Saturday, January 19, 2013

100 Days Of Weight Loss--Day 19



Do you know how much food you should be eating? What equals a serving? If you're following a specific diet plan, you need to know whether you're matching the program's guide-lines. And at social gatherings where food is served family-style, you need ways to estimate serving size so you don't put too much on your plate to begin with.
Start by making sure that you know how to measure foods accurately. It doesn't matter if you're counting calories, fat grams, or carbohydrates. You still have to know how many chips are in one ounce or what a half-cup of pasta looks like. Instead of taking the amount you think is right, practice your estimating  skills by comparing your serving with the real thing.

Place what you think is a half-cup of cereal or pasta into a bowl. Then pour the food into a measuring cup to see if you're right.
With snack foods, pick up the amount you would guess equals one ounce. Then check your accuracy by using a food scale. You might also want to count out the exact number of nuts or chips in a one-ounce serving so you'll know for the next time.
Serving sizes have a way of growing with time. Every once in a while, pull out your scale and your measuring cups again. Check your estimates to make sure an ounce of cheese hasn't doubled or that a cup of ice cream hasn't become a pint.

In places where you don't have the option of weighing or measuring food, use the palm of your hand to determine the right amount. Because it  correlates with body build, your palm gives an acurate way to gauge serving sizes.
For example, the correct serving of meat (anywhere from three to six ounces) is usually the amount that's exactly the size of your palm. With snack foods such as nuts or chips, a typical serving is the amount you can hold loosely in one hand. If you reach for more, you've taken another serving.

**With each of the foods you eat today, take the amount you think is your designated serving. Then weigh or measure the food and see how close you came to being  correct.
***I measure all my food, but i'll try this to see what happens.
**Repeat this exercise until you are confident about your estimating skills.
**In your notebook, write down your idea serving size for the food items you eat most frequently.
***1 cup oatmeal
   1/2 cup of cottage cheese
   1 cup applesauce

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