Portion Control Tips: Guide To Recommended Portion Sizes

Apr 17, 2017

Overeating - it’s not just a habit born out of more hunger, but mostly since there is no food portion control over what we’re served. With no one to keep a check on how much we should eat, there’s bound to be overindulgence, be it at home or at a restaurant.

Overeating - it’s not just a habit born out of more hunger, but mostly since there is no food portion control over what we’re served. With no one to keep a check on how much we should eat, there’s bound to be overindulgence, be it at home or at a restaurant. While dieting may be the answer, but it’s definitely not the best solution. Instead, you should try controlling your portion sizes.

This guide will show you how you can keep your portion sizes in check, without having to change your diet or even go onto one.

1. Use Smaller Plates: Eating from smaller plates tricks your brain into thinking that you’re having a bigger meal. Whereas when eating from a big plate, you end up consuming more food. And not to mention, the extra calories that are present in those large portions.

2. Accurate Portion Sizes: If you’re wondering what portion size should be in your meal, remember that every meal should contain proteins and low GI carbohydrates. Consuming a healthy amount of fat is also recommended. To help you measure correct portion sizes, invest in a measuring cup and a scale.

3. Make Single Serving Packs: With the help of zipper bags, you can store your favourite foods like pasta, rice and cereals into individual portions. This way, when you’re feeling hungry later, but still want to keep a watch on your diet, they will help measure the correct portion that you need to eat.

4. Learn To Read Food Labels: Pay attention to the number of servings contained in packaged food, then note the calorie and fat content per serving. For instance, take a large muffin pack; if the label on the pack reads 250 calories and 10 grams of fat on one serving, consuming two of them would indicate you’ve had double the calories and grams of fat in one muffin serving.  

5. Don’t Eat From The Bag: If you’re eating snacks from the bag or storage box, you won’t have much clue as to how large a portion you’re consuming. Instead, divide the servings equally per person, so that you can store the extra food content for a later time.

Remember, it’s all about eating smart, and not necessarily eating less. And the pointers above show how you can easily control your food eating habits, by reducing the portion sizes. Another factor that needs mention is self-control. Without self-control, whether you reduce food portions or substitute them with multiple servings, it won’t matter if you’re still eating the same amount of food, whether at one go, or in one meal after another.

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