Portion control is an important part of your weight loss plan—some might even argue, the most important.
Too much of anything is never good, so taking a step back and assessing how much of those good things you are eating is an effective way to keep off excess weight.
Even if you aren’t concerned with weight loss, portion control is important for easy digestion. When you eat too much you are putting unnecessary strain on your digestive system.
So, how much is enough?
Learning proper portion sizes and sticking to them can be really tricky, especially if you are used to binging. You need to train your stomach to be content with the proper portion size, and at first you will be feeling really hungry at the end of your meals. Try and stick to it.
Use a Portion Plate
These are great! They break down your plate into sections: 25% protein, 25% starch, 50% veggies.
Eat off Smaller Plates
Not into the portion plates? Eat off a dessert plate rather than a dinner plate. You will trick your brain into thinking you are eating a larger amount and just might find you are actually satisfied with a smaller quantity.
Weigh your Food
This may sound extreme, but most people cant visualize what an actual portion is so weighing food, and using measuring cups might just be what you need to get on track, especially in the beginning.
Eat your Greens First
Fill your plate with green veggies and eat them first so you aren’t starving when you get to the more starchy foods.
Put away Leftovers Before your Meal
Out of sight, out of mind. Serve your plate and put the rest of the food away so you are less likely to be tempted to pull it out again.