Part of my weight loss and healthier eating arsenal is my handy dandy digital food scale.
Weighing foods has helped me tremendously in my weight loss efforts. When I am hungry, my eyes are waaayyyyy bigger than my stomach. By weighing certain foods (no, I don’t weigh everything I eat!), I am teaching myself to eat and practicing portion control. Of course, I eat lots of fabulous lean protein, fruits, and vegetables but I also want to indulge in my restaurant style tortilla chips, my Turkey Hill Light Extreme Cookies and Cream (seriously this ice cream is insane!), and assorted nuts. Instead of rip opening the bag of chips and going to town, I measure out a serving size to prohibit mindless munching. I also get to eat a lot of my hot fresh salsa with it! After weighing, I put the bag AWAY in the pantry. Same for the ice cream…I scoop out a serving size which surprisingly is enough to sedate my chocolate craving and put the ice cream away (usually in the basement freezer!).
Weighing food isn’t a lot of work. Most of my meals are prepared and eaten at home so all I have to do is reach in the cupboard to retrieve my scale. I still read food labels, track my points on my Weight Watchers app, and I am learning how much is ENOUGH. Eating a balanced variety of foods coupled with exercise is allowing me to reach my goals…and I am ::this close:: to losing ten percent of my starting weight since January 1st. This time it what I consider is the RIGHT way for me.
For a late lunch today I was famished because I had slept in and my eating schedule was off. So I made a quick Lean Cuisine (6 points) and wanted to try out this Asian Chopped Salad from Sam’s Club. At first, I was like “It’s salad, I should be able to eat this whole bag with the fixins’!” but I calculated the bag (it was warehouse club sized) to be 17.5 points! Yikes! So I measured out a serving size (100 g) which was about 5 points and I was actually FULL.
Weighing foods has been an eye-opener. I am still getting used to portion sizes as I experiment with new foods and recipes.
Do you weigh your food? Do you own a food scale?