To some people, weighing your food can be seen as totally obsessive and OTT. To others, it’s an important way to track food and get results.
After many years working with people to help them reach their weight loss goals, I’ve seen various positives and negatives that come from tracking your food carefully.
I wanted to write a post today to explore both the good and the bad – and to help you to understand how you can use tracking effectively to help you reach your goals.
😊 Positives to weighing your food:
- Ability to understand portion size – especially when you’re just starting out.
- Careful tracking means you’re less likely to overeat/go off track with a meal plan or program.
- Great when your progress has stalled, to check you are following the right portion sizes or to fine-tune your diet so that you can continue making progress.
- Very effective at improving the odds of a good cake baking session.
☹️ Negatives of weighing your food:
- Can develop unhealthy relationships with eating, where control becomes obsessive.
- Can lead to difficulty relaxing in social eating situations.
- Coming off your plan because you were unable to get the precise food you needed so you either gave up/didn’t eat anything.
- Quite inconvenient to carry around.
💡 My Advice?
If you’re starting a meal plan or program designed to help you lose/gain weight or hit certain goals then weighing your food is a very good idea.
It will help you to understand the portion sizes that are right for you, and will give you a good sense of control and discipline to get you in the right mindset for success.
Once you are comfortable with your new eating habits – you know roughly what your portion sizes should look like, you’ve developed good discipline and you are making good progress – think about dropping your reliance on the scales and trusting yourself.
A huge part of the problem when it comes to people developing bad relationships around food comes from their feelings of trust and self control.
You can’t build self belief without learning to trust yourself to follow through on what you say you’re going to do.
You can’t build trust without proof that you can do what you say you’re going to do. This goes for all relationships surely?
So learn to rely on yourself, not the scales or your coach or your plan. Those things are all simply tools to support you – they aren’t the magic solution and they shouldn’t be the only way you can achieve your results.
MY METHOD FOR SUCCESS: Start with the tools, learn the skills for yourself, then practice implementing them until it becomes second nature.
Do I weigh my food?
Only if I’m baking! Although occasionally I check in to make sure my portions aren’t creeping up, if i feel like my progress has slowed.
I started out by weighing my food, and it really helped me to understand that I was probably eating too much (eyes bigger than my belly syndrome) and even if the food I was choosing was healthy, eating too much of it was stopping me from getting the results I wanted.
Now I eat healthy, and eat the right amount for me (mostly!) I’ve done set time-frames of strict eating, no deviations and no ‘treats’ and as effective as that is, I am now much happier to spend the majority of my time eating well – a balanced diet, controlled portion sizes, minimal snacking – and the rest of the time eating what I feel like.
I’ve only got to this point by understanding what my body needs, through developing discipline and self-belief around food, knowing that I can trust myself to make good decisions, that support my goals, the majority of the time.
You can do it too! Just remember the key rule:
Start with the tools, learn the skills for yourself, then practice implementing them until it becomes second nature.
As always, if you found this post useful do share it with someone who may find it useful too! If you have any questions, get in touch and I’ll be happy to help!
Miss FF x