Scales are so important when it comes to losing weight! I know when I first started losing weight it was hard and that was because I had no idea how much I was eating and how much I was weighing! Believe it or not that scale is your best friend. If you are serious about losing weight get both a weight scale and a food scale. It's going to be your best friend in losing weight.
Obviously a weight scale is important as we do need to know if we are on target when losing weight. the main thing on a weight scale is if you're going to weight yourself do it when you first wake up in the morning before you eat anything. That is your real weight. And honesty you don't need to weigh every day. I weigh once a week usually on a Monday because that is when I start my workout for the week.
Please invest in a food scale if you haven't already. It's really something you should get because a food scale does teach you what portion control is all about. I have found using a food scale really helps me keep watch of what I am eating. Not only is a food scales important but don't forget measuring cups are important. If I am cooking, I want to know much calories I am making for myself per serving. I actually took the time to look up how many calories were in each food. I trained myself to have a food journal. Yes it may be a bit tedious at first, but I realized I was overeating. Hence I also trained myself to look at that nutrition whenever I buy food. It has taught me what is healthy and what is not. It doesn't mean I can't have something that is not healthy, it just means that I have to lighten up on the use of those things. A good example is shredded cheese! As much as I love cheese on some of my foods, I learned not pour on the cheese but to just limit how much to put on it. I can anything I want but its about how much of it. the only way I understood how much was 6 oz was to weigh it first! If I was making more than one serving it was about adding all the calories together then divided by the amount of servings I was making it for to get my calorie count on the meal. As far as a Food scale, I got a scale like the one above that does all sorts of measurements this way I didn't have an excuse not to weigh things for myself. Remember a previous post i wrote about? No excuses! Get a scale that does weight all sorts of measurements, you will thank me later for it.
Does this mean you cant have your favorite treats?? No. It means learning to portion control it. I have learned I can have chips but I weigh my chips and make sure its just that 1 oz for the 150 calories. Then I put the rest of the bag away so I wont be tempted to grab more later. I eat ice cream, but I will see how much half a cup is. I love ice cream sandwiches but goodness the calories are so high! So I have learned to find something lighter. There are coconut ice cream sandwich bars from Cuties for only 90 calories! A bit pricey but so worth it. But, if you are really into the real ice cream bars, try Trader Joe's, they are mini sandwich bars yet 1 mini bar is only 90 calories too. Fruit cream bars are only 60-90 calories.
I love Trader Joes! I go there on the weekends to pick up a few things. So pretty much around the afternoon I swing on by to get a few things there. It's one of my favorite markets I go to. Not to mention I live right around the corner so when I just want to go for a walk and I know I am just getting small stuff I treat myself to some exercising with grocery shopping and a walk to and from home. Another way to burn a few extra calories for myself.
Since I am speaking about food, going out to eat is a treat and I do watch what I eat and make healthier choices. Rarely do I drink soda, I feel better without all that sugar in my body. I usually substitute Ice tea as my drink or water with lemon. If I went to McDonalds, I am surely not going to get those big hamburgers or big chicken sandwiches, but I do look at other alternatives on there. Sometimes I just get a regular cheese burger or a McChicken, or chicken nuggets. Then as much as I like their fries I just get a small fries. Fast food is really high in calories because one meal itself is over 1000 calories. Their sandwiches and hamburgers are over 700 calories alone and small fries are over 200 calories! Therefore, I have learned to plan what I am going to eat for the day. If I think I want desert at the end of the night, I will make room for it but I will stay within my calorie range.
the main thing is to really pay attention to what we eat. As much as we want to eat what we want sometimes its best to be creative and find other alternatives for the foods we crave. If we cant find that alternative, then the next step is to do a portion control. I still eat what I love but i am just mindful about my choices now.