It was believed, in the past, that if you want to lose weight you first have to go on a diet and unlike diets today, it was recommended that you reduce your calorie intake and completely avoid certain foods. Luckily, times have changed and now we know that the best way to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle by simply eating in moderation and working out regularly. When it comes to eating in moderation, there is one strategy that you need to master in order to lose weight effectively – portion control.
Why do you need portion control?
It does not matter what food is in question – pasta, cereal or red meat – we tend to overestimate how much food we really need and the result is much bigger serving in one meal. Now, this is not a problem if it happens once or twice every week, but when you do this every meal – the result is increased calorie intake, which further leads to weight gain. When you master the portion control, you are going to see how many extra calories you were actually eating, without even noticing.
How to teach yourself portion control
We are all living in a fast-paced world and we don’t have time to spare. This is the main reason why many people don’t even start with counting calories, although it has been proven to help lose weight. The good news is that you don’t have to count calories forever, but it is something that you must do in the beginning.
The idea is simple – you count calories to simply find out how many calories you consume and how big your meals should really be. When you teach yourself how big your portions should ne, you can stop with counting calories immediately. When it comes to servings and portions, make sure that you pay attention to how big it really should be. For example, cereals are often measured with a cup and one every box there is a serving example – for all foods that are measured with a cup, you should make sure that you use the same cup. For other foods, you should invest into a small kitchen scale.
How to control portions at dinner at home
If you prepare meals like breakfast and lunch for work in advance, then you have already finished portion control for those meals and that is why we are going to focus on dinner at home. First thing you need to turn into a habit is to fill your plate at the stove and avoid putting platters or bowls with extra food on the table. Second thing that you need to master is to fill your plate in a certain way – half of your plate should be vegetables and the rest should be split between lean protein and whole grains. Third thing is to always leave two bites of food on your plate – this is a practice done by many – it convinces your brain that you have finished eating and you are full.