10 Easy Portion Control Tips
Eating In the Right Way!
You know what they say, ‘you are what you eat’! If you want to lose weight or maintain your figure, the smartest plan of action is to exercise portion control. Everybody may have a different idea of what a portion actually amounts to, and this often results in a lot of confusion about the concept of portion control. With these ten simple portion control tips, you will get a clearer idea of how to exercise portion control! A very basic definition of portion control would be that it requires individuals to limit their food intake by avoiding guiltless indulgence, and expects them to know what each meal is worth in terms of calorie count.
Basic Portion Control Tips!
Implementing portion control requires a dietary transformation of sorts. You can still eat your favorite food items, but the quantities will be limited and indulgence will not be entertained. However, once you start practicing portion control you will definitely notice that with time it becomes more of a habit than a conscious decision!
Portion Control Tip #1- Dish Dilemma!
The bigger the plate, the greater the temptation to fill it up! That’s true isn’t it? And if you have your doubts, take note of everyone’s eating behavior when they are handed a bigger plate. Bigger plates make your food look a lot less than it actually is, so always eat in smaller dishes and plates to kick start your portion control routine!
Portion Control Tip #2- Practical Portions!
Are you worried that the temptation of wanting to eat excessive amounts of your favorite food item will be too much to handle? Make individual portion sized packets so that the next time you feel like you deserve a treat, you do not over indulge in your favorite food items.
Portion Control Tip #3 – Television Tales!
Limit your television viewing time, or keep a check on your eating habits while watching your favorite television show! While watching television, we often do not give much thought to the quantity of food that we are snacking on. Limit your television snacking to controlled food portions!
Portion Control Tip #4 –Slow and Steady!
Eating slowly and chewing the food properly is an important portion control tip. Not only does chewing food properly help with the digestion of the food, but eating slowly ensures that too much food is not gobbled down without a moment’s thought.
Portion Control Tip # 5- Healthy Food First!
Fill your plate with fruits and vegetables and eat those first! Not only will these natural, wholesome fruits and vegetables provide immense health benefits to your mind and body, but they will also leave you feeling full and decrease the chances of you eating calorie rich food items.
Portion Control Tip #6 – Eat The Calories!
Health experts recommend that it is better to eat calorie containing food items, than to drink high calorie drinks. This is because while calorie rich food items at least fill you up, calorie rich drinks do not satisfy your hunger and will probably be followed by more calorie rich food!
Portion Control Tip #7 –Spoilt For Choice!
Limit your choices! The greater the number of food options, the more the chance that you will eat more! To prevent that urge to try all the food items available, cut down on the several different food items that you make at lunch and dinner.
Portion Control Tip #8- Plate It Up!
Instead of serving the food in large family-sized dishes, serve the food in already portion-controlled plates. Family sized dishes encourage second helpings but when you get your own plate there is a greater chance of you exercising portion control!
Portion Control Tip #9- Hunger Cues!
Listen to your stomach! When your stomach feels like it might be 80% full, stop eating right there. Not only will you be exercising portion control, but you will also feel lighter!
Portion Control Tip #10 – Measuring Mania!
As much as possible do try to use measuring cups, tablespoons, food scales and other gadgets to truly implement portion control by measuring the quantity of each item consumed!