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Keeping Track of Diet Portions the Easy Way

Keeping Track of Diet Portions the Easy Way

The most basic premise of losing weight is to make sure that the amount of calories you take in is less than the amount you burn. You can do this through exercise and calorie counting. One of the hardest parts of any diet is to keep track of your calories or portions. Toss out the measuring cups and simply use your hands to easily measure the diet portions you can take in at every meal.

One appealing part of using this system to measure your food portions; no matter where you are and what situations you’re in, you’ll always have your hands with you to measure with. Another reason—this form of measuring is custom-sized just for you, making every portion ideally sized.

Take note: the portions are units of measurement. Men will need two portions in general, whereas women will only need one portion.

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A palm represents your protein portion

Open Palm

    The recommended portion of meat in a meal is approximately 3 ounces or the size and weight of a deck of playing cards. Your palm without fingers is a close approximation to this.

    Best for:

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    • Beef
    • Pork
    • Poultry
    • Fish

    A fist is a unit for your vegetable/pasta and ice cream portion

    Fist
      Approximately one cup of cooked vegetables is the recommended size measurement a person needs to take in a day. That’s about the size of your closed fist.

      Best when used for:

      • Beverages
      • Cereals
      • Fruits
      • Salads
      • Soups
      • Caseroles
      • Cereals

      A cupped hand represents your carb portion

      Credit goes to http://www.flickr.com/photos/riot/
        Half a cup of carbohydrates is what’s recommended in a proper diet portion. Half of the one cup/fist mentioned above is approximately what you would get with a cupped open hand.
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        Best for:

        • Pasta
        • Rice
        • Vegetables
        • Beans
        • Potatoes
        • Cooked Vegetables
        • Pudding
        • Ice cream

        Your thumb represents your fat portion.

        Thumbs up
          Anything rich in fat such as peanut butter or nuts is recommended to be approximately the size of a tablespoon. Your thumb can approximate for that measurement, making it easy to keep from going overboard with foods high in fat.

          Best for:

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          • Salad Dressing
          • Peanut Butter
          • Sour Cream
          • Cream Cheese

          You can use your thumb to get a further measurement for the more fatty foods like butter and mayonnaise. The very tip of your thumb approximates one teaspoon.

          Best for:

          • Butter
          • Margarine
          • Mayonnaise
          • Oil

          For Cheese, use your fingers

          Hand and Fingers
            • Cheese– A portion of cheese should be approximately the same size as two fingers placed together.

            Based on the guidlines above, and assuming you’ll be eating about 3-4 times a day, you’ll have an accurate amount how much protein, vegetable, carbs, and fat portions you need to eat at every meal—all without breaking out any measuring device.

            Extra tips for you:

            • Don’t eat from the bag. Use the serving sizes previously mentioned and portion out the snack into a small bowl. This will prevent you from being tempted into eating too much.
            • Serve food in smaller plates. Eat from a salad plate instead of a dinner plate—larger dinner plates will tempt you subconsciously to fill the empty space.
            • Keep serving dishes on the counter instead of at the table. This will force you to get up for you to get seconds. Putting food out of reach makes it less tempting to possibly overeat.
            • Don’t snack in front of the television mindlessly. Eating or snacking mindlessly in front of the television or while performing other activities takes your mind—and focus—off of how much food you’re eating. Eat at the table to keep your focus and attention on your food so you’ll know when you’ve had enough to eat.
            • If you’re hungry between meals, eat a healthy high-fiber snack such as fruit, salad or broth-based soup (Cream-based soups don’t count!). The snack will fill you up so that you don’t eat too much at your next meal.

            Further details on these portions can be found here at Livestrong and Precision Nutrition. Even more detailed instructions and extra information can be found here at The U. K. Daily Mail and Medicine Plus

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            Last Updated on January 21, 2020

            The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

            The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

            Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

            your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

              Why You Need a Vision

              Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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              How to Create Your Life Vision

              Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

              What Do You Want?

              The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

              It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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              Some tips to guide you:

              • Remember to ask why you want certain things
              • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
              • Give yourself permission to dream.
              • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
              • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

              Some questions to start your exploration:

              • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
              • What would you like to have more of in your life?
              • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
              • What are your secret passions and dreams?
              • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
              • What do you want your relationships to be like?
              • What qualities would you like to develop?
              • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
              • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
              • What would you most like to accomplish?
              • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

              It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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              What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

              Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

              A few prompts to get you started:

              • What will you have accomplished already?
              • How will you feel about yourself?
              • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
              • What does your ideal day look like?
              • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
              • What would you be doing?
              • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
              • How are you dressed?
              • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
              • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
              • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

              It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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              Plan Backwards

              It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

              • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
              • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
              • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
              • What important actions would you have had to take?
              • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
              • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
              • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
              • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
              • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

              Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

              It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

              Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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