Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Works For Me Wednesday: Portion Sizes

I've been working on losing weight since September. I'm trying to do it slowly and healthfully, and trying to make lasting changes so I don't regain the weight I've lost. One of the most helpful things has been re-learning correct portion sizes. Somehow, my portions grew over the years to the point where I didn't know what a bowl of cereal should actually look like. The recommended 3/4 of a cup of Life Cereal was way smaller than the bowls I was pouring and considering one bowl.

It has been eye opening to discover the difference between what I thought was the right size and what the right size really should be. The hardest thing for me was the food that comes in boxes- cereal, crackers, chips, etc. It is so easy to reach in for "just a little extra" or pour just a little more into the extra milk in the bowl.

A trick that has really helped in the past is using Ziploc snack bags. I measure out the correct portions, and then put the snack sacks back in the box before I put it in my pantry. That way when I want crackers with lunch, or a bowl of cereal, I can just grab the right portion. If I take more, I'd have to take it from another portioned out section, cheating myself or the next person to come behind me.

Works for me...

Hope it works for you, too...

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9 comments:

Kimberly said...

Ooo, that is a good idea! I've tried to pre-measure my snacks, then put the box back in the cupboard, but I always end up going back for more. I never thought of apportioning out the whole box/bag of snacks!

Daiquiri said...

Great idea!

Daiquiri said...

I just had a thought - this would be a good thing to do with cereal too (time to load up on those little baggies!) :)

Frugal Fine Living said...

Portion control is so important in maintaining a healthy weight. I talk to my children about it, too.

Jane

A happy heart at home said...

Great idea! I like it that everything in the box is portioned out at the beginning.

~Susan

Pam said...

This is an awesome, awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!

LifeAtTheCircus.com said...

really, very clever idea. I used to do that with brownies or cookies... bag them up for the week so i could have one little treat a day. Love it for cereal or crackers...

44lbs,really? that is awesome!! way to go girlie!!

Shannon said...

That is a really good idea!

Amanda said...

I'm trying to work on our portion sizes too, which is so hard to do!!!! Good tip ~ thanks for sharing.

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