I detest calorie counting, writing down and looking up calories, measuring even with the wonderful apps and calculators out there. So, as I start a "Biggest Loser" program at work I decided to take a baby step and instead of figuring out calories, I committed to just writing down everything that goes in my mouth. It is easier than I thought. After just three days of doing that, I lost 1.5 lbs.Next step in a week or two I will do portions and calories. I'm a female age 58 with 35 lbs. to loose.
I have a small spiral notebook to log my food.
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I plan my meals and add them to my tracker once a week, then I know what I am eating..NO guessing just eat the planned meal. If I am going out I check out the menus and then track what I plan again, no guessing so I am not tempted to eat other things, I rarely even look at the menu if I do this. The more I plan the better I am eating and can handle small challenges when they come up.
I always divide my food into single servings. For example, with Kashi cereal, I will divide the entire box into serving sizes, put them in zip baggies and put them back into the box. This way when I am getting ready for my day at work, I just grab a bag and I am good to go. I do the same thing with Wheat Thins, etc. It works great and I always know what I am eating and how much!
When eating at a buffet style restaurant, the way to keep on track is section your plate in four sections or five, put low calorie vegetable in three sections and the other something you really want. This helps me stay on track and I know that I am eating my vegetables and low calories at that time, and is easier to stay within calorie range.244
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