If you find yourself gaining weight constantly there are a number of things that could be the culprit. One area that is worth highlighting is portion control.
Changing the foods that you eat can make a big difference if you tend to overeat; however, knowing and adhering to portion control servings can help to boost a stalled weight loss journey.
Here are 5 super easy tips you can use to get a handle on portion control.
Tip #1 – Use A Smaller Plate
The size of a plate obviously equals opportunity for more food. It is beneficial to use a smaller plate to eat your meals. You can still fill it up like you normally do, you just need to use a smaller one. Even if you use a plate that is 10 or 20% smaller, it can make a big difference.
How does this help:
- It decreases the surface area available for food.
- It seems like you are eating the same amount even though you will be eating fewer calories than you would with the bigger plate.
- You can still fill your plate up like you normally do.
Tip #2 – Measure Your Food
In a perfect world, we can all eat to our heart’s content and not gain a single pound. Well, we aren’t quite there yet so you need to measure your food.
It’s good to have measuring cups and spoons on hand so that you know how much food your eating. Most of the time we are eating way more food than we think.
That bag of baked chips or vegetable fried rice may be healthier choices but the truth is, you really don’t know how much you’re eating. Imagine realizing that the bag of chips contained 3 servings.
Imagine eating a salad and realizing you used over 3 servings of dressing alone.
Measuring your foods is a great way to make sure that you’re not eating too much food and consuming too many calories. I like to use these measuring cups and utensils in the kitchen. Not only are they cute but they are functional and make for wasy storage. Grab yours here.
Tip #3 – Avoid Getting Seconds
It’s easy to walk over to the kitchen and eat a second helping of food. However, the best thing to do is to fill your plate with the food you are going to eat and be done with it.
If you are tempted to go back and get more food, try not to. There is no other way to put it other than to ask yourself, “Am I really hungry or do I just want more food because it’s there?”.
It may be hard to at first, but getting in the habit of doing this can help you combatting overeating.
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Tip #4 – Make Your Snacks Ahead Of Time
Snacks deserve to be singled out because they can blow an entire day. Whether you like to eat trail mix, peanut butter and fruit, or veggies and dressing, it’s important to eat from a portioned container.
Save your self the fuss and make them in advance so that they are ready to go. If you like to buy in bulk to save money that’s fine, portion it out and put it in baggies for you to grab later.
Not having snacks on hand can easily lead up to a trip or two to the vending machine. If you like to snack then be prepared with healthy options.
Tip #5 – Take Home Leftovers
This tip is best used when eating out. If you go to a restaurant, most of the time, you have a huge serving of food. In fact, you probably have enough for two servings.
One thing that I try to do when I’m out to eat, is take some of the food home.
Not only does it keep me from being completely stuffed but it also keeps me from having to cook dinner that night or lunch the next day.
We all face problems when it comes to portion control – even when we don’t realize it. Simple things like using a smaller plate, measuring food, and not going back for seconds can be used to get a handle on portion control. Even making snacks ahead of time or taking home leftovers can make a difference.