This posts stems from an email conversation that I had with "T" Anyway, I mentioned that I needed help with my eating and when she asked me what I was having trouble with...portion size, control..etc. I told her my theory on nutrion as it relates to weight loss.
Now I know that eating is 90-95% of the weight loss journey. However, as I have mentioned too many times to count, I am not a fan of cutting any particular food group out of my diet. (I "wants" what I want lol ;) All of the low carb, no carb, low-fat, high protein diets are not for me (although I probably would fare the best on a high protein diet because I am not about to cut meat out ..no way, no how, NOT EVA). I mentioned that from everything that I've read concerning weight loss, it all boils down to two things....Calories In Vs. Calories out. If that is the case, then I should be able to eat whatever it is that I want to eat as long as I'm burning more calories than I'm taking in. Sounds good right?
"T" mentioned that she too, thought this way for years and then gave me a swift dose of reality when I told her that I usually ( 95 % of the time) eat a somewhat "healthy" breakfast and lunch, but I usually eat whatever for dinner. I don't do 100% of the cooking and if we're having fried chicken and mac and cheese, I'm having fried chicken and mac and cheese. Now keep in mind I do not go overboard, meaning I'm not loading up my plate with heaping helpings of food or 3 or 4 pieces or meat, nor am I running back for seconds, thirds, and fourths but I am eating what is cooked.
This is where my reality check came in. "T" mentioned that and I quote
Don't you just love the voice of reason? *sarcastic smirk* Deep down I already knew this but my mind would not let me accept it as truth! you mean to tell me I can burn 700 calories in my Zumba class in addition to the calories I burned while walking 15-30 minutes on the treadmill, have an egg white omelette, blackberries, WeightWatcher or LeanCuisine meal and just because I had a burger and fries for dinner..my calorie burn could be null and void?
"By exercising, making good choices for breakfast and lunch but then eating fast food, fried food, etc you could be cancelling out all your hard work. And if you cook with a lot of oil, that could be adding 100's of calories that you may not even realize. The amount of calories you burn during your work out could just be making up for the food you ate for dinner therefore not burning any excess calories which would cause you to lose weight."
Truth is, it's extremely hard to know exactly how many calories we are consuming without tracking every bite, morsel, crumb, and drop that hits our lips. Personally I find it to be extrememly tedious and time consuming. I have some of the best food tracking devices there are from Diet Power (which is awesome) to Fit Day to just about every app there is and I still cannot manage to track my food for longer than a day or two. I have a digital food scale as well as numerous measuring cups and spoons and the like but unless you are able to run to the food scale and weigh every little thing before you eat it, then how feasible is it...really?
I guess that is where planning comes into play. I hear about people batch cooking meals, measuring them out in perfectly sized portions and storing them and that is great in theory but I am so not a planner. I know what some of you are probably thinking and it couldn't be further from the truth! I do want this but there has got to be an easier way!
Getting it right,