As you know, any weight loss plan is going to involve some form of reducing caloric intake. Some plans instruct you to actually measure calories, while others simply instruct you to eat only low-calorie foods. Still others offer pre-packaged foods that are measured for you, so all you have to do is heat it up and dig in. Whatever the case, the underlying theme involves fewer calories in your diet.
(Of course, at Serenity MD, we believe there is more to a weight loss plan than simple calorie restriction… But stay with us for a minute here, because calories are definitely important).
Here’s the problem: How will you know how many calories you’re really consuming?
Sometimes it’s easy. You can look up “apple” on a chart or weight loss app, and get a good idea. But the issue can get trickier when you prepare more complicated dishes, with multiple ingredients.
In the Western world, our idea of appropriate portion sizes is extremely skewed from reality. Due to this, we’ve witnessed plenty of people who assume a certain amount of a dish is a “serving”, and after consulting their calorie chart or app, they decide that the item fits into their weight loss plan. The problem is, they’ve actually just consumed two or even three servings of the food, doubling or tripling their calorie intake for that meal! This is an understandable mistake, considering that most of us are accustomed to Western ideas of serving sizes.
That’s why, when you first begin a weight loss plan, it can often be a good idea to “relearn” correct serving sizes. Purchase a good-quality kitchen scale, and begin weighing your foods. Yes, it’s a bit of trouble, but you won’t have to do it forever. After just a few weeks of measuring each item before consuming it, you will have re-trained your brain to recognize servings. Before long it will be second nature, and you’ll possess a new, more intuitive sense for the calories contained in foods.
Now, how many calories do you need to consume daily, to meet your weight loss goals? We can help with that. Give us a call, and we’ll schedule an appointment to discuss a medical weight loss plan that fits your needs and lifestyle.