5 Easy Ways to Maintain Portion Control

Overeating can be just as unhealthy as eating the wrong thing.

There is a lot of focus placed on what to eat and what not to eat when dieting, but unfortunately, many people tend to ignore calorie counts when a food is branded as "healthy." Overeating is a huge factor in the obesity epidemic in the United States. Do you struggle with portion control? These tips will help you get your eating habits under control.

  1. Know what a correct portion size looks like. You can't expect yourself to serve proper portions if you aren't sure what that looks like. Use these comparisons to get an idea of how much you should be eating.
  2. Trade in for smaller plates. Small portions on a giant plate will always make you feel unfulfilled at the end of a meal. This little brain trick is more effective than you may think.
  3. Avoid going for seconds. Instead, eat slowly and allow at least 20 minutes to determine whether you are truly still hungry. There is a delayed response between the stomach filling up and the mind knowing it's time to stop.
  4. Make sure you're getting some protein at every meal. Without it, you'll be hungry again long before your next meal. Protein helps you control hunger for longer periods of time.
  5. Get plenty of sleep. When you aren't well rested, your appetite grows larger and becomes untrustworthy thanks to an imbalance of chemicals in the brain.

Healthy eating is always a worthwhile goal, but it can be tricky to figure out which nutrition advice to follow and which to discard. With a little professional guidance, all can be made clear. An assessment from one of our registered dieticians is your first step. Make an appointment with us at our website!

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