3 Blunders To Avoid on Your Weight Loss Journey
1) Eating more than you think you are.
Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Zone Delivery Service, and other diet
systems have one undeniable benefit to them – they define for the
average person how large an actual “serving” is. Most of us
underestimate the volume of food we eat (and consequently,
underestimate the number of calories we consume in a day).
By fixing in your head what a serving size or “portion” of food looks like,
we can better estimate (and consequently, evaluate and calibrate) the
amount of food we eat at each meal. Keep in mind, when it comes to
weight loss, you need to take in less calories than you burn each day.
Two good rules of thumb:
A portion of meat (3 oz.) is the size of a deck of cards.
A portion of carbohydrates (1 cup) is the size of a tennis ball.
Please remember to fill up on non-starchy vegetables – they are full of
nutrients, have very little impact on blood sugar, and contain little in the
way of calories.
2) Not eating frequently enough.
It is a social custom to eat “three square meals” a day. While this may do
for social purposes, for weight loss, you will want to aim for more
frequent feedings. It is recommended that you consume a minimum of 5-6
small meals each day. By doing so, your body gets the signal that food is
abundant, and there is no need to conserve energy.