My main focus is living a healthy life and exercising regularly. Paying attention to what I eat is a primary tool and one of the best techniques for this is paying attention to portion control and serving size. I truly don’t try to lose weight. I have been within five pounds of 155 for the past eight years.
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Over the course of the past couple of years, I have found out how very much I didn’t know about the subject. When we started the blog, I began reading about various weight loss techniques. One of the first I encountered was portion control and serving size. I was already counting calories, but I had no feeling at all for portion control. My idea of one serving was the amount I would serve myself. For example, pasta. I love pasta and eat it regularly. Prior to working on the blog, my idea of a serving of pasta was a plateful of it. (See photo).
In fact, one serving of pasta amounts to two ounces dry or about half a cup cooked – an amount about the size of my fist. One serving of pasta yields 200 calories. So, my ignorant serving of a plateful of pasta probably amounted to at least 600 calories and that doesn’t count the sauce. Sometimes I skip the sauce and just serve it with coconut oil and parmesan cheese which is still around another 100 calories. So, before understanding about portion control, I was blithely consuming close to 800 calories of pasta alone. Now, I measure it and consume closer to a single serving for a saving of around 600 calories.
Ditto ice cream. I love ice cream and used to eat a lot of it, too. Again a serving of ice cream to me was a bowlful, probably three scoops. In fact, a serving of ice cream is a single scoop which is about the size of a baseball. I wrote up a single serving of vanilla ice cream here.
A single serving of vanilla ice cream amounts to 130 calories. So, as with the pasta, I was consuming around three times the calories that I intended to eat. No wonder I could never keep my weight down.
As I hope you can see from the above – knowledge is power when it comes to weight control. Just knowing the correct serving size and adhering to it, keeps you on the straight and narrow.
I hope this was helpful. I consider portion control to be key to weight control.
Finally, after writing these posts for the past five-plus years, I have come to the conclusion that the secret to achieving the perfect weight is to work on living a healthy life. I eat intelligently and make sure that I get exercise every day. Portion control is a good tool, but just one in living a healthy life.