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.