Cutting back on portions sizes is a common sense dieting approach. Eyeballing food portions isn’t a reliable way of figure out how much to eat.
There are portion control products available, however, that take the guesswork out of serving up the right amount of food so you can lose weight easily.
If you have never paid attention to portion sizes before, it can be a real eye opener to measure out your food and see exactly what you have been eating.
Something as simple as filling up a bowl of cereal every morning can put you way over your daily calorie limits.
Measure out the contents of your morning cereal and you may find that you are eating two or three times the portion that you should be eating.
A serving of cold cereal is ¾ cup. If you absentmindedly fill your bowl with 1 ½ cups of cereal you are instantly doubling your calorie intake. Do this throughout the day and the excess calories really add up.
The same is true for cutting back though. Once you are familiar with portion sizes and stick to them you will be able to lose weight because the excess calories you are saving really add up.
The best part is you don’t need to drastically change your diet or exclude food groups to see a difference. Just eat less than you normally do.
The problem with using portion control as a dieting approach is that people usually do well at first but gradually fall back into their old habits.
It’s easy to pour too much into your bowl or put too much on your plate without ever realizing it. That’s where portion control products come in handy. There are various products on the market designed to keep your portion sizes in check.
- Portion Pal is a set of see-through disks that are color coded for meats, vegetables, bread and more. The idea is to place the appropriate disk over your food to cut the right amount of food for a single serving. It takes the guesswork out of cutting a piece of chicken for dinner, for example.
- The Portion Control Plate is a decorative plate that has pictures of the things that represent the correct food portions. There is a deck of cards, a baseball and a computer mouse that provide a clear visual on the amount of food to put on your plate.
- Meal Measure is actually a device that fits over any dinner plate. It has sections that you fill with just the right amount of protein, carbs, vegetables and fruits.
- Another useful tool is portion control bowls. These are marked on the inside to show how far to fill with cereal or snacks.
Dieting doesn’t have to mean cutting out all of the foods you love to eat. Learn what a portion size looks like and cut your portions to lose weight without feeling deprived.