Since weight loss comes down to calories in versus calories out, controlling the amount of food you eat is crucial to losing weight.
By regulating the amount of calories you eat through portion control you can effectively lose weight and still enjoy a lot of the foods you love!
And it’s important to keep in mind that portion control isn’t starving yourself. It’s keeping portions at a reasonable level so you’re not overindulging.
Let’s take a look at a few simple tips anybody can utilize to help control portions and lose weight!
Portion Control Tips
You can minimize the amount of food you eat just by switching to smaller plates. Swapping your 12 inch plate to a 10 inch plate may result in 22% fewer calories being served studies show. This also goes for drinking glasses and bowls.
Take Half To Go
Many restaurant dishes contain an upwards of 1000 calories or more! Cut that amount in half by getting a to-go box and taking half home to eat the following day.
Order Smaller Portion Sizes
Most restaurant soffer meals with smaller portion sizes. Ok, but won’t you just order more? Nothing’s going to stop you from ordering more, but keep this in mind; new research shows that people are satisfied by eating whatever is on the plate, regardless of size. At least start with the smaller serving and see if that satisfies you then go from there.
Increase The Portions Of This
You wouldn’t think by eating more of certain foods would actually decrease the amount of calories you consume, but that’s exactly what eating water-rich foods such as broth based low calorie soups, salads and vegetables do. Try eating these at the start of your meal to help you feel full before moving onto the more calorie dense main dish.
Portion Out Trigger Foods
Portion out the foods that you are most likely to binge on, also known as trigger foods, into smaller bags. This way when your next snack attack occurs you won’t grab a large bag of chips out of your pantry and eat the whole thing in one sitting as you’re more likely to just eat what’s in the smaller bag. Another good option is to only keep one trigger food on hand at any given time.
Portion Control Products
An easy way to control portions at home is to utilize portion control containers, bowls and plates. These products train people to eat healthier portions and cut out the need for counting calories, points or weighing food. Many of these portion control plates and containers spell out (with an illustration) exactly how much of it should be meat/protein, whole grains, fruits/vegetables and fats/oils.