Losing weight, or even maintaining your weight, can be difficult when you don’t pay attention to portions, especially if you already eat a healthy and varied diet. Last fall I went through a box of cereal in a week when I realized that my portions were definitely out of control. I eat a basically healthy diet with fun foods and drinks in between (for examples just keep scrolling down ha!), but in general I eat well. I am still 3 lbs over my wedding weight (remember, the newlywed curse got to me?), and again, while the scale is just a number, it is one indication that my portions have been too large (that, and a favorite pair of jeans that aren’t as comfortable as they used to be!)
The solution? Measuring portions again! When I was in active weight loss mode I measured most of my foods, even bananas at times! It helped me to really learn portion size and over time I learned what a proper portion of different foods looked like- especially foods that are easy to consume in large quantities such as pasta, peanut butter, hummus, muffins, etc. While eyeballing and trusting my body works to maintain my weight, I would really like to feel great again and feel super comfortable in my body, which to me means losing those 3 lbs. While I have been strength training and teaching boot camp, I have been having some IT band issues that have prevented me from running as much as I would like (but I AM doing the Broad Street Run this Sunday!) That means the food scale is back in full force and I am measuring some foods.
I find that calorie counting or measuring portions really works for someone like myself. I don’t become obsessed over the numbers and I use a combination of trusting my body and portion control to help me lose weight. It is easy to sometimes lose sight of goals or habits, and I know that for myself one day of bad habits can easily turn in to many more, which is how I gained a few lbs after my wedding in the first place. However I realize that life is not static, and my weight won’t be either. There is nothing wrong with reevaluating my diet, portions, and workout plans when I need to and make adjustments as needed.
It is amazing how small a tablespoon of peanut butter really is.
And yes, I no longer eat the super natural grainy nut butters. My addiction to Skippy creamy (natural) is back in full force. Talk about bad habits coming back!
What do you do to keep your healthy lifestyle in check? Do you think measuring portions or calorie counting can be healthy and useful tools?