Portion Size Keeps You in Control

When was the last time that you seriously paid attention to portion size? This is one of the most overstated things in all kinds of books: “Watch what you eat.” If you seriously aren’t watching what you put into your mouth, you’ll be very surprised to know that even if you’re eating healthy food, you really won’t get that bulge out of your belly.

It will be nigh-impossible for you to lose weight while bingeing on your favorite starchy food or group of carbohydrates. Here are some useful advice regarding how you should take care in watching what it is that you eat.

Because we’ve been so used to eating servings which are actually more than what our bodies need, we smirk at the wise advice to eat only so and so amount. We’ve always liked our hamburgers big or our mashed potatoes in one big pile. However, you should really know what constitutes a serving of each food group. If you don’t know then start taking down notes.

One of the first few advices that will matter for you is to trust your appetite. If your current body weight is within the healthy range (this is usually a BMI or body mass index between 18.5 and 25), then you should be able to allow your appetite to guide you in how much you exactly consume per day. If you’re hungry, then you should automatically eat. If you’re not, then simply don’t. It’s one of the basics of healthy weight management.

Oftentimes people snack more often than they sit down with a meal. It’s important that you know when to eat and why you eat. Your stomach should be one of the best measuring sticks for that. It’s important however to eat less of the starchy foods and more of those fruits and vegetables.

One slice of bread is equal to a heaped handful of pasta or rice. If you’re talking about cereal, then a serving the size of a tennis ball would be enough. If you’re eating potatoes, it should be the size of a normal computer mouse.

For fruits, it’s a bit easier. One portion of fruits or vegetables would consist of one medium apple, orange or banana. It could also be measured in a small glass of fruit juice (150ml), a cereal bowl of salad leaves. A serving could be measured in two handfuls of raspberries, seven strawberries or one handful of grapes. For vegetables, it is two tablespoons of vegetables or three heaped tablespoons of beans.

So there you have it. Just measure away, watch what you eat and expect the pounds to drop. If you follow these portions, you’ll be fitting in your tight jeans in no time flat.