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Well....maybe you're overestimating some of your serving sizes? Do you think you really ate two whole large potatoes? Because that's a lotta potatoes! I noticed the grilled veggies were entered with a pretty high calorie count, too. Were they covered in butter or sauce, because veggies like broccoli or carrots usually don't come in close to 500 calories. Maybe you were over estimating the serving size?
When I started counting calories I found it really helpful to measure everything. Get some measuring spoons, measuring cups, and a kitchen scale like this one.
It's impossible to measure or weigh things when you eat away from home (and who'd want to?), but if you measure things when you're at home, then you get good at "eyeballing it" when you're eating out.
this is highly rated on amazon. I also found a decent one at walmart the other day for $20, but they don't have it online.
You really do need to invest in a food scale. [link]
Read the back of the package and it will tell you how much is in each oz / tsp / tbsp / cup etc. At first it will be tedious but after awhile you will fly through making your lunches.
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ima go buy one lol
I'm using it for weight loss, hence, doing Insanity. It's funny cuz I'm way willing to spend $20 on things that aren't good for me, but when it comes to healthy options, I'm like mehhh should i get it? Smh
There are tons of scales out there... I use this one. I have one at home and one at my office.
As for recipes, if it's easier to stay away from overly complicated things, do so! Are you vegetarian? If not, nothing gets much simpler than meaty protein and vegetables bathed in butter!
You may benefit from a scale that weighs more food. This one's done me good for 5 years, still going strong, and weighs up to 11 lbs.
This is the one I have
It's simple and works great for me! Measures in grams, ounces, pounds.
First and most importantly, congratulations. This is a life long journey. Be proud of yourselves for finding the motivation to even start.
The first thing I bought, and will never live with out again, was this: [link]
There are tons of models and tons of options. Target, Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart - will all have choices for whatever your budget allows. A digital kitchen scale is essential to counting calories.
I really do wish the best of luck to you. I know it's not easy, but the beautiful thing about weight loss is that it's simple. All you have to do is burn more than you eat.
I'm a parent with 2 kids now, still in my 20's with no health problems, and I can't imagine going through cancer on top of anything else. If you ever need someone to talk to or vent, hit me up. Random internet strangers can be nice.
Also, EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale, Silver [link] excellent food scale here.
Two things will help a lot towards changing this.
Don't go shopping for groceries when you're hungry. Your stomach is insidious and will convince you to buy those unhealthy snacks if you're hungry, if you've eaten recently you'll have much better self control.
Count your calories using My Fitness Pal (or something similar). Something that will help so much with this is a food scale - no one will get out a tablespoon measure when making a peanut butter sandwich, but weighing the sandwich before and after putting peanut butter on it is trivial. This is the food scale I use, and it works great.
In my experience, counting your calories will help you realize just how much you're consuming, and that realization (3500 kcal of chips and salsa??) can stave off a lot of the hunger. Also, another bonus if you use MFP is that you can plan what you're going to eat ahead of time so you can avoid any "oops" moments.
If you're experiencing a lot of cravings, definitely look into /r/keto. It helped me a lot when I upheld it, and after a week or so you don't miss the carbs nearly as much.
The most important factor to losing weight is to make sure that you're consuming fewer calories than you're expending. The number one thing that helped me the most was counting calories. Make an account with MyFitnessPal (or someplace similar) and get a food scale (I use and like this one).
The food scale is important - if you have to get out a tablespoon measure every time you make a peanut butter sandwich, you're not going to do it. If you try to eyeball how much peanut butter you have on your sandwich, you're going to do a horrible job. Get a food scale. For real.
If you have trouble meeting your calorie goal, you can try eating according to a diet. I did keto (/r/keto) for a while, and it was good at keeping me from feeling cravings. Other people swear by paleo (/r/paleo) but I've never tried it. All these diets are are tricks to helping you not go over your calorie limit; counting calories is still the number one thing you need to do to lose weight.