Weighing your portions with a good scale really helps me with portion size. A lot of foods will list a serving as say 3/4 of a cup and then tell you 140 grams. I was surprised how many foods where the grams and cup size don't match. Some foods settle (cereal) and if you use a cup measure you may be eating more than you think! This is also very helpful with protein servings (chicken, steaks etc...)
Get a good scale (I have a Salter) that will allow you to reset scale to 0 when you put container on scale or after adding food, so that you can add another food, handy when you are say adding dressings to a salad.
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I tended to under-estimate food portions when I tried to "guess" at a serving. I still measure my cereal, milk & juice each morning. I read packaging for portion sizes, and use the Food Tracker. I use a "fancy china portion plate" I ordered from England for dinner - it has portions beautifully painted on it's face. A nice, elegant feel that makes portion control more fun. I hope to one day be able to "eye ball it" but for now weighing and measuring food at home is helping me alot!
My best purchase (after the athletic shoes) was a gram/ounce scale I found at Bed Bath and Beyond. I weigh foods now and can stop guessing at portion sizes. Get out those measuring cups too! When you're really hungry, it's easy to guess wrong.
My Kitchen FOOD SCALE!!! WEIGH & MEASURE it is!!!! 192
I decided when I began this journey that I MUST be firm with myself & weigh & measure EVERY tiny morsel From experience I've discovered that I cannot get healthy based on what value I THINK a food has! I am religiously using the SP food calculator. As a result, I have NOT gone over my calories once!
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