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Portion Control

Thursday, January 23, 2020

My past dieting philosophy has always been I can’t eat this food anymore. I can’t eat pizza, hamburgers, French fries, chocolate, or insert any other food that I love. I would eliminate all the goodness and then a few hours/days/weeks/months I would be really craving what I wouldn’t let myself have. I would crave it so bad that eventually I would cave and binge on whatever it was. After binging I would hate myself and lose all motivation to keep going because I failed and I must be a loser who fails so why not eat all my negative feelings and keep me feeling like a failure.

This time I took a different philosophy. This isn’t a diet. I will never stop eating the way I do right now. It is a lifelong commitment. For this lifestyle change to work, I had to be able to have all the foods I love or I was going to end up binging and feeling like a huge failure that fails again. So I learned a little thing called portion control. Everyone has heard of it. It isn’t anything new. I always figured I would be hungry with the proper portions though but I am not.

The key to portion control, besides measuring and weighing (seriously, buy a food scale,) is pairing higher calorie items with lower calorie items so you aren’t eating a ton of calories but can still feel full and enjoy your food. This is what I had last night for supper and it was delicious. 1/4 pound hamburger, 1 Village Hearth Light Wheat Bun, 12 Ore-Ida Mini Tator Tots, 3/4 cup Green Beans, and 3 Tbsp ketchup. Total Calories: 558, Total Fat: 31, Total Carbs: 48, Total Protein: 27, Total Fiber 10.

Portion control allows me to have to foods I love and still be able to lose weight. I don’t feel deprived. I rarely have huge cravings so I don’t binge too badly on things that aren’t the best for me. Don’t set yourself up for failure by denying yourself the food you love. Reinvent your meals to have better balance and the proper portions.

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    Thank you for sharing!
    I found this blog very interesting.

    American plates are huge! I figure that may make it harder to exert portion control. I once checked it with a friend: here in Europe in general plate sizes seem to be smaller.
    29 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/24/2020 3:51:03 AM
    Much wisdom: Don’t set yourself up for failure by denying yourself the food you love.
    29 days ago
  • _BABE_
    Good advice.
    29 days ago
    Knowing that I had a birthday event for a coworker this afternoon. I ate a light but healthy lunch and later had a tasty piece of birthday pie, about a twelfth of the whole with black coffee. No guilties.
    29 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/23/2020 7:23:53 PM
  • 1BLAZER282005
    I'm with you on this. I do the same thing and have been over 4yrs. Losing 80 pounds. I enjoy all types of food. Portion control and balance make it normal for me. We've got this 💪
    29 days ago
    I wish I did have the mentality that I can eat any food just in the correct portion! Well writing goal😇 for me!
    29 days ago
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    I had a half of serving of pizza from Dominoes. It has given mom and myself two meals and another meal for me. We each had brownies from there as well. We have one left. It's taken three days to finish the pizza off. Now that was worth ordering.
    29 days ago
    From the heart (and mouth) of experience. Well written and well-said. Thank you for posting!
    29 days ago
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