When I started Weight Watchers in 2009, I started measuring everything. This habit goes right along with tracking for me. How can you accurately track something if you haven’t measured it? If you haven’t measured it, you don’t REALLY know how many calories it is, do you?
I use a variety of measuring tools. I use my food scale and Tablespoons almost daily. I use measuring cups on a regular basis too. It has become such a part of my routine that it doesn’t even feel like extra work – that’s just how I do it.
I never spread butter on a grilled cheese without scooping it out with a measuring spoon first. I never prepare meat without weighing it on my food scale first. I never eat chips without weighing out a serving. Never, ever, ever, sit down with the whole bag. It always leads to disaster for me, even after all this time.
Why I love my food scale:
I get that it can be a challenge to do when you are out to eat or at a friend’s house. There are many resources out there to help you accurately eyeball your portions when you are not at home. You can find out what proper serving sizes are in the Food Groups section on MyPlate.gov. There is also a great section on Portion Distortion, which I think we are all guilty of! When you are at home, why wouldn’t you do it?
What stops us from measuring:
Another great way to control portions with less measuring is to use portion control dishes from Precise Portions. They sell beautiful portion control plates, bowls, and glasses that take the guesswork out of how much to eat! You can choose from porcelain dishware (microwave and dishwasher safe), plastic travel plates (BPA-free, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe), or eco-friendly disposable dinner plates, sectioned plates, side plates, bowls, and cups.
Making sure you are eating the right portion size is an easy way to help ensure you meet your goals. You could be eating the healthiest food out there. If you are eating twice as much as you should, it will still hinder your progress! The bottom line is that monitoring your portion size is important and will lead to weight loss success. If you want things to change, YOU have to change something.
What is your biggest obstacle to measuring your portions? How did you (or will you) overcome it? Share in the comments below!
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