If you’re overhauling your eating plan, it’s probably because you want to lose weight or get healthier (we’ve yet to meet anyone who changed their habits because they were trying to accomplish the opposite). But we often find that people adopt a weight loss plan, feel that they’re following it precisely, and yet nothing happens. They don’t lose weight, and they don’t feel any better. What’s going on?
There are a few different potential culprits in this situation, such as “water weight” or gaining heavier muscle mass while losing fat tissue. But the most common problem of all is actually quite simple, and it’s no secret: You’re not actually following the weight loss plan as closely as you think.
Don’t get us wrong; you might not be “cheating”. You’re eating the right foods. You’re exercising regularly. And you have gained a general understanding of how all of these things work together, to result in weight loss. But one thing is wrong: Your calorie counts are off, because you’ve underestimated your portion sizes.
The fact is, some people can’t “eyeball” measurements when they’re cooking and eating, or they aren’t sure of the correct portion sizes to begin with. So the result is that you might consume 500 calories, but record it as 300 in your food diary or weight loss app. See how that could be problematic?
The solution for this problem is simple: Just go back to learning the basics. Start a food diary, if you haven’t already, and exercise diligence in recording everything that you eat. Second, start using a kitchen scale, measuring cups, and so on. Read food labels, and measure out exact portions of food.
You won’t need to do this forever. After some time, you will intuitively understand appropriate portion sizes without all of these extra steps! But for now, put yourself through “portion size boot camp” to relearn this important skill.
And as always, don’t hesitate to contact us with questions about your weight loss plan. We can help you identify areas in which you could improve your plan, and get back on track toward your goals.