Best tips for sticking to your diet – Weigh out your food
No one likes the idea of a diet and because of this, many people falter on their way to getting their dream bodies. Even when armed with all the right information, it’s still very easy to get discouraged about the whole thing and quit.
So here are a couple of things I’ve found that will help you stick with it.
You may not need all of them but some might scream out to you as a good idea and if that’s all it takes to keep you on path, that’s good enough.
Weigh out your food and portions for precise calorie and macronutrient content
The devil is in the detail with this and it would be so unfortunate, when being so meticulous with all the other parts of the equation, if you don’t see results because you are over prescribing yourself with unwanted calories.
The calorie game is a delicate one and while the nutritional information is normally accurate, the package weights are not.
Packaged goods are usually oversized (by just a little) in order to give the customer that sense of getting more for their money.
When it comes to calorie dense products, this could throw you way way out of your daily calorie limits if you are not careful.
Also when measuring out portions, a ‘cup of rice’ will clearly depend on the size of cup you use. Very easy to over prescribe with little oversights like this. In order to avoid this spillage into your deficit allowance, you really need to weigh out what’s eventually going to go back into you.
This isn’t anything too fancy, simply invest in a small digital set of scales. They are relatively inexpensive and take up minimum counter space but should be one of the most heavily used items in your kitchen, if not the most used.
Just get into the routine of weighing out your food portions and obtaining the exact macro and calorie information from it and it removes another layer of uncertainty from the proceedings.
You will then start to get a better a physical idea of what the calories in your food look like. You can now visualize what 400 calories of chicken looks like, or 150 calories or cooked rice.
When it comes to creating your recipes in your meal plans, this will give you the best idea of what you can put together that’s not only tasty and filling but helps you meet your goals.