Deciding to revamp a diet in order to make it healthier always involves chosing healthier foods and portion sizes.
I was not prepared.
Of course I knew I would have to give up my dumdums and ho-hos on a daily basis. What has been difficult though is realizing how skewed my portion sizes are.
Before embarking on my diet over haul, I did not realize that half of a medium-sized potato was a serving, or that a 16 oz rib eye was far, far (about 4 x) too much. I never had a clue that most salad dressings, mayo, sour cream, cream cheese etc. servings sizes are two tablespoons.
I can’t tell you how many times I would choose a baked potato to eat, because I thought it was the healthier choice. I often ate large (3-4 servings) baked potatoes dripping with butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon and chives. That of course was along with an entire rib eye steak.
No wonder I am fat.
That is one of the great things about Weight Watchers. At the meetings the leader does a great job of giving out information onwhat a real serving size is and what it looks like.
Le me clarify by saying this: Yes, of course, I can read labels and I know what a serving size is via label information. I am strictly talking about bulk fruits, veggies and unlabeled meats.
At Weight Watchers (& I am sure other places too) they say eat until you are no longer hungry, or eat until you are satisfied.
Well, which is it? For me, there is a huge difference between no longer feeling hunger and feeling satisfied.
I am the type of person who doesn’t feel “satisfied” until I almost feel stuffed. Even if that means going back for 2nds & 3rds.
Sadly, 2nds & 3rds often come even though I no longer feel hunger. I know I do this out of habit. It is a habit because this is how I have always approached eating. It usually leaves me feeling miserable, guilty and angry.
Do you have any tips on how to stop eating once I no longer feel hunger, but not necessarily feeling “satisfied”?