I think this is an eye opening exercise, only when done long enough that you have a good grasp on how much you’re eating on a regular basis. Once you know how much you’re eating, and the breakdown of macronutrients you’re consuming (protein, fats and carbs), you’ll start to get a sense of whether or not you’re eating too much, or not enough.
I recommend using MyFitnessPal.com as it’s free, easy and has a comprehensive record of most foods. It’s also a good practice to weigh and measure food so you know exactly how much your portions are. I know I’m horrible at eyeballing food, and I’ve been doing this for a LONG time. So get yourself some measuring cups and a food scale (they’re pretty cheap at Target or on Amazon) and start getting a little scientific with your food.
This process is invaluable for long term success. Very often when people feel that they are choosing healthy foods, but still not reaching their goals, it’s an issue of portion control. Even clean eating can sabotage your goals if you’re overdoing it on volume.
Want to learn more? Here’s the Mayo Clinic’s take on calorie counting.
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