HI , I also just started stage 2. No wonder we all gain weight, as we have no control how much we eat. I now see that QUANTITY mostly is the main reason fro gaining weight and What you eat comes second. But it deos seem a little scary, especially with the cheese, wow ho wi love it the most!!!!!
I have been tracking my food intake and it is VERY difficult to keep to the calorie limits and get all the servings suggested here, especially the grains due to their high calorie content per weight. I can eat tons of salad or green vegetables, such as broccoli or green beans, which will then make me feel full, for the same calorie count as a very small amount of bread or grain products, which leaves me hungry. So, I have decided to not worry about the recommended servings of grains while I am dieting. I will make sure my calories, carbohydrates, protein, fats, cholesterol, sodium, calcium, and fiber are within their suggested ranges and worry about adding in more grains once I am down to my ideal weight.
Looking at nutrition labels on packages, I think some "serving sizes" are based on numbers not reality. Reduce the size of a "serving" and the amount of fat goes down. But, what is "normal" use is a much larger portion. I think there's a numbers game afoot.
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