Hello Fitness Enthusiasts!
This week I’ve got a special post for you. As much as I know you all love my posts, I feel like it’s important to get other people’s perspectives every now and then. Everything I know I’ve learned from someone else. With that said, please welcome this week’s guest blogger - Brandi Cunha:
Picture it! It’s 8:30 AM, and while driving to work you pull your vehicle into Dunkin’ Donuts and make your daily order: a blueberry muffin that’s bigger than your fist and that large sweetened coffee. At lunch, your co-workers pick you up a footlong sandwich. After work, you go out to dinner with that friend you just have to catch up with. For dinner you decide Italian and end up consuming this huge bowl of pasta, meat, and sauce. Then, of course, that friend lures you into desert, which ends up being a huge slice of cheesecake. The morning after, you realize your jeans are getting a bit tight. That’s probably from the repetitive overeating - you’ve been doing this to yourself for months, perhaps even years. It’s simple logic: huge meals = huge waistline. In America we have so many fallacies about portion size, what is overeating, what’s a portion, and how we can lose weight.
First and foremost, overeating is not when you have a gut-wrenching stomachache, because you ate too much. Overeating is what most people would consider full. That feeling of I really don’t want anymore, and if I did eat anymore it would make me feel bad. Overeating is what I like to call the gray area between, “I feel satisfied” and horrible stomachache.
Now what is a portion? A certain number of calories? A certain mass amount? What the bag says? No, no, and no! A portion needs to be tailored to you so you feel satisfied (not full). For example, I would eat half of that muffin, get a small coffee, order a 6 inch sandwich and only eat half, perhaps a quarter of that huge entree, and one or two bites of the cheesecake. Now you're probably wondering what the heck am I supposed to do with all that extra food? I would save the half of the muffin, throw away the oily sandwich, take a doggy bag of the pasta entree, and share the rest of the cheesecake with my friend. Remember you can either: Save it for later, share it, or throw it out.
Now we all know that fat storage is controlled by whether we are getting less calories than we need (weight loss), the right amount of calories (maintain our weight), or more calories than we need (weight gain). If you are trying to lose weight you definitely want to cut down on the number of calories consumed per day. Through portion control you can cut down that number by half, maybe even three quarters! Let me let you in on a little secret: All those send food to your house programs you see (Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig) do this exact secret. They do something you should be able to do yourself - portion control!
Through portion control you can and WILL lose weight and here’s something you may have not even noticed. You can lose weight, without changing or restricting yourself from eating your favorite foods.
Health and Wellness Coach
P.S. Please give Brandi our warmest regards and feedback, and if you like her post, be sure to comment below.