Yes, it’s a thing. We like to think that it’s not, but portion control really is something that can have a negative effect on our health.
Eating too much is an obvious cause of obesity, and in the case of some foods can result in some specific and unpleasant health effects.
Portion control is an important part of dieting and like anything needs to be practised to become a habit.
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Portion control doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to have to weigh all of your food and micromanage every aspect of your eating. Far from it.
Here are some ideas that will help you manage the amount of food that you are eating both throughout the day and at individual meal times.
This is an obvious one, but carbs are going to have a huge impact if you are trying to lose weight.
Try your best to reduce carbs, and if you have eaten a heavy carb meal once during the day, don’t have carbs for your next meal.
Limit yourself to just one portion. Don’t go back for seconds, because that’s where it’s very easy to go overboard.
You should not be aiming to feel completely full at the end of the meal.
Aim for about 80% full, and then stop.
You’ll be surprised at how you feel about 20 minutes after you have stopped eating.
Just slow down and listen to your body.
Try serving your food on a smaller plate. You will be surprised at how much the psychology of food can come into play.
If you serve your food on a smaller plate it will look like you have a larger plate of food.
It will also help stop you overloading your plate with too much food in the first place.
Give this simple trick a go and see how you get on.
Measuring cups are a great way of standardising your portions without going overboard on the control.
A simple set of measuring cups won’t cost much, and can be used for all sorts of foods from cereals to rice and pasta.
You’ll be able to set yourself a limit and easily keep to that limit over time.
As you can see, there are things that can be done to limit your portions and to help you to stop eating so much.
Portion control is something that needs to be exercised in order for it to become a routine.
However, once it does become routine, you will not feel like such a drag.