Healthy Eating versus Portion Control

Eating healthier is definitely good for your body.  If you eat a healthy salad with a low-fat salad dressing that’s most likely going to be better for you than a bag of chips.  However, just eating healthier isn’t going to necessarily result in you losing weight.  This is a concept that I think a lot of people miss.  Losing weight is more a component of portion control than it is about eating healthy.  The two are complementary subjects, but accomplishing one doesn’t necessarily compute into accomplishing the other.

A lot of times people will give me food and say “It’s healthy, don’t worry about it.”  But I still do worry about it.  I appreciate eating healthier, because that is part of what I am doing and it is better for my body, but if I have three to four portions of a healthy pasta dish than we still have the same problem of me eating too much.  500 calories is 500 calories, whether it’s healthy or junk food.  Losing weight is about being able to control the amount that you eat.  Living healthier is about eating better.  It’s good to do both, but if you want to lose weight you have to remember that it isn’t just about eating healthier.  It’s about making better eating choices, which includes the amount that you eat, not just what you eat.

Portion Control

I’ve been meaning to recommend reading this for awhile.

I remember when I first joined Weight Watchers.  I was like, “OMG, I can’t eat pizza ever again!”  I was really depressed because I realized I had to diet for the rest of my life to stay on the Weight Watchers program.  Since then, I’ve taken a broader view of the whole Weight Watchers points program.  Portion control is all about eating a healthy amount of food.  You can still treat yourself; you just have to be conscious of it.  And if you overindulge, you have to work your ass off to get back on track.  Once you figure that out and realize that it isn’t that bad, you can get over the fact that carefree eating is a thing of the past.

I’m a bored eater.  I’m a stress eater.  Both things are not good.  So I watch what I eat as best as I can and exercise as much as I can.  I try not to be bored so I don’t bored-eat.  Stress is kind of just something I have to live with in law school (though my laid back nature tends to keep me pretty stress-free for the most part).  Either way, I know my weaknesses and I try my best to combat them.