Stop blindly following rules or guidelines that you don’t really understand or that aren’t actually benefitting you.

Is It Working For You?

One of the most common things I hear when talking to women about nutrition is “______ [insert weight loss fad: meal plans, counting points, eliminating carbs, going keto, drinking ACV, etc]  worked for me before, I just have to get back to that.” When I hear that, I always wonder, “if you’ve gained back whatever you lost using that method, did it really work?”

There is nothing inherently wrong with these approaches. And if they do work for you and you can see yourself doing them for the rest of your life, awesome! Congratulations for finding something that is sustainable for you.

Unfortunately, people with that kind of success are in the minority.

What’s more common is that these approaches work temporarily, but if something disrupts the delicate balance of following these “rules” to a T, you end up right back where you started (sometimes with a little bonus weight, too).

That’s a crutch. If your results are short-term, you didn’t actually learn anything about healthy eating.

Are There Any Benefits?

For the record, I think there are huge benefits to understanding your body’s energy needs, the basics of macronutrients, what size portions are appropriate for you, and how to put together balanced meals. If any of the methods above have helped educate you about these things, then that is a success! (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I have something for you at the end).

At the end of the day, nutrition labels and calorie counts are just approximations. For sure, an approximation is better than no guess at all, but calorie counting is not an exact science. The amount of energy you get from a food can vary based on how (or if) the food is cooked, how slowly you eat it, the bacteria in your GI tract, your genetics, and more.

While I do think there is a time and a place to weigh and measure your food, ultimately, you do not need to weigh and measure everything you put in your mouth for the rest of your life.

Picture this: you’re getting dinner at a restaurant and your meal arrives. You pull a kitchen scale out of your purse, plop it on the table, stab your chicken with a fork, weigh it, put it back on the plate, scrape as many grains of rice as you can onto the scale, repeat until you’ve weighed the whole plate.

Can you see yourself doing that?

Then how about taking a different, more realistic-for-everyday-life approach? After all, aren’t your goals to be thinner/fitter/healthier for the rest of your life, not just for a little bit?

There Has To Be a Better Way!

Using your hand, which is relative to the size of your body and therefore, your energy needs, you can approximate your portion sizes without the hassle of public-food-weighing. How?

Easy:

Graphic from Precision Nutrition

Learning to eyeball portion-sizes is one of the best skills that you can learn that you can apply every single day of your life, no matter where you are, who you’re with, or what you’re eating.

Now, as promised, I have an awesome free download for you guys. It’s called the Body Transformation guide and it covers not just portions, but also what foods you need to be eating, why they’re good for you, how to put together balanced meals, how to make grocery shopping a breeze, breakdown of what kinds of workouts you should be doing and 1-month of workouts with video demos!. You can get it (fo’ free) right here!