Portion Control Tips
Consuming large portions leads to overeating, which can be dangerous to your diet and your health. The average person overeats in 100 to 200-calorie increments, and adds up overtime to equal weight gain. Portion control can be a breeze if you follow these simple rules.
Don’t skip meals- Eat a minimum of three meals a day, avoiding going longer than five hours without eating.
Measure and weigh food- Measuring food is great if you are a fan of meal prepping. Often, we overestimate how big a cup is and end up eating more than we should. To be spot on, measure or weigh your food!
Know the difference between serving size and portion size- Serving sizes are listed on the nutrition label, and let you know how many servings a package contains. A bag of popcorn may contain two serving sizes, so if you eat the whole bag you need to double that information on the label, calories included.
Use the “Half Plate Rule”- Aim to fill half of your plate with vegetables, or a mix of fruits and vegetables. Fill the rest of your plate with equal parts whole grains and lean protein.
Drink more water- Although you should be drinking plenty of water throughout the day, make sure to also drink a glass before each meal. This will fill you up and curb your appetite, allowing you to feel fuller.
Get enough protein- Protein keeps you feeling fuller longer, allowing you to consume less calories throughout the day. Try to have protein in each meal, whether it be lean meats, nuts, or plain Greek yogurt.
Incorporate these rules into your diet to have a better control of the portions you consume.
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