Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Weight Loss and Portion Control

In my experience, one of the major components to weight loss is portion control.  I've always known this, just seldom choose to care.  Right now I care, big time.  Since I am tracking all of my calories, it's important to pay attention to these things.  I've mentioned that we have always eaten pretty healthy food.  For instance tonight I'm making my family pasta and meatballs.  I am using frozen meatballs, which I would prefer not to do, but it's a big time saver for me, and whole grain pasta.  You might be surprised to know that a serving of whole grain pasta is 2 ounces.  It looks like this:


If you are like me, your heart might have just sank a little.  The first time I actually measured a serving of pasta was within the last 3 months.  It looks pretty sad doesn't it?  So, you might be wondering how to make this work.  Here is how I do it for myself and for my boys also.  


This is a serving of whole grain rotini, a serving and a half of broccoli, 4 mini Italian meatballs, and 1/4 cup of marinara sauce.  Oh, and a little bit of Parmesan cheese too.  I didn't put all of the cheese on so the photo would look better, but you better believe I will be adding some more before digging into my dinner. So total calories for me here is 440.  If you are weary of the broccoli paired with marinara sauce, just try it! 

To be clear I don't measure and weigh my kids food but I sure do for my own, and it's working wonders.  It takes all the guess work out of portion sizes really.  I recently invested in a digital food scale and I'm in love.  

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