs. Not so much my fruits and veggies, depending on what it is. You would be surprised by what an actual serving is. My favorite tool is my digital scale. It measures in grams, ounces, pounds.
How do you track what you eat? How do you determine proper portions?
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