I Use a Life Balance Scale and a Hunger Scale.
Well I cannot criticize, my addiction is food. 'Eyes bigger than my belly' my mum would have called it.
If you suffer from 'eyes bigger than your belly' syndrome, when serving up food, look at your fist when serving a meal. Your stomach is the size of your fist. An over stretched stomachs will shrink of its own accord they do not need stapling just a period of not being stuffed overfull to regain normal size = normal hunger.
I don't weigh myself or my food very often any more, just 'keep an eye on it' and go by my natural body hunger response, how I feel, what I am doing and how I look in and out of my cotes to assess ow I am taking care of my body. OK I have had 64 years experience, a mid life of yo-yo dieting, a degree in nutrition and participation in gyms and fitness programs to get to this stage of tuning in and being able to listen to my body.
Even with all that experience it is an ongoing program to stay focused on listening to my body's hunger signals and achiving a life balance as the ponly scales I need, and for that reason I devoted blogs specific to those and see this as primarily my fitness blog.
Life Balance Scale
I want a balanced life with the natural weight that is right for my own body not what some BMI tells me is correct and I trust my own body to give me natural hunger signals if I listen and learn to understand that my unstretchable stomach is the size of my clenched fist, perfect guide to portion of a meal anyone can follow as it is personalized.
I also know my need for a protein serve is equivalent to the palm of my hand x the thickness of my hand. That again is a very personalized measurement.
I know that food will not satisfy emotional hunger and I need to do what I can to love myself, think positive thoughts, improve those things I can improve in my life and accept and learn tools to manage those things I cannot change for the better. Those things I strongly believe are more important to long term weight loss that weighing my food or myself. But then that is just me and what I believe in.
Not everyone agrees and we should all do what works for us. Have faith in your own decisions, I am all for the individual, there is not just one way to become a master of your fitness and weight. I would walk away from anyone who claims there way is the only way, that reeks of cultism.
Now the Prevention magazine recommends, (quite good advice if you cannot listen to your own body for now.)
Quote :-"This morning, use a set of kitchen scales to check out what the right portion sizes look like. Food quantity is as important as quality for maintaining healthy weight. Revising your estimations will help you avoid ‘portion distortion’ over Christmas. Visit preventionmag.com.au for more info on recommended portions." Unquote.
This is my Hunger Scale and I have a blog devoted just to eating to the hunger scale.
THE HUNGER SCALE
1 Physically Faint
3 Fairy Hungry
4 Slightly Hungry
6 Pleasantly Satisfied
Normal Eating takes place within the 3 to 7 range and equals weight maintenance.
To loose weight start and stop eating a stage sooner.
Begin eating prior to 3 and or eat beyond 7 equals weight gain.
You do not need any other scale unless participating in a quality program like the Michell Bridges 12WBT and needing to give evidence that you are releasing excess body weight to others or enjoy weighing for your own pleasure and motivation .
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