What is your main hurdle to weight loss or maintenance? My main weight-maintenance stumbling block is portion control. Sometimes, I find I just don’t want to take the time to measure out a portion. However, almost every time I’ve noticed my clothing getting tighter, I have either not been tracking as often or not measuring my food. Of course, not measuring makes accurate tracking impossible.
When measuring food, I’ve found it’s better to use the smallest unit possible. Most foods include the volume measurement (cups, tablespoons, etc) and either grams or ounces. Or, they include the number in a serving, followed by the grams.
However, when you are measuring out chips, crackers or some other snack, using the weight is more accurate. For example, how do you count a bunch of broken crackers?
Weighing by ounces isn’t as accurate as weighing grams, either. Why? Well, about 28 grams make up an ounce. If you weigh something that is barely over an ounce, say 30 grams, most scales will still weigh that as an ounce. Doesn’t sound like much? Just two extra grams of peanut butter contains 12 calories.
Why not just use measuring cups?
Also, sometimes, a manufacturer’s estimate of how much a half a cup of their product weighs isn’t accurate. Check out the video below to see an example. The snack maker claims that half of a cup of their product weighs 30 grams and has 150 calories. When I weigh out 1/2 a cup, it’s almost a full half a serving over! That’s an additional 75 calories! Over the course of a day, those little calories add up. A good, basic, kitchen scale is a must! Check it out in the video below or watch my portion control tips video on YouTube.
My main caveat here: You don’t need an expensive kitchen scale. You need one that measures grams, pounds, and ounces. Kilograms or millimeters are nice, but honestly, I never use either function. Also, look for a tare feature so you can zero balance your container.
My first kitchen scale cost over $50. I dislike it because the unsealed buttons allow food debris to get trapped.
Last week, I replaced mine with this inexpensive scale from Domestic Corner. So far, I’m liking it. This kitchen scale features an auto-shut off, is accurate up to 11 pounds and down to one gram. Compared to my much more expensive scale, it’s just as accurate. But it only cost about $13 on Amazon.
Oh! And the sealed buttons keep food debris from gumming up the buttons. I feel like a special sucker for spending so much more on my other scale. Live and learn.
Measured Portion Control Wine Glasses
Wine contains about 24 calories an ounce. A four-ounce serving, a mere 1/2 cup, adds almost 100 calories to your day’s calorie intake. Can you pour a four-ounce serving by eyeball? Honestly, I don’t know many bartenders that can pull that off.
About a year ago, our son found the solution! Our oldest son bought David and I set of these Wine-Trax portion control wine glasses for Christmas a year ago. We enjoyed them so much that we bought a second set.
Do you see the stripes around the glass? Yes. Decorative. Modern. Elegant. Useful! Each etched line represents a different measurement: 4, 6, or 8 oz. Unlike many other portion control wine glasses, these aren’t labeled with calorie or ounce markers. Bonus! Everyone in the room doesn’t have to know I’m tracking the liquid calories.
Freezer portion meals
Do you have leftovers often? Since I am usually cooking for just David and I, we usually have lots of leftovers. I used to just dump all the leftovers into a bowl and stick them in the freezer. We’d just serve ourselves out of that container the next day. I found I rarely portioned them out, so was probably eating more than I thought.
To solve this, I got these three compartment Prefer Green Bento Boxes and these LIFT single compartment containers. Since I am portioning out meals onto our dinner plates anyway, I just divvy up the leftovers into these boxes. Both BPA-free sets are freezer-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe.
Snack bags in sealable container
When I want a snack, I rarely want to take the time to measure out the goods. Buying conveniently pre-portioned snacks is an option. However, these foods are usually highly processed in addition to being overpriced.
I prefer to buy my snacks in bulk, weigh them out into snack-sized zipper bags. And then, I store them in air-tight canisters to prevent staleness.
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