Have you ever weighed your spaghetti noodles – before you cooked them?
Have you ever measured out your dressing for a salad?
Do you know the weight of a normal-sized skinless, boneless chicken breast?
How much, exactly, is a four-ounce glass of wine, which is considered normal for one serving?
Recently, I have started weighing and measuring out my food. Sound weird? To most, the answer would be a resounding yes.
But to me, it has been an eye-opening and awe-inspiring experience. Seriously.
For instance, a serving of spaghetti is about 2 ounces or about one cup when it’s cooked. There are three of us in our family, so last night, I literally weighed the raw spaghetti noodles so that I had 10 ounces or about five cups when it was cooked.
I figured I would eat a one-cup serving and my husband and son would each eat a two-cup serving.
And although it didn’t look like nearly enough and only about half of what I typically make, after dinner, it was determined that we could have gotten by with about 8 to 8.5 ounces.
Before my new obsession with the weight and measurement of my foods, I can guarantee you I at three or maybe even four or five times the amount of spaghetti I ate last night.
As for steak or any other tasty meat, like chicken or pork, my food scale has come in extremely handy. I now eat between 3 to 5 ounces of steak at a sitting, which before, I was probably putting away 10 to 12 ounces at a time.
And then I wonder why the hell I was so fat.
I have heard people – the so-called experts – talk (okay, harp on the issue) of portion control, but I never really thought it would matter…THAT much. I guess now that I have started to pay attention, I finally get it.
And it does make a difference – a 17-pound difference.