Why is Portion Control so Important
Portion control is one of the most important things regardless of if you are trying to lose weight or just maintain.
Did you know that in the last 20 years, restaurants in America have doubled and sometimes TRIPLED the size of their serving plates! 🤯
It doesn't help that research shows people will often eat all of what they are served which can lead to overeating and overindulging. 🍽
While weight loss is often the main thing we focus on when deciding to start looking at portion control, there are so many other benefits including:
Balanced Blood Sugar
Stay Energized Throughout the day
By reading the nutrition labels of the items you purchase or taking the time to meal prep and/or measure out your food, you can start working towards smaller portions.
According to the Mayo Clinic there are many visual cues that can help you with portion control. For example a medium pepper is about the size of a baseball and equal to ONE serving of vegetables. Some other visual cues are:
One serving fruit is about the size of a tennis ball
One serving carbohydrate is about the size of a hockey puck
One serving of protein is about the size of a deck of cards
One serving of fat is about the size of a pair of dice
We so often mindlessly snack either at work or in the evenings while watching TV, yet we often don't take the time to watch the portions we consume, especially when we eat right from the container. Remember to always look at what you are eating and check yourself.
➡️There are some other simple ways to help with portion control including, but not limited to:
Using smaller dinnerware
Use your hands as a serving guide
Ask for half portions when you go out to eat
Drink a glass of water before you start your meal
Remember, you don't have to perfect your portion control overnight, but by taking small steps you can work towards your goals.