04/26/2015 by | Leave a comment
Week 2 of the Fitbit Healthy Habits challenge is about to come to an end! Today’s challenge is: Take note of portion sizes. If you need help finishing this challenge, we’re here for you.
If you’re paying attention to what you eat – or better yet, logging your food – you’re probably familiar with nutrition labels. They tell you how many calories and sugars and vitamins are in packaged foods, and you can look up nutrition info for your unpackaged foods like eggs or vegetables. But while you may or may not know that a morning bowl of cereal can be 130 calories, did you know that those 130 calories come from only 3/4ths of a cup of cereal?
So today’s challenge is actually pretty simple. You don’t need to pull out your measuring cups and start measuring out every meal, but do take a look at the nutrition facts of the foods you eat and make a rough guess at how many servings you’re having. Having a better understanding of what you’re consuming won’t necessarily make you healthier, but with that knowledge you can make better informed decisions and be more aware of your diet.
If you do want to become better about sticking to a serving size, there are ways to estimate it by looking at your food as well. One serving of meat, for example, is about the same size as a deck of cards, while a serving of fruit is roughly equivalent to the size of a baseball. And the last joint in your thumb is about the size of a teaspoon.
What do you pay attention to when choosing the foods you eat? Let us know in the comments.