Friday, March 21, 2014

Fitness Fridays | Scaling Back...The Significance of Having A Food Scale

It's time for another fabulous 'Fitness Fridays' post! I'm sorry about missing last week, but I had an incredibly busy week at work and well sometimes life happens. Anywho, my last Fitness Friday post discussed Overcoming Plateaus. I believe that owning a food scale can not only help you break through plateaus, but it can take your weight loss journey and overall eating habits to the next level!

When I first embarked on my weight loss journey with Weight Watchers I realized that in order to truly track my points (Click here for further explination) I  needed to know exactly how much of what I was putting into my body. At first I fought the process by believing that I could eyeball the amounts of food that I was eating *rolls eyes at myself*. In my mind if I ate a grilled chicken breast with veggies and steamed rice I was good to go and the pounds would just melt off right? WRONG. You see there are these two little words called 'Portion Control'. How can you control your portions if you don't know how much you're eating?

Previously before I had a true understanding of portion control I would eat healthy foods (as much as I wanted) and couldn't understand why I would only lose about 10 lbs before I would hit a very frustrating plateau. One day after joining weight watchers a light bulb went off and I decided to invest in a digital food scale. A decent scale will cost you around $20, which is a small price to pay for what became a lifetime investment for me. At first it felt weird measuring out 5 oz of chicken, 1/3 cup of rice, and 3-4 oz of vegitables. Soon what I realized was that I could eat half of what I was previously eating and was still full. Who knew that 30 g of chips instead of the entire bag would cure my salty craving!

I've heard over and over that portion control is a big part of healthy eating and I'm just here to tell you that 'they' were right. My food scale was honestly the best investment that I've made for my health. Still to this day even though I'm basically maintaining I measure my food. It helps to keep both me and my scale in check. So if you haven't tried out a food scale think about it. It just might be the scale that helps to move your scale!


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16 comments:

  1. I always thought measuring my food was a waste of time, but after reading your post, I think I should invest in one.

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    1. It's definitely a great investment and something that you won't regret!

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  2. Ugh *looks at ditigal scale in Amazon shopping cart* I guess that my silly self really needs to buy this thing now...lol. Thanks for sharing Courtnea!

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

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    1. LOL it's really an awesome tool to have!

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  3. I have always heard this being talked about but have never tried it! I really should. My weight loss has stopped in the last month! Great tip Courtnea

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    1. Thank you! It just may be the push you need to see a difference!

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  4. I have a food scale too and they are very helpful if you need to watch your portion size and keep track of your calories. Great post!

    I host a Fitness Friday linky along with a lot of other health bloggers. I invite you to link up on thehealthymoms.net and share my button on your site. Have a terrific weekend!

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    1. Yes I love my little scale! thanks for the invite..I'll be sure to check it out!

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  5. Thanks for the tip :) How do you control portion size when you eat out?

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    1. I normally try to limit myself to 1-2 meals out a week and 1 of those meals is normally something like a smoothie. The great thing is most restaurants have a menu online with the nutritional value of items. That's about the best I can do when eating out, which why I avoid it most of the time!

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  6. Awesome tip, I hardly pay attention to those details.

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  7. It's very eye opening when you starting weighing your food. Our intake was way too much. I no longer weigh as I have a good eye for what's the right portion.

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    1. Yes....it's definitely eye opening! I'm still working on the 'eye balling' thing!

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  8. Yes girl!!! (HIGH FIVE) I invested in one of these about a year ago and have never looked back. Eye-balling doesn't work, you serve up more than you think you are. I also got measuring spoons so I know what 1cup of rice really is and 1/2 a cup etc. Great post

    My Recent post - http://www.myeverydaytreats.co.uk/2014/03/progress-pictures-fitness-friday.html

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