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July 30, 2011 6:54 AM
Personally speaking I weigh everything- including vegetables (except black coffee and spices) on my Taylor food scale and log every bite that goes into my mouth. My family finds it a bit obsessive, but I beg to differ. I can't seem to eyeball portion sizes even after weighing my food every single day for 5 months. Isn't that pathetic?

I don't make a big fuss about going over when eating out, but at home I have to measure/weigh my food. There's no other way around it.
Edited by MoonIite On July 30, 2011 7:02 AM
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July 30, 2011 6:57 AM
I'm in the same boat as you. Everything. Going on 6 months for me. Once I reach my goal, I may lessen the OCD behavior, when I'm on maintenance mode. Right now, I figure I'll stick with it, then ween myself off the scale, and try to eyeball things more. I just like recording everything EXACTLY. Keeps me accountable :)
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July 30, 2011 6:57 AM
I weigh and measure 90% of what I eat as well. I don't think it's obsessive. I bought an HRM to calculate how many calories I burn when exercising so how is that any different?
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July 30, 2011 6:58 AM
my fiancé melted my scales! I eyeball everything, including when I'm making things from scratch :P
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July 30, 2011 6:58 AM
No! If it has helped you get results then DO IT! I would not be down 2+ lbs this week if not for weighing/measuring everything. To quote Judith Beck (from The Beck Diet Solution), "Thin people are very careful about what they eat."
July 30, 2011 6:59 AM
I've been doing this for about a year and still measure. Not as much as before because I am now aware, but If I question myself I pull out the scale. Best thing I could have done for weight loss.
July 30, 2011 6:59 AM
I measure, don't weigh, and sometimes measure by eyeball. I'm okay with approximate.
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July 30, 2011 6:59 AM
No it's not. I have just started weighing my food and was shocked at how much I had been over eating. No wonder I wasn't losing any weight. Everything is portioned out and weighed now and I've lost almost 4 pounds in a few weeks not to mention some inches.
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July 30, 2011 7:00 AM
I weigh everything that goes into my mouth. My diary shows exactly what has gone into my mouth for that day. If I eyeball or don't measure....that is how going over by a little will turn into a little more the next day and a little more the next.....for me I have to know what is going in. That is just me and my personality!
Edited by littlecaponey2 On July 30, 2011 7:00 AM
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July 30, 2011 7:01 AM
weigh weigh weigh, all the way but the bar scanner is my baby
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July 30, 2011 7:01 AM
I measure and or weigh if i am not sure of what i am eating...some stuff i have weighed and measured before so i am aware of exactly how much a serving is...aka, like i have a specific cup for my cereal, and know how much to put in it to make a serving... i find that weighing or measuring is VERY IMPORTANT when it comes to calorie counting...and I know that if I didnt count calories, I would not be where I am today in my diet goals....I am a person will very little will power, and I thank God for his help every day too :0), without him I would surely fail ... I know my weaknesses and I try to avoid the pitfalls of them....
July 30, 2011 7:01 AM
I way everything which is not prepackaged, wear a HR monitor. It does get a little obsessive but it is the only way i can stay connected with what I am putting in my body.
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July 30, 2011 7:02 AM
Yes, I only achieved my results by being so diligent. I don't care if it is considered obsessive. Of course, I have to anyway because I have to limit protein and sodium to prevent further kidney stones.
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July 30, 2011 7:02 AM
I weigh my food also. I especially weigh my meats, that is hard to eyeball. And if I eat like chips or something I have to weigh. Learning to eat the correct portion size when I weigh my food.
July 30, 2011 7:03 AM
i do some items (potatos) but just till you know there weights and you get a feel for them so to speek!
July 30, 2011 7:03 AM
I weigh and measure everything with calories (I just eyeball veggies, spices, etc.). I've found it's too easy to over-estimate (or even under-estimate) if I eyeball. I leave my scale on the counter, so it doesn't take but a second to weigh something (thanks to the tare button!)
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July 30, 2011 7:04 AM
Its ok now, but in life you cannot weigh everything. You have to learn how to eat properly or you will have a lot of problems trying to llive a normal life when you're done with this program. Weighing veggies is not necessary as they hardly add up calories, except for root veggies don't bother. It will be hard to get rid of that habit if you don't learn how to eyeball now.
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July 30, 2011 7:05 AM
I did for a long time, but finally felt like I was able to eyeball things. Now, years later, I'm thinking I need to measure stuff again because it's probably sneaked up over time. Besides, my husband (who's also doing this) keeps disagreeing with my estimates (he always thinks I'm over-estimating, I think he's not aware of how little 1 oz of cheese really is!)

Would love recommendations for a good, inexpensive food scale!
July 30, 2011 7:05 AM
I just weigh calorie dense foods.

This video is a real eye opener about how easy it is to underestimate what you are eating if you are measuring by volume instead of weight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVjWPclrWVY

"You know you lick the spoon."
Edited by RMinVA On July 30, 2011 7:09 AM
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July 30, 2011 7:06 AM
The OCD challenge! I measure and weigh my food. Period! No explanations for it. It fits me and I am fine with thatheart
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July 30, 2011 7:07 AM
Yes, I weigh/measure everything! And I'm even anal enough to carry a set of measuring spoons and cups in my purse in a ziploc baggie for when I eat out. Sad I know, but it works!!!!!
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July 30, 2011 7:08 AM
I do. As a matter of fact, sometimes I will eat out of the measuring cups in order not to dirty another dish. I also count out veggies chips as I eat them (in my head of course). lol.
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July 30, 2011 7:10 AM
QUOTE:

I did for a long time, but finally felt like I was able to eyeball things. Now, years later, I'm thinking I need to measure stuff again because it's probably sneaked up over time. Besides, my husband (who's also doing this) keeps disagreeing with my estimates (he always thinks I'm over-estimating, I think he's not aware of how little 1 oz of cheese really is!)

Would love recommendations for a good, inexpensive food scale!


It's all about pereception...I am surprised at how big an ounce of cheese actually is!!
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July 30, 2011 7:12 AM
If I have to guess how much food it is. I weigh it. To me, a food scale is more important than an HRM. Part of how we got this way was we were eating more than we thought we were. With a food scale, and you can get them for less than $15, there's no excuse not to know.
July 30, 2011 7:13 AM
I have been on maintenance for almost 4 months and I still weigh everything!! I will weigh before I measure e.g. instead of 1 cup of cereal I prefer to measure out the 54 grams (it is way more accurate). My family also finds me crazy for it but I WILL NOT go back to how I looked before and if this is my tool to do it then too bad for them!!
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