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LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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2/1/14 9:31 P

Thanks BUFFLIECE. So glad to know it's not just me! When they list stupid portion sizes so that can put lower calories per serving I feel like I'm being lied to.

CLOWIE5 SparkPoints: (8,902)
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2/1/14 8:12 P

Pasta - that was the big eye opener for me. Do you realize how little a 1/2 cup of spagetti is? I've learned to like Spagetti squash. I can have 4 times as much for less calories, but wouldn't even need to eat that much... If you want to save yourself some calories, you should try it. I think I like it even more that pasta now. :)

BUFFLIECE Posts: 522
2/1/14 8:01 P

LADYCJM - When you're a bottom of the package, clean plate person like me... that's just plain wrong! I agree with you... they should give it to us straight!

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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1/31/14 11:27 A

I was wanting Fig Newtons yesterday. I've always liked them and hadn't had one in a long time. Went to the cafeteria at work to get an individual serving of the cookie. There are two cookies in a package. The package says one serving is 100 calories and there are 2 servings in the package. Really? Do they think we are only going to eat one bar form a "single serving" style package?

Made me mad so I passed. They should have been honest and said 1 package equals 1 serving = 200 calories!
Yes, I know it's semantics but geez!

KELLYFIT123 Posts: 1,312
1/31/14 8:59 A

When I make popcorn on the stove, I measure 1/4 c. of unpopped popcorn.

It's amazing how little food we actually need compared to what we consume.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
1/31/14 8:52 A

yes I was shocked in the beginning when I learned about proper portions. I started measuring and getting it right. After awhile I got used to my cup or bowl filling up to a certain point to make my proper portion. Now I just eyeball it but I've noticed I'm going a little over the line far too much. Time to start measuring again!

FITWITHIN Posts: 26,140
1/31/14 6:17 A

Go for the fruit and vegetables better nutrition for your portions.

RONNIEHUEY Posts: 12,033
1/27/14 1:29 P

I love ice cream and can't settle for the tiny servings listed on the carton. I switched to pop sicles and can eat 2-4 in the same calorie range as a 1/2 cup of of ice cream.Not ice cream,but almost as good

PTREE15 SparkPoints: (8,292)
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1/27/14 1:28 P

"Paying attention to portion sizes was one of the first things that I did when I started my weight loss journey and I was just so shocked to see what I was really eating compared to what I should have been eating."

Couldn't agree more. When I started my weight loss journey, I cut what I was eating in half. It was the change that has made the most difference. It's amazing how little food adds up to, say, 1,300 calories. I know I was eating almost three times that and I couldn't understand why I wasn't losing weight because I thought I was eating healthy and all. I do eat good food; I was just eating too much for my activity level.

SKIMBRO SparkPoints: (116,215)
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1/27/14 1:22 P

I love measuring and weighing my food. It helps me to learn what a portion really is so when I am eating out, I know how to make good guesses about how much and how many calories I am consuming. emoticon

VWMOMMY SparkPoints: (9,888)
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1/26/14 10:40 P

My hubby was just laughing today when he realized that I have four full sets of measuring spoons and three full sets of measuring cups in our cabinets. Those and a kitchen scale keep me on track!

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1/26/14 12:05 A

Yep, if you are mostly eating veggies and protein you can consume quite a large volume of food for not many calories.

ROBBIEY SparkPoints: (431,182)
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1/25/14 5:06 P

knowledge is power!!

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,617)
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1/25/14 4:27 P

Measuring does help.

BUFFLIECE Posts: 522
1/25/14 2:41 P

It's a mind game for me... a full plate is a full plate. So, filling my plate with more non-startchy veggies than anything else works best. As long as they are not in a sauce or oil. Most people don't team up their protien with a whole can of veggies or half a bag of frozen veggies. All of a sudden it look like way too much. But measure that and you'll see it's not much calories.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (597,332)
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1/24/14 11:28 P

I think portion control is the most important thing when losing weight, other than working out, of course!!!!

MUSICMOM27 Posts: 579
1/24/14 10:12 P

measuring is the key. i got my own little eye opener this week when i checked how much cereal fit into a sandwich size baggie. not one cup, but two! glad i fixed that error. now i need a scale for things that measuring cups won't work for.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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1/24/14 4:54 P

This is going to sound a bit on the dumb side but something that helps me with portion control is to use the smallest dishes I own.
I use the "bread" plate as my dinner plate. They are about 6 inches where my dinner plates are 12 inches. I use some pretty little bowls that hold about a cup for cereal, soup etc. My previous cereal bowls held 2 to 4 cups. Tall, skinny glasses hold less than shorter, fatter glasses - I think we don't fill them as full because we are afraid of spilling!
Using the smaller sized dishes fools the brain into thinking you have a full plate. After all you do! It's just half the size, half the calories of the full size stuff. I still measure but a 3/4 cup of cereal looks like a lot more in my smaller bowl!

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1/24/14 11:04 A

I just recently joined, and I think this conversation has really helped me better understand why I have been gaining weight in the past year. I think I eat healthy…I don't really drink soda, rarely eat junk food or fast food, I like fruits and veggies. My problem is that I've been eating too-large portions. I hope by monitoring portion control more (without getting too obsessive), I'll be able to start getting closer to my goal of losing about 20 pounds. And exercising more, as well. Thanks for insight, everyone.

SUZZQ4LIFE Posts: 1,232
1/24/14 10:48 A

I agree that it's a real eye opener for sure. I purchased a kitchen scale so I could weigh my portions and that helps a lot. I also use my measuring cups now. They were usually only used when I was baking something. I realized I was eating almost double portions of everything. The weight is slowly coming off and I'm glad about that.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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1/24/14 10:45 A

I love it when manufacturers put unrealistic serving sizes on packaging. "SIngle" serving size package has 2.5 servings at 150 calories per serving...Hmm 450 calories for the single package of whatever!

If you don't read the packing it is so easy to assume that you are eating fewer calories. And it's so easy to read the fine print! If all you look for is the calories you can easily miss the serving size.

AMY1195 Posts: 150
1/24/14 8:15 A

Nuts were an eye opener for me. 450 calories for a little tube of cashews!? Yeowza!

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
1/24/14 7:57 A

For me, the best way to practice portion control is to weigh everything except liquids in grams (unless I have the conversion from mL to grams for the particular liquid I am about to consume). Liquids I usually measure in a measuring cup or spoon.

DEANNA0725 SparkPoints: (22,611)
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1/24/14 7:41 A

Paying attention to portion sizes was one of the first things that I did when I started my weight loss journey and I was just so shocked to see what I was really eating compared to what I should have been eating.

SUZIEQUE77 SparkPoints: (9,271)
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1/24/14 7:33 A

It is my theory that most people who "claim" they cannot lose weight on 1000 or 1200 calorie plans eat larger portions than they should, or add ingredients they don't count like butter, oil and dressings, and count only the calories they "think" the portion has. Measuring and weighing is very important especially for anyone having difficulty losing weight.

XXJDXX Posts: 117
1/24/14 5:12 A

Yep. In my case I took the amount I thought I should be eating and cut it in half.

LUNA_IS_MY_HERO Posts: 7,941
1/24/14 2:44 A

I pop the corn in a brown paper bag in the microwave. no oil, way less calories.

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
1/24/14 2:42 A

It's good to know! If you are used to bigger portions, cut down gradually till you have it right.

That way, you won't feel too hungry!

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
1/23/14 9:43 P

Oh, man. Serving sizes! The one that always irritated me the most was PASTA. A half-cup to a cup of cooked pasta? Are you kidding me!

Actually, starches in general, the serving size to this day continues to shock me. When I eat bread, I weigh it on the scale by the gram and man, oh man. An ounce of bread is a REALLY REALLY SMALL piece.

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1/23/14 8:37 P

It really is an eye opener. I was talking to my wife about how I used to go through a box of crackers in a day or two but now that I actually follow the serving size and eat the 16 Wheat Thins for my lunch every day or every other day, that box will stretch for a week or longer.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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1/23/14 7:50 P

Buy an extra set of measuring cups and spoons!
I still measure everything. It's really interesting when you reads a label and find out what a serving size is and how many calories are in 1 serving.
I used to eat a bowl of granola cereal for breakfast. I thought I was eating "healthy" Then I read the label. 3/4s of cup was 300 calories and I think my bowl held 2 cups!

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,501
1/23/14 5:24 P

everything I do is like that...amazing what you learn about portion sizes when you actually measure...and I need to go back to measuring from time to time.

AE9766 SparkPoints: (294)
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1/23/14 5:20 P

I have been making popcorn on the stovetop, and apparently one serving is 2 tbsp of unpopped kernels (120 calories). I had been dumping kernels into the pot until it formed one layer on the bottom--probably 4-6 tablespoons!

So yeah, I'd been downing at least 2x the serving of popcorn!

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