Are you really eating in moderation? You really don’t know if you aren’t keeping an accurate food journal. I have spent countless hours helping people construct healthy eating plans who have told me that they eat everything in moderation. Once I have them keep track of their food intake, we discover that their moderation isn’t moderate at all. Here are some common mistakes:
A Glass is not a Cup
A serving of juice is measured as 1 cup. In case you don’t know, a glass of juice is not a cup of juice. Chances are it’s about 2 ½ cups of juice. Therefore instead of 1 serving and 100 calories, you had 2.5 servings and 250 calories. An extra 150 calories here and there leads to an extra 2-3 pounds here and there.
I only had 1 or 2
Frequent trips to the cupboard and grabbing one cookie might fool you, but believe me your metabolism isn’t fooled at all. Be honest with yourself about how many trips to the cookie cupboard you actually took. If you aren’t honest with yourself, your weight gain will. When you are writing in your journal, write everything.
1 of everything is Still 1 of EVERYTHING
I have actually heard people say that they are on the 1 of everything diet. They wholeheartedly believe they are indulging less by sampling everything as opposed to eating a bunch of one thing. There are numerous theories behind this and rather than listing them all, I will say, they are wrong. Sampling one of everything usually provides a ton of calories and sugar just as eating a bunch of one treat does.
Your Daughter’s Leftovers Count
Unfortunately the 2 bites of chicken and half a slice of garlic bread you cleaned off your daughters plate (into your mouth) has to be counted as well. You can’t hide from the truth about calories. It has to be written in your food journal as well.