Cleaning your plate these days tends to be a much harder challenge than it was fifty years ago.
Our portions are increasing in whooping proportions. Let this guide give you a hand in how to accurately judge portion control and get a better handle on the portions you are actually eating.
Portion control is incredibly important when you are trying to lose weight. Eating healthy is great but you still want to ensure that you don’t overindulge. Knowing what true portions look like will help ensure that you don’t overeat, even on healthier foods like lean proteins and vegetables.
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Achieving portion control while dieting is crucial for weight management. Here are some tips:
- Use smaller plates and bowls to visually create the illusion of a larger portion.
- Measure your food using measuring cups or a food scale to ensure accurate portions.
- Be mindful of serving sizes listed on food packaging and stick to the recommended amounts.
- Divide your plate into sections: fill half with vegetables, one-fourth with protein, and one-fourth with whole grains.
- Eat slowly, allowing your brain to register when you’re full before reaching for seconds.
- Avoid eating directly from containers or bags, as it’s easy to lose track of portion sizes.
- Plan and pre-portion your meals and snacks in advance, so you’re less likely to overeat.
- Practice self-control by resisting the urge to go back for seconds.
- Use visual cues to estimate portion sizes, like a deck of cards for meat or a tennis ball for grains.
- Listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues, stopping when you’re satisfied rather than stuffed.
By implementing these strategies, you can develop healthy portion control habits and improve your chances of successful weight management during dieting.
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