I get so frustrated when I see people on health sites asking 'how much should I eat?" or "What portion size should I eat?" Really? You need me or anyone else to tell you how much to eat? If I tell you 4oz chicken breast will that make you happy? Actually, if you did ask me, I'm going to say "How much do you ned to eat to feel satisfied?"
I've found that when told you can have a 4 oz chicken breast you're going to feel like that is a limit not be exceeded, therefore your "I'm still hungry" rebellious mode is going to kick on, even if you aren't really hungry, and you're going to eat more. Afterwards, you'll feel like a failure, blame the diet for being too strict, gain your weight back, and the viscious yo yo loop will continue.
Let's face it folks, none of us like limits because we feel like we're being denied something; so forget the limit/how much can I eat okay? It doesn't work.
Eat until you're satisfied not until you're full because your 'full' sensor doesn't kick on until it's too late, you've already over indulged.
I 'm also concerned with your obsession over 'how much food' ? Are you worried you'll starve? Is the food limitations a bellweather as to whether or not you'll even attempt the 'diet'? If it is , don't bother with losing weight, you've already set yourself up for failure.
Maybe the question should be "How do I go about dieting?" Actually if you're just dieting and you need portion control/limits placed on you so you can have permission to rebel against the limits, fine, diet. There are literally thousands of diet plans out there. Go find one to fail at and quit asking questions like "How much am I allowed to eat?" Food Junkie.....eeeesh!
When you're ready to commit, let me know. But be warned, the second you ask "How much food...." You're probably going to be smacked upside the head if I can reach you fast enough.
If you are serious about a committed lifestyle CHANGE to become a much thinner healthier person then do the work yourself. Find what fits you and your lifestyle, your needs, wants, desires for your body and do it.
We all know what is and isn't good for us. We all pretty much know what is a calorie and fat laden food and what isn't. You don't need anyone to tell you how or what to eat, you need to exercise common sense and maybe do a little research, make some trial and error on your own to find what fits you and your lifestyle.
Lifestyle change is a serious no holds barred commitment to doing what it takes to get there. You take the successes with the hard knocks. Get up, wipe the crumbs off your mouth, wipe off your knees or butt, depending on which way you fell, and get going again.