One of the biggest stumbling blocks to sustainable weight loss is people’s inability to control the amount of food that lands on their plate. Eating the right portions is the best way of ensuring that you get the right amount of nutrients into your body. When you stack your plate too high or take larger portions than required, you are likely to a have a problem controlling your weight. Here are 3 important tips that should help you know the right amount of food to have on your plate at mealtime.
The first thing you need to know about portion control is that your stomach is actually about the size of a fist. This means that it should not be overstuffed with food. Smaller portions of healthy food is the way to go. The process of digestion uses up a lot of one’s energy, therefore, if you eat too much the digestive system will be terribly overworked.
The second thing is the size of the plate. It is advisable to use a smaller sized plate. If possible, use a salad plate which is able to accommodate sufficient portions. Big plates often encourage one to fill up the plate leading to overeating.
The third and possibly most important thing is to divide the plate according to specific food groups. Half of the plate should contain vegetables while the remaining space should be divided equally between healthy carbohydrates and protein.
Finally, it is important to be a conscious eater. Always be keen on what you’re eating and your timing. Avoid eating close to bedtime and maintain fixed meal times.