7 Tips for Easy Portion Control

Eating too many calories of even healthy foods can stall your results.  If you’re doing everything right and you’re still not losing weight then the problem could be your portions.   Because we eat out so often, we get used to eating restaurant-sized portions of everything.  Here are 7 tips for easy portion control:

1) Measure your food (NOT my personal favourite).  The good news is you only need to do this until you re-learn what a good portion is then you can stop.

2)  Use smaller dishware.  If you’ve ever heard the term “my eyes were bigger than my stomach” then you understand that placing food on a smaller dish makes it seem like there’s more than there actually is.

3)  Make it harder to get seconds.  By leaving the extras on the stove away from the table or wrapping them up right away and putting them in the fridge.

4)  Get smart in restaurants.  You KNOW the portions are huge so either: a) decide up front how much you’re going to leave to take with you, or b) portion is out right away and have them box it up (this avoids temptation).

5)  Don’t eat from the bag.  Every time this has been studied the results are the same, you tend to eat more when you eat from the bag and the bigger the bag, the more you eat.  Put it in a small bowl to prevent mindless eating.

6)  Be careful when eating with friends.  If they take large portions – then you’ll tend to do the same.  All it takes is a little awareness.

7)  Understand that “small” portions of unhealthy foods are still unhealthy and it will make it harder for you to lose weight.  i.e) Those 100 calorie snack-packs are still 100 unhealthy calories.

There it is 7 easy tips to help you control portions so you can still enjoy eating while not sabotaging all the hard work you do in the gym.

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