So many women tell me that they struggle BIG time with portion sizes. They find it challenging to stick to the portions listed on food labels, feel hungry when eating the portions given to them from their meal plan, or feel like a failure when they exceed their daily calorie limit on MyFitnessPal. Well, I’ve got news! You don’t have to live your life counting calories or measuring your food for the rest of your life. I’ve compiled my top 3 reasons WHY you should stop measuring your food so you can stress less, feel confident in your food choices and stop micromanaging for food intake!
1. Portion sizes don’t know your body’s needs
No portion size, meal plan or calorie counting app knows your body better than you do. The amount of food we need depends on so many factors – our daily activity, stress levels, and hormones just to name a few. Portion sizes also depend on how many different foods you are eating at a time! For example, a serving size of eggs may be one, but if you’re only eating eggs and toast for breakfast, you will likely need more than one egg to fill you up. However, if you had toast, sausage, fruit and grits with your breakfast, one egg might be satisfying enough for you. I teach my clients how to tap in with their bodies inner wisdom, so they can ignore suggested serving sizes and eat the amount of food that their bodies feel best and most energized with.
2. Gets you out of touch with your bodies internal hunger and fullness cues
The more we listen to external food rules like serving sizes or portion containers to dictate when and how much we should eat, the further away we are pulled from listening to our bodies internal hunger and fullness cues. For example, let’s say you begin a program that tells you exactly how much to eat each day. After dinner, you have already eaten your allowed food from your meal plan but are still hungry. You tell your body that you shouldn’t be hungry, you have already eaten your allowed food limit for the day, and you ignore your hunger and go to bed that night without eating additional food and honoring your hunger. You do this over and over again, until one day you realize you don’t know what hunger feels like anymore. You don’t trust your body and am dependent on programs telling you when, or how much to eat. This is a common side effect of what jumping diet to diet can do to you.
3. Requires too much pre-planning
Let’s be honest, who really wants to pre-plan the perfect amount of food they eat each day?! It’s so much easier to throw together a bowl of food, let’s say a rice bowl, without perfectly measuring out how much rice, black beans, chicken, shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, corn, etc. that will go in it! On top of it, eating “perfect” portions makes it really difficult to dine out when you really don’t know how much of each ingredient is going into the food you eat. You don’t want to be doing mental math, calculating how many calories, carbs, protein and fats are in each meal over focusing in on being present and enjoying conversations with your friends and family when enjoying new restaurants or socializing over a holiday cookout. Pre-planning portions is simply too time consuming and stressful!
Apply to my 1:1 Food Freedom Program for a step by step solution and guidance to help you tap in with your body’s inner wisdom, trust that your body will tell you the amount of you need to feel your best, and say goodbye to calorie counting and portion measuring for good.