"What Gets Measured Gets Managed." - Peter Drucker
e of my biggest food weaknesses is salty carbs. Some people may go for the sweets, the fast food, or the big greasy meats, and I can certainly understand the addictive possibilities there. But with me, it's all about salty snack foods. I have to use some self control on those, or the next thing you know I've eaten half a bag of Blue Corn Chips- I thought "Blue Corn" meant it was good for you!
Chips and other things that satiate the salt, fat, and sugar cravings are ok in moderation, or on rare occasions. But the emphasis on fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, fish, nuts, legumes, dairy, and lean meats is the best way to go. Smart snacking is also important. Sometimes when you're really hungry you need to have something you can go to that's not gonna pack on the weight.
Things like chips and cereals and granola aren't really that bad either, with one major caveat. We need to measure how much of that stuff we're eating. What gets me in trouble is not pouring out an actual serving size. It may say 200 calories and 10 grams of fat on the label, which is a fairly moderate-calorie snack, but if you eat 3 times that much without knowing it then it doesn't matter.
What gets measured gets managed. The late great Peter Drucker said that about business, but it also applies to eating well. I touched on this in "3.0 Nutrition" but I wanted to be more explicit about it. Measure your portion sizes in teaspoons, tablespoons, and cups. That way you will know exactly how much you're eating. You may not have to do it your whole life, but if we are in a weight loss phase we definitely need to be very objective about measuring.
Once you achieve your weight goal, you can scale it back a bit and relax. At that point, simply pouring out your portion sizes in a bowl may be sufficient. Just remember, the portion sizes we're taking in may not match the portion sizes on the label. It's not a good idea to eat out of the container so take a few seconds to grab something to put your food in.
What gets measured gets managed. So if we want manage weight and body fat, we better start measuring!
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