A Serving"...What's That?!?!?!
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
For many years I have believed that "a serving" was finding the biggest plate in the house, and filling it to capacity with whatever was on the dinner table, not allowing not even one inch of that plate to be visible. And a second serving, would be filling that plate up a second time and enjoying. Or being sure to eat EVERY bite of that hamburger and those fries (and boy, those were a lot of fries) that I purchased at the local burger stand, what the heck, I paid for it, so I'm going to eat it! Hump...I'm not going to waste my money. I wouldn't throw out a single fry! It wasn't until I read the "Lean for Life" book that I realized that I was taking in way too many servings. Who ever heard of weighing their food? Or eating a piece of meat the size of the palm of your hand? or "a serving" of rice is actually one cup? Well no wonder I'm overweight, I've been doing this all wrong for many, many, many years! My personal trainer has recently told me that "we should NOT eat until we're full, but rather eat to sustain and/or replace the energy that we have burned". What?! Don't eat until we're full? Then what is the pleasure of eating, if we can't get full? The whole purpose of eating, so I thought, was to fill our bellies to capacity and lay back on the sofa, dozing off to sleep watching television. Isn't that suppose to be the thrill of it all? Absolutely NOT! We've had it wrong all this time. Portion control is key to weight loss as well as water intake. So if you're really struggling to know what "a serving" of one particular item is, don't be afraid of "looking it up" chances are, we're eating more than one serving, as we wonder why we're not losing the weight.