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Measuring Food For Weight Loss

Do You Measure Your Portions?

If losing pounds is on your mind, counting calories and keeping a food journal are great ways to stay on track and see results. In order to figure out how much you're eating, it helps to measure your food rather than eyeball amounts. I know I used to pour "one cup of cereal" into my bowl in the morning, but one day I measured and realized I was eating almost twice that amount. If weight loss is your goal, overestimating portion sizes is one reason you may not see the scale budge.

Some people find comfort in measuring and weighing everything from salad dressing, to chicken, to peanut butter, so tell me . . .

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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 5 years
I have to weigh my portions for meat/fish/poultry only because other wise I will eat a pound or more in a sitting without even thinking twice! As it is, I eat about 13 ounces or so of any of those proteins in a sitting. I try really hard not to eat more than that in a sitting but sometimes... it just happens! ha ha! (Like when I go home and cannot weigh my protein).
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I don't measure my portions of vegetables, fresh fruits or my homemade veggie soup. I am careful to measure my portions of nuts, cereals, dairy, meats, and eggs because I don't want to overdo it. I've found that it's pretty impossible to eat TOO many veggies. No one's ever gotten fat off of too much broccoli.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
Oh yes, I do. It's part of my normal food cooking. Also, I think knowing what portion makes a serving changed my health life. In the past, I used to free pour, free scoop, and essentially over ate, and had an unbalanced diet. Eating the right amount of servings from the all food groups is an important component to my health. JMHO.
amber512 amber512 5 years
yup! It's how I lost (and kept off) over 90 pounds.
missy1632 missy1632 5 years
I did a special diet that required measuring. It got sooo tedious! I did however lose 70 something ponds in 6months,
insanitypepper insanitypepper 5 years
It depends on what the food is. Some things I can eat in unlimited amounts, but I have to be very careful about others.
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 5 years
No
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 5 years
Yep. I use a scale to measure portions and track everything I eat in a food journal. I've lost 65lbs so far and plan to lose the last 30 by doing the same thing. In the last 6 months or so I got tired of tracking and tried other methods, but found I needed the accountability that came from working within a calorie budget. Once I reach my goal weight I'll explore ways to maintain that don't involve tracking everything.
Ninabear218 Ninabear218 5 years
I started getting healthy and losing weight last January (2009). I kept a "food journal" (basically assorted peices of paper with my daily breakdown on it). I counted every calorie and started out at a strict 1200/day restriction. I was also using a Wii Fit to get myself moving. I went from around 225 to current weight of 165 in a year. I mainly credit the calorie counting and generally watching what types of foods i eat. I have now increased my intake to around 1500 and have maintained my weight. I really think keeping track of what you eat is a great way to kick start any diet or bascially kick start your life of healthy eating.
luvlior luvlior 5 years
I would, but that would require effort on my part, which I'm not too big on :P
Silje Silje 5 years
I used to measure everything, and write it down, and it made me completely crazy while trying to maintain a diet. Counted every half-calorie, and if I went over my "limit" of 1600 kcals by even 1kcal, everything was a disaster and I could just as well eat an entire bucket of ice cream, over the limit was over the limit. Now I don't measure my food anymore, and my mental health is a lot better ;) I am eyeballing though, and checking it every so often with scales.
kclulu kclulu 5 years
Wow I am suprised so many people measure their food! I pretty much eyeball my portion sizes, which may not exactly be accurate but I just don't have the patience to take the time to measure everything. The one and only caveat though is cereal. When I scoop out a portion to take to work I use a measuring cup because it is easier to get it out and to make sure I don't go overboard too. Maybe one of these days I will start measuring more, it will probably do me good to be more accurate. Kudos to all of you for being on top of it!
Marshmelly411 Marshmelly411 5 years
I second needing a "sometimes" option. I do measure out breakfast, and lunch I usually only eat single portion things...but dinner, since my mom cooks it, is not measured at all. Her portion sizes are entirely too huge too. haha
amybdk amybdk 5 years
Need a 'sometimes' option. I try to measure as much as I can without being too obnoxious.
guavajelly guavajelly 5 years
I'm starting to get into the habit of measuring out portions because I use to sit and eat a bag of cashews which is over 1000 calories!!! I need a food scale also. I'm learning that even healthy food in excess is not good. Since I'm in the process of losing weight learning about proper portion is key http://fullbodytransformation.wordpress.com/
le-romantique le-romantique 5 years
I do, but only breakfast and snacks. For somereason, I don't care how much I'm eating for lunch (which never is much), or dinner (which is usually a lot). Either way, better than nothing!
Niami Niami 5 years
I measure everything. I've been guessing with the weighing because my scale battery died, need to put that on the list to buy this week! I lost 3 pounds between Friday and Monday this past weekend! Measuring everything and doing lots of walking really gives great results!
pariahlegal pariahlegal 5 years
I measure everything I can with measuring cups but I really reeeeeally want to get a a food scale.
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