I recently ran across an article I found informative. It is not new information but the reminder was helpful. I figured who better to share this information with.
Understanding your serving size. Portion control is essential to losing weight. You may be eating healthy foods but if you are overeating those foods you might as well stop at In and Out Burger and get a #1 combo meal. I must admit I overuse salad dressing. After I cover a salad with ranch I could have just ate a large order of fries. I have to learn to use portion control. I am going to try to keep these examples in mind in the future.
1 serving of cereal = size of your fist
1 serving of rice, pasta or potato = half of a baseball
1 serving of cheese = 4 stacked dice
1 serving of fruit = baseball
1 serving of butter / margarine = 1 dice
1 serving of meat = deck of cards
Tip # 2
Count calories. Weight loss occurs when there is a calorie deficit. Counting calories is almost a must when trying to keep track of the deficit to know how much you can eat per day without overeating. It’s a cumbersome task but with technology there so many apps to track them for you it’s just a matter of remembering to enter the information. Apps such as My Fitness Pal are great for tracking your calorie intake.
Move More. I think that speaks for itself. If you are eating the appropriate portions and counting your calories you will see some gradual weight loss. Becoming active even if you walk for 30 minutes five days per week, will increase weight loss. Movement is not just killing yourself in the gym. Movement can be anything such as playing with your kids, bike riding, swimming or any other activity that you enjoy that will burn calories.
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